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Escalate wins major collaboration award


Escalate, the ground-breaking commercial dispute resolution process, has been named ‘Best Collaboration Initiative’ in The Lawyer Awards 2018.

This is the second national award that Escalate has won in the past 12 months, having previously triumphed in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ category at the British Accountancy Awards last autumn.  The process was also highly commended at the recent Legal Week Innovation Awards.

Escalate helps SMEs to achieve a prompt settlement to a wide range of commercial disputes, with fixed fees payable only on a successful outcome and no upfront costs.

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What protection do I have as a shareholder?


All shareholders in UK companies have certain rights in relation to their shares and in relation to the company. Whilst the precise rights that a shareholder enjoys will vary depending on the size of their shareholding (the larger the shareholding, the greater the number or rights enjoyed by the shareholder), certain basic rights and protections apply regardless of the number of shares held.

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GDPR is here

Whatever might eventually happen with Brexit, most informed observers will have recently had cause to reflect upon the differential between data protection law in the European Union and that in other advanced jurisdictions such as the US. The recent publicity involving Facebook has emphasised the fact that European Union law is light-years ahead of other mature jurisdictions in this respect.

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Liverpool has a smart new urban brewery & distillery!


Stephen Crawley (pictured left), founder & chief executive of Higsons 1780 Ltd, was born and bred on the Wirral and has held a lifelong ambition to bring pride back to the city’s brewing heritage and revive the glory of the former Higsons Brand. In this article, he tells the story of the brand and how he has resurrected it.

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Employment Law: Dismissal of pregnant employee


Do you have to reconsider a decision to dismiss an employee if you later find out she is pregnant? Ms Thompson was employed by Really Easy Car Credit, to do online telesales. She had worked there for a short time before discovering she was pregnant. During that time her performance was described as “average at best” and her employer raised various conduct issues with her. Ms Thompson took a day off sick. Unknown to her employer she went to hospital for a scan to find out whether she had miscarried.

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