Articles and Updates

VALEJoCompanies, charities and public sector organisations with responsibilities for data protection know that a breach of personal data security can get them in very hot water with the Information Commissioners office, the ICO.

In this article, solicitorJo Vale in our Media and IP Litigation team, explains why great care must be taken about how personal information is stores and shared. 

Tags: CommercialCorporateReputation ManagementCharitiesMedia2016

Chanter Mark webMark Chanter a partner in the Private Wealth team dicusses how battles can be fought between separating couples about who keeps the family pets.

I recently had a client who consulted me about who would get the family dog in a divorce?  She and her husband had a massive row over this. She wanted to know her legal position.  She was very serious about the question and I gave the general reply I usually give about trying to negotiate a deal and the economics of pursing such a claim. This normally works but for her it was not enough, so I actually headed for the law books!

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Chanter Mark webMark Chanter, partner in our private wealth team highlights the importance of having a partnership agreement in place.

In farming, Partnership is a very common way of running a business and in lots of ways very flexible and suits generations of families really well. The document does not even have to be in writing to be effective, so why go to all the expense and trouble with lawyers to put it in writing?

I can tell you many reasons, some obvious, some less so. Firstly, if it is in writing, it is clear what the arrangements are. It is surprising how something as simple as this can cause argument and disputes which are readily resolved by looking at a written agreement.

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chris pritchettOn 29 July 2016 OFGEM published an open letter on charging arrangements for embedded generation. It has been known for some time that changes to embedded benefits are inevitable but this letter gives a clearer indication of OFGEM's key priorities for change. Chris Pritchettpartner and head of Foot Anstey's energy & renewables segment brings you the key messages.

Tags: Energy and RenewablesProperty, Infrastructure and Construction2016


With consolidation in the IFA sector continuing apace, it has never been more important to have appropriate covenants in place with key advisers and other staff. This article sets out the key issues when considering restrictive covenants.

In this article, partner and financial services expert, Alan Hugheshighlights the importance of investing in legal advice at the outset to ensure that any restrictions are appropriately drafted and, in particular, are likely to be enforceable. This will minimise the potential for future problems and costly disputes to arise. 

BROKMAN SamIn this article, published on the specialist journalism website Hold the Front Page, solicitor, Sam Brookman, in our Media and IP Litigation team, debates the question - will it cause a "substantial risk of serious prejudice"?

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Female red dress HRThe biggest news from this month is, unsurprisingly, the UK's vote to leave the EU and in this bulletin we outline some of the key people issues that we have seen emerging for businesses. We also summarise some other developments from this month including: changes to immigration legislation, a case looking at the protection of migrant workers and two competing opinions from the EU on whether banning employees from wearing the hijab is discriminatory.

In addition, we look at a decision which will be of interest to any business that uses a service company to employ staff and second them across their group structure. Our pensions expert Helen Trethewey also summarises the implications of the New Pensions Governance Code which comes into force on 28 July.

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Female red dress HRWelcome to our monthly legal news. In this edition, we look the Charity Commission's new power to issue offical warnings, as well as their new online annual return form and the legal obligations for interns and volunteers.

We understand the many challenges ahead for charities, as a leading charity law team we come across them on a daily basis. For more information on our expertise, please continue to read more here or contact James Evans, partner, on +44 (0)1392 685243 or

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Katherine Willmott. resizeInheritance tax is a concern for many; one of the most common questions asked in relation to estate planning is: 'how can I preserve more of my estate for my family?'

In 2015 the government announced plans to reduce the inheritance tax burden on families in the UK through the creation of an additional nil-rate band for residential property. However, legislation surrounding the new scheme is complex and existing will arrangements can significantly impact the availability of the new allowance.

In this article Katherine Willmott, solicitor in our private wealth team gives a brief overview highlighting some key points to review in light of the new legislation.

Mark Rhys JonesDickon CourtDispute Resolution Update

This article is brought to you by Dickon Court, senior associate and Mark Rhys-Jones, partner, in our dispute resolution group.

Even if you win litigation, you can lose. Legal costs liabilities have always been a big deal, but recent court decisions on the concept of costs 'proportionality' have highlighted and magnified that problem.

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