• Financial Matters on Relationship Breakdown

    Financial issues are often the most difficult aspects of divorce to resolve. It is best if the two parties can reach a negotiated agreement, although sometimes this has to wait until after formal court proceedings about financial issues have begun. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Commercial Real Estate

    Our clients often have lots of questions about moving premises and the Conveyancing process. Here are some of the most common questions and their answers. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Residential Conveyancing

    Our clients often have lots of questions about moving home and the Conveyancing process. Here are some of the most common questions and their answers. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Private Client Department

    Our clients often have lots of questions about the work the Private Client Department does and the process. Here are some of the most common questions and their answers. 

  • Relationship Breakdown

    Dealing with the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership can be one of the most stressful life events you are likely to face. This factsheet provides some useful guidance.

  • Changes to holiday pay - what does it mean for your business?

    A series of recent decisions has left many employers confused about how they should approach the calculation of holiday pay. 

  • Travel time to first and last job of the day

    In Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another (c-266/14), the ECJ decided that time spent by peripatetic workers travelling between their home and the premises of their first and last customers of the day was working time under the Working Time Directive. 

  • NeTWork October 2014

    This week we discuss: Time off to accompany a pregnant woman to antenatal appointments; Whether statutory holiday pay should include a sum in respect of commission; Is obesity a disability? Employer’s failure to pay male employee enhanced additional paternity pay was not discriminatory; Details of our Employment Law workshops on Shared Parental Leave.

  • NeTWork April 2015

    This month we discuss: April changes to Employment Law; The Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act 2015; Employee admissions during the disciplinary process; Increases to National Minimum Wage;

  • NeTWork May 2015

    This month we discuss: ECJ gives Judgment in the Woolworths case; British Gas lodges further appeal in Lock case; EAT give guidance on changes to whistleblowing legislation; Employment aspects of the Conservatives Manifesto; Vicarious liability for harassment.

  • NeTWork October 2015

    This month we discuss: Zero Hours Contracts; Whistleblowing   - Dispute about contractual terms can be a matter of “public interest”; Working grandparents will be entitled to shared parental leave and pay; Transfer of Undertakings - employees temporarily laid off may still be part of an organised grouping.

  • NeTWork August 2015

    This month we discuss: Should Time spent travelling from home to work is “working time” for peripatetic workers; New consultation launched by the Government on apprenticeships levy; Agency Workers and the right to be informed of vacancies; Refusal to allow employee’s choice of companion at disciplinary investigation meeting breached mutual trust and confidence; National minimum wage campaign;

  • NeTWork January 2016

    This month we are looking ahead to 2016: Legislative Changes; Key Cases .

  • Update on Mandatory Gender Pay Reporting

    Update on Mandatory Gender Pay Reporting - Do not waste time, start planning now!

    The Small Business and Enterprise Act 2015 means that the Government must adopt regulations requiring mandatory gender pay gap reporting by 25 March 2016. 

  • NeTWork February 2016

    This month we discuss: Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting; Whistleblowing - Prescribed People; Monitoring of employee’s personal messages; Apprenticeships levy; Disability Discrimination: ‘Meaning of 'Day to Day' Activities.

  • NeTWork March 2016

    This month we talk about: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage; Are employers obliged to provide childcare vouchers during maternity leave; Employment aspects of the Budget 2016; Update on Gender Pay Gap Reporting; Protected Disclosures.

  • NeTWork April 2016

    This month we talk about: Direct Disability Discrimination; Restrictive Covenants; Protected Disclosures; Consultation on free childcare launched; Staff handbook terms were incorporated into contract.

  • Aspire Newsletter May 2016

    This edition of Aspire, dedicated to owner and family managed businesses, includes a range of articles that we hope you will find of interest. We discuss handling employment issues with confidence, things to keep in mind when customers will not pay for your goods or services and top tips for businesses looking to relocate.

    We very much hope you enjoy this edition of Aspire. If you have any questions or feedback regarding this newsletter, or indeed any of our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • NeTWork May 2016

    This month we talk about: Trade Union Bill receives Royal Assent; Meaning of Philosophical Belief; Consultation on tipping; Indirect religious discrimination; Restrictive Covenants – call for evidence; Discrimination arising from disability.

  • NeTWork June 2016

    This month we talk about: Referendum result - UK to leave the EU, Ill health dismissals and the ACAS Code, Prohibition on headscarf in the workplace and Does an employee have to be forced to do something for it to be a provision, criterion or practice?

