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Calculating the length of a marriage: the most complicated equation of all?

12 Jan 2018

Family law calls for quite a lot of mathematics. From calculating how matrimonial finances should be divided upon divorce, to considering the tax implications of the same, a lot of number crunching goes on. Here, Head of Family for Kuits Katie McCann, who specialises in complex matrimonial finances, explains how a good divorce lawyer needs […]

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Planning Pitfalls: Notifying the Neighbours

02 Jan 2018

The High Court has recently overturned a planning permission for the erection of additional floors at a block of flats in central London after concluding that the leaseholder of one of the flats was not notified of the application. The application was made on behalf of the freeholder to Westminster City Council, the local planning […]

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New China Town Liverpool Development: Is your Deposit at Risk?

13 Dec 2017

It has been published in the press that China Town Development Company Limited (part of the North Point Global Group) has run into trouble and faces litigation from Liverpool Council. In their press release dated July 2017, the Group confirmed that it will seek to dispose of its property interests in the development. Anyone with […]

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A debt recovery pre-action protocol now exists but should you use it?

07 Dec 2017

Many businesses will have been inundated with emails, mailshots and circulars about the Debt Recovery Protocol (which commenced on 1 October 2017), what it will do to the debt recovery process and the sanctions for non-compliance. Here, Head of Litigation Andrew Weinberg takes businesses through what they need to know, why they may wish to […]

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Commercial service charge changes: have your say

20 Nov 2017

The tide may finally be turning for tenants when it comes to service charge. For many years now, landlords have effectively been able to operate unregulated when running service charges under a commercial lease. This is in part due to the fact that, despite the RICS code of practice being in its third edition, compliance […]

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Court of Appeal hears transgender woman denied direct contact with her five children

15 Nov 2017

Last month, the lawyers representing a transgender woman who had been refused direct contact with her five children, on the basis that they would be “shunned” by their ultra-Orthodox Jewish community” were in the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of Mr. Justice Peter Jackson from earlier this year. Here, associate and LGBT family […]

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50 Shades of Grey (market trading)

15 Nov 2017

Here, intellectual property partner Claire Meyers discusses the risks associated with dealing in parallel/grey market goods. Broadly speaking, a trade mark owner is entitled to prevent a third party from using his trade mark without his consent.  However, once branded goods have been placed on the market in the EEA by the trade mark owner, […]

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When is selling parallel traded goods (grey goods) a criminal offence?

13 Nov 2017

In the context of Brexit, there has been much talk of the English Courts adopting a more robust attitude to competition and departing from some of the jurisdiction and jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. There is, however, scant evidence of such an approach in a recent decision given on 3 August 2017 by […]

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Patents, trade marks and registered designs: can you make a threat to sue?

13 Nov 2017

It has long been the law in England and Wales that any threat to sue on a patent, trade mark or registered design could be the subject itself of an action by a person in receipt of the threat that the threat was unjustified. This has caused a number of practical problems, in particular, in […]

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Three things you need to know about using e-signatures in the Digital Age

27 Oct 2017

The Digital Age is well and truly upon us. Most of us now couldn’t live without our smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, laptops and the like. Therefore, understandably, we are often asked by our clients whether it is safe and acceptable to digitally sign documents. The short answer is yes. Regulations allowing digital signatures (The Electronic […]

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Specialist advisor warns tax evaders ‘HMRC will be rubbing their hands’, following latest data hack

25 Oct 2017

The announcement of a data hack at Appleby, one of the world’s largest providers of offshore legal services, could produce a treasure trove of information for HMRC to rival the Panama Papers and then some. Here, specialist tax investigations solicitor and Executive Partner for Manchester commercial law firm Kuits, Robert Levy, shares his insight: “Until […]

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Sexual harassment by the ‘boss’ – can there ever be a Hollywood ending?

