Category Archives: Legal Briefs

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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Employment Law Titbits

Our Employment Law Partner Geoff Lamb brings a couple of recent decisions which may be of interest. The first concerns a Company making an employee redundant after a period of disability related sickness and whether that amounts to disability discrimination. No said the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the facts of the particular case.  It had […]

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney – why might I need one?

Do you know someone who has dementia, Alzheimer’s or has had a stroke? They may have some other illness or problem that means they need help with their day to day life.  Have you ever seen a family struggle to handle someone else’s affairs and come up against confidentiality and data protection, and be able […]

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Do adjustments have to be made for a job candidate with Asperger’s Syndrome?

In a case recently before the Employment Appeal Tribunal a job applicant was found to have been discriminated against by being required to sit a psycho metric test.  The applicant, Ms Brookes, applied for a job with the Government Legal Services (GLS).  Along with all other candidates she had to undertake a multiple choice Situation […]

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HR Audit for Businesses

Employment Law is an ever changing area and carries many potential risks and pitfalls for employers. At North Ainley we offer to clients an HR Audit Package to include a review of existing Contracts of Employments and Policies to ensure you are complying with current legislation and your documentation is fit for purpose.  Key areas […]

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Mental Illness

With mental health rightly being very much in the news at the moment, employers are asking whether illnesses such as depression are deemed to be disabilities for the purpose of disability discrimination legislation. The statutory definition of “disability” must be satisfied for an employee suffering from a mental illness to be able to bring a […]

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Sleeping at Work

A question of vital importance to employers who engage workers for night work is whether ‘sleep in time’ counts as work time, for which the worker is entitled to receive the national minimum wage, not least because, if employers get it wrong, they could face criminal sanctions. Three cases on the point were recently heard […]

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Higher Stamp Duty and Residential Properties

As you may be aware, anyone buying a second residential property in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will probably have to pay an enhanced stamp duty rate of 3% above the usual rates. People may think this only applies if you already own a residential property and then either purchase a buy to let property […]

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Employment termination payments

The calling of a snap General Election on the 8 June 2017 has raised the question as to whether any pending employment related legislation will complete its parliamentary progress in time. The Government has in fact announced that it will push through, before Parliament is dissolved on the 3 May that part of the Finance […]

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Potential new tax break for home owners

A new tax relief will be available from 6 April this year, for property owners who leave their property to their spouse or their children and grandchildren. At present, each of us is able to leave £325,000 to anyone we choose, without creating any inheritance tax liability. If your personal estate is worth more than […]

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