Family Law

“You should go to mediation” is a sentence which makes a lot of sense for those who deal regularly with family conflict. But if you haven’t done it before what does it mean and how does it work? What does it mean? Being told to “go to mediation” suggests that you have a disagreement with… Read more »

Renewables

Earlier this month, at the All-Energy conference, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched the Route Map and consultation on Energy Efficient Scotland (EES). EES aims to launch a set of long-term energy performance standards for all buildings to achieve by 2040. It proposes a range of measures which are designed to improve energy efficiency in… Read more »

IP & Technology

Intellectual property can exist in almost anything and in this case it is alleged to exist in Hotel Chocolat’s (HC’s)  chocolate slab product. The niche chocolatier believes that its design has been copied by Waitrose in its own brand chocolate bars. The Waitrose bars are said to be roughly the same size as those of… Read more »

IP & Technology

Pets will no longer be able to indulge in a drink product which calls to mind the popular human treat Prosecco as a result of an unsuccessful trade mark application this week. (See the UK Intellectual Property Office decision of Monday, May 21 decision here.) The decision is of considerable interest and not just for pet… Read more »

Employment

In November 2017 we blogged about the possibility that the IR35 rules introduced for the public sector last year would be extended to the private sector. The government has now confirmed that it wants to take steps to improve compliance in the private sector and has launched a consultation to look at the options. What is… Read more »

Employment

Yes. Although, as I blogged last month, the EAT has confirmed that it is not direct sex discrimination to enhance maternity pay but only pay statutory shared parental pay (Capita Customer Management v Ali), the EAT has decided in a second case (Hextall v Leicestershire Police) that it could be indirectly discriminatory. What is indirect… Read more »

Family Law

The Tini Owens v Hugh Owens divorce saga has been played out publicly at each stage of the proceedings in the last two years. It has been no different this week with five judges in the Supreme Court hearing Mrs Owens’ challenge to earlier decisions to dismiss her divorce application based on her claim that… Read more »

Family Law

We have been here before My colleague, Scott Cochrane, blogged on this issue back in November of last year. He outlined how there can be a rush to Court to make a maintenance claim following the breakdown in a marriage; and why – from a financial perspective – it can be advisable to rush to… Read more »