October 2016 Archive

A sobering surrogacy judgment

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The recent case of Re AB (Surrogacy Consent) [2016] EWHC 2643 serves as a reminder of the potential problems of entering into a surrogacy arrangement, since they are not legally binding. More …

National Mentoring Day 2016

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Blake Morgan are committed to supporting Individuals who can benefit from help and guidance from more experienced figures in the firm. On National Mentoring day, here's a look at some of the mentoring activities that take place throughout the year. More …

Age discrimination – be careful of unconscious bias

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It's hard to imagine that it was only ten years ago that legislation was first introduced prohibiting age discrimination in the workplace with the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 on 1 October 2006. The Regulations were subsequently replaced by the Equality Act 2010. More …

Reputation Management

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Last Thursday evening I was fortunate to be able to spend time enjoying great food and company and a little wine, talking with clients and colleagues who each have a unique perspective regarding the challenges of managing quality of delivery and maintaining reputation and brand. More …

Separation step by step – communication, personal possessions and finances

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When a relationship breaks down, it is naturally an uncertain time for couples. There is a lot of information to grapple with, with finance, property and children often part of the equation. More …

Should I leave a gift in my Will to help my grandchild get on to the property ladder?

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Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central and the current housing minister, recently suggested that grandparents should consider leaving an inheritance to their grandchildren to help them get on to the property ladder. More …

Countdown to the 2017 non-dom changes: How will you be affected?

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The post-Brexit rumour that the government would shelve, or at least postpone, the planned changes to the taxation of non-doms next year was, in fact, only a pipe dream. More …

Buried or cremated?

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Have you considered how you would like to be laid to rest as part of your funeral plans? It is not just your wishes in relation to your financial estate that need to be considered. More …

Town and Village Greens: Wales v England

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The rights relating to town and village greens have long been enshrined in legislation but evolving legal procedures and the increasingly divergent regimes of England and Wales have further highlighted different attitudes towards dealing with barriers to development. More …

What future for zero hours contracts?

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As a number of high-profile retailers, pubs and leisure sector businesses pledge to move staff away from zero hours contracts, we consider the pros and cons – should all employers follow suit? More …