Author Archives: lawblacks

Paying The Price For Unreasonable Conduct

In litigation the Civil Procedure Rules (the Court rules which govern civil cases) stipulate that if a Claimant discontinues his claim once proceedings have begun then he is liable to pay not only his own costs but also his opponent’s … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial Dispute Resolution | Leave a comment

Fact-finding hearings and Practice Direction 12J

In circumstances where a child’s parents have separated and they are unable to reach an agreement about the arrangements for the child, either party may decide to apply to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order.  A Child Arrangements Order … Continue reading

Posted in Family Law | Leave a comment

Entire Agreement Clauses

Most commercial contracts will include a clause known as an “entire agreement clause”.  This type of clause is used to signify the intent of the parties that the written terms of the contract should represent the agreement between the parties … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial Dispute Resolution | Leave a comment

Immigration and no-deal Brexit: free-movement at the cliff face

Amidst the Parliamentary furore, on Monday the Government quietly released the key immigration policy for a no-deal scenario, highlighting the chasm which now exists between the deal and no-deal outcomes.  This restrictive policy adds to the long line of initiatives … Continue reading

Posted in Business Immigration | Leave a comment

Not-quite-death knell for joint lives maintenance

Just when family lawyers thought that we were out of joint-lives maintenance orders, a recent case has brought us back in. In Quan v Bray [2018] EWHC 3558 (Fam) , heard in the latter stages of 2018, Mr Justice Mostyn … Continue reading

Posted in Family Law | Leave a comment

‘Christmas Day becomes Divorce Day’

As 2018 drew to a close and people celebrated the start of a New Year, others began the divorce process as it was revealed that a total of 455 applications were made between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 26 … Continue reading

Posted in Family Law | Leave a comment

GDPR – Organisations Continue To Adapt

GDPR and the Data Protection Act came into force in May 2018.  There was some sense of foreboding as we built up to the introduction, there was no transition period just a new and extensive set of rules and regulations … Continue reading

Posted in Employment Law | Leave a comment

Parental responsibility and your child’s education

If your child is approaching school age and needs to start school in September 2019 you need to complete your application for their place at a primary school soon (the deadline for admissions being 15 January 2019). But what if … Continue reading

Posted in Family Law | Leave a comment

When tough talk becomes reality: the UK’s new immigration policy

After much apparent internal division within Cabinet, the Government today released its White Paper on the UK’s new immigration policy. The headline features, which may alarm businesses, are that there will be no preferential treatment for EU nationals and that … Continue reading

Posted in Business Immigration | Leave a comment

Home Office drop Tier 1 suspension bombshell (followed by a swift and silent back-track)

On 5 November 2018 came the seemingly out of the blue announcement that the Tier 1 Investor visa route was to be suspended in two days’ time.  The media had been briefed overnight with all major outlets running prominent pieces … Continue reading

Posted in Business Immigration | Leave a comment