24 May 2021
Actions Against the Police
In September 2020, just over 410,000 first-year students headed to university in the UK amid continuing lockdown restrictions, joining 2 million other undergraduate and postgraduate students within the higher education system.
It is fair to say it has been a less-than-conventional academic year, with lectures delivered via Zoom, online examinations and for those reaching the end of their courses this year, a virtual graduation ceremony. With most UK residents spending £9,250 per year in tuition fees (with this number rising significantly for international students) many have been left wondering how the hefty price tag attached to their education has been spent – and if they are entitled to a full or even partial refund.
Craig Court, a Partner at Harding Evans who heads up our Actions Against Public Authorities team, explores why making a claim against your university may not be as easy as it seems.
05 May 2021
Wills & Probate
When writing your Will, there are some big decisions to be made. Who would take care of your children in the event of your death, for example? And who would receive any physical and financial assets that you own, such as property, treasured possessions and money in the bank? With all these significant considerations to be made, it can be easy to forget about the other, smaller things that you own that aren’t material possessions, such as social media accounts, and photographs, films and music that are stored online.
Our head of Wills & Probate, Laura Selby, gives her advice on how to deal with your digital assets in your Will.
29 Apr 2021
Since the onset of the pandemic, homebuyers and conveyancers have relied on technology to avoid hitting a standstill in the housing market, with virtual tours and digital signatures ensuring that properties continued to exchange hands.
The latest change instigated by HM Land Registry sees the launch of the first Digital Identity Standard, offering buyers the opportunity to use their mobile phone to prove their identity when purchasing a property.
As this new standard enters circulation, Jamie Beese, a solicitor in our Residential Property team, examines how phones may be the future when it comes to buying or selling your home.
26 Apr 2021
When it was becoming clear that COVID-19 was a serious issue early last year, some medical professionals were concerned as to the long term impact of the condition . ‘Long Covid’ describes the ongoing symptoms of a sub-set of people who are suffering months after contracting the virus. A year on, it’s widely becoming accepted that Long Covid is a serious problem.
Our head of employment law Daniel Wilde examines what employers need to do in order to support employees who are affected by Long Covid.
19 Apr 2021
Given the uncertainty in the commercial property market in recent years – and particularly since the start of the Covid pandemic - it can be a good idea to negotiate the inclusion of a break clause in commercial property leases.
As our senior associate in Commercial Law, James Young, explains, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is important to understand your rights and obligations when it comes to exercising this important clause.
13 Apr 2021
Family & Matrimonial
With incidents of domestic abuse sadly still rising at homes across the UK as lockdown restrictions continue, Leah Thomas, senior associate in our Family Law department, examines a recent legal ruling which will bring an important change to the way in which courts deal with coercive control and behaviour.
08 Apr 2021
The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals of England & Wales and in Scotland have issued new guidance updating and increasing the Vento bands which came into force this week (6th April 2021).
01 Apr 2021
Next week, new IR35 tax changes will come into force in the private sector, meaning some self-employed workers and the businesses that employ them will have to pay tax differently. Changes were introduced in the public sector in 2017 and were due to come into force in the private sector in April 2020, but were pushed back 12 months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the delayed rules come into force, our head of employment, Daniel Wilde revisits the changes and what they might mean for you.
31 Mar 2021
In business today, getting customers to leave you positive online reviews is a valuable commercial currency. Whatever sector you are in, having good online reviews can cement existing business relationships, help to attract new clients and convince others to use your services. Bad reviews, on the other hand, can cause huge reputational damage and ultimately hit your bottom line.
Our head of dispute resolution and specialist in defamation claims, Ben Jenkins, explains what businesses can do to manage negative online reviews.
25 Mar 2021
“Without prejudice” is a commonly used expression, particularly in legal proceedings, and it is very important to properly understand its meaning. In a recent appeal involving communications giant, Motorola, the Court was asked to examine whether a statement that was made during a “without prejudice” meeting should have been admissible as evidence.
Our head of dispute resolution, Ben Jenkins, provides an overview of the “Without Prejudice” rule and examines its importance in English and Welsh law.
23 Mar 2021
This week at Harding Evans, as people all across the UK mark the first anniversary of the start of the national lockdown, we too have been taking stock and reflecting on the extraordinary events of the last year.
Our Chief Executive, Joy Phillips looks back on how our lives have changed in the last 12 months.
16 Mar 2021
March is National Bed Month, an annual initiative to raise awareness of sleeping well and to promote the importance of sleeping in a good bed. However, choosing the right bed is not only important for the many people who struggle with their sleep. It is also vital for the thousands of incapacitated patients and care home residents across the UK who are forced to spend long periods in their beds, often developing incredibly painful and debilitating pressure ulcers as a result.
Debra King, an associate paralegal in our Clinical Negligence team, explains why this is such an important issue.