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Dec 6 2016

Beware The Legal Pitfalls Of The Office Christmas Party

With the festive season upon us, it’s a time of year that can sometimes result in at best, an embarrassing apology but at worst, a legal case in the New Year. The grey area surrounding Christmas parties is “who is legally responsible?”, especially if the party takes place out of normal hours and away from the workplace.

For the sake of clarity, the position is that if there is a work connection as to the social event then the liability for any damages, insults or discrimination for any workforce misdemeanours stands a good chance of landing at the employer’s door for compensation!

However, a recent High Court decision has attempted to provide some guidance as to where the proverbial line for such liability, may be drawn. The effect of this, of course, would be for the responsibility for any compensation to stay with the perpetrator rather than being separately shared with…

Dec 4 2016

Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Divorce

The importance of a correctly drafted divorce petition only becomes apparent when divorce proceedings are delayed because the wrong or insufficient information has been provided to the court.

Some people think that they could manage to prepare their own divorce petition – it is a simple legal document after all, but it contains many pitfalls that the inexperienced would not necessarily notice.

Firstly the divorce petition must exactly mirror the information contained on the marriage certificate and the original certificate must be provided to the court along with the divorce papers.

The statement of case within the divorce petition is very important…

Nov 30 2016

Preparing For Your Financial Hearing

Every marriage is different, and there is no strict formula for dividing matrimonial assets on divorce.

We often get asked by clients how will the court decide who gets what and whilst we do not have a crystal ball, if we apply the principles that the Court will follow, it is possible to give some guidance.

The court must take into account, first and foremost, the welfare of any dependant children – where they are to live and how they are to be supported.

Secondly, whether the case is suitable for a clean break – in other words can the husband and…

Nov 29 2016

Good Divorce Week 2016

Resolution, the organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters, are promoting Good Divorce Week between 28th November and 2nd December.

On Wednesday (30th November), the group will be holding a Lobby Day in Parliament, where over 150 of our members will be travelling to Westminster to meet with their MP.

The group is seeking to raise awareness of alternatives to courtroom clashes and will be campaigning to improve the rights for cohabiting couples as well as no fault divorce.

No Fault Divorce is a Divorce in which the dissolution of…

Nov 16 2016

Peter Lynn and Partners Advises On 30,000 sq.ft. Office and Warehouse Lease.

The commercial property team of prominent Welsh law firm Peter Lynn and Partners has acted on behalf of Springfall Properties Limited in relation to a facility at Duffryn Business Park in Ystrad Mynych.

Darren Lewis, Partner and commercial property specialist at the law firm commented “Springfall are a long term client and it is a great pleasure to have negotiated a successful deal that benefits both landlord and tenant”.

The property will become the new South Wales HQ for Star Linen in a long-term lease worth £75k per annum.

Nov 15 2016

Peter Lynn and Partners Advise on Rise of Smoke Haus Chain

Leading regional law firm Peter Lynn & Partners have advised The Smoke Haus on the opening of their newest restaurant in Brindle Place in the centre of Birmingham.

The restaurant chain is a story of success for Managing Director Mark Power who opened the first Smoke Haus on Wind Street, Swansea in 2012. Working with a close-knit team, he experienced a huge demand for his unique, American inspired food and soon opened their second location, in Cardiff – double the size of the Swansea site.

Mark commented “The success of the business is down to a passion and vision based on…

Nov 14 2016

Commercial Property Team Completes On £4.5m Property Development

Darren Lewis, commercial property development specialist at Peter Lynn and Partners has completed a seven-figure property deal in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on behalf of a major UK property consortium.

The deal, which includes planning permission for 12 residential apartments was secured only 2 weeks after receiving heads of terms despite contract race conditions.

Mr Lewis commented “there were multiple companies vying for this property due to its excellent location and potential however the sellers selected our client and work will begin in the New Year”.