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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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Should we end the blame game of divorce?

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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

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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?

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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)

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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?

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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

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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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    I have used North Ainley for a number of years. They have successfully dealt with my parent's wills and more recently the sale of 2 properties. The staff are exceptional and imparticular Cassie who took care of the whole process from start to finish whilst I was overseas. She diligently chased all third parties and kept me informed at all times. I would recommend North Ainley as they have proved themselves time and again over the last 10 years in all of my family's legal affairs.read more
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