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Annual Leave: Know your rights

Right about now, we are all feeling like we need a good dose of sunshine if not just a break from the hum drum of working life. So, what are your rights? Your basic rights – The Working Time Regulations 1998 ensure all employees and workers can take paid leave.  If you are full time, […]

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Separating Together

The decision to separate can be difficult and daunting, with the most common concerns and fears relating to the risk of conflict, the impact on the children, your future financial security and of course costly legal battles. Unfortunately family breakdown is a fact of life and the legal process can sometimes lead to more pain […]

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Warning to all Landlords – time is running out!

Landlords will not be able to rent out both domestic and non-domestic properties unless they meet the new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rules (2018) which come into force on 1 April 2018.  Properties across England and Wales are currently expected not to pass the new rules and could face huge fines. To make sure you don’t […]

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Holidays during term time: cheaper, but is it really worth it?

As we all struggle with the January blues, it’s no surprise this is prime holiday booking season. Regardless of your views on whether it’s appropriate to take children out of school during term time, most of us are a bit vague on what we can and can’t get away with….. When are absences allowed? As […]

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Love is in the air

With Valentine`s Day around the corner and the shops filled with love hearts, chocolates and balloons, it can be easier than ever to be swept away in the first blush of a new relationship. But if you have recently separated or divorced, whilst a new romance is a happy and exciting time for you, it […]

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Cohabitation Agreements – Do you need one?

If you are living as an unmarried couple the simple answer to this question is probably yes, given that under English law cohabiting couples have little or no legal protection if their relationships break down. Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK with almost 7 million people living in this type […]

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UBER – Latest Case

Uber’s Application to take its Appeal straight to the Supreme Court, thereby bypassing the Court of Appeal, has been refused. This means that the Appeal against the decision that Uber drivers are “workers” (rather than self-employed contractors) and entitled to the rights associated with that status (e.g. holiday pay) will now be heard by the […]

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Holiday Pay

The European Court of Justice has recently made an important ruling in an English case referred to it concerning holiday pay.  It is a decision which will have important and far reaching implications for Uber drivers and others in a similar situation. The question for the Court was whether a worker who does not take […]

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Update on Recovery of Employment Tribunal Fees

The Refund Scheme is now open to everyone who has paid fees in connection with a Tribunal Claim or an Appeal since July 2013. You can apply if one of the following circumstances applies to you:- (1)      you paid the fees and made the claim; (2)      you paid the fees for someone else to make […]

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Data Protection – Don’t get caught out!

As from the 25 May 2018 the existing law on Data Protection will be repealed and replaced by a new Act to work alongside the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  New sweeping powers to punish breaches in respect of Data Protection you hold on employees, customers, suppliers and clients will be introduced.  Failure to report […]

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New Stamp Duty Charges for First Time Buyers

Prior to the Budget first-time buyers paid Stamp Duty on purchases above £125,000.  In today’s Budget the Chancellor announced that Stamp Duty has been abolished immediately for first-time buyers buying a home of up to £300,000. The change means that for properties costing up to £500,000, no Stamp Duty will be paid on the first […]

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Leave for Grieving Parents

A long overdue Bill is to be presented to Parliament entitling parents who lose a child under the age of 18 to at least 2 weeks parental bereavement leave to be taken before the end of the period of 56 days beginning with the date of the child’s death.  Any employee, regardless of length of […]

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Divorce and Business Assets

How a couple’s assets are to be divided is often the most difficult issue to resolve when a couple is going through a divorce. Businesses (which include limited companies, partnerships and sole traders) form part of the assets to be shared on divorce and will be a central consideration in the negotiations and any financial […]

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Employment Law Update – Support for Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

Acas has recently published a very helpful advice and guidance note in relation to workplace support for parents with premature or sick babies.  This can be accessed at www.acas.org.uk. Employers in such situations often find it difficult to know how best to deal with parents in a sensitive way.  The ACAS advice encourages them: To […]

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Should the house wife go back to work following a separation?

In circumstances where a husband and wife have made a decision at the start of a relationship for one of them (usually the wife) to stay at home and look after the children whilst the other (usually the husband) works, what should happen on separation? Should the husband continue to support the wife financially by […]

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More on Tribunal Employment Fees

Further to my previous piece regarding Tribunal Fees, the President of the Employment Tribunals has issued an Order staying all tribunal claims brought in reliance on the Supreme Court’s recent decision pending decisions of the Ministry of Justice and the Tribunal Service as to the implications of the decision. The effect appears to be that […]

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Finalise your finances as well as your divorce

There is a common misconception that a divorce will finalise all financial matters arising from the marriage. Whilst a divorce does bring an end to a marriage itself it does not also bring an end to the financial obligations spouses have to each other. Anyone seeking a divorce should also ask the Court to approve […]

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Employment Tribunal Fees

The big news in Employment Law is the Supreme Court’s declaration that Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees are unlawful both in Domestic and EU Law.  Tribunal fees have been payable by Claimants since 29 July 2013.  The effect of the decision is that all fees paid since that date must be reimbursed by the […]

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Should I set up a Trust?

Increasingly our clients consult us about gifting assets to their offspring and family during their lifetime, rather than on death by Will. There are a number of advantages to giving this course of action consideration.  Many would prefer to see their beneficiaries receive the gift during their lifetime or perhaps the beneficiary has an urgent […]

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Where there’s a Will there’s a way!

A Will is a written document created during your lifetime which determines how any property you own or money that you have at the date of your death will be shared out.  In the event that you do not have a Will the law stipulates who will receive your assets after your death and this […]

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