Whether the law still remains fit for purpose 10 years on is something the Law Commission is currently considering as part of a wholescale review of surrogacy law. Whilst most surrogacy arrangements are successful, there remains the occasional case when it can go wrong.
Associate Partner, Nicola Wilburn Shaw has been featured in the Manchester Evening News following the start of new BBC drama, The Split featuring divorce lawyers, courtroom battles and big money settlements.
The recent proliferation of ‘crypto-opportunities’ and schemes to fund Bitcoin mining operations, all beg the question of the extent to which such creditably imaginative schemes are regulated by the FSMA financial promotion restrictions.
Under the MEES Regulations, no commercial property which is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (“EPC”) can be let for a term certain of more than 6 months, but less than 99 years, unless it’s minimum level of energy prescribed for the property (evidenced in the EPC) is Band E or above.
Employees who are not able to get to work on account of snow generally expect to receive their salary. However, unless their employment contract expressly provides for this, there is no obligation for employers to pay the day’s wages.
With headlines such as “Liam Payne calls in divorce lawyers to advise how to protect his £54m from Cheryl and still have access to his son…”, it is not surprising that there remains confusion about unmarried couples’ rights. So what is the position when a couple who are not married separate? Is there such a thing as “common law marriage”?
As Tom Daley has discovered, UK law is a minefield and not supportive of commercial arrangements; the same cannot be said for his husband’s homeland, the USA, where in many states commercial surrogacy is legal.
Surrogacy is an increasingly common way to have a child. However, anybody in the UK who is planning to have a child through a surrogacy arrangement should bear in mind that whilst surrogacy is legal in the UK, it is under a very different culture and is enshrined in a philosophy that surrogacy should not be commercial.
It is not just the main Carillion companies that may now find themselves in severe financial difficulties. Smaller subcontractors may find themselves having to consider their position with regard to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Pension Regulator.
Last week Google’s Project Zero team published details of serious security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, which affect almost every modern computer, and could allow hackers to steal sensitive personal data.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a number of guides on the GDPR designed to assist local authorities, education providers, small public health sector bodies, small organisations and charities.