  • NeTWork July 2018

    This month, we talk about: Disciplinary appeals - Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home Ltd; Report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace; Justifying discrimination arising from disability - Ali v Torrosian and others; Brexit and employment law.

  • Aspire Autumn 2016

    The summer has brought with it a number of changes that will affect us all. As the implications of Brexit start to unfold we are focusing on maintaining an outstanding level of support to our owner and family managed business clients.

  • NeTWork October 2016

    This month we talk about: Increase in National Minimum Wage; Discrimination in the recruitment process; Consultation on Caste Discrimination; Family Friendly Rights; Changes to taxation of termination payments; and New government apprenticeship guidance published.

  • What should be included in a Staff Handbook?

    Taylor Walton will be holding free employment law workshops at the end of February/ beginning of March in relation to what should be included in a staff handbook and its legal implications.

  • When is a delay a bar to relief from forfeiture?

    Many property litigators will hold their hands up in horror following the recent decision in Pinecourt Limited v. Grange Glen Limited [2016] EWHC 1318 when a tenant applied for relief from forfeiture some 14 months after the date the lease was forfeited by peaceful re-entry and the Court granted relief from forfeiture.

  • NeTWork January 2017

    This month we discuss: Upcoming increases in statutory payments, Mandatory Gender Pay Reporting, Reasonable Adjustments, Auto-enrolment updates and Rest Breaks.

  • Wills & Certainty - Misplacing your Will is a Recipe for Disaster

    It goes without saying that making a Will and keeping it up to date is essential but do your family and friends know that you have a Will, or where the original Will is stored? Read more in our article on Wills & Certainity.

  • Don’t tie yourself in knots

    Japanese knotweed may seem like something more appropriate for discussion on Radio 4’s “Gardners’ Question Time” rather than in the offices of a firm of solicitors but you would be surprised.

  • Selling to consumers can you rely on your terms

    Selling products and services over the internet, by telephone or mail order to consumers can cause unnecessary headaches (usually ‘legally’ induced).

    Consumer regulation is updated regularly and provides extensive protections to consumer purchasers.

  • NeTWork February 2017

    This month we talk about: Apprenticeship Levy, Increases to the National Minimum Wage, Court of Appeal finds “Self-employed Operative” was a worker, Increases in compensation limits and National Minimum Wage – Argos ordered to pay back pay of £2.4m.

  • Are you up to date with Family Friendly Legislation?

    The area of flexible working, parental rights and family-friendly provisions has undergone numerous changes over the last few years as the Government attempts to give individuals an opportunity to have a better work/life balance.

  • There is no such thing as a “quickie” divorce…..yet.

    When celebrity couples get divorced, the media will often refer to “quickie” procedures.  This is misleading, as there is only one divorce procedure and preferential treatment is not offered on the basis of celebrity status.

  • A New Lease of Life for Testamentary Freedom?

    Tracy Harris discusses the widely reported case of Ilott v The Blue Cross, in which the Supreme Court judgment was handed down on Wednesday 15 March 2017.

  • Counting the cost – Sickness Absence in the Workplace

    According to a recent survey the median cost of absence for a private sector employer per employee is £522 per year and for the public sector £835 per year (CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016).

    Efficiently handling employee sickness and an employee’s return to work is important to reduce costs and also to maintain a productive and positive employee-employer relationship. If the employment relationship turns sour, further costs are likely giving rise to possible legal claims and wasted management costs. Employers should not simply hope for the best, on the contrary, it is important that sickness absence, whether it is short term persistent absence or long term, is managed efficiently.

  • Your Will Counts

    The Supreme Court has recently given the final decision in the long running high profile case of Ilott v The Blue Cross & Others (formerly Ilott v Mitson). In a unanimous judgment, the Justices upheld the general principle of testamentary freedom.

    You can make a Will under which you leave your estate on your death to who you like, and with renewed confidence that your wishes will be given due consideration.


  • Protecting your business from debts

    Whether you are a small business or a multi-national conglomerate, it is a commercial reality that all businesses will at some point be required to deal with customers or suppliers who fail to pay debts on time, or at all.

  • Aspire Spring 2017

    In this edition we share with you some recent updates from across the firm, as well as useful guidance relating to recovering business debts, managing your staff handbooks and dispelling the myth of the ‘quickie’ divorce.

  • Who to sue – perfecting the process

    Dealing with debts is part and parcel of any business operation.  It is therefore essential that we know who our customer is - otherwise the debt recovery process is made unnecessarily complicated, before it even commences.

    When a business acquires a new customer, the first step that should be undertaken is to identify precisely who that customer is.  This may appear obvious, yet so often the debt recovery process is delayed by the need to establish who the customer actually is.

