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- Business immigration series: 1 - Right to work checksThe first article in this new series focuses on the commencement of employment and an employer's obligation to carry out right to work checks.
- Avoid costly contractual mistakes – both in drafting and performanceTwo recent cases highlight the danger of failing to ensure that all the blanks are completed prior to execution of a contract or to perform a specified contractual procedure set out in it. This briefing reviews them.
- Developments in the US tax treatment of UK charitiesThomas Dick explains how UK charities can discover if they are affected, and if they are what steps they should take to reinstate their status.
- Legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the EUThis briefing explains the main features of the Withdrawal Bill, how it will impact on UK law and the important scope and interpretation issues that it raises.
- EU Trademark Reforms: further changes applying from 1 October 2017EU trademark law is currently undergoing the biggest reform in its history. This articles examines the proposed changes.
- Don't bank on surrendering your lease if the landlord's mortgagee hasn't given its consentThe High Court has refused to imply into a deed of surrender a condition precedent that the superior landlord had obtained its lender's consent. This article examines the decision.
- Family law solicitor “fabricated and backdated” letters to cover up her lack of progress on casesA family lawyer found to have fabricated and backdated letters across of host of cases – including child contact and domestic violence matters – has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. It said “significant harm” had been done to the reputation of the profession and of Ms Wheeler’s firm, Bridge McFarland. The post […]
- “Disgraceful” solicitor struck off for misusing power of attorney and creating fake wills to pocket £250kA “disgraceful” solicitor has been struck off after taking around £250,000 from a client under a power of attorney after he had died and also creating false wills for other deceased clients to pay off the legitimate beneficiaries of the first estate. He said the beneficiaries were “hassling” him to distribute money. The post “Disgraceful” […]
- Another male solicitor rebuked for “inappropriate” behaviour towards woman at firm Christmas partyAnother male solicitor has been rebuked for inappropriate behaviour to a female colleague at his firm’s Christmas party, following two similar incidents last month. The Solicitors Regulation Authority recorded that "whilst intoxicated, he behaved in an inappropriate, physical manner towards a female employee”. The post Another male solicitor rebuked for “inappropriate” behaviour towards woman at […]
- China launches pioneering online court to deal with internet-related disputesA pioneering online court formally launched in China last week to handle internet-related cases, such as online trade and copyright disputes. Located in and for the e-commerce hub of Hangzhou – home of Chinese technology giant Alibaba – the Hangzhou Court of the Internet is said to be the first of its kind in the […]
- Solicitor sanctioned for “violent” anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist Facebook commentsA solicitor who wrote on Facebook that it was a shame a plane carrying Jewish refugees had not blown up has been handed a 12-month suspension and £25,000 fine after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found his “despicable” comments to be anti-Semitic. However, the suspension of Majid Mahmood has itself been suspended for a year. The […]
- Retired solicitor gives undertaking not to hold himself out as practising after complaintsA retired, non-practising solicitor who helped "friends and acquaintances" with legal matters but misled third parties into believing that he was still in practice has given an undertaking to the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he will not repeat his misconduct. He was also rebuked and fined £500. The post Retired solicitor gives undertaking not to […]
- Father of Ohio high school football player convicted of rape shoots judgeAuthorities identified Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Richmond, father of Ma’Lik Richmond, as gunman who shot and wounded Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr The man who shot and wounded a judge outside a county courthouse before being shot dead by a probation officer was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of […]
- Brexit paper backs away from PM's promise of judicial independenceLatest policy paper seeks to maintain EU system of civil judicial cooperation covering business and family disputesBritain will be subject to the rulings of European courts after Brexit, the government has conceded, in an apparent climbdown from its promise of judicial independence.In the latest in a series of policy papers that seek to blur the […]
- The Guardian view on censoring the internet: necessary, but not easy | EditorialWho should protect us online? And who will guard us from these guards?Among the more absurd things ever said about the internet was that the network “interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”. The epigram was half true, but the half that was false gets more important every year.The internet can be a vile […]
- The question of race in child abuse cases | LettersSarah Champion, like the victims she stands up for, deserves to be heard, say Sally Bates, Roy Grimwood and Cath Hallam, while Hilary Nelson warns against falling into a racism trapIn all of the outrage concerning Sarah Champion, it is important to remember the context of the vulnerable children she is seeking to protect (Shadow […]
- Online hate is real-world hate. It’s about time there were consequences | Suzanne MooreA laissez-faire attitude to online aggression has encouraged abuse without fear of penalty. Alison Saunders’ new guidance will help to change this mentalityThe minute Alison Saunders announced the Crown Prosecution Service’s crackdown on hate crime online, a torrent of loathing spewed forth on Twitter. There were the hordes complaining that they could no longer tell […]
- Arizona's 'concentration camp': why was Tent City kept open for 24 years?In 1993 Joe Arpaio, America’s ‘toughest sheriff’, opened a temporary outdoor jail in Phoenix. After more than two decades, the notorious project is finally closing‘Hitler! Hitler!” the prisoners chanted to the TV cameras in protest. It was 4 February 2009. More than 200 Latino men in black-and-white striped uniforms, shackled to each other, were being […]