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Should we end the blame game of divorce?

Under current English law, even if both parties agree that their marriage has broken down, unless and until they have been separated for 2 years, they cannot get divorced without one party being blamed. The reasons for the breakdown of a marriage are usually complex and it is not uncommon for both parties to have […]

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New Acas Religion & Belief Guidance

Religion will always be a sensitive subject and in a multicultural society like ours it can be tricky for employers to navigate without unintentionally discriminating.  With that in mind, Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) have just issued new guidance on Religion and Belief discrimination. What is religion or belief discrimination? The Equality Act […]

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Dress Codes: “Don’t tell me what to wear!”

As a society we are becoming increasingly averse to being told what to do, not least in the workplace and especially when the British summertime hits and we want to ditch the suits and keep cool…… Can I be told what to wear? There are many valid reasons why an employer may impose a dress […]

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Is your home owned by your partner?

In the 21st century it is very commonplace for individuals to cohabit with their partner. In the early stages of a relationship, a breakup seems remote.  If the property is owned in your partner’s sole name, it is prudent to consider at an early stage if you would be entitled to an interest in the […]

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Dementia Action Week 2018 (21st – 27th May 2018)

Dementia Action Week (DAW) is now in full swing with various events being held across the country.  The purpose of DAW is to raise awareness of dementia.  This week a staggering statistic has shown that there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK.  By 2025 the number is set to rise to 1 […]

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When is your home not your home?

What happens if you have lived with a partner for many years and your partner dies without making a Will?  What if the Will that your partner did make leaves little or nothing to you? In those circumstances, what rights do you have? What, for example, happens to the property you shared with your partner? […]

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Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme

On the 1st February 2018 the Ministry of Justice announced its Power of Attorney fee refund scheme. The refunds are being offered to those who may have been charged more than was necessary to apply to register Lasting Powers of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney between the 1st April 2013 and the 31st […]

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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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