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Helping families in conflict – A guide to mediation

What is Mediation? During the week 18-22 January 2021, The Family Mediation Council (FMC) is running a campaign called Family Mediation Week to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families to manage their issues collaboratively and productively. Since 6 April 2011, all separating couples who wish...

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Business interruption insurance claims

Supreme Court hands down judgment on FCA test case The Supreme Court has now handed down its judgment in the appeal from the Commercial Court’s decision on the FCA’s business interruption insurance test case. We will be reading through the 114 page judgment during the course of today. We will...

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Landlords told flexibility is key to recovery in property sector

Landlords and tenants need to embrace greater flexibility in their dealings with each other if they want to keep their businesses in the best shape possible despite challenges posed by the pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 on landlord and tenant relationships was under the spotlight at the first in our...

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Property developers warned to act on cladding before time runs out

Our expert construction team are advising developers to act on cladding issues now to avoid the risk of paying out millions of pounds. Dangerous, combustible cladding has been top of the agenda for developers since the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of 72 people. The use of...

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Child arrangements in lockdown

There are unlikely to be many families who were disappointed to see the end of 2020. Many people seemed to be optimistic about matters improving in 2021 and putting the misery of the unprecedented past year behind them. Sadly, however, the optimism many people felt may have subsided by now...

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UK Public procurement challenges

Don’t get caught out by strict time limits The case of Riverside Truck Rental Limited (“Riverside”) v Lancashire County Council (the “Council”) is a salutary case which shows the importance of making sure that claimants comply with the strict time limits set down in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 in...

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What is Net Zero?

Dale Edwards, Strategic Consultant – Green Energy discusses what is Net Zero and his thoughts for business impact. The term net zero is being used with increasing regularity, whether by politicians, journalists, businesses or just in conversation. The increasing use of the term in different settings and connotations can lead...

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Fraud alert – Calls from 0121 468 0335

Calls purported to be coming from Clarke Willmott and/or Simon Smith of Clarke Willmott We have recently been made aware of some businesses receiving calls purporting to come from Clarke Willmott, specifically alleging to be Simon Smith of Clarke Willmott. The number the caller is dialling from is 0121 468...

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No one wants to miss out on a bargain…

Many businesses have encountered the situation where a customer decides to ‘cancel’ the contract, despite having no contractual entitlement to do so. This can leave you in a difficult position. The issue often arises in long term supply or service contracts when one party declares that it is going to...

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Retail Line – December 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Retail Line In our pre-Christmas edition we usually try to cheer on the sector at its most important time of trading. We had hoped to look forward to fewer challenges and more opportunities in 2021, but just as we were to publish this...

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