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New Stamp Duty Charges for Residential Property Purchases

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In today’s summer economic update the Chancellor has announced a stamp duty holiday that will start immediately and run until March next year.  Property buyers could save thousands of pounds thanks to the new tax break, which will be welcome by all home buyers. Prior to the announcement, the threshold where you start paying stamp duty was […]

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Legal update from our Employment & Litigation team

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Hello to you all!  We hope you are well – it’s been a rough few months of challenge and uncertainty for businesses and employees alike.  In this update we look to the future as the UK comes out of lockdown , gets back to business and comes to terms with a new normal*.  Advice correct […]

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CORONAVIRUS – Legal Update from our Employment & Litigation team

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In this update we focus on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the workplace and we highlight the legal developments that you and your business should be aware of in these unprecedented times*.  *Advice correct as of 1 April 2020. To see the full update from our Litigation and Employment team – click here. […]

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Death Bed Gifts

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The family of Mick Ivory have issued Court proceedings against their brother Peter, after Peter gave away Mick’s estate to the poor and homeless. Mick Ivory had an estate worth £414,000, which after expenses totalled £367,000.  Mick did not leave a Will, so upon his death his estate should have been distributed in accordance with […]

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New Employment Laws – Are You Ready?

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2020 brings with it 5 key changes to employment law that will impact both employers and employees – make sure you are ready for when many of the changes come in force on 6 April 2020 by taking advice now. 1. New right to a written statement of terms Current law Employees who’ve been employed […]

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Equal Rights

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The Civil Partnership (Opposite-Sex Couples) Regulations 2019 in force from today mean that from 31 December 2019 mixed sex couples will have the right to enter into a Civil Partnership (rather than a marriage) – a right previously only available to same sex couples. The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill, which would […]

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Organ Donation Week

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Did you know that from Spring 2020 the law is changing and every adult will be considered to have agreed to donate their organs when they die unless they expressly ‘opt out’ by recording a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups?  This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ […]

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When it is too hot to work?

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We don’t want to jinx it but, if we really are in store for a heat wave, many of you might be wondering how hot it has to get before you can leave work and head for your back garden/nearest beer garden… The law It’s not good news – whilst the law sets a minimum […]

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Continuing Best Practice following a successful Lexcel Assessment

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North Ainley Solicitors has once again successfully secured the Law Society Legal Practice Quality Mark, Lexcel. Lexcel is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for Law Firms and in house Legal Departments which gives the public the assurance that a Practice meets high Client Care and Business Management standards.  North Ainley originally achieved the standard in […]

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When can you suspend employees?

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In any contract of employment, there is an ‘implied term of trust and confidence’ between employer and employee.  But does this mean that an employer can’t suspend someone pending investigation in case they breach that term? The tribunals say not.  In the recent case of London Borough of Lambeth v Agorevo, a primary school teacher […]

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End to the blame game in sight?

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The Justice Secretary has today finally announced plans for a new law meaning divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. The current law requires evidence of 1 of the following; adultery, behaviour, desertion, 2 years’ separation (if 1 spouse consents) or 5 years’ separation (otherwise).  As […]

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New payslip rights

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Big changes to the Employment Rights Act 1996 in force from next Monday 6 April 2019, mean that ALL employees and workers (starting jobs after this date) will have a statutory right to a detailed written, printed or electronic wage slip including a breakdown of hours worked where pay varies by the time worked. Employers […]

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Employers take note: Personal Injury compensation paid in Employment claim

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Hailing a new approach, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently awarded personal injury compensation for failure to provide rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). Rights: Under the WTR 1998 all workers are entitled to an unpaid rest break of 20 minutes when working for more than six hours per day (Reg 12).  […]

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Do not run out of time!

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The very recent case of Cowan v Foreman and others, highlights the importance of  bringing claims in a timely fashion.  In this case, a widow tried to bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”) against her husband’s estate.  The Act states that claims must be commenced within […]

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Tenant Fees Act 2019

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On 1 June 2019, the Tenant Fees Act (“the Act”) will come into force.  The aim of the Act is to reduce costs Landlords may currently impose on tenants both at the outset and during the tenancy.  The Act applies to new tenancies from 1st June and to existing tenancies from 1 June 2020.  It […]

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New ACAS Guidance: Age Discrimination

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Whilst we are all aware of sex, race and disability discrimination, ‘ageism’ is not something that receives as much air time. But, pursuant to the Equality Act 2010, age is also a protected characteristic and as such, treating someone unfairly because of their age is against the law (with some exceptions). The Act aims to […]

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Christmas Parties Gone Wrong

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As the Christmas party season gets into its full swing and the free booze is flowing, it’s easy to see how things can be said or done that will be regretted the next day. As such, whilst it ‘tis the season to be jolly, hosting a Christmas party can cause problems for employers long after […]

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National Work Life Week

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It’s ‘National Work Life Week’ – an opportunity to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance. Any employee with 26 weeks service for the same employer has a legal right to make a request to work flexibly – you don’t have to be a parent or carer.  If your request has been refused you […]

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Important tips for Landlord’s on granting or ending an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (‘AST’)

Since 1 October 2015, under the Deregulation Act 2015, a Landlord offering a new Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement to a tenant must ensure that the tenant is provided with :- A Gas Safety Certificate for the property to be occupied An Energy Performance Certificate The booklet entitled – How to rent: the checklist for renting […]

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BREAKING NEWS – SUPREME COURT REFUSE RIGHT TO DIVORCE

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The Supreme Court has today ruled that Tini Owens cannot divorce her husband, Hugh Owens of 40 years until 2020, when they will have been separated for 5 years.  This is because of the manner in which the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (which provides the basis of a divorce) is drafted and because Hugh Owens […]

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