Can you hear me at the rack!?!

As everyone and their dog has a mobile phone these days, it’s fairly common for clients to give not just documentary evidence, but also recordings of conversations they’ve had with other parties.  I’ve had experience of police relying on such recordings, and I’ve seen transcripts from recordings be used in court, even though the other […]

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In a Bind?

In this fast paced business world, it’s not uncommon for parties to never get around to doing a formal contract, especially if they’re very experienced and practiced in what they do. Sometimes people will exchange a few emails, or text messages.  It could just be a quick chat over a pint (that’s my favourite way […]

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A word in your shell-like

Times, they are a changing, and not just due to the virus.  I know we are all so focused on the lockdown at the moment that it’s easy to forget that there are other things going on in the world, but many laws and legal practices are being made, changed and, of course, broken, in […]

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Quick Draw

Being an advocate in court is not dissimilar to being a parent. You often need to think fast on your feet to deal with an unexpected question; you need to come up with a polite intelligent answer that won’t drop you in it. Both judges and small children can smell BS a mile away. A […]

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The scales of justice are not always evenly balanced!

In theory we are all innocent until proven guilty. What’s more, not only is it for the crown to prove guilt (rather than you to prove your innocence) but they must do so beyond reasonable doubt. This is a very high standard to achieve, which may explain why things like rape, where consent can often […]

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Criminal Proceedings and Covid-19!

Being a party to criminal proceedings can be stressful at the best of times, and in the middle of a worldwide pandemic this is only amplified! Both the courts, solicitors, barristers, and individuals concerned are all having to navigate through an already stressful time in completely new circumstances. The coronavirus is far reaching in its […]

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In for a penny, in for a pound

I’m bored of writing about coronavirus related issues so I thought I’d write about near misses instead. I’ve always said that my job is half about the law, and half about tactics/commerciality. For example, it doesn’t matter how good your claim is if the other side are borderline bankrupt. Which means that the first thing […]

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Non-disclosure Agreements

Employers and employees may want to enter confidentiality agreements for many reasons. You may be asked to sign one before starting a project to stop business secrets and sensitive information from being leaked. Confidentiality clauses are also often contained in settlement agreements, this allows the employer and worker to resolve a dispute confidentially without going […]

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You’d be barking mad not to read this!

We’ve always been a nation of pet lovers, but these days even more people are choosing to have an animal companion, which can either provide them with the friendship they are lacking in the big city or become their kid’s friend and support children’s physical and mental development when growing up. Support dogs aren’t limited […]

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All at Sea

From furloughing to insolvency, travel complications to remote working, company Directors are facing unprecedented challenges in this difficult time whilst trying to keep businesses afloat. Nonetheless it is important that Directors remember they owe duties to the company itself, employees and shareholders alike. Some industries are being hit harder than others, but all Directors seem […]

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