Gagging clauses: silence is not always golden

Confidentiality clauses (also known as non-disclosure agreements, or ‘gagging’ clauses) are often found in employment contracts for senior executives, or in other commercial contracts.

They are also common in settlement agreements that bring employment to an end if there has been a dispute between you and your employer. They are usually in place to protect legitimate business interests.

You might have heard concerns in the news that confidentiality clauses are being misused to cover up potential crimes such as harassment.

Holiday sickness claims: Eight questions to ask your lawyer

Looking to make a holiday sickness claim? Think you might need legal help?

Holiday companies are cracking down on claims that are made dishonestly and you could go to prison if you make a claim that is not true. But, if you have a genuine claim, you might be wondering how to find a solicitor with the right skills to help you.

Speaking up about sexual harassment – Three things you should know

Sometimes speaking up is pretty straightforward. If you've ever challenged a queue-jumper in a shop or complained about bad food in a restaurant, you'll know that it felt good to get your point of view across. But some things, like sexual harassment, are much harder to speak up about. These situations can be upsetting – and getting help can be confusing. Here are three top tips if you think you might have a problem:

Pedal power and the law

Did you know that more than 2 million Britons jump on a bike at least once a week?

Bicycle sales are up, along with sales of cycling clothing. More dedicated cycle lanes are being created in our cities, and the NHS extols the health benefits of being a bike rider.

There's never been a better time to get in the saddle. But there's a legal side to cycling that's important to bear in mind.

Here are some facts for cyclists that we at Legal Choices think are good to know.


Immigration takes centre stage in Windrush uproar

Problems faced by the ‘Windrush' migrants are putting the UK's immigration system in the spotlight. By law, your right to live and work in the UK must be checked in everyday situations. Banks, landlords and hospitals carry out these checks. But it can be hard to prove you have a right to be in the UK. The ‘Windrush generation' came from Commonwealth countries to live in the UK before 1971. But some of them have recently had trouble showing they have a legal right to live and work here. People often turn to experts for help with problems. Here are some useful facts.

The truth about holiday sickness claims

Holiday sickness is in the news again, with more than 9 million Brits having been chased by claims management companies to make holiday sickness claims, ABTA reports. 

Most holiday sickness claims are for around £2,000. But before you make a claim, get the facts. 

1: Don't make a fake claim

Many holiday makers who make false claims say they got food poisoning at their hotel or resort.


CILEx Regulation needs your views

CILEx Regulation needs consumers' views, so it can design regulation which improves the way legal services are delivered to best meet consumers' needs. They are really keen for consumers to be involved.  If you are willing to be contacted a few times a year, with the option to opt out at any time, to answer some quick and simple surveys, please contact CILEx Regulation is offering a Thank You for taking part in its surveys during 2018.

One in ten divorcees feel the right help could have saved their marriage

Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.

More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.

But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn't the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.

Three facts about Brexit that EU citizens should know

There are 3 million EU nationals living in the UK. About 1.2 million UK nationals live abroad in other EU countries.

In June 2016, more British people voted to leave the EU than to remain part of it. This has become known as Brexit.

The expected leaving date is 29 March 2019, but the process to leave has already begun. At present the UK is still part of the EU.

Three things you should know if you're an EU citizen living in the UK

1. EU laws are in force in the UK for as long as it's part of the EU.

Three ways owning a pet could bring you into contact with the law

April is National Pet Month - a chance to celebrate life with pets. Most pet owners will do anything for their pets, whatever the time of year. Some even leave millions behind for their animal friends. Sadly, other pet owners fail to meet even the basic needs of their pets required by law.

1. Leaving a gift for your pet in your will