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Christmas Works Party: Do

When employees take the festive fun too far...

The Christmas adverts are on the telly, lists of 'must-have' presents are being compiled and carols accompany shoppers on their travails, but as the works Christmas party looms, it is important organisations don't get too caught up in the festive spirit. Abigail Halcarz, employment lawyer at leading UK law firm SGH Martineau warns: "Whilst no-one wants to play the Grinch, it is worth reminding organisations that the Christmas party is essentially just an extension of the workplace; employers should be prepared in advance and protect themselves from unnecessary employment issues following the event.

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Sue Evans, Partner at Lester Aldridge answers some questions about the new parental leave regulations.

New shared parental leave regulations - are you ready?

Sue Evans, Partner at Lester Aldridge answers some questions about the new parental leave regulations.

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Problematic penalties? By Alex Bilionis, Lester Aldridge LLP

Problematic penalties? By Alex Bilionis, Lester Aldridge LLP

"Liquidated damages" (LD) clauses, which apply if a party breaches certain terms of a contract, are subject to much debate about how they should be drafted and if they are enforceable. Traditionally, the Courts have taken a legalistic view of enforcing such clauses but the recent case of Bluewater Energy Services BV [2014] EWHC 2132 (TCC) shows a willingness to take a more commercial view when considering the enforceability of LD clauses.

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Sam Miles, Family Partner

Straight talking protects family business

A businessman is facing a hearing in the Supreme Court to answer claims that he misrepresented the value of his company to cheat his ex-wife out of millions in their divorce settlement. Sam Miles, Family Partner at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP, explains here that carving up a family business for a divorce settlement can spell disaster for the company, and the best option is to plan ahead rather than resort to crisis management.

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