Whistleblowing – in the public interest or of self-interest?

In Parson v Airplus International Ltd, Ms Parson (a qualified non-practising barrister) made a number of disclosures to her employer. She argued the disclosures qualified for protection and therefore her dismissal shortly after was automatically unfair for whistleblowing. The tribunal…

Child Maintenance Changes

Child maintenance can be a very complex area of family law. In recent years two separate schemes have been in operation to provide for a transition period. As of 31 December this year, the older scheme, administered by the CSA…

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How to deal with flammable cladding

Property litigator, Daniel Stern answers an important question in relation to cladding on properties post-Grenfell, as featured in The Sunday Times on 11th December 2017. Q. I’ve been trying to buy a two-year-old flat since June. Everything is in place…

By Slater Heelis

Top Tips for Avoiding a Christmas Catastrophe

1. Put your children first This goes without saying, but in the midst of all the festivities and last-minute shopping, it’s always worth reminding yourself that Christmas is a particularly special time of year for your children. Minimise conflict, don’t…

Slater Heelis Shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year

Slater Heelis has been revealed as a finalist in the Law Firm of the Year category in the region’s most prestigious property awards. Just three other firms have been included in the shortlist for the Insider NW Residential Property Awards,…

Was your toxicology test reliable?

Many will be aware of the recently reported allegations of data manipulation in criminal proceedings where toxicology testing has been used[1]. The allegations relate to testing carried out to detect the presence of drugs or alcohol in hair, blood or…

Parental Alienation

It has recently been announced that from Spring 2018, Cafcass will be piloting a new process called the ‘ High Conflict Practice Pathway’. The guidance details the steps social workers are to take when dealing with suspected parental alienation. What…

Unmarried couples: A fair deal?

ONS figures published last week show that couples who live together without getting married are the fastest growing type of family in the country. In light of the news earlier this year that more unmarried couples with children are breaking…

New child maintenance powers announced

With effect from early next year, child maintenance cheats will no longer be able to take advantage of the ‘joint account’ loophole. Under current rules, where a parent owes child maintenance the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) cannot deduct money held…