Families who leave court the losers after inheritance claims

Record numbers of inheritance disputes are going through the courts as modern family structures and rising house prices push more families to contest unfavourable outcomes.     Two recent cases which have seen families losing out after legal action include two brothers who have run up fees of more than their entire inheritance by disputing a […]

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No rabbits, just selfies come out of Hammond’s hat in pre-Brexit budget

  The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget, which avoided headline-grabbing shake-ups and tax breaks in favour of economic stability.   In the run-up to the announcement, sterling slipped to a seven-week low, reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the move towards exiting the […]

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LIVING TOGETHER RIGHTS? – SOME HOPE??

There persists to this day an urban myth that couples who choose to live together and not get married will after time acquire the same rights of married couples, by virtue of being in a “common law marriage”.  Unfortunately, such concept simply does not exist.   No matter how long an unmarried couple choose to live […]

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Complex challenges for employers in the year ahead

Constant changes and increasing complexity have helped make employment law a frontline challenge for business and this year looks set to continue the trend.  The first weeks of January saw Maggie Dewhurst, a bike courier with City Sprint, winning her case to be treated as a worker, rather than a self-employed contractor. The high-profile case […]

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Unmarried couples need to protect themselves

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner’s pension, with commentators saying it’s likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples.  But, in the meantime, cohabitees should face up and formalise arrangements, rather than keeping their fingers crossed.   […]

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Life lessons from headline breakdowns

Whether fiction or fact, marriage breakdown issues have been stealing more than their fair share of headlines in recent weeks. BBC Radio 4 listeners tuned in to hear revelations about the oppressive relationship endured by Helen Titchener in the Archers storyline. And in celebrity news, the announcements by Angelina Jolie and Zoe Ball have resulted […]

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Keeping hold of the real power in the name game

By Steven Judge, Partner with Stephen Rimmer LLP In the same week that fashion entrepreneur Karen Millen was told she could not use her own name in business, Specsavers were given the green light to trademark the word should’ve on the grounds that it had become eponymously linked to the retailer through their long-standing marketing […]

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Suzie Knapman celebrates 25 years at Stephen Rimmer LLP

To commemorate Suzie Knapman reaching 25 years at Stephen Rimmer LLP, the Family department went to lunch at the local Pomodoro e Mozzarella restaurant in Eastbourne. A link to the article in the Eastbourne Gazette is below: Suzie Knapman Article Congratulations Suzie on behalf of everyone at Stephen Rimmer LLP

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Keeping the company cool when temperatures soar

The world is on track for the hottest year since records began according to NASA, and scorching temperatures look to set to return to the UK with 30°C forecasts for late August. For those heading to work, rather than the seaside, they may be asking employers ‘how hot is too hot?’ in their working environment, […]

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Clampdown for employers who call a spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming workers’ rights.  The GMB Union brought the action on behalf of a group of Uber drivers, who are described as self-employed ‘partners’ by Uber.  The action argues that […]

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