Practice Areas

Employment

Any business with employees will be required by law to have the requisite contracts and up-to-date policies and procedures in place. Our employment barristers can draft/review: company handbooks, contracts, social media policies, employee relation policies and other general policies, employee shareholder agreements and settlement agreements as well as providing representation at Tribunal hearings.

Common areas covered include:
Breach of contract, Employees contract, Equality & discrimination, Equal pay, Industrial action, Industrial Action & Collective Labour Law, Injunctive relief & employee competition, International & transitional, Pensions, Proactive & procedure, Redundancy & dismissal, Remuneration pensions & benefits, Termination of employment, TUPE, Unfair dismissal, Union affairs, Wages, Whistle blowing & victimisation.

Property & Construction

Whether you are negotiating a lease, seeking planning permission for development or facing a dispute over dilapidations, our lawyers have the specialist expertise to advise and represent your interests. If you are a professional landlord by choice or an individual landlord by default, our barristers are on hand to advise and represent your interests in court.

Common property issued covered include:
Landlord & tenant - break clauses, disrepair & dilapidation, rent & rent review, service charge disputes, breach of covenant & rent claims, business & residential tenancies. leasehold & enfranchisement.

Property issues covered include:
Planning - agricultural & rural affairs, easements, restrictive covenants, highways & village greens.

Construction issues covered include- negotiation, advisory and drafting work for all manner of contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties, net contribution clauses and legal agreements, amendments to contract of works, breach of contract, defective works & delayed works, enforcement of adjudicators' & arbitrators decisions, health & safety breach, outstanding payment in respect of construction works, professional negligence.

Probate

Many of us will not consider planning our estate early enough in life and issues of probate and can be forced upon us unexpectedly. Our barristers can assist with drafting your will and advise on future planning, aswell as advising on probate issues after a death. Administration of estates, charities, court of protection, inheritance act claims, tax, trusts, wills

Family

Issues over arrangements for our children are, by their very nature, emotionally charged proceedings. Our barristers understand the importance of the outcome in these proceedings and recognize that family court judgements have a very real effect on lives.

Financial divorce can be acrimonious and the finances at stake can quite often be swallowed up in legal fees. Our lawyers seek to find a sensible conclusion within the shortest possible timeframe in order to achieve a fair and sensible resolution.

Family issues covered include:
Children - Contact and Residence Finance - Ancillary relief, Civil partnerships, Co-habitee, CSA payments, Inheritance claims, Maintenance, Married couples, TOLATA

Commercial

Our barristers advise at board level and audit the company's legal requirements in order to avoid legal disputes. It is a key advantage to engage a barrister in a proactive way to assist and support any business develop and grow, ensuring all policies and procedures meet current legislation. Whilst much can be done to avoid legal disputes, there will be times when they cannot be avoided, in such cases it is prudent to include your barrister who can represent you at mediation, arbitration and adjudications, in the UK or Internationally. Our barristers are available to attend the Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court.

Commercial Contract issues covered include:
Heads of Agreement, Shareholder and Partnership Agreements, Share and Asset Purchase Agreements, Joint Venture Agreements, Franchise Agreements, International Sales Agreements, Agency Agreements, Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements, Investment Agreements and Commercial Lease and Licenses. Acquisitions, restructuring and disposals at home and overseas Debt Recovery - drafting of statutory demands, charges on property and enforcement Administrative & public law, Banking, Commodity disputes, Company, Competition & EU, Confidentiality, Conflict of laws, Consumer credit, Contract, Civil Fraud, Energy & natural resources, Financial Services, Information technology, Insolvency, Insurance/reinsurance, share holder agreements, Joint ventures, Judicial Review, Media & Entertainment, Mergers, acquisitions & takeovers, Partnership & LLP, Pensions, Product liability, Professional liability, Professional negligence, Real Estate, Restitution, Sports law, Sale of goods & supply of services, Succession & trusts, Tax, Telecommunications, Technology.

Intellectual Property

When you have placed significant investment in research and development to bring new ideas to market before your competitors, it is imperative that you have taken all proper steps to protect your idea, product or design. This is an extremely complex area of law where only a few of the most experienced lawyers can profess to be experts.

Intellectual property rights issues covered include:
ownership, exploitation, Image rights, Trademark, Patent, Design rights, Research and Development and Master Service Agreements.

E-commerce issues covered include:
IT contracts, hosting and maintenance agreements, website terms and conditions, EU Compliance, distance selling, electronic marketing, content & software licence agreements, data protection, privacy regulations.

Licensing

The Licensing Act 2003 covers a broad spectrum of licensable activities within a multitude of business sectors and certain activities specific to individuals. It is essential that businesses requiring a license to trade meet stringent regulatory legislation criteria and public safety regulations.

Licensing issues covered include:
Alcohol Licensing Applications (Premises and Personal), Entertainment & Temporary Event Notices, Licence Review Hearings Closure Orders Magistrates Court Appeals Trading Standards Health & Safety Food Safety Fire Safety venue licenses, adult entertainment licensing, gambling & gaming licences & online gaming licenses, taxi licensing, outside table and chair licences and sale and purchase of licensed property, shotgun & firearms, street trading, scrap metal, waste disposal.

Motoring Offences

An incident involving a motoring offence can have overwhelming consequences for all those involved. Our barristers have the requisite experience to defend and mitigate in court.

Motoring Offence issues covered include:
Careless Driving, Dangerous Driving, Death by Dangerous or Careless driving, Driving whilst disqualified, Driving without insurance, Driving without a licence, Driving without a valid MOT, Drink driving, Drug driving, Early reinstatement of driving licence, Endorsements and Penalty points, Failing to notify the DVLA Failure to provide a specimen, Failing to stop after an accident Failing to report an accident, Totting up / Facing 12 points Using a mobile phone whilst driving, Speeding, Traffic offences, Driving Licence offences, New drivers, Appealing motoring convictions, Tachograph manipulation.

Regulatory Crime

Company directors need to be aware of their responsibility to ensure their organisations meet stringent policies and procedures in accordance with the law. Engaging an expert barrister in this field of law in a preventative capacity ensures that all legal requirements are met whilst also ensuring the correct safety procedures are implemented in accordance with the requisite regulatory legislation. This can not only avoid costly fines and litigation but also prevent potential criminal convictions.

Regulatory issues covered include:
Health & Safety, Environmental, Fire Safety, Food Safety, Corporate Manslaughter, Trading Standards & Fraud.

Immigration

Our barristers advise and appear before the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. emergency injunctive relief to stop removal via High Court applications.

Areas covered include asylum, human rights, deportation, detention, citizenship/nationality, work visas, student visas, family reunion, dependant relatives, entry clearance, welfare support and benefits, unlawful detention, extradition, administrative review, judicial review; business applications, PBS, immigration-related family and child matters, illegal entry, association agreements, European Union rights of free movement, marriage applications and visitor appeals.