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Employment Law

12th

Jun 17

Accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging t...
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May 17

Understanding of mental health issues is high on the agenda, thanks to the involvement of the younger members of the Royal family in the ...
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Dec 16

As the countdown to the festive season gets underway, employers juggling the pre-Christmas workload need to ensure workers are enabled to...
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16th

Nov 16

The news that Airbnb has adopted a new anti-discrimination code, following accusations of racism by hosts on the home-sharing site, highl...
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10th

Aug 16

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reas...
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15th

Jun 16

Customer toilet facilities have been causing a stink for take-aways and travel operators in recent weeks.  First, it was take-away o...
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5th

Feb 16

Recent news headlines have warned employees that social media chat and email conversations at work are open to being read by the boss, fo...
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8th

Dec 15

'Tis the season to be merry, so it's time for the annual Christmas party; but for many employers it's often more fraught than fun, as whe...
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3rd

Aug 15

A worker who was dismissed after failing to follow new health and safety guidelines has won his claim for unfair dismissal in the Court o...
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1st

Jun 15

Employers should review their procedures and contracts of employment to match the new Government-funded initiative 'Fit for Work'.A work-...
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27th

Mar 15

An abusive rejection letter sent by email to a jobseeker has landed a company director in hot water.  The email was sent to 48 year ...
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16th

Mar 15

New rules for parents wanting time off to look after their children will come into force in April, including the much debated option for ...
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13th

Feb 15

Businesses need to sharpen up on terms of employment if they are to tackle bad behaviour on private Twitter feeds.A personal remark ...
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22nd

Dec 14

Employers will need to review circumstances for obese employees whose weight is causing them problems in the workplace, following a landm...
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11th

Dec 14

As the countdown to the festive season gets underway, employers juggling the holiday requests are being reminded to check their policy fo...
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23rd

Oct 14

Employees who use their company account for personal email exchanges get a wake-up call after an employment tribunal ruling that the priv...
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28th

Aug 14

Against a backdrop of soaring levels of obesity, employers are waiting on the outcome of a European Court ruling which may mean that spec...
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22nd

Jul 14

Sales staff heading for the sun will have a rosier return in future, following a ruling by the European Court that commission payments be...
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23rd

Jun 14

With World Cup football fever taking grip, fans across the country are cheering on their chosen teams. But for UK business, man...
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22nd

May 14

There's a warning to mind p's and q's as the sexist revelations of football Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore go public, f...
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2nd

Apr 14

The European Court of Justice has ruled against claims for maternity benefits by mothers whose babies were born through surrogacy in two ...
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24th

Feb 14

Employees suffering from depression caused by work-related stress could ask their employers to pay for psychiatric counselling, following...
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23rd

Jan 14

Employers hoping for a complete overhaul and greater flexibility in the transfer of employee rights following a company sale or change of...
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19th

Dec 13

With the threat of harsh weather on the heels of Christmas, as in previous hard winters, UK business is likely to lose millions of workin...
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Dec 13

The public service union UNISON is challenging the Government over the introduction of fees for employees who wish to bring a case to an ...
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12th

Nov 13

An Employment Tribunal has held that overtime pay must be included when calculating holiday pay under the EU Working Time Directive.In Ne...
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9th

Jul 13

As the Supreme Court rules on long-running council worker equal pay struggle, widescale reviews of small business pay policies are predic...
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30th

May 13

As banker bonuses continue to draw negative headlines, a 50 million euro payout to bank staff has been forced to go ahead after a bank's ...
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25th

Apr 13

Employers who use unpaid interns are being warned they could be breaking the law and flouting national minimum wage legislation. The warn...
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15th

Jan 13

As the European Court of Human Rights backs an ex British Airways worker in wearing a crucifix necklace to work, widescale review of comp...
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17th

Dec 12

Christmas doesn't come gift-wrapped for employers, who need to keep on top of everything from health and safety to the Bribery Act in the...
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3rd

Dec 12

Employers warned of likely change in law to protect employees involved in political activity.Following the news that a South Yorkshire co...
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25th

Oct 12

Supreme Court ruling opens the gates for worker's compensation claims to be made through the courts after the industrial tribunal time li...
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10th

Oct 12

A sharp set of teeth with bite is what's needed to protect confidential business information when employees move on to work for the compe...
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18th

Sep 12

Fast and fair action is the key to avoiding claims of constructive dismissal, where employees feel they've been unjustly targeted by a ma...
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26th

