Wills are a very important and influential document. It’s one of the best ways of ensuring that when you pass away, your family, friends and chosen organisations all receive exactly what you wish them too. Wills aren’t legal requirements; however should you die intestate (without a will) then depending on your current place of residence, all of your estate could be passed to the Crown for them to divide as they see fit. (More…)
The potentially landmark case by Prudential against HM Inspector of Taxes faces another challenge as the Law Society has been granted permission to intervene by the Supreme Court.
Prudential is seeking to extend the principle of legal professional privilege (LLP) to accountants who offer advice on tax law. (more…)
Fifa’s president, Sepp Blatter, has denied there is a crisis in football after new allegations of corruption within Fifa emerged on Monday 30 May 2011.
The vote for a new president of Fifa is due to be held on 1 June 2011. With the suspension of a presidential candidate earlier this week, Blatter now stands unopposed and is certain that only his ‘Fifa family’ can prevent him from being re-elected. (more…)
English Law recognises that an individual has a right to a respect of his privacy and family life. The potentially conflicting right of freedom of speech is also recognised by the law and is a fundamental right in the UK. When the conflicting rights clash, a balance must be struck between them. (More…)
What is a compromise agreement?
In employment law, a compromise agreement may be given to you by your employer when your employment is terminated. By signing this legally binding agreement, you accept a full and final pay out from your employer in return for giving up your legal rights to make a complaint against them to an employment tribunal. (More…)
Official figures published on 25 May 2011 have revealed that one on seven convicted rapists are sentenced to spend four years or less in jail.
In fact, because of how the sentencing rules currently operate, a rapist sentenced to four years or less will in fact not spend their entire sentence in prison. (more…)
The former director of Haringey child services has won her appeal overruling a High Court decision that her sacking after the death of Baby P was lawful.
Sharon Shoesmith was dismissed in 2008 by then children’s secretary Ed Balls after a damning Ofsted report found serious failings in her department. (more…)
Chris Hutcheson has lost his attempt to keep the fact that he has a secret family from being published by the press, after the Court of Appeal said the decision by the High Court not to grant an injunction last year can be published.
Mr Hutcheson tried to obtain a privacy injunction in December 2010 after he was sacked from his position as chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings. My Justice Eady refused to grant him one, saying that he had lost his right to keep his double life secret after he publicly engaged in a war of words with his son-in-law, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. (more…)
The Ministry of Defence has announced its plans to cut a special payment made to soldiers who are trained to parachute in order to save £4m a year.
The payment, known as the ‘para pay’ bonus, is paid to all members of the 16 Air Assault Brigade and amounts to £2,000 a year per individual. Each paratrooper is paid the same amount, regardless of rank. (more…)
Many of us have come up with really interesting, fresh and maybe even unique ideas for potential inventions, products, businesses, websites, or even songs and movies.
But faced with the often daunting prospect of actually protecting your idea, most of us can find the entire process quite complicated and this leads to most of us never pursuing the matter any further. (More…)