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Prenups – worth the paper they’re written on?

In the last 20 years prenuptial agreements, or ‘prenups’ have become steadily more popular in this country. General wealth has grown, and so has the desire to protect finances in the event of divorce. However, one question often asked is: “are prenups enforceable?” The short answer is they can be. The Supreme Court confirmed it…

Children in need

In the run up to the end of 2013 we read of a number of disturbing stories relating to the neglect and abuse of children, or those at risk of harm – sadly too numerous to mention here, and such risk can take many forms. Perhaps one of the most significant reports was that concerning…

Employers need to mend the roof before the storms

With the threat of harsh weather on the heels of Christmas, as in previous hard winters, UK business is likely to lose millions of working hours due to employees not turning in for work.      But despite many businesses suffering drastic cuts in output by staff absence, or where outlets are forced to close due…

Dyne Drewett Solicitors make the world better with a sweater

On 13th December colleagues at Dyne Drewett Solicitors put on their warmest, wackiest and most wonderful festive woollies to raise money for Save the Children as part of Christmas Jumper Day. The team joined hundreds of thousands of people in schools, offices and homes up and down the country as they sport a festive sweater…

Lasting Powers of Attorney – BE PREPARED!

It can be upsetting to contemplate a time in the future when we may be unable to manage our own affairs without help. Most of us agree, however, that if we were in this position, we would want things to be as easy as possible for those caring for us. One precaution you can take…

ICO encourages businesses to introduce bring your own device policies

“The growing use of smartphones and other personal devices in the work place can leave businesses vulnerable” says Morgan J Morgan, Dyne Drewett’s Head of Corporate Commercial, “the recent case of the Royal Veterinary College (RVS) demonstrates the risks involved”. The RVS recently gave an undertaking to the ICO, following a data breach involving the…

Chancellor’s Autumn budget has sting in tail for landlords and expats

Property owners and landlords caught the eye of the Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn statement, which included a package of measures designed to stimulate the housing market whilst bringing in more taxes from the property sector.  The budget was delivered by George Osborne against a more positive economic backdrop, which saw the forecast for…

Employees still stuck with tribunal fees

The public service union UNISON is challenging the Government over the introduction of fees for employees who wish to bring a case to an employment tribunal, but a decision on the challenge is a long way off. Unhappy employees must continue to pay a fee to bring an employment tribunal claim until the outcome of…

Countdown to Christmas comes with a warning for consumers

The  all-important Christmas selling season is now upon us, and online sales are at a peak.  The first Monday in December has become known in the retail trade as Cyber Monday because of an annual spike in online sales, which is said to happen following the last pay cheque before Christmas. For many, online shopping…

What if… Scrooge married Belle?

In Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas past shows us the young Ebenezer engaged to be married to Belle. Troubled over the cost of the wedding, he repeatedly delays it, which leads Belle eventually to call off the engagement and marry another. The older Scrooge grievingly rues his mistake. But what if the…