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Will the Government’s intentions of equal parental access really benefit children?

The Government is intending to push through new legislation that would impose a duty on courts to ensure that separated parents have access to any joint children. The idea is that this would ensure that non-residing parents will have more time with their children.

Whitehall says that enshrining this principle in law will weaken the bias in favour of mothers. Currently, the majority of children whose parents are not living together reside with their mothers. (more…)

Government measures: helping employees to leave, or helping employers to get rid of employees?

The Government has repeatedly stressed that it wants to reform employment law. One of the aims of the reforms is to enable employers to have frank discussions with their employees about their individual performance.

At the moment many employers apparently struggle to have open conversations with their workers, particularly when there are issues concerning employees’ low performance. Employers often fear that these conversations could be used against them in any future unfair dismissal claim. (more…)

Bee Gees’ member’s family fears inheritance dispute with mother of love child

On Sunday the 20th of May Robin Gibb, a member of the Bee Gees, died from liver and colon cancer. Many are now curious how his assets will be divided.

The Daily Mail reports that the singer had an open relationship with his wife Dwina, with whom he had three children. One of the women Gibb had been involved with was the couple’s former housekeeper, Claire Yang, and the two had a child together. (more…)

Part III of our series on alternative dispute resolution

Part III: Disputes solved through mediation

Today is the third part of our series on alternative dispute resolution. The last post looked at mediation in general, and today we will be looking closer at some forms of disputes that are particularly suitable for being resolved through this form of alternative dispute resolution.

Mediation is a popular dispute resolution method for family and employment disputes, as well as personal injury conflicts. Regardless of the nature of the specific dispute, it is important that the parties are willing to negotiate and are not too entrenched in their positions. The success of mediation rests on the parties’ ability to compromise and come to a joint agreement. (more…)

Employee dismissed after sexually harassing female colleague online

Employers have an obligation to look after the well-being of their employees, which goes beyond ensuring a safe work environment. As such, many companies have procedures in place to ensure that no worker is discriminated, harassed or bullied at the workplace.

With the expansion of the internet such behaviour now risks occurring in another forum, beyond the office environment. (more…)

Law firm fighting back against Government no-win, no-fee measures

The Government is looking to cut the availability of no-win, no-fee personal injury cases in order to put a stop to what they consider has become an over-litigious culture in Britain.

In response, a personal injury firm is now trying to encourage victims to make their claims by offering them money in advance. (more…)

Part II of our series on alternative dispute resolution – mediation

Part II: Mediation

We are currently running a series on alternative dispute resolution, and this week we are looking into mediation. This will be continued next week when we look closer at what types of disputes can be solved through this method. For last week’s opening blog, click here.

Mediation has become a very popular dispute-resolution method, particularly in family law. Mediation involves the parties sitting down with an independent third party who looks to find common ground between them. (more…)

Interpreting mistake leads to suspension of trial

Early this year the Ministry of Justice decided to let one company, Applied Language Solutions (ALS), handle all its interpreting needs. However, the contract with ALS has come under intense criticism as the service provider is accused of having incompetent interpreters and for failing to provide interpreters to several trials.

Since the contract between ALS and the Ministry of Justice came into force numerous problems with ALS interpreters have been reported. (more…)

Disputes and alternative dispute resolution: first of a five-part series

A few weeks ago we concluded our ‘Back to Work’ blog series. Today we are starting a new series on alternative dispute resolution methods and how these can be constructively applied to your situation.

The series will look at:

  • Mediation
  • Common disputes where mediation can be applied
  • Arbitration
  • The forms of disputes that arbitration is applied to (more…)

Excessive health and safety regulations to be scrapped

When health and safety regulations came into place their focus was on ensuring that we were kept safe outside of our home. Such regulations have particularly targeted workplace environments.

These originally good-natured rules have unfortunately come to pose obstacles to the running of everyday activities as they have often been misused. (more…)

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