January 2018 Archive

Lessons to be learnt from Colonial Bank

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PWC have been in the spotlight recently in relation to Colonial Bank's $2.3bn fraud. PWC acted as independent auditor for Colonial BancGroup ("CBG"), the parent company of Alabama based Colonial Bank which you may recall collapsed in 2009 due to a fraudulent mortgage scheme with lender Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. More …

New sexual harassment guidance launched

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High profile news stories about sexual harassment show that it is a problem across all sectors and organisations regardless of size. Recently published guidance by ACAS and the Equality and Human Rights Commission will help employers to understand their obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and what to do if a complaint is made. More …

Prenuptial agreements - beauty or a beast?

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Whether you love or despise them, prenuptial agreements are on the rise, especially amongst people who have amassed considerable wealth or are from a wealthy family who demands the family silver be protected! More …

Name your cheese "Caerphilly"

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"Traditional Welsh Caerphilly/Caerffili" cheese has been granted EU protected status, joining the likes of Stilton, Wensleydale and Cheddar as a name which guarantees the authenticity and origin of the product. More …

Regulatory and Criminal Lawyer comments on road policing chief's demand for days of 'soft' treatment come to an end

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This morning, the Mail Online reported that Britain's road policing chief has called for punishments for speeding motorists even if they are just 1mph over the limit. Driver defence expert, Tim Williamson, shares his thoughts on what this means for the future of speeding prosecutions: More …

Do I need (help with obtaining) probate? And what else should I consider?

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When a friend or loved one dies, and after the funeral and grieving time, a general (but important) question may be: what (if anything) do I do next? Is probate required? More …

Lessons Learned from the Presidents Club: Guidance for trustees on returning funds

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The recent events surrounding the Presidents Club Charity Dinner have brought to light a difficult situation that trustees of any charity may find themselves in (albeit on, hopefully, rare occasions) – i.e. where they are offered or receive funds from a source which has the potential to damage the reputation of their charity. More …

What role does a solicitor play in the mediation process?

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Whilst there is a clear distinction between the role played by a solicitor and by a mediator, there are a number of ways in which the two roles complement each other. More …

How do we co-parent after separation?

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Even when separating couples are on good terms, when it comes to how they continue to co-parent their children, they can still encounter difficulties. As part of Mediation week, we demonstrate how mediation can be utilised to assist separated parents to work together to successfully co-parent their children. More …

Co-mediation - working with a family consultant

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For many years now family lawyers and mediators have encouraged their clients to obtain help from family consultants or therapists to support them through the difficult process of separation. More …