Financial provision on divorce

The purpose of this article is to explain how the court distributes assets and income on divorce. There is no standard formula for calculating appropriate financial provision on divorce. Instead, the Court has a duty to consider all the circumstances of the case to take into account a range of specific statutory factors set out […]

Should Victims of Domestic Abuse be Cross Examined by Alleged Perpetrators?

Our Family Law Solicitor, Sara Anderson focuses on victims of domestic abuse in this article, and asks the question, should they be cross examined by alleged perpetrators? For a number of years there has been a debate about whether alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse should be allowed to cross examine their victims in the family […]

General Electric – Proposed Redundancies

Andrew Lester, Employment Law Director here at ORJ explains about the proposed redundancies at General Electric in Stafford, and how the process works in this scenario. General Electric announced in December 2017 that it will be slashing 1,100 jobs across its UK operations, mainly in Stafford and Rugby (with up to 500 jobs going at […]

‘Calm before the storm’ for divorce law firm

Sara Anderson, a Solicitor at Stafford-based divorce law firm provides some useful advice for couples who may not be looking forward to the Christmas holidays. Tick tock, tick tock! The big day is nearly upon us and many of us will be rushing round to get everything sorted before the 25th of December. It is […]

Ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies [under Section 8 and Section 21 of Housing Act 1988] With the demand for social housing at record levels and social housing stock at historically low levels across the country, obtaining a possession order is becoming harder and trickier for landlords. With the courts and Judges being meticulous when considering possession […]

What is IR35?

IR35 legislation was introduced in 2000 specifically to challenge the tax position of those individuals who provide their services via an intermediary service Company. The advantage to the individual of such an arrangement is that they pay less Income Tax and National Insurance than a directly employed worker. These types of service company arrangements continue […]

How does HMRC determine employment status under IR35?

Crucial to the determination of whether IR35 applies or not is the question of ‘Whether an individual would (for tax or NICs purposes) have been an employee of the client if they had been working directly for the client?’ If the answer is no then the intermediary and individual will not be caught by the […]

Party Wall Act Injunction

Are you faced with a Party Wall Act Injunction? Are you contemplating applying for one? There are a number of important facts that should be considered very carefully before you do anything else. What is a Party Wall Act Injunction? A court order which tells a party to do something or to stop doing something. Read more […]

HSE Investigations and Interviews under Caution

Whenever serious incidents do occur (whether or not they are subsequently subject to HSE investigation) companies must seek to ensure that their policies and systems are designed to quickly and effectively respond; in order to minimise any potential likelihood of repetition and to properly manage any potential consequences for affected parties. Where the Health and […]

“Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful” – Supreme Court

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has held that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal Fees Order 2013 is unlawful under both domestic and EU law. The Court ruled that it was unlawful as it prevented access to justice, imposed unjustified limitations on an individual’s ability to enforce EU right and was indirectly […]