Partner, Pete Singfield, writes for Money Marketing on departing employees and how to protect your business.

As one descends inexorably towards middle age, nothing seems to hit that sweet spot of irritation more than the modern propensity to make up words.

One example of this came when Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced they were “consciously uncoupling”. Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned break-up?

Clearly, there will be situations where disputes are unavoidable or lines are crossed. But maybe Gwyneth was on to something: maybe we could all benefit from a little more conscious uncoupling and a little less breaking up.