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Deal or no deal – An overview of how a no-deal Brexit will impact UK law

The current deadline to leave the EU is fast approaching and with the Government putting aside £2 billion in preparation for a no-deal Brexit; it is looking more likely that this will be the case. If Article 50 is not revoked or extended by 31 October 2019 and a withdrawal deal hasn’t been approved, the…

The question of surrogacy in the UK

It’s an area of family law that isn’t often discussed in public and as a family lawyer we find that instructions are limited in numbers. At present we are only dealing with one live matter however, we are aware that many firms having never offered advice or even dealt with a matter through to conclusion….

It’s all in the planning when it comes to selling privately-owned companies

By Tom Webb, Partner – Corporate Commercial For the shareholding directors of many privately-owned companies, the end-game is focused on selling up before moving on to new ventures or sometimes retirement. But many owners under-estimate the time involved in making a business market-ready, or do not seek advice on the different options before they start,…

HMRC announces revised policy on collecting VAT on deposits

HMRC has confirmed a change in guidelines, which came into effect from 1 March 2019, that VAT remains due on a deposit, even if the customer ultimately does not use the goods or services for which they paid. Previously, if non-refundable deposit money was taken for a VATable supply and the purchaser or customer did…

Plant based discrimination?

While Veganuary has come to an end, we are fast approaching a landmark hearing in March that will decide if veganism should be regarded as a philosophical belief that is protected under the Equality Act 2010. The employment tribunal hearing will centre around the dismissal of Mr Casamitjana by the animal welfare charity League Against…

Strong support for no fault divorce set to bring an end to the blame game

It’s been a long time coming, but no-fault divorce legislation is set to be introduced in the next session of parliament. With an end to the fault-based system in sight, Rebecca Silcock, Partner and Head of Family, looks at the reasons why it would reduce conflict and stress. Couples don’t enter into marriage expecting it…

Google fined for data misuse, are you GDPR compliant?

Jennie Alger, Trainee solicitor, Corporate Commercial Further to our article on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was introduced in the UK by the European Union on 25th May 2018, we wanted to share with you an example of how the new rules work in practice as a warning of the consequences of non…

Congratulations to the England netball team as they claim historic Commonwealth Games victory

Mogers Drewett trainee solicitor Eboni Beckford-Chambers helps the team bring home the gold We’re incredibly proud of the England netball team for scooping gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Congratulations to all the players, including Mogers Drewett trainee solicitor Eboni Beckford-Chambers, for an incredible performance which saw them beat host nation Australia. The Roses etched…

Carillion collapse: the fallout

By Maeve England – Partner – Construction & Dispute Resolution News that the UK’s second biggest construction company had entered liquidation broke this week, as it collapsed under its £1.5bn debt. But with the company now under Official Receiver control – due to the company’s high number of Government contracts – what does the fallout…

Reforming the law on wills

This article was written by Luke Watson and published in The Law Society Gazette on 5 January 2018 It must have seemed cutting edge at the time, but the law that governs the making of wills in England and Wales is now 180 years old, dating from 1837. High time for a review then –…