Posted: Author: Nick Vaughan

Key steps to converting to an academy

As you will be aware the Chancellor announced in his Budget speech that all schools are to become academies by 2020 or have official plans to do so by 2022. The announcement has attracted a considerable amount of publicity and whilst it is accepted that not everyone is in favour of the proposals, it remains… Read more »

Posted: Author: David Roath

National living wage and the withdrawal of benefits

On 1 April 2016, the national living wage was introduced. For workers aged 25 or over, the minimum wage that must be paid is £7.20 per hour. The introduction of the new national living wage was heralded as a good thing for workers and a positive move by the Government. However, quite quickly, there had… Read more »

Posted: Author: Neil Davies

Marriage breakdown – Is Family Mediation right for me?

Why family mediation? Family Mediation provides an extremely effective way for couples to resolve various issues. It is non-adversarial. Both of you are partners in the decision making. It allows matters to be resolved amicably. It is voluntary You must both agree on solutions or there is no agreement. Either of you can leave the… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

Vanta is the new black

Co-Authored by Laura Trapnell, Head of Intellectual Property and Ryan Mitchell, Trainee Solicitor. Vantablack, the latest application for cutting-edge-technology carbon nanotubes, is “a super-black coating that holds the world record as the darkest man-made substance”. Its creator, Newhaven-based Surrey NanoSystems, describes Vantablack as absorbing “99.965% of light” making it the darkest man-made substance. It is… Read more »

Posted: Author: Abigail Sinden

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

On 26 April each year, World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated to raise awareness of intellectual property rights and how patents, trade marks, designs and copyright play an important role in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) is exploring the future of culture in the digital age – how… Read more »