Jun 12

A string of cases over the last twelve months should help employers trying to interpret TUPE regulations, which dictate the circumstances...
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2nd

May 12

Changes designed to stimulate employment look unlikely to make things easier for business in the short term, with a continuing muddy swam...
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21st

Mar 12

Like Wayne Rooney, everyone has the right to reap the benefits of their career success, and employers cannot stall the progress of key em...
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12th

Oct 11

The latest changes to unfair dismissal rights are not a clear cut route to fewer tribunals as discrimination claims are likely to fill th...
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6th

Sep 11

Employers have been given a warning about using employment contracts to try and get round working time and minimum wage regulations. The ...
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16th

Jun 11

Businesses need to get set to deal with new regulations controlling temp workers, with an estimated implementation cost of £1.8 billion p...
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15th

Jan 11

WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?The retirement of the DRA, "default retirement age", of 65 is to be phased out from 1st October 2011. All associated ...
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11th

Nov 10

This month's National Stress Awareness Day has focussed attention on the problem of stress in the workplace and is a reminder to employer...
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3rd

Sep 10

With a rise in the number of Employment Tribunal claims being presented over the past 12 to 18 months by employees, a number of which hav...
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3rd

Sep 10

Commission and bonus payment disputes continue to arise regularly between employers and employees.In particular, city bankers' bonuses ha...
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3rd

Sep 10

With the summer holiday season over and children back to school, employers are being urged to check where they stand following a spate of...
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3rd

Sep 10

Many employers are bracing themselves for hours of lost time this summer as football fan employees call in sick, or request time off at s...
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3rd

Sep 10

As a result of the change in the economic climate, there have been a number of businesses having to make redundancies in order to be able...
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Family Law

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Mar 17

A Cautionary tale: Why client's embarking on second-time marriages should consider Pre-Nups, Post-Nups and Wills.The recent case of Wodzi...
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15th

Feb 17

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner's pension, with commentators ...
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20th

Dec 16

The family-focus of Christmas is often followed in January with news of unhappy couples who decide to call it quits, leading to so-called...
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7th

Jul 16

When celebrities divorce, it makes for big headlines. Since Johnny Depp and Amber Heard announced their intention to split a few weeks ag...
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1st

Apr 16

Splitting couples are facing a further rise in the cost of divorce with a big increase in court fees, and many are facing up to the chall...
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6th

Jan 16

The first working day in January is commonly known as Divorce Day, when family lawyers receive more enquiries than at any other time of t...
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18th

Nov 15

Unhappy ex-spouses hoping to get their divorce settlements reviewed following a landmark judgment last month are being urged to check the...
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13th

Apr 15

A Supreme Court ruling will allow a former wife to make a claim for a share of the fortune amassed by her husband 30 years after they par...
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2nd

Jan 15

Statistics show that more children than ever celebrated Christmas with only one of their parents, following a relationship break-up. ...
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6th

Oct 14

Carving up a family business for a divorce settlement can spell disaster for the company, and the best option is to plan ahead rather tha...
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5th

Aug 14

Savvy property owners who club together to buy a home are turning to no-nups to safeguard their investment.  Whether as a cohabiting...
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11th

Mar 14

Pre and post nuptial agreements are likely to be given binding status, in a move that's intended to give couples a more predictable outco...
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23rd

Jan 14

Hard on the heels of Britain's longest-running and most bitter divorce, the Government has said it will be pushing more couples towards m...
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9th

Aug 13

High-speed divorce is back on the discussion boards following the breakdown of the marriage between art collector Charles Saatchi and cel...
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11th

Jan 13

Official figures released in December 2012 show that the number of divorces dropped by 1.7%* in the previous year, but divorce statistics...
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25th

Sep 12

The trend for massive divorce settlements is set for seismic change if new recommendations go ahead, and experts are predicting a rush to...
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3rd

Sep 12

The Courts are toughening up their stance on parental contact, saying it's in the best interests of children to see both parents, who wil...
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16th

Jul 12

Hopes are being pinned on the Government bowing to pressure to change the law to give greater rights to unmarried couples who break up, a...
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16th

Nov 11

Confusion reigns in the divorce courts over the division of matrimonial assets in England and Wales with the news that the High Court has...
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22nd

Nov 10

Unfortunately, marriages sometimes go wrong and a divorce becomes necessary.There are two parts to a divorce - the divorce itself an...
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A landmark decision of the Supreme Court (20th October) over the validity of a pre-nuptial agreement, has seen a German heiress win the b...
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3rd

