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JEBThere are many firms offering quick online divorce services and it's tempting to access these or issue your divorce proceedings yourself to save money. Whilst it is essential that you ensure you preserve as much of your family assets as you can, it's important to take good advice and understand your options before agreeing to a clean break order.

So, what do divorcees need to know about a clean break order and what options are open to them? Jill Bruce, senior associate in the Family Law team explains the important facts.

This month sees the 10 year anniversary of the opening of our offices in Plymouth's historic Sutton Harbour. To celebrate a decade in Salt Quay House we take a look at some of the exciting ways we've seen the city change since we moved in.

Whilst the political landscape remains uncertain, there are practical, common-sense steps which businesses can take now to protect themselves and understand the risks they might face.

skjwThe recent Court of Appeal decision in Shirley has confirmed that although still a material consideration, the Air Quality Directive does not itself specify that planning decisions must be determined in a particular way or by a particular body. Suzanne Walford, Associate in the Planning team provides further insight.

cn1The BIG MAC is one of the most famous burgers in the world. No doubt most readers of this article will have eaten, at least, one! Indeed, one of our partners even worked for McDonalds as a student for many years and made thousands of them. Charlene Nelson, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in the Intellectual Property team provides further insight.

tw5One of the issues being considered by right holders is whether or not third parties, such as Amazon, can be liable for merely storing and delivering goods that infringe their rights. Tom Wilkin, solicitor in the Commercial Litigation team provides further insight.

JEBFor many people the cost of paying for a divorce can be their primary concern. If they are not the main earner this can be even more frightening than worries about meeting their day to day costs. Whilst there may be money available to fund the divorce, this capital can be in the name of their partner or tied up in property or illiquid assets (such as shares or pension funds) leaving less cash in the bank for legal expense and basic living costs while your divorce goes through.

So, what do divorcees need to know about paying for their divorce and which options are open to them? Jill Bruce, senior associate in the Family Law team explains the important facts.



Prenuptial agreements are an increasingly popular option for UK couples. Whilst no one enters a marriage expecting to separate, with 101,000 divorces in the UK last year, more and more pragmatic spouses are choosing to enter prenuptial agreements (sometimes known as 'prenups').

In doing so, they hope to reduce the risk of an acrimonious or protracted divorce should they ever separate. But what is a 'prenup' and why would you need one?

In this article, partner and specialist family law solicitor Jessica Pitt explains the important facts about prenuptial agreeements - or 'prenups' as they are sometimes known.


In the latest in a long line of worker status claims emerging from the "gig economy" the Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a decision which found that Addison Lee drivers were workers despite being labelled as independent contractors in documentation. In doing so the EAT confirmed that tribunals are entitled to use a "realistic and worldly wise" approach to determine employment status where it is alleged that the contract is not an accurate reflection of actual practice.

Kevin Lau, associate in our employment team, summarises the key issues in the case and the points to take away.