How time flies - the 18th June saw another landmark for the firm - one year to the day since our launch party to celebrate the merger of Marsdens and Rawsthorns, and our move to our new purpose built premises at Faraday Court in Fulwood.
Whilst employment lawyers leapt for joy (or at least managed a smile) at the repeal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures, one mustn't forget that with new law comes new problems.
As we are all aware by now (hopefully), the new ACAS Code replaced the statutory dispute resolution procedures with effect from 6 April 2009 (subject to transitional provisions) and we all breathed a sigh of relief that there was no longer the "automatic" unfair dismissal for a failure (sometimes potentially minor) to comply with the statutory disciplinary and dismissal procedure. Notwithstanding this sensible change, it is interesting to consider the potential pitfalls that the new Code may give rise to.
It is a sad fact of life that divorce is here to stay. In recent years, statistics have suggested that almost half of UK marriages will end in failure. The relationship breakdown is not merely emotional but also financial, as anyone who has been through the divorce process will just know how costly court battles can be.
However, as Sahida Ahmed, Family Law Specialist at Solicitors Marsden Rawsthorn explains, it is often not divorce itself, but the way in which you divorce takes the heaviest toll. She suggests that a collaborative approach can limit some of the financial and emotional damage that can last a lifetime.
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