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Keep up to date with all that’s happening here at BPE, and read about the latest trends and issues in the law profession.

Prenuptials

When entering into a new relationship there are protective measures potential cohabitees and spouses can take to safeguard their assets. Our next newsletter will look at ‘Living Together Agreements’ and appropriate advice for those looking to live together but not enter into marriage. So when entering into marriage what can you do to safeguard your existing assets? It's generally understood that prenuptial agreements are not binding at English law but that does not mean to say they will be an important factor to be taken into account should the marriage break down.

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Premises in Cirencester

With the ongoing expansion of the Family and Private Client teams and the firm in general we are happy to announce a new access point in Cirencester.

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Commercial

We’re all going on a summer holiday - But not if our airline goes bust.

Although the weather would have you believe otherwise, summer is only a hop, skip and a Jubilee weekend away (where has the time gone?). Thousands of people will soon be escaping the rainy streets of Britain for more exotic locations, some of those lucky people will have already fished out their suitcases, bought their holiday wardrobe and are currently checking the weather forecasts. But the economic climate has seen many companies crumble and fall, and even some of our most beloved high street brands are now only a distant memory.

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Employment

Stringfellows' Lap Dancer Wins Landmark Employment Case

Tribunal decisions often given fascinating insights into different workplaces and industries, as well as points of law, such is the case of the latest EAT decision which finds that a lapdancer in Stringfellows was, in fact, an employee - not a self employed contractor. The Claimant, 29 year-old Nadine Quashie, worked on a rota, was paid using pre-paid "Heavenly Money" vouchers by clients and worked on a basis that was understood in the industry to be self employed. Whilst all cases turn on their own facts, the challenge to the industry norm will not just impact this industry, but others where the "self employed" may actually be employees.

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