Despite the growing trend in pre-nuptial agreements across Europe and celebrities in the limelight such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt consenting to separation agreements, the Brit’s still seem squeamish about family law and financial planning. Everything we do in life is tied up in contracts and disclaimers - we take out life insurance as a sensible step in case the worst happens, employers draw up official contracts in order to ensure they gain the best from their staff and yet, when it comes to marriage and family we tend not to take sensible steps in planning the future.The possible divorce of Cheryl and Ashley Cole could demonstrate the value of pre-nups. Ashley chose not to insist on a pre-nup. Although Cheryl is worth an estimated £6 million in her own right, Ashley's wealth is much higher and mostly accrued during the marriage leaving the way open for Cheryl to seek a substantial settlement from Ashley.
Employers will welcome a new initiative from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to help them comply with their legal obligations regarding worker involvement in health and safety.
The 'Do Your Bit' campaign is a year-long initiative, offering free or subsidised training courses to help businesses get their employees more involved in improving their health and safety. To support the campaign, HSE has launched a new website which provides practical advice and materials for businesses and details of the upcoming series of training opportunities. In addition, it features first-hand accounts from businesses which are already benefiting from actively involving their workers in health and safety
Stephen Hodgson, CEO and Commercial Property Specialist at Law Firm Marsden Rawsthorn LLP, looks ahead to 2010.
At the end of 2009 the Marsden Rawsthorn Commercial Property Team negotiated the lease on one of Preston City Centre's largest single letting units and the site of the former Woolworths store. The new tenant, Next, signed a 15 year lease, demonstrating real long term commitment to the High Street.
15 years is a long time in Retail. So was Next's decision unfounded optimism or sensible business practice?
Marsden Rawsthorn and Clitheroe law firm Chenery Maher have formed an informal association in a move to offer clients in the Ribble Valley access to top quality legal advice on areas including Commercial law, Employment law and Personal Injury.
Chenery Maher, a well established firm in Clitheroe currently offers specialist legal advice covering divorce, family law, conveyancing, wills, probate and inheritance tax. Carol Maher, Partner at Chenery Maher commented, "Teaming with such a reputable firm as Marsden Rawsthorn will allow us to expand our offering to existing and potential clients and we look forward to working together on the association."
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