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Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – provides an overview of ACAS’s new guidance on conducting workplace investigations.

Most employers are aware that disciplinary action requires a form of procedure to be followed.  Conversely, the need for a proper investigation is often overlooked.  Many employees will jump straight into arranging a disciplinary before giving the matter full consideration.  The investigation stage is vital and is often the key to a fair and objective... Read the rest of this entry →

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Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – discusses Childcare Vouchers and Maternity Leave

Employees are able to utilise a proportion of their salary for vouchers to pay for childcare before the usual tax and NI contributions are deducted.  As a result, employees are able to save on their annual childcare costs until their child reaches the age of 15.  However, the question has always lingered as to what... Read the rest of this entry →

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Corporate and Commercial Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  The focus this time is on our Corporate and Commercial department.  In this issue we talk about the launch of our new Business Advice Centre, a Change of Control clause and Data Protection. DeBrieF NEWS DBF Launches New Business Advice Centre Last month we launched... Read the rest of this entry →

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Private Client Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  The focus this time is on our Private Client department. DeBrieF Q&A Karen Witter – partner in our Private Client department – on Lasting Powers of Attorney 1. What is the difference between an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Lasting Power of Attorney? An... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd, head of our Family Law team, discusses whether Divorce will eventually go online.

Speaking at the at the recent Family Law Bar Association annual dinner, Sir James Munby – president of the Family Division – raised the idea that divorce cases could begin shifting almost entirely online by 2017. In my view, this will very much depend on whether the Ministry of Justice is able to produce an... Read the rest of this entry →

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DBF Launches New Business Advice Centre

Today sees the launch of the brand new Davis Blank Furniss Business Advice Centre. The aim is to provide practical information on the key legal issues that affect companies of all sizes including Credit Control, Terms & Conditions, Employment, Shareholder Agreements and much more. Our expert team has filmed a series of videos and also... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – on the Pension Sharing Orders and the New Single-Tier State Pension Rules

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently published guidance on how State Pension sharing will work in the light of the new Single-tier State Pension rules being introduced from 6th April 2016.  The information is aimed at legal and financial advisers, as well as the courts that make sharing orders. In simple terms,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – discusses pre-nuptial agreements.

“Pre-Nups” are certainly becoming more popular in the UK.  Only recently we reported an increase in enquiries about such agreements.  This was reinforced when Family Law Week confirmed that one in ten married people regret not making a pre-nuptial agreement.  It might be the influence of celebrities or simply due to the fact that financial... Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Law Newsletter – February 2016

A very warm welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  This month’s focus is on our Family Law department. DeBrieF OPINION Laura Johnson – solicitor in the Family Law department – discusses the “quickie” divorce. You may have noticed that there have been a number of “high-profile” or celebrity divorces reported in... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss Joins Forces With Willow Wood Hospice For Its Annual LPA Week

We are delighted to announced that we will be holding our 2016 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 14th to Friday 18th March at our Glossop office in aid of Willow Wood Hospice. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your... Read the rest of this entry →

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