Sep 10

Divorcing couples will no longer be able to use illegally obtained evidence of their former spouse's assets, following a controversial Co...
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3rd

Sep 10

Unmarried couples who buy a house together must make sure they have a written agreement setting out exactly who owns what.  That is ...
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3rd

Sep 10

A local solicitor believes that the outcome of a recent court case, which prevented a newly divorced woman from claiming more money from ...
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General Commercial

19th

Jun 17

Businesses have new deadlines to comply with regulations around transparency of ownership from this month, under the so-called PSC regime...
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4th

Apr 17

Every business using social media should get to grips with publishing law and advertising regulations if they are to avoid reputation-dam...
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9th

Mar 17

The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget, which...
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31st

Jan 17

One year after the introduction of tough new health and safety sentencing guidelines, a series of high profile cases show that courts are...
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25th

Nov 16

The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Budget statem...
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27th

May 16

When the sun shines at home, our thoughts often turn to holidays abroad.  And when it's so easy to book online, the attraction is to...
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15th

Apr 16

Media reporting on the so-called Panama Papers has focused on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and international organisations, but...
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17th

Mar 16

The unexpected introduction of a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks in George Osborne's Spring 2016 Budget drew headlines, but investors and comp...
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16th

Dec 15

Christmas Day has been the biggest day of the year for online and app downloads in recent years, as users set up the new devices they've ...
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29th

Sep 15

Two high profile health and safety court rulings have caught the headlines this month, but the penalties imposed reflect the expected shi...
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15th

Sep 15

Businesses have until 1st October to get ready for new consumer rights and dispute resolution procedures.Consumers have new rights from O...
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30th

Jul 15

Reports that an extramarital dating site has been hacked recently may have given its customers more than the usual worry that accompanies...
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9th

Jul 15

Action towards a new living wage caught the headlines as Chancellor George Osborne delivered his first Budget statement under a Tory majo...
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23rd

Mar 15

Two companies who went to court in an argument over whose terms and conditions applied to a contract between them, have both lost out.&nb...
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4th

Dec 14

The property market was top headline for Chancellor George Osborne in this year's Autumn statement, with a radical change to stamp duty w...
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21st

Nov 14

Companies are at risk of losing out on insurance claims if they try to over-egg their story, even if the claim would have been accepted o...
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10th

Nov 14

Copyright holders of creative works are being urged to make their mark and claim their rights, following the launch of a new licensing sc...
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12th

Sep 14

Consumers who are subjected to lies or pressure selling by unscrupulous traders have new rights from October.When the changes come into e...
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16th

Jul 14

Alarm bells are ringing after a tax tribunal has decided that it was "reasonable" for HMRC to demand copies of certain documents that tax...
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24th

Apr 14

New European regulation is set to boost individual data protection rights, leading to a more complex data processing environment for busi...
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9th

Apr 14

A long-running court battle between confectionary giants Cadbury and Nestle has seen the UK Supreme Court throw out an appeal by Cadbury ...
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21st

Nov 13

As online sales continue to surge and retailers rev up for Cyber Monday, consumer legal expert Michael Judkins of Ward Get...
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21st

Oct 13

New law opens the way to more building development by giving landowners the chance to break public usage rights to prevent registration o...
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8th

Oct 13

A court battle between software giant Microsoft and broadcasting colossus Sky has delivered a sharp lesson in the need to check out trade...
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17th

Jun 13

Innovation companies can now maximise the advantageous tax regime that's been brought in for patented products.  The Patent Box tax ...
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5th

Mar 13

Business must take steps to protect the content of business emails through contractual agreements and operational processes such as archi...
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31st

Jan 13

As the debate continues over network-level filtering to block internet access to adult content, smart phones are causing increasing probl...
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19th

Nov 12

Commercial property owners and tenants reminded to keep up with insurance obligations following the ruling of The Court of Appeal in the ...
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7th

Nov 12

As the Christmas shopping period approaches, online retailers are given a timely warning to put their websites and procedures in order.As...
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10th

Apr 12

Internet giant wins judgement saying it cannot be held liable for postings on its sites.Courts are refusing to hold internet service prov...
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9th

Mar 12

Business must take care when entering agreements with overseas organisations to avoid problems if disputes arise.A High Court judge in Lo...
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30th

