Monthly Archives: February 2016

Gender Pay Gap Regulations – What Steps Should You Take?

The Government has confirmed that new Gender Pay Gap regulations will come into effect in early 2018.  
In significant plans announced by Women and Equalities Minister, Nicky Morgan, private companies and voluntary organisations with more than 250 employees will be forced to reveal the pay gap between their male and female workforce.  Firms will be publicly highlighted in league tables and required to publish these details on their website.
The draft regulations set out in The Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 require employers to publish the mean and median pay information across their entire workforce.  In addition, they must display how many men and women appear in each quartile of pay.  This is designed to “name and shame” employers that do not comply with closing the gap.
In November 2015 the ONS revealed …

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What does Right to Rent mean for Landlords?

Following a six-month pilot in the West Midlands, the nationwide rollout of Right to Rent legislation began on 1 February.  The legislation provides for additions to the Immigration Act 2014 and will have a significant bearing on property law in Essex and beyond.  From this month onwards, the burden is placed on landlords to ensure that their tenants have the right to reside in the UK.  This ruling also applies to homeowners that take in lodgers.
How do landlords check this? Right to rent legislation sets out a number of criteria which new tenants need to fulfil in order to be accepted.  The Home Office has provided a list of valid documents for this check, which includes a British passport or an EEA identity card.  Some of the documents are acceptable on their own; others need to be combined provided in conjunction with another document….

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Daniel Attridge Qualifies as Civil Mediator

Daniel Attridge, one of our experienced Civil Law barristers, is a fully qualified and accredited as a commercial and civil mediator. Having completed his training at the renowned London School of Mediation, Daniel brings his expertise and practical approach to resolve disputes away from the court arena.
Daniel’s role as mediator compliments by his extensive civil practice, in which he gives specialist advice and representation on a wide range of disputes, including landlord and tenant, property boundaries and cohabitation rights. His experience in these areas of Civil Law in Essex and across the country makes him the ideal civil mediator, which he is able to arrange at our Chambers or another agreed venue.
What is Trinity Mediation?
Our experienced team of mediators are all barristers with extensive knowledge of Family Law and/or Civil Law….

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Is January the boom period for divorce in the UK?

There is a long-held belief within the media and the legal profession that January is a boom period for divorces in the UK.  Statistical evidence for a noticeable increase is difficult to analyse; however, many maintain that legal professionals should expect a significant influx of divorce inquiries at the start of the New Year.
Information gathered by Family Law organisation Resolution has demonstrated that online searches for divorce and separation experience a noticeable upwards spike at this time of year.  Research carried out by other legal bodies anticipated that there would be a 332% increase in divorce inquiries compared to the previous four months.
Clearly, the evidence offered by Resolution is indicative that demonstrates that separation and divorce maybe more in people’s mind at this time of year.  Other  studies indicate that…

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