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Following the stream of high-profile allegations in the media, Keely Rushmore gives her tips on how to avoid sexual harassment claims and manage any complaints raised by employees

The issue of sexual harassment has recently exploded in the media, with serious allegations being made against household names, including the film producer Harvey Weinstein and actors Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal and Ben Affleck. The scandal is spreading to the political arena, with allegations made against George HW Bush and Bill Clinton. Closer to home, countless claims of sexual harassment are emerging from within Westminster. Sir Michael Fallon resigned as defence secretary after admitting his behaviour had ‘fallen below the high standards required’ in the role; a string of Labour politicians have had allegations made against them; and Carl Sargeant, a Welsh cabinet minister, committed suicide just days after being sacked following allegations of ‘unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping’.

Aarti Jagpal considers the legal and practical issues faced by employers investigating allegations of internal fraud

Fraud poses a substantial threat to businesses all across the UK. Unexpectedly, some of the most serious threats are internal. Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service reported a rise of 18% in cases of recorded internal fraud between 2012 and 2013.

Ruth Abrams considers the interrelationship between nuptial settlements and trusts, the procedure for permission to appeal and the significance of new relationships

The decision of Mostyn J in AB v CB [2014] is of interest for a number of reasons:

Ruth Abrams analyses the increase in litigants in person and the move away from legal representation

It is expected that 2014 will see more litigants in person than ever descending on courts and fighting their own battles. While it is difficult to put a number on how many people will decide to represent themselves in court, this is clearly a growing trend and these rising numbers are putting a strain on an already congested court system.