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Samuel Phillips Law Blog

Month: December 2021

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A year in the life of Felicity Nelson

Having moved to Samuel Phillips Law in September 2020 and spending my first few months with the firm in and out of lockdown and tiers and adapting to hybrid working, I was looking forward to 2021, to a fresh start in my new, wonderful firm.

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A year in the life of Peter Durham

There’s no question that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone; a year that gave many people (myself included) the perspective on what really mattered to them. It was clear to me by January 2021, after a hectic Christmas, and working throughout the various lockdowns, that I was just not enjoying my role in Property Law as much as I used to… something was missing.

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A year in the life of a commercial and litigation solicitor

It has been a strange couple of years. Many terms have become all too common in our vocabularies during this time including Covid-19 and furlough, whilst technology and hybrid working have been forced to the forefront of our day-to-day working lives.

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A year in the life of a newly qualified solicitor

I often get asked by fellow professionals, clients and those considering a career in law, “what has it been like qualifying as a solicitor during the Coronavirus pandemic and how have you adapted to this experience?” As 2021 draws to a close, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on the past year and share some of my experiences I have had as a Solicitor at Samuel Phillips Law.

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A year in the life of… Jenny Goldstein

I expected to start 2021 returning from abroad after attending my eldest son’s wedding – that was not possible. As I write this, I am 4 days – PCR test willing - from attending the now 2x cancelled wedding in Dubai.



With the prospect of tighter controls to prevent the spread of the new, potent variant, what action should employers be taking?


A Rose by any other name

Lessons to be learnt from Yorkshire Cricket’s handling of race discrimination claims.


“Always on” vs the right to disconnect

With Portugal and Ireland introducing legislation and a code of practice preventing workers from being contacted “out of hours” by their employer is it time for the UK to address the work/life balance.

Residential Property

The proverbial ‘race to the bottom’

For as long as I can remember, there has been an ongoing debate surrounding the fees charged by conveyancers. The optics of this debate are invariably set from two viewpoints: ‘We don't charge enough' and ‘They charge too much’.

Residential Property

SDLT Holiday: The Aftermath

It’s 1 October. The morning after the 18 months before. In scenes contrasting with the opening pictures of the film 28 Days Later, I half expected to awake to our city centres strewn with the bodies of conveyancers, ties wrapped around heads and clutching bottles of whatever had been their poison the night before. It was a time for celebration, after all.

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