Settlement agreements: what do employees need to know?

If your employer offers you a settlement agreement, deciding whether you should accept it can be pretty daunting. Settlement agreements are typically given to employees when they are being made redundant. The documents outline the terms of the deal: usually an employee is given money in return for certain conditions, such as not bringing a......

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Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements come into effect

From today (8 January 2018), victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court. Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes have come into effect. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted......

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Divorcing parents who poison children against their former partner could lose custody

The demonising of a parent, usually by the one with whom the child lives, has long been recognised as damaging’. Divorcing parents could lose custody or be denied contact with their children if they attempt to poison them against their former partner, under the rules of a new pilot scheme. The “groundbreaking” initiative, being trialled by......

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Property predictions: What will happen to house prices in 2018?

It looked set to dominate another year in the property market, but ‘Brexit’ was overtaken in the 11th hour as the buzzword of 2017 by ‘Bitcoin’. In September, lingerie millionaire Baroness Mone launched 150 flats in Dubai to the market for a starting price of just £100,000, then equal to 30 bitcoins. The general public later followed suit (49-year-old Sean Atkinson listed......

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