Blogs, News and Articles

Whether you are interested in the articles that we have prepared for our clients and contacts and/or had published in national, professional or specialist trade media, our news releases about developments at the firm or at our clients or a less formal perspective on events from our blogs, the information is here. You might also take a look at our publications section. For further information, please contact Cheryl Sturdy or John North.

City law firm sponsors life sciences event

London-based solicitors Royds is co-sponsoring a major life sciences event, which will take place in the capital this spring.

From Brewer’s Yeast to Personalised Medicine is being organised by the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with companies such as Royds – who have a wealth of experience representing clients from the industry. Continue reading

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Heavy penalty for undisclosed lifetime gift

A man recently received a £87,000 penalty from HM Revenue and Customs, after he failed to tell his father’s executors about a substantial sum of money he had received a few months before his dad’s death.

Businessman and father Robert Hutchings had died in October 2009, leaving an estate Continue reading

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Case against cancer surgeon hit by delays

Compensation claims against a surgeon accused of carrying out unnecessary breast cancer operations have been delayed, because the specialist at the centre of the controversy is suffering psychiatric problems.

Five women are pursuing a High Court damages claim against Ian Paterson, who is alleged Continue reading

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Risk to people who aren’t up to speed with new pension rules

The threat of fraudsters has highlighted the importance of people seeking advice about the forthcoming pension reforms.

A dramatic overhaul of current rules will hand the public greater control of their retirement savings, but there are growing concerns that the changes will open the door to Continue reading

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Warning about the use of photos in tenancy disputes

UK letting agents and landlords are being warned that inventory lists compiled using some technologies cannot guarantee state-of-repair proof or protection from tenant disputes.

An inventory is a binding legal document and must provide a complete record of a property’s condition and contents. Continue reading

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More people choose to leave charity legacies

The number of people have left a charitable gift in their Will is at its highest level since 2010, according to new research published by Remember A Charity.

The survey of 1001 people aged over 40 was commissioned by the charity legacy consortium and was carried out in October. Continue reading

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Stamp duty changes encourage housebuyers

A shake-up of stamp duty announced eight weeks ago saw a flood of people visiting estate agents last month.

Figures, released by the National Association of Estate Agents, found that on average members welcomed 360 buyers to their branch during December. Continue reading

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Timetable confirmed for shake-up of divorce courts

More details have emerged about the move towards central divorce centres.

Resolution, the Association of Family Lawyers, has had discussions with HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) about the change in arrangements. Continue reading

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Royds event sheds light on employment tribunals

City solicitors Royds staged a mock tribunal yesterday evening.

The law firm’s Employment Department hosted the event at the Old Court Room in Lincoln’s Inn at the heart of London’s legal district.

The scenario devised for delegates involved a claim brought by Denise Royle against her former employer, Call Centres R Us Limited.

While the Claimant’s name raised a smile with sitcom fans, there was nonetheless a serious point to the proceedings.

Using the fictional case of an unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claim, the Royds team was able to shed light on how a Tribunal hearing runs. The case allowed employers and HR professionals present to see the pitfalls that arise when misconduct is badly handled and the potential for serious problems to arise when an employer fails to deal with these issues properly.

The whole event was scripted by the team so as to give the tribunal as authentic feel as possible and business clients who attended could see for themselves at first hand what was involved .

Delegates enjoyed the light-hearted approach but appreciated the underlying serious message that was conveyed.

For advice on any employment related matters, please contact Richard Woodman, Caroline Doran, Helen Murphie, Gemma Ospedale or Kevin James.


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Call to finally reform cohabitation laws

Resolution, the association of family lawyers, has said improving the rights of cohabitees is something the next government needs to look at as a matter of urgency. They are lobbying for unmarried couples who live together to receive at least basic legal protection. Continue reading

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