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Penalty Clauses: The new rules and how these impact on commercial contracts

April 27 2016 In late 2015 the Supreme Court gave its judgment on the joint cases of Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi ("El Makdessi") and ParkingEye…

Are dress codes outdated or an effective way of maintaining a professional image in the workplace?

April 13 2016 A school in New Zealand has recently come under fire for telling girls to wear skirts below the knee, to “keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting…

How would a law banning out-of-hours work emails affect your workplace?

May 13 2016 As a new law in France has been passed giving workers the legal right to ‘disconnect’ from workplace emails, we look at what this could mean if a…

Disputes arising out of Building Contracts

May 20 2016 Disputes commonly arise out of building contracts. These could include arguments as to quality or price, being kicked off site or being asked to do…

New EU Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Regulation creates new obligations for online businesses

April 5 2016 Under EU Regulation 524/2013 (“the Regulation”) consumers and traders within the EU can use the ODR platform to refer contractual disputes between a…

Call the mediator

June 20 2016 A new documentary series premiering on BBC2 tomorrow night; Mr v Mrs: Call the Mediator sets out to explore the experiences of splitting families at…

Family feuds can have long-term consequences

June 17 2016 In Davies and another v Davies [2016] EWCA Civ 463, the Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against an award of £1.3 million in satisfaction of a…

Holiday Home Options Without The Higher SDLT Rate

June 15 2016 As summer approaches and we look into making the most of our valued weekends and potential summer holidays, we weigh up the options of buying a rural…

An employers’ duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled employees

June 14 2016 In a recent case heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal Mr Carreras (the Claimant) brought a claim for constructive dismissal and disability…

University hikes salaries for female employees to address gender pay gap

June 7 2016 The University of Essex has given female professors a one-off salary increase to align their salaries with their male counterparts. Data analysis by…