Posts By: Schofield and Associates

Divorce Arbitrators’ Decisions Are Final – Guideline High Court Ruling

Many divorcing couples are attracted to arbitration as a swift and relatively cheap alternative to resolving financial issues in court. However, as a High Court ruling made clear, arbitrators’ decisions, even if not perfect, are final. An arbitrator to whom a couple had submitted the financial aspects of their divorce for resolution decided, amongst other… Read more »

Having Trouble Raising a Mortgage? Seek Advice and Don’t Be Hasty!

<p><img alt=”Houses” src=”https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/legalrss-production/assets/1098/small/SAM_0653.JPG?1336474369″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Raising mortgage finance to buy a home can be seriously challenging for those who do not enjoy high earnings or a perfect credit rating. However, the risks involved in overcoming that difficulty by putting someone else&rsquo;s name on the title deeds were underlined by a decision of… Read more »

Building Supplies Company Fined £730,000 Following Near-Fatal Accident

<p>Employers who fail to take comprehensive steps to protect the health and safety of their workforce can expect severe punishment. In one case, a building supplies company was fined more than a year&rsquo;s profits after two of its employees narrowly escaped death when they were run down by a combi-lift truck.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s yard featured… Read more »

‘Too Wide’ Employment Covenants Not Worth the Candle, High Court Rules

<p>Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are an essential means of protecting legitimate business interests. However, as a High Court decision showed, they need careful, professional drafting and examples that are too heavy-handed may not be worth the paper they are written on.</p> <p>The case concerned two employees of a company that provided foreign exchange services… Read more »

The ‘Good Work Plan’ Phase Two – Protecting Vulnerable Workers

<p>Following Matthew Taylor's 2017 <a href=”https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/627671/good-work-taylor-review-modern-working-practices-rg.pdf” target=”_blank”>independent review on modern working practices, entitled 'Good Work'</a>, in February 2018 the <a href=”https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-the-taylor-review-of-modern-working-practices” target=”_blank”>Government published its response</a> and launched consultations on how best to implement many of the review's recommendations.</p> <p>The Government has now announced phase two of the Good Work Plan, which focuses on protecting vulnerable… Read more »