Nov 11

Internet advertisers who use competitor names to draw traffic have been dealt a rap on the knuckles following a high profile battle betwe...
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4th

Nov 11

Courts should apply business common sense when interpreting commercial contracts according to a judgment delivered this week (2nd Novembe...
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5th

Oct 11

A ruling by the European Court of Justice has opened the door for millions of households and pubs across the UK to receive cheap screenin...
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22nd

Sep 11

In a battle over contract terms, a Court ruling has left a company with a £110 million liability, saying that it comes down to who fires ...
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30th

Jun 11

When you mean what you say, are you saying what you mean?  As the Mad Hatter told Alice, the two are not the same at all.Businesses ...
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6th

Jun 11

Everyone is talking about privacy laws and the need for Parliament to legislate for the problems raised by the new online communities suc...
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13th

Apr 11

"Be prepared, but don't panic" is the message being sent out to business by the Ministry of Justice in its long awaited guidance on the B...
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3rd

Mar 11

Companies entering so-called pre-pack administration arrangements will have to deal with TUPE rights for employees. That's the outcome of...
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8th

Feb 11

Business needs to buckle up its processes to protect against the forthcoming Bribery Act which will create the toughest anti-corruption r...
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3rd

Sep 10

The deadline is approaching for every company to have at least one director who is an individual not a corporation. In the past it was co...
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3rd

Sep 10

Business managers have been given a fresh reminder of the danger of negotiating commercial deals by email without making it clear at what...
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3rd

Sep 10

Companies are at risk of leaving themselves uninsured if they fail to disclose relevant information, even if they have answered fully eve...
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Personal Injury

29th

Feb 16

Employers are on frost alert, following the news that a home care worker has won her claim for damages after slipping on ice and breaking...
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13th

Feb 12

As severe weather warnings sweep the country, employers are being encouraged to double check their risk assessments.And following an impo...
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31st

Jan 11

Many people might be aware that they generally have three years in which to present their personal injury claim before a Court of Law. If...
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28th

Jan 11

Many people travel by public transport every day, whether it be for example bus, train, or tube. You may be using public transport to go ...
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3rd

Sep 10

'Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?'  Recent cosmetic surgery figures are on the rise, with a 275% rise in breast augmentation op...
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29th

Nov 08

With over 55% of company car drivers admitting in a recent RAC survey that they shout, swear and make rude gestures at other road users, ...
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29th

Nov 08

If you feel you have cause to make a personal injury claim, don't wait too long before taking legal action. Under normal circumstances, i...
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Property Matters

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May 17

Springtime is traditionally the busiest time for the property market, but with a knotty problem affecting more homes than ever, it's wort...
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27th

Sep 16

Experts across the world are focusing on property laws and how they will stand up to the shift to augmented reality gaming, following on ...
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7th

Jul 16

Landlords looking to terminate a lease have received a blunt reminder of what it takes to serve a valid break notice after a legal battle...
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26th

Nov 15

Backtracking on the contentious cuts to Working Tax Credits caught the headlines when Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Budg...
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1st

Sep 15

Landlords must comply with the introduction of individual metering and charging on communal heating and other forms of heat networks.Land...
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21st

Apr 15

Property valuations and holiday logs are top of the list for expats and owners of overseas holiday homes under new rules.British expats a...
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4th

Sep 14

Property prices keep on hitting the headlines, but anyone getting their home on the market with the hope of celebrating Christmas in a ne...
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23rd

Jun 14

The new mortgage affordability rules were introduced on 26 April 2014 and there have already been reports warning that thousands of buyer...
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18th

Mar 14

Property owners who are finally cleaning up after flooding and dealing with their insurance claims are being reminded that they will have...
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9th

Dec 13

Property owners and landlords caught the eye of the Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn statement, which included a package of measur...
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5th

Jul 13

The effects of Superstrike on the Tenancy Deposit Regulations.In the recently decided case of Superstrike Limited v Marino Rodrigues the ...
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10th

Feb 12

And now, the end is near…..For first time buyers anyway if they want to claim stamp duty land tax relief as it will soon be expiring. Fir...
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12th

Jan 12

The housing market is sluggish, prices static, and more people are staying put and renovating or extending. But homeowners wanting to pro...
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10th

Aug 11

Property owners who carry out building works could find themselves liable not just for nuisance, but also for harassing their neighbours ...
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6th

