Lawyer-written opinions and insights on the latest in the legal sector, along with what else is happening in the world and how these topics may impact your business.


A brief note on Brexit court rulings

11 Sep 2019
On 17 September the UK Supreme Court will be required to choose between, or somehow reconcile, different decisions of the English High Court and the Scottish Court of Session on the lawfulness of Prime Minister Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament.

Working around the pensions tax problem?

05 Sep 2019
Waiting lists for routine surgery are reported to have risen by up to 50% in England because consultants have begun refusing to work beyond their planned hours after receiving unexpected tax bills, following new pension rules in 2016.

If you make decisions on paying death in service benefits…

18 Jul 2019
You will probably have noticed a decision yesterday on mainstream news services about the unmarried partner of an RAF Air Commodore winning the right to a potential survivor's benefit - even though she was still married to her former husband at the time of her partner's death.

EMA blinks first in Brexit lease frustration case

09 Jul 2019
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced that it is withdrawing its appeal against the High Court ruling that its £13 million a year lease of premises at Canary Wharf will not be frustrated by Brexit. The appeal is being withdrawn because the EMA has successfully negotiated a sub-letting of the premises to WeWork for the remainder of the term of its lease.

What will employment tribunals look like in the future?

27 May 2019
Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of the Tribunals, published his strategy for the modernisation of tribunals in November 2018. He has followed this up with an Innovation Plan for tribunal reform in 2019-20, which is due to be implemented by May next year.

Industry 4.0 - take one step at a time

09 May 2019
Dwelling on my recent article about the widespread opportunities for manufacturing companies to embrace digitalisation and related conversations I have had with clients and contacts who are potential users of the many technology solutions that can help enhance the productivity of their businesses