Handbags at dawn!

  Or indeed at any other time. As a junior lawyer, I loved a document briefcase because they are really really useful if you know what you’re doing.  I learned this at the start of my first ever high profile case, where I was given a large heavy document briefcase to carry in and out […]

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With friends like these….

Who needs enemies! Or, is your best friend actually your worst enemy??? I often talk about how you shouldn’t always believe what you read.  The press is often full of “legal” comments, such as reference to common law spouses, when no such concept exists, or telling you about the outcome of a case, then their […]

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Being a landlord is no picnic and could leave you all at sea!

You may think that being a landlord is as easy as taking a walk on the beach.  You own a property, you rent it out, and you sit back in your deckchair whilst the money rolls in. Sadly, it’s never been as easy as that, and COVID restrictions are making it harder, with delays and […]

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The house always wins!

  I don’t gamble. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration.  I have been known to say things like “a pound says that it will rain before the end of the day because I’ve got my best killer heels on” but that’s usually about as far as it goes. I’ve been to Vegas and other […]

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Court orders are like parking restrictions.

Court orders are like parking restrictions. You can’t just ignore them.  Or if you do, you will bear the brunt of the traffic warden and his punishing tickets. Take, for example, a Child Arrangements Order.  Once it’s finally agreed, parents will hope the court proceedings are over and the arrangements are set in stone. However, […]

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The cans, the haves and the shoulds!

    People often mistake what they can do, with what they have to do, with what they should do. For example, I can have another glass of wine, but I don’t have to have another glass of wine and perhaps I should have stopped before the last glass of wine, but if I don’t […]

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Is silence ever an answer?

  Well that depends on what the question was! If it’s “would you like another drink” then you might say that silence was the wrong response, because you might go thirsty.  On the other hand, you may have perfected the “are you mentally ill” look that my children are so good at, so that you […]

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I do love a challenge

One of the benefits of having been in law for over 30 years is that I have experience in a wide range of areas, and regularly talk to clients about a wide range of situations and scenarios. I’ve noticed that when I give advice, I tend to give real life analogies and examples, because I […]

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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 […]

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