May 11

Landlords have been left baffled where they stand on the Disability Discrimination Act after the Court of Appeal rejected a claim by a di...
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6th

Apr 11

Landlords who fail to consult with flat owners before carrying out works cannot expect help from the courts if the tenants refuse to cont...
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15th

Mar 11

A number of holding companies within the Peverel Group, one of the largest residential property management companies in the UK, went into...
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24th

Jan 11

Councils get go ahead to use powerful weapon in planning permission enforcement.Individuals who try to bend the rules on planning permiss...
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18th

Jan 11

Amidst the endless lists of government cuts and tax increases, there are glimmers for some savings to be made if you look in the right pl...
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20th

Dec 10

The Government's attempts to abolish regional housing strategies are causing confusion for developers and for local planning authorities ...
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22nd

Nov 10

Many private landlords remain unaware of the regulations introduced by the Housing Act 2004, relating to tenants' deposits.  All dep...
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3rd

Sep 10

These plans are available to homeowners over the age of 60 who have little or no mortgage on their property. They are ways of releasing c...
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3rd

Sep 10

On 20th May 2010, the new coalition government suspended home information packs. No longer is it a legal requirement to have one of these...
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3rd

Sep 10

The Finance Bill 2010 introduced relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") for purchasers of residential property up to £250,000 where the...
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Wealth Preservation

23rd

Mar 17

Record numbers of inheritance disputes are going through the courts as modern family structures and rising house prices push more familie...
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1st

Mar 17

As the end of the tax year approaches, it's a good time to make sure you're maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs.&nb...
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24th

May 16

By inheritance tax specialist John Riddett at Ward Gethin Archer Archer Solicitors.When Chancellor George Osborne announced ...
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2nd

Nov 15

Rising property prices are helping to fuel increased numbers of inheritance disputes reaching the courts, with second marriages another m...
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9th

Jul 15

Why is it that as we get older time seems to pass more quickly? We all worry about getting older, our own need for care and the care our ...
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19th

Mar 15

The matter of inheritance is top of the agenda for Chancellor George Osborne in the countdown to the general election and the subject was...
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23rd

Feb 15

Failure to report a cash gift from his late father has landed a carpenter with an £87,000 penalty from HM Revenue and Customs.  The ...
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22nd

May 14

Dementia sufferers wanting to remain in their own home have been given hope thanks to a lifelong political campaigner. A recent case has ...
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7th

Feb 14

Inheritance issues are in the headlines, following the reading of Nelson Mandela's will, highlighting problems that are becoming increasi...
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11th

Sep 13

Globalisation is leading more young professionals into international work and they look set to be the winners in changes in inheritance t...
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11th

Sep 13

Inheritance claims are on the rise, as family structures get more complicated with the increasing number of remarriages.Currently 40% of ...
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12th

Apr 13

The recent case of Kloosman v Aylen highlights the need to obtain proper legal advice and to openly discuss intentions before making larg...
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19th

Feb 13

Following the long awaited announcement on the changes to residential care fee contributions, homeowners with higher value property are b...
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2nd

Feb 12

Government plans to raise the proposed lifetime cap on care fee contributions by the elderly to £60,000 have been met with a storm of pro...
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7th

Nov 11

Online assets could end up in a black hole or in the hands of fraudsters, if individuals do not find a secure route to pass on to their f...
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4th

Aug 11

Solicitors for the Elderly fears thousands of people are putting themselves at risk of being cheated by unscrupulous salesmen who offer t...
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27th

Jun 11

No provision does not constitute reasonable provision.The Court of Appeal case of Ilott-v-Mitson & ors 2011 heard on 8th February 201...
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19th

May 11

The partner of a millionaire estate agent who died suddenly has been found guilty of creating a fake will, when she discovered his divorc...
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25th

Mar 11

Chancellor George Osborne's delivered his second budget this week, saying it was intended to provide "enduring growth for the future".&nb...
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15th

Feb 11

An estranged daughter who eloped at 17 and was disinherited is challenging her mother's will in the Court of Appeal.  The Court will...
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3rd

Sep 10

EU Commission launches consultation on ways to tackle cross border inheritance tax obstacles within the EU.European property owners are a...
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3rd

Sep 10

There's some cheer in alcohol duty rates being held, but little elsewhere in the Coalition Government’s first budget, with a 2.5% VAT ris...
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3rd

Sep 10

Owners of second homes and investors should move quickly if they plan to sell this year, following the news that the Government has confi...
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