Discretion is the better part of valour

    Or, put another way, it’s better to avoid a dangerous situation than confront it. Or, as I like to say, prevention is better than cure! Although we can apply that to many parts of our everyday lives, and many parts of our legal lives, today I’m particularly focusing on employment contracts, which often […]

Read More

Out to Lunch

  Not that long ago (but definitely pre COVID) a well known chain of serviced offices asked me to put on a series of presentations for the multitude of businesses that rented space from them.  I was labelled as a “member benefit” in that if you had an office licence agreement with them, you could […]

Read More

How fast is fast enough?

You’d probably assume that if speed is important, you can’t do any better than Usain Bolt, but the supporters of Srinivas Gowda might say otherwise.  For those of you not aware, Mr Gowda is a buffalo racer from India who is tipped for Olympic glory if we ever get back to the Olympics! Speed isn’t […]

Read More

Saving money can be expensive.

  It’s quite common for people to start their own legal proceedings because they think it will be cheaper in the long run than having a solicitor act for them, especially if they think the Judge will give them an easier ride than their legally represented opponents. Many litigants in person assume that they won’t […]

Read More

Promises Promises

  I guarantee that at some stage in your life, you’ve bought something that came with a guarantee, even if that wasn’t why you made the purchase. The chances are that you didn’t even read the terms of the guarantee, and even if you did, you might not have understood what all the caveats or […]

Read More

31 May is Moving day!

  Well ok, not exactly moving day, but it might be “start packing your bags” day. The end of the month signals the end of the freeze on evictions.  Currently we cannot evict residential tenants, but from 1 June these can start again. No doubt the courts will have a huge backlog of cases, but […]

Read More

Turning the Tables on Restaurants

I’ve noticed a growing trend recently in the number of restaurants limiting how long you can have the table for, particularly post lockdown when they’re desperate to turn tables as much as possible.  In fact, it seems that the more expensive and exclusive the restaurant, the more adamant they are about how soon you have […]

Read More

Take Note

One of the reoccurring themes of my job is myth busting.  People have many preconceived ideas of what their rights and obligations are, usually based on what they’ve read in the papers or seen on TV, and they assume it’s fact.  Sometimes it is.  Often it’s not. One of the most common ones is the […]

Read More

Take that away

  If less is more, does that mean more is less??? Some say I’m a hard working mum.  Others say I’m a spoiled brat who can’t cook.  Either way we get takeaways often. The Indian gives us 20% off if the order is over £25.  So it’s actually cheaper to order an extra dish and […]

Read More

I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat.

We’ve all been there.  We’ve all sat on a crowded train and seen a woman with a bulge and thought should I offer up my seat or am I about to embarrass both of us. On the other hand, I’ve often seen people wearing those “baby on board” badges and thought “really????” What about older […]

Read More