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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Mistakes that mean landlords lose right to break-up

Landlords looking to terminate a lease have received a blunt reminder of what it takes to serve a valid break notice after a legal battle reached the High Court.  The ruling in Vanquish Properties (UK) Limited Partnership –v- Brook Street (UK) Limited centred around premises ear-marked for development on Fenchurch Street in London.  The premises were let [...]

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Lifting the lid on tricky toilet problems

Customer toilet facilities have been causing a stink for take-aways and travel operators in recent weeks.  First, it was take-away outlets with tables who found themselves falling foul of the law.  Then a ferry company was in trouble, after being challenged on its attitudes towards transgender users of its facilities.    It’s estimated that the [...]

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When talking the talk may mean walking the walk

Negotiating contracts looks set to be tougher in future, with the news that clauses that require any changes to be made in writing and agreed by all the parties may not hold water.  Anti-oral variation clauses often feature in both commercial agreements and employment contracts, but until now there have been conflicting decisions over enforcement. [...]

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When the wheel comes off a free-style holiday

When the sun shines at home, our thoughts often turn to holidays abroad.  And when it’s so easy to book online, the attraction is to create a trip that’s unique.  Certainly, the choice is huge, with Airbnb alone reporting over 2m listings on their peer-to-peer accommodation sharing network, in 34,000 cities across 191 countries, including [...]

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The devilish detail on Inheritance Tax

By inheritance specialist Nicholas Manning with Stephen Rimmer LLP   When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move had been much anticipated. But rather than simply raising the tax-free threshold for everyone, he announced a new allowance specifically for those who own their home and want [...]

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