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With strong growth in the numbers of couples cohabiting, Lucy Habron, part of our Family department, tackles some of the common misconceptions about legal status.
"Hands-Free At All Times"
Changes in mobile phone laws affect all drivers. Criminal Law Executive Kate Develly looks at the implications.
The death of PC Andrew Harper during his response to a burglary incident in Berkshire in September 2019 prompted new legislation to protect those working in the emergency services. Here Partner Peter Minnikin and Criminal Law Executive Kate Develly look at what the new law means.
"Inheritance Tax - New Rules"
This year has seen the introduction of new rules for inheritance tax reporting on estates where no tax is payable. Partner and Head of Private Client Elaine Lightfoot explores the changes.
"Magistrates Court Sentencing Powers"
Brian Nuttney, a Solicitor in our Criminal Department, takes a look at the new Magistrates Court sentencing powers which have recently been announced.
Corporate and Commercial
"Staying Up To Date"
Some business-related issues crop up with increasing frequency. Our Head of Corporate and Commercial Partner, James Towler, highlights two of those he has recently encountered.
"Introduction of Harper's Law and its effect"
After the death of PC Andrew Harper during his response to a burglary incident in September 2019, his wife Lissie Harper lobbied the government to introduce much harsher punishments for those who kill an emergency service worker whilst they are on duty.
Corporate and Commercial
Sponsorship deals are bread and butter for many professional sports clubs and individual athletes. The Head of our Commercial Team, James Towler, and solicitors Emily Steed and Will Bates recently played a significant role in advising Leeds on its sponsorship agreements, including SBOTOP, Clipper Logistics, JD Sports, Hisense, VitalityHealth, VitalityLife, VitaltityCar, VitalityInvest, Bet 365, Utilita, EA Sports, eBuyer and LNT Group.
Here James looks at some of the key questions for both sides.
"Where do we go from here?
It seems as though the end to challenges on the employment front is not yet anywhere in sight. Head of Employment Law Iain Jenkins takes a look at some of the future possibilities.
"New Approach to Wills"
What will the new legislation around the witnessing of Wills mean in practice? Partner Elaine Lightfoot explains.
"Courts to Protect Domestic Abuse Victims"
A major overhaul of family courts and how they deal with victims of domestic abuse has been announced. Family Solicitor Carol Hancock explains what the changes mean.
"Future for Jobs"
The Head of our Employment department, Iain Jenkins, has been providing regular updates for employers since the COVID-19 crisis started. Here he looks at the issues around the Job Retention Scheme.
Family department Solicitor Carol Hancock is an expert in domestic abuse and its effect on families. Here she looks at the current situation.
"Willing to Help"
As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt across the world, Partner Elaine Lightfoot has found that many people are making sure their affairs are in order.
"Don't Leave it Too Late"
How long can you leave it before you make a claim? Solicitor Will Bates looks at the different limitation periods and the pitfalls of leaving it too late.
Head of Commercial Property Heather Roberts discusses the continued tightening of the energy efficient regime for residential and commercial properties as part of the fight against climate change and, importantly, the preservation of asset value.
"Employment Law Changes April 2020 - Spring into Action"
April is often the time for new employment legislation to come into effect, and this year is no different with some significant changes taking place on 6 April 2020. Here are some key areas for you to consider.
"Legislation Finalised for Parental Bereavement Leave"
The new right to paid parental bereavement leave will come into force from 6 April 2020. McCormicks Head of Employment Law, Iain Jenkins, takes a look.
"Christmas Caution Advised"
It is the time of year when employment lawyers will dust down their warnings on the risks which come with the Christmas party and how staff behave towards each other and members of the public.
"Workplace Mediation - Blessed Are the Peacemakers"
Making peace in the workplace can prevent issues from escalating. McCormicks Solicitors' Head of Employment Law Iain Jenkins takes a look at the process.
"Settlement Agreements - An Overused Cop out or a Common Sense Clean Break?"
Are settlement agreements a common sense arrangement when employers and employees need to part company or are they overused? McCormicks Solicitors' Head of Employment Iain Jenkins sets out the arguments.
"Gay Head Teacher Awarded £700,000 Following Finding of Discrimination"
There are no limits to compensation on claims for equality discrimination. Head of Employment Law at McCormicks, Iain Jenkins, looks at the implications.
McCormicks' Property Team is practised in dealing with all kinds of issues but one, in particular, has proved a challenge for both residential and commercial property owners and buyers.
"Changes on the Cards"
The Inheritance Tax Rules were introduced more than 30 years ago and have since been amended piecemeal by various Acts of Parliament. Our Head of Private Client, Partner Elaine Lightfoot, looks at the current status of potential changes to the Rules.
"Build Business the Right Way"
Involved in a construction project of any size? Our Head of Commercial Litigation, Partner Philip Edmondson says it is essential to have the right documents and comply with them to avoid something worse than rough justice.
"Getting It Right First Time"
Joint owners of businesses are unlikely to see eye to eye every step of the way so having a legal framework in place ensures a sensible way to reach solutions and meet expectations. A shareholders' agreement can help to set a clear path. Solicitor Emily Steed sets out below a number of provisions that shareholders should consider including in a shareholders' agreement.
Corporate/Commercial & Corporate Litigation
"Implications of Brexit for Contracts"
The full implication of Brexit were still unclear as we went to press. Here Head of Commercial Litigation, Philip Edmondson, considers the implications for commercial contracts.
Corporate Crime, Fraud and Risk
The rules on drugs and driving cover not only illegal drugs but prescription medicines as well. Solicitor Sean Wilson from our Criminal Department explains the implications.
"Plan for the Future"
Our Head of Private Client, Elaine Lightfoot, continues to receive numerous instructions from clients wishing to set up Lasting Powers of Attorney or to update existing arrangements. Here she explains the benefit.
Corporate Crime, Fraud & Risk
"Call the Experts"
Expert witnesses can make all the difference if you are charged with a criminal offence, as two recent fraud cases handled by McCormicks have highlighted.
"Safeguard Your Brand"
Safeguarding the brand, whether new or established, is important to any business. Solicitor Emily Steed looks at how to go about it.
McCormicks has seen an increase in the number of clients seeking advice on the law of forfeiture with regard to commercial leases, both as landlord and as tenants. The law of forfeiture contains many pitfalls for the unprepared - often operating in counter-intuitive manner. Here Solicitor Will Bates explains some of the issues to look out for.
"GDPR - are you ready?"
With the General Data Protection Regulation just around the corner, our Head of Commercial Litigation, Philip Edmondson, takes a look at what businesses need to do to comply.