Davis Blank Furniss has seen, and predicts it will continue to see, a growing demand for its Professional Negligence services over the coming months. The biggest demand is coming from clients who have received incorrect advice from employment law solicitors. The firm expects a rise of around 20% in these types of enquiries over the... Read the rest of this entry →
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Danielle Cobb – Solicitor in the Family team at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses why more homemakers and stay-at-home mums need to be aware of pension sharing upon divorce.
Research carried out by experts has recently revealed that sadly there are vast gaps in pension wealth between men and women. Many people are now highlighting the need for more awareness amongst homemakers and non-working wives around pension sharing upon divorce. Pension sharing is one of the options available on divorce or the dissolution of... Read the rest of this entry →
Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial and Employment Solicitor – discusses filing accounts at Companies House.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, measures were introduced to allow companies an additional three months to file their statutory accounts at Companies House. The temporary extension which granted companies the automatic right to file their statutory accounts at Companies House three months later than they would otherwise have been due, has now ceased... Read the rest of this entry →
Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – discusses why the relationship between solicitor and client must be honest at all times.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a solicitor is the personal and confidential relationship between us and our clients. As solicitors we take great pride in representing their interests to the best of our abilities and acting at all times in a professional manner. It is important to understand that clients too have... Read the rest of this entry →
Shiva Shadi – Head of Employment – shares the latest Employment Law updates and news including the Furlough Scheme, Shielding, and changes to the IR35 rules
Furlough Guidance Update There was certainly a sigh of relief for many businesses and their employees when the Government confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was to be extended until 30th September 2021. However, again, like we saw last year, the current terms whereby the Government pays a contribution of 80% (up to £2,500.00)... Read the rest of this entry →
Kate Oldfield – Managing Partner and Head of Personal Injury – on why health and safety should remain front and centre for employers.
The last year has been a struggle for many businesses. It has been a difficult balancing act to keep companies going, often coping with just a skeleton staff. Despite this, health and safety should still be at the forefront of business owners’ minds, as the sentencing possibilities are potentially huge, including unlimited fines and/or a... Read the rest of this entry →
Ameliah McLaren-Parker – Solicitor in our Private Client team: Making a Will in contemplation of a marriage or civil partnership
Has your wedding been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you and your partner decided to delay making Wills until your nuptials have taken place? If so, you do not need to wait until your big day in order to get your affairs in order. What is the effect of marriage/Civil Partnership on an... Read the rest of this entry →
Lauren Sever – Corporate, Commercial & Employment Solicitor – discusses today’s UK supreme court ruling that Uber drivers are workers.
The UK supreme court has today (19th February 2021) dismissed Uber’s appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that stated its drivers should be classed as workers and receive paid holidays and the minimum wage. The unanimous decision backed the October 2016 employment tribunal ruling that could affect millions of workers in the gig economy (which... Read the rest of this entry →
Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – on why the imminent ending of the stamp duty holiday needs a rethink
The stamp duty holiday, which was introduced last year, has been of huge benefit to the housing market and wider economy. As a firm, we have seen a surge in transactions but there are now real concerns about what will happen once it comes to an end on 31st March – especially for those sales... Read the rest of this entry →
A (so-called) “battle of the forms” arises where two parties enter into negotiations with the intention of entering into a contract and each party attempts to conclude the contract on their own standard terms and conditions. The scenario often arises in negotiations between commercial suppliers and buyers of goods. In every case, in order to... Read the rest of this entry →