  • Commercial Real Estate Acquisition: What you need to know

    For seasoned and new developers alike, real estate acquisition is a complex area that requires careful planning.

    Taylor Walton’s highly experienced commercial real estate team will work with you through the process to ensure you are getting a good title to the property you are acquiring– from single building refurbishments through to large and long-term schemes.

  • Is a Complaint about a private workplace dispute whistleblowing?

    The Court of Appeal in the case of Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed (the Chesterton case) has concluded that matters which are in the worker’s private interests does not prevent the matter also being in the public interest. As a result employers should consider whether complaints made by employees about a private workplace matter are also protected disclosures (“whistleblowing”).

  • Compass Summer 2017

    We have included in this edition articles relating to the first three stages of man: Infant, schoolboy and lover. Essentially issues which affect your family during the early stages of their lives.

  • Aspire Summer 2017

    In this edition of Aspire we look at how to achieve success in litigation, the importance of sales related terms and conditions, whether private complaints can be considered whistleblowing and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Protected Conversations – a useful tool to limit risks in respect of employee exits?

    Following the Supreme Court’s ruling that the employment tribunal fee regime was unlawful, a rise in the number of claims or complaints made by employees is likely.

  • Is your business ready for the GDPR?

    The EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), was adopted on 25 May 2016. It repeals the current, less onerous, EU Data Protection Directive, and must be complied with by 25 May 2018.

  • What do employers need to know about the new General Data Protection Regulation?

    The new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will have effect in the UK from 25 May 2018.  It is expected that the obligations imposed by the GDPR will continue to apply post Brexit.

  • NeTWork December 2017

    This month we talk about: EAT agrees that Uber driver are workers, Tribunal fees refund scheme, Enforceability of non-compete clause, General Data Protection Regulation, Calculation of "a week’s pay" should include employer pension contributions, What is a reasonable investigation? and New leave allowance for grieving parents.

  • Aspire Winter 2017/18

    In this edition we discuss the continuing rise of the Bank of Mum & Dad as a leading UK mortgage lender, business’ widening responsibilities in relation to tax evasion, what employers need to know about the new General Data Protection Regulation and some top tips with regards to maximising your cash flow.


  • Compass Spring 2018

    In the first edition of the new year we discuss what 2018 may hold for the residential property market, how to keep your family’s wealth in the family and how to manage your property assets in the event of a relationship breakdown.

  • MEES: The impact of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards on commercial lettings

    Any commercial letting, subletting, tenant or landlord works, dilapidations claim and rent reviews effected on or after 1 April 2018 will be affected by the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (“MEES”) introduced by the government.

  • NeTWork - February 2018

    This month we talk about EAT considers Perceived Disability Discrimination for the first time, Protected Conversations, 18 year olds to be auto-enrolled under new DWP proposals, Rest breaks, Tax-free childcare now open to parents of children aged nine and under and the General Data Protection Regulation.

  • Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme

    Did you register an Enduring Power of Attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney (EPA or LPA) between 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017? If so, you may be entitled to a partial refund on the registration fee of up to £54 per document registered.

  • Legal issues when growing a business

    In this article we will explore the following three key areas of consideration when looking to grow your business: Terms & Conditions: Common Pitfalls, Moving Premises and The 'Once in a Lifetime Transaction'.


  • Minimising and Managing Staff Turnover

    A stable workforce which meets the needs of the business is a key requirement for any business and all businesses strive to achieve this. In this article we discuss the importance of minimising and managing staff turnover in the current climate.

  • Aspire Spring 2018

    In this edition we explore the impact of new regulation relevant to commercial lettings, how to minimise staff turnover and growing your business by moving premises. We also hear from Partner James Carpenter who discusses recent case law that opens the door to claims against directors in relation to their dealings with company assets.

  • Shareholder disputes - Issues associated with removing a shareholder who is also a director and employee of the Company

    There are various reasons why a company would want to remove a shareholder. It could be that the shareholder is considering other investments or perhaps need their money for personal reasons. It could also be due to the death of a shareholder or in some instances, a dispute between the company and the shareholder.

    When these issues typically arrive at Taylor Walton, nine times out of ten, it is because the majority shareholder or shareholders have an issue with a shareholder who is also a director and employee of the company.  They come in to discuss the employment aspects but then, of course, we also have to talk about the shareholder aspects.

    Having a shareholders agreement in place already, pre-emptively resolves a number of  problems you will otherwise encounter if you do not have one.