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Terms & Conditions Part 3 – What Do I Do With My Shiny New Terms & Conditions?

Euan McLaughlin, (pictured) a partner at Sills & Betteridge and a member of our Corporate & Commercial Team, has written a series of three articles telling you everything you need to know about Terms & Conditions. In this, the third and final of this three articles, Euan explains what to do with them once you have them. There is a temptation when a set of terms & conditions are completed to take a contented sigh, pop them in a drawer, and then forget all about them. I know of a number of businesses who have spent the time and money required to produce high-quality terms & conditions, only to then…

Euan McLaughlin - Sills & Betteridge Solicitors

Terms & Conditions Part 2 – What Do I Need In My Terms & Conditions?

Euan McLaughlin, (pictured) a partner at Sills & Betteridge and a member of our Corporate & Commercial Team, has written a series of three articles telling you everything you need to know about Terms & Conditions. In this second of this three articles, Euan explains what you need in them. There is no “one size fits all” solution to what goes in your terms & conditions. As I mentioned in my previous article, one of the key first steps in creating your terms & conditions is for the business and the solicitor to have a discussion about your products and needs. The following is therefore a general guide of the…

Euan McLaughlin - Sills & Betteridge Solicitors

Terms & Conditions Part 1 – Why Do I Need Terms & Conditions?

Euan McLaughlin, (pictured) a partner at Sills & Betteridge and a member of our Corporate & Commercial Team, has written a series of three articles telling you everything you need to know about Terms & Conditions. In this first article, Euan explains why you need them. I have two aims – to de-mystify the topic, and explain the importance of getting it right. This article will focus on the outline of why you need high-quality terms & conditions, and the initial areas you should be considering. This will be followed by further articles looking at (i) typical content, and (ii) how to use terms & conditions. Terms & conditions are…

Maximum Penalties and Awards Update, More Rights for Workers – by Stephen Britton, Head of Employment Law

On 6th April 2019 there were a host of Employment Law changes made due to new regulations being introduced. Increased Maximum Penalty First, regulations have been introduced to increase the maximum penalty to employers who have committed an aggravated breach of employment law. In the past, any breach carried the risk of a tribunal ordering a penalty of £5,000 as a maximum. As of April 2019, this has been increased to £20,000. Aggravating features are not specifically defined in the Act and depend on the size of the employer, the length of the breach and the actions of the employer. Bearing in mind the risk of receiving a sizeable penalty,…

Is this the end of no-fault eviction notices? – by Robert Pearson

Successive governments have tried to grapple with the issue of trying to find the right balance between the interests of residential landlords versus the rights of their tenants. The government announced on 15 April 2019 that they intend to abolish so called “no-fault” evictions under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. Currently, Section 21 allows landlords to terminate tenancies after the fixed term of the tenancy has expired by giving the tenants two months’ notice. This led to concern that landlords were terminating tenancies too readily, and leaving tenants having to find alternative accommodation in a relatively short space of time, with all of the attendant costs and inconvenience…

Prenuptial Agreements – by Dominic Lee, Solicitor – Nottingham

A ‘Prenup’ is a legal agreement entered into between a couple before they get married; it sets out what their rights in relation to property, business, debts and other assets are and it stipulates what will happen to their ‘financial relationship’ should the marriage breakdown. It is far more common for couples in the US to enter into these types of agreements then it is in the UK. Is a prenuptial agreement worth thinking about? Prenuptial agreements can be a good mechanism to help protect a business interest you have, inherited property you may have received, property that you would like to pass on to your children or assets acquired…

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Divorce Day

Today is unofficially known as “Divorce Day” – the day law firms expect to receive a large number of enquiries from those going through relationship breakdown. The pressure for many couples to wait until after Christmas and the New Year before initiating separation and divorce action is high, leading to a significant increase in the number of divorce inquiries on the first working Monday of January. Here at Sills & Betteridge, we have specialist family solicitors who have extensive experience in dealing with divorce and separation, financial issues and arrangements for children and property should you need advice at this difficult time. We offer free telephone information on all family…

Is your business supporting criminal lifestyles?

By Andrew Kerrigan, Business Crime and Regulation, Sills & Betteridge LLP. On 1 November, Ben Wallace the Home Office Minister for Security and Economic Crime launched the Governments new serious and organised crime strategy. As part of the strategy a newly formed National Economic Crime Centre will be tasked to “go after the status” of serious organised criminals. Those working in regulated professions such as banks and solicitors are very familiar with anti money laundering provisions. The new message from the Government is that they intend to create an increasingly hostile environment for organised crime. Press reports covering the launch of the new strategy gave examples of private schools, organisations holding…

Medical negligence during pregnancy and birth

Medical negligence during pregnancy and birth

We recently published an article explaining what is meant by the terms “medical negligence” or “clinical negligence”. That article provided an overview of what is required to pursue a medical negligence claim, including time limits and proof.  We also looked at the reasons for claiming compensation and what you can make a claim for. In this article we look at one of the more common reasons for making a medical negligence claim, which is for injuries sustained during pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy can be a very nervous and worrying time for parents-to-be even in the best of circumstances. Parents to be are naturally concerned about such things including whether the…

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What is clinical or medical negligence?

Medical negligence – also known as clinical negligence – is when substandard care is provided to a patient by a medical professional such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, cosmetic surgeon, optician or dentist, or by a hospital, GP surgery or care home that either directly causes an injury or an existing condition to get worse. If a patient is injured or suffers illness because of clinical negligence, then they may be entitled to compensation. Thankfully, medical negligence is generally the exception rather than the rule, and most people receive very good care on the NHS and do not experience any problems. However, occasionally, things can go wrong. In such a…