13 Oct 2017

One of the biggest film producers in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, has recently been dismissed by the management board of his own production company following a historic sexual harassment complaint. To some this has been Hollywood’s worst kept secret. Reports have emerged that Weinstein has settled up to eight harassment lawsuits previously. He also faces a […]

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – what is it and what should you be doing to prepare? Part Three

06 Oct 2017

Part 3 – Rights of Data Subjects This is the third in our series of articles summarising the upcoming changes to be introduced by the GDPR. As mentioned in our previous article, data subjects, or those individuals whose data is held, already have various rights in respect of their personal data. The GDPR will strengthen […]

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – Why they are still viable

02 Sep 2017

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which gives chosen attorneys the ability to manage the financial and property affairs, and/or health and welfare matters of the person giving the power of attorney, known as the Donor. It is ‘lasting’ because even if the Donor loses mental capacity in the future so […]

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#ETfees: our insight on today's Supreme Court ruling that employment tribunal fees are unlawful

26 Jul 2017

Head of Employment for Kuits, Kevin McKenna, gives his insight into today’s Supreme Court decision that employment tribunal fees are unlawful.  “The Unison case decided today in the Supreme Court is likely to dramatically change the landscape for employment tribunal claims and substantially increase the risk of tribunal claims for employers. “The introduction of fees […]

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Back to the future for employment tribunal claims

26 Jul 2017

The Supreme Court has allowed the worker’s union UNISON’s appeal that the current system of fees in the Employment Tribunal and the Appeal Tribunal is unlawful.  This decision is extremely significant for claimants who have been dissuaded from bringing claims (as statistics clearly show) against their employers because of the financial cost.  Prior to the […]

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The E-Privacy Regulation: What does it mean for your business?

24 Jul 2017

In recent years, the world of communications has changed dramatically. There are now a range of ways with which we communicate electronically every day – including WhatsApp, Viber, IMessage and Skype – which did not exist at all a few years ago. Our willingness to embrace new technology and our demand for instant communications has […]

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#BBCpay: a legal perspective on today's top story

19 Jul 2017

Head of employment for Kuits, Kevin McKenna, offers insight into today’s top story concerning the salary information published in the BBC’s annual report and what this means for employers: “Firstly, the salary information published in the BBC’s annual report should not be confused with an employer’s obligations relating to the Gender Pay Regulations. For a start, […]

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Employee injunctions: Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect confidential information from your previous employer.

19 Jul 2017

Occasionally calls come in not from people who want employment law advice, but from people who want to give it – or, at least, have a clear vision in their mind as to what the state of the law should be. Above all, there is one area where the desire for the law to match […]

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The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

12 Jul 2017

Yesterday, the Government published the eagerly awaited Taylor Review of Modern Practices, or the “Good Work” Report as it is now called, which runs to 116 pages. Set up by the Government 9 months ago, and following extensive consultation with the business community, workers, lawyers and unions to name but a few, the review has […]

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HMRC Investigations: 5 things employers should know

29 Jun 2017

The spotlight for HMRC investigations into breach of the National Minimum Wage Regulations has traditionally fallen on employers in the care, retail and hospitality sectors. Increasingly, we are seeing that HMRC is starting to widen the net to other sectors such as sports and manufacturing. Mark McKeating, a solicitor from our Employment team sets out […]

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Four advantages of Private Fund Limited Partnerships

23 Jun 2017

On 6 April 2017, the Legislative Reform (Private Fund Limited Partnerships) Order 2017 came into effect, changing the law on limited partnerships in England and Wales by introducing a new category of limited partnership known as a ‘private fund limited partnership’ or ‘PFLP’. These changes will bring a number of advantages for investment funds traditionally […]

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The Fourth Money Laundering Directive – Beneficial Ownership Information (Article 30 and 31): How will it affect you?

07 Jun 2017

The EU 4th Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) is due to be implemented into UK law on 26 June 2017. The aim of 4MLD is to strengthen the EU’s defences against money laundering and terrorist financing. Article 30 – beneficial ownership information relating to corporate and other legal entities Article 30 requires each member state to […]

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Be wary and don’t vary: oral variations of written contracts

06 Jun 2017

Certainty of contract Certainty of contract is one of the main pillars of contractual law. The basic principle is that what is written in black and white represents the bargain reached by the parties and their intentions when they entered into the agreement. Well-drafted commercial agreements will include a clause saying that the parties agree […]

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PSC Registers - Are you compliant?

02 Jun 2017

The new rules on PSC Registers came into force over a year ago but many companies are still not compliant. Since 6 April 2016 every UK company (including dormant companies, companies limited by shares, companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies) and every UK limited liability partnership must keep and maintain a register of […]

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