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22Jun

Beware Large Corporates – They may change their minds!

In a case reported yesterday, the High Court has supported a major corporate in its claim against a smaller collaborator to repay $2 million because one of its employees had made a mistake in  agreeing a collaboration milestone had been met when it hadn’t . This case highlights several issues faced in negotiating agreements. First […]

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Jun

Protecting Commercial Secrets From Exploitation By Others….New issues in the cloud

It is an all too common occurrence that we are asked to stop ex employees from competing with their old employer either on their own account or because they have moved to a competitor. It is never easy to advise on these issues. The default legal position is that there is little you can do. […]

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21Jun

Ever wondered what is involved in making a Will?

We’ve put together 7 easy steps to help explain to you what is involved.   At the first meeting we will discuss the assets within your estate Once we have a breakdown of your assets, we will discuss inheritance tax (IHT) and whether your estate is subject to IHT We will discuss your family set […]

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19Jun

Summer is here: 5 Employment issues all employers face with over summer

Summer has landed and temperatures are set to soar. But as employers know, summer can bring with it a number of employment issues. We’ve set out the 5 most common below: Competing Holiday Requests Employers are generally not under an obligation to agree to requests from employees to take holidays at a specific time. If […]

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15Jun

What does the General Election result mean for Brexit?

Article 50 was triggered on 29 March 2017 and within a month the Prime Minister Theresa May had called a snap General Election. It was widely reported that she did so in order to increase her majority in the House of Commons and restrict those who sought to frustrate her attempts to deliver Brexit.   […]

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13Jun

Acquisition of Local Solicitors William H Lill

Today we announced the acquisition of local law firm William H Lill. With +85 years’ experience, W H Lill brings a team of 15 to MLP to create a total of 46 employees, consisting of 27 lawyers and 19 support staff. As part of the acquisition, the partners of W H Lill, Michael Jackson and […]

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12Jun

Missing beneficiaries?

What happens when a beneficiary entitled to funds from an estate cannot be located?  Is it ok to distribute funds without them or, does a personal representative (PR) need to keep hold of these funds and if so, for how long? In the first instance a PR must demonstrate they have made reasonable enquiries in […]

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Jun

5 common misconceptions in relation to Wills and Powers of Attorney

1. My attorney is my executor Unless you have formally prepared a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney appointing the same person to act in both of these roles, there is no transition from attorney to executor when you die. An attorney acts during lifetime and can often be appointed when you are unable […]

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Jun

7 Common Misconceptions About Dispute Resolution

  Dispute resolution involves going to Court Not always. In fact, the Court rules are specifically designed to encourage the parties not to go to Court. The rules insist on the early exchange of information before court proceedings begin in order to help the parties understand the strength of their positions before they proceed . […]

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09Jun

Can employers ban beards in the workplace?

The Guardian recently reported that a high profile construction firm had banned its workers from having beards. The firm explained its decision on the grounds that its workers are required to wear tight-fitting face masks when working in dusty environments and that these masks will not properly fit workers who have beards, which creates a […]

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