Family Law

Statistics just released in England and Wales revealed that last year the number of couples divorcing was at its highest level since 2009. The divorce rate increased by almost 6 percent between 2015 and 2016. This represents the highest year on year increase since 1985. Most of those divorces were raised on the basis of… Read more »

Personal Law

Your mobile phone is primarily used for keeping in touch, checking social media and sending daft pictures of yourself to your friends. Ideally it’s not to be used for leaving instructions as to what happens to your belongings when you die. In a recent court case in Queensland, Australia, an unsent, draft text message on… Read more »

IP & Technology

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) introduces new rules in relation to certain kinds of automated decision making and profiling. Earlier this week, the Article 29 Working Party published its draft guidance on how those rules should be interpreted. What is automated decision making and profiling? Automated decision making and profiling are two separate, but… Read more »

Traineeships

Calum Fairbairn, a PRIME student with Brodies in 2015, describes his summer work placement at the firm This summer, I took part in a work placement at Brodies’ Edinburgh office, spending time with the litigation and banking teams. This gave me invaluable first-hand experience that complemented my academic legal studies at university. However, this wasn’t my… Read more »

Corporate

The Small Business Commissioner In August we provided guidance on the introduction of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) and complaints scheme that they would be fronting. On 2 October 2017 Paul Uppal was appointed the first SBC. Mr Uppal has over 20 years’ experience as a small business owner in the real estate sector. He has experienced many… Read more »

Family Law

I was interested to read the most recent statistics from our family law colleagues in the USA ( Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals) which reinforced the results from an earlier International Academy of Collaborative Professionals’ study showing that most clients who embark on a Collaborative divorce case are able to resolve matters by agreement away… Read more »

Employment

An investigation is central to a fair disciplinary process: if you dismiss an employee for misconduct, you will risk an unfair dismissal claim if you don’t carry out a reasonable investigation. But what does a reasonable investigation look like? This was the question considered recently by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in NHS 24 v Pillar…. Read more »

Dispute Resolution

Intellectual Property (IP) is often the most important and valuable asset of a business. IP exists in many forms such as brand names, inventions, manufacturing processes, confidential information and product or industrial designs. Taking steps to identify IP assets and then protecting and enforcing the rights in these is vital to maintain and enhance their… Read more »

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