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Patisserie Valerie seeks bank lifeline

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Image copyright Getty Images Troubled cake chain Patisserie Valerie is facing a crucial few days after a deal with its banks expired on Friday. The UK firm said in October it had uncovered "significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities". The company's biggest shareholder, Luke Johnson, is now in talks to extend its cash lifeline from HSBC and Barclays. Otherwise there is a danger it could crash into administration, with KPMG having been appointed to review "all options" for the company's future. That could put the future of some of the firm's 2,800 staff across its 200 cafes at risk. As [...]

Non-litigation justice needed “but robots not answer” – Legal Futures

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Barendrecht: Innovation in legal space potentially lucrative Most people around the world cannot find a just solution to their legal problems, so a new ‘value proposition’ is necessary that provides user-friendly justice at scale, is not based on litigation for resolution, and has legal aid lawyers joining with innovators, according to a massive study. However, the future of justice was not “robotic judges or artificial intelligence layered like frosting on a poorly baked cake”, it said. To produce Understanding justice needs: the elephant in the courtroom, Netherlands-based HiiL – the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law – used United Nations [...]

Saudi women to get divorce notification by text message

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Women in Saudi Arabia will be notified by text message when they get divorced, according to a new law that came into effect on Sunday. The new law is being seen as a way to end secret divorces and ensure women are fully aware of their marital status so they can protect rights such as alimony. The move comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has started to give women more rights in the conservative kingdom, which included lifting a ban on women driving last year. "Saudi courts have started to send such (divorce) notifications ... a step aimed [...]

Litigation privilege and the ‘dominant purpose’ test: ENRC decision applied

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Did last year’s landmark Court of Appeal decision in Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (“ENRC”) alter the application of the ‘dominant purpose’ test for litigation privilege where a document is brought into existence for multiple purposes, one of which is for use in litigation? The answer is ‘no’, according to a recent decision by the High Court. The Court confirmed the well-established principle that, for a claim to litigation privilege to succeed where a document is created for more than one purpose, litigation must be shown to be the dominant purpose on the facts. Background [...]

Divorce in Ireland: Signs your marriage is heading for the rocks and how the process works – Dublin …

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The January blues may not just be confined to work, as it's also the most likely month couples will file for divorce. When you compare it to any other month in the year, it's got the highest rate. And one of the days - the first working Monday of each January - is even dubbed 'divorce day'. This is the day that searches on the Internet and enquiries to divorce providers peak, RSVP Live reports. Read More According to support service Amicable, the sharp increase in interest stems from the pressure felt by couples over the Christmas holidays. If a [...]

Expectant woman considering divorce after discovering what husband wants to call their baby – The St…

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SUMMARY The man has picked a name which is very similar to that of his ex-girlfriend "It’s not any ex but the one he dated for a long period of time and loved the most..." A pregnant woman is considering divorcing her husband after discovering what he wants to call their unborn baby. The 23-year-old is seven months pregnant with the couple's first child, but they are struggling to agree on a name. ​ Her husband, 24, has said he will name this baby and the woman can name the second, but she's absolutely heartbroken by the name he has suggested. See Also: Six [...]

When is Divorce Day and why do some relationships break down in January? – The Sun

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FAMILY lawyers are bracing themselves for Divorce Day - but what is it? Here we explain what Divorce Day is, and why relationships break down in January. Getty - Contributor Divorce Day is a day shortly after Christmas and New Year where divorce lawyers see a surge in enquiries When is Divorce Day? Divorce Day is shortly after Christmas and New Year where divorce lawyers see a surge in enquiries. This year it falls on Monday, January 7, as it always falls on the first working Monday of the New Year. Last year it was on January 8. Many couples [...]

Guest post: Business owners and divorce

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I’ve helped many business owners through the divorce process and although everyone’s circumstances are unique, it can be helpful for business owners to understand how their business will be considered during the divorce process. There are many ways that businesses are factored in to the asset pot divided on divorce. Sometimes, businesses have no real value over and above the income they generate. In that instance it would be unfair on the business owner to effectively count the business twice within the resources available to divide by factoring in the income produced by it as well as a capital value [...]

Divorce applications rise sharply after Christmas

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© Getty Inquiries and applications for divorce spike this month. While most people are slowly easing themselves into work after the holidays, divorce lawyers know they will need to hit the ground running. Senior divorce lawyer Jeremy Sutton said couple inquiries and applications for divorce spike this month. Download the Microsoft News app for your Android or iPhone device and stay up-to date on the news you care about most. "The unhappiness may sort of drift along during the year, but in some cases people with children might say 'look we're just gonna have one more Christmas with the kids [...]

Latest trial in J&J talc litigations gets under way in California – Reuters

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(Reuters) - A California jury on Monday heard opening statements in the latest trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ.N) talc-based products, including the company’s baby powder, were contaminated with asbestos and cause cancer. FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo The lawsuit brought by Terry Leavitt in Alameda Superior Court in Oakland is the first of over a dozen J&J talc cases scheduled for trial in 2019. The company is facing some 11,700 lawsuits over the safety of talc in its products. Leavitt’s [...]