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Solicitors at McCormicks write regularly for various publications including the press and our quarterly Briefing. To view an article please click on the links below.

Please note that the some of the content may now be out of date or may have been superseded by subsequent legislation. If you have any queries on any of the matters raised in these articles please either contact the author or email us directly.


Employment 

September 2020

"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.

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Family

September 2020

"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.

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Employment 

June 2020

"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.

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Family 

June 2020

"Lockdown Conflict"

Family department Solicitor Carol Hancock is an expert in domestic abuse and its effect on families. Here she looks at the current situation.

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Private Client 

June 2020

"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.

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Litigation   

March 2020

"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.

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Commercial Property   

March 2020

"Energy Efficient"

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.

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Employment  

March 2020

"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.

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Employment  

February 2020

"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.

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Employment  

Winter 2019

"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.

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Employment  

Autumn 2019

"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.

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Employment  

Autumn 2019

"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.

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Employment  

Autumn 2019

"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.

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Property 

Autumn 2019

"Knotty Problem"

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.

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Private Client 

Autumn 2019

"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.

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Commercial Litigation 

Summer 2019

"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.

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Corporate/Commercial 

Summer 2019

"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.

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Corporate/Commercial & Corporate Litigation

Christmas 2018

"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.

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Corporate Crime, Fraud and Risk 

Christmas 2018

"Stay Safe"

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.

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Private Client 

Christmas 2018

"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.

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Corporate Crime, Fraud & Risk

September 2018

"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.

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Corporate/Commercial 

September 2018

"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.

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Commercial Litigation

June 2018

"Forfeiture Facts"

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.

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Commercial Litigation

June 2018

"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.

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