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Extra capacity for "shovel ready" projects due to National Grid's Five Point Plan

Phil Hunt
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National Grid’s five-point plan was launched on 27 February 2023 with the aim of “fundamentally reforming the connections process to make it fit for the future”, including accelerating the connection dates for energy storage projects. ...

Watch out for rights of way!

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What is a right of way? A right of way is a right for a person to pass over land by foot or vehicle. A right of way could be public so that anyone could use it or private so that it is for the benefit of specific people or land. If you have bought or sold...

New guidance on diverting or extinguishing public rights of way

Hannah Taylor
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DEFRA has issued new guidance which should be taken into account by local authorities when considering applications for the diversion or extinguishment of public rights of way. The new guidance applies when the public right of way passes through the garden...

Challenges of new divorce process

Beth Tutchener-Ellis
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The highs and lows of blame-free digital divorce  Divorce applications rose by 20 per cent in the year following the introduction of no-fault divorce, according to figures from the Ministry for Justice. But while the headline process may be easier,...

Holiday pay calculations to change

Sally Morris
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Managers on the look-out for changes in employment law following Brexit need to prepare for new holiday entitlement and pay calculations. The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 became law in June, setting out how EU-based laws are to be...

What to Know When Buying a New Build Property in the UK

Danielle Fenn
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Buying a new build property in the UK can be an exciting venture, offering modern designs, energy efficiency, and the opportunity to be the first owner. However, purchasing a new build comes with its own set of considerations and unique aspects that buyers...

Child with a different surname - Can I take them abroad?

Kennedy Langley
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When it comes to travelling abroad with a child, parents often have questions about the legal implications, especially if the child has a different surname. In England and Wales, parental rights and responsibilities are primarily governed by the Children Act...

Domestic Abuse - Controlling Coercive Behaviour

Kennedy Langley
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Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive and controlling behaviours a is a deliberate and calculated pattern of behaviour and psychological abuse designed to isolate, manipulate and terrorise a victim. Recognising Coercive and Controlling...

Delay in Cancer Treatment

David Lydon
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The diagnosis of cancer is one of the moments in life we all dread and hope never to face as the news is not only devastating for the patient but also their families. This can be even more distressing if there has been a delay in diagnosis or treatment as...

Navigating Energy Rates for Commercial Properties

Lucy George
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As the world grapples with the challenges of increasing prices for energy and climate change, the importance of sustainable energy practices has never been more apparent. For commercial property owners and operators in the UK, navigating energy rates can be...

Can I alter my property if it is in a Conservation Area?

Javed Ahmed
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Conservation areas play a vital role in preserving the architectural and historical character of certain areas in the UK. If you are a property owner within a conservation area, you may wonder about the restrictions and regulations governing alterations and...

How harassment hits both ways

Darryll Thomas
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Status does not confer special protection when it comes to bullying or sexual harassment Bullying has been hitting the headlines in recent weeks, demonstrating that no matter how high you fly, wings can be burned.    It’s behaviour that...

Watch out Ed, the robots are coming....

Matthew Allen
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Ed Sheeran has been defending himself in court against claims that he copied Marvin Gaye’s classic Let’s Get it On for his 2014 hit I’m thinking out loud .  And while the songwriter had a successful outcome, copyright experts say...

Rent-to-rent landlords cannot duck responsibilities

Stephanie Rushfirth
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The ‘rent-to-rent’ business model has seen a huge increase in recent years, reflecting the trend for businesses to take over utilisation of assets, like Uber and Airbnb.  But for landlords, it has given rise to confusion over the extent of...

How to identify your working status

Darryll Thomas
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Employed, Self-Employed and Workers - How to identify your working status As someone who works in the United Kingdom, understanding your employment status is essential, as it determines your legal rights, tax obligations, and benefits. In the...

Can a UK employee work remotely in another country?

Darryll Thomas
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With the rise of remote work opportunities and the desire for more flexible lifestyles, many UK employees are considering the possibility of working remotely from another country, particularly during the summer months. However, before embarking on such an...

What happens when a parent breaches a Court Order?

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When a court issues an order, it is legally binding and must be followed by all parties involved. Unfortunately, there are instances where one parent may disregard or breach a court order, causing frustration and potential harm to the child and the other...

Accidents on construction sites

Lauren Goode
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According to the Labour Force Survey 2021/22, there were around 59,000 cases of non-fatal work-related injuries within the construction industry between 2021 and 2022.   Common accidents may involve: Falling from a height Falling objects Lifting...

Mitigating cost in challenging times

Phil Hunt
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Many will have been watching the Government’s consultation on the future of business rates and hoping that any changes made will support the growth of businesses.  There was a full revaluation of business rates on 1 April 2023, the first since...

What to do if you have suffered an injury from an accident in a public place

Lauren Goode
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Occasionally, we all slip or trip up whilst walking on a pavement, a road or virtually anywhere. Usually this is fine. You may be embarrassed but you get up, dust off your clothes and move on. However, sometimes, it isn’t that simple. It may be that...

Does common law marriage exist in the UK? What you need to know.

Beth Tutchener-Ellis
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Common law marriage is a concept that refers to a marriage-like relationship between two people who live together for a certain period of time but without actually getting married or registering their partnership formally. This type of arrangement is...

National Pet Month - Have you got a pet nup in place?

Kennedy Langley
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National Pet Month runs from April 1 - May 1 2023, and aims to promote responsible pet ownership. As a nation, we love our pets, and with more than half of households in the UK owning at least one pet, pets are a huge part of our lives for many of...

Public Rights of Way - a U-turn decision

Hannah Taylor
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Almost 12 months ago, I penned a short blog here on our website which was essentially to alert farmers and landowners to changes around Public Rights of Way (PROW) – a complex and often confused area of legislation, especially in rural communities. ...

Chancellor sets out his pothole filling vision

Clare Lang
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This year’s Spring statement saw Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in confident mood with jokes aplenty and a promise of bounty in his bucket to fill the holes in the economy. The Chancellor set the scene for his hour-long delivery by opening with the news...

The Future of Energy Efficiency - Landlords Beware

Phil Hunt
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If you are a landlord, you are probably already aware that in order to grant a lease to a tenant the property must have an “Energy Performance Certificate” (‘EPC’) showing that the building has an energy efficiency rating of at least...

What you need to know before hiring seasonal workers

Sally Morris
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Seasonal agricultural work - What you need to know before hiring seasonal workers Seasonal agricultural work is an important part of the UK's farming industry. It provides an opportunity for farmers to hire workers for a short period of time, like...

How should employers be supporting workers with endometriosis?

Sally Morris
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Endometriosis Month - How should employers be supporting workers with endometriosis? Endometriosis is a chronic and debilitating condition that affects approximately 1 in 10 women in the UK. March is Endometriosis Action Month, which aims to raise...

Eight Things to Remember When You're Selling a House

Claire Ross
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Conveyancing can be a long and stressful process, but the work of conveyancers helps to reduce this significantly by taking on many of the more complex tasks. Selling a house can be daunting, and many legal considerations need to be taken into account to...

Eight Things to Remember When You're Buying a House

Claire Ross
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Buying a house is one of the most significant investments that most people make in their lifetime. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced property investor, the process of buying a house can be daunting and complex. In addition to finding the...

Be authentic - but not in the workplace

Darryll Thomas
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A crack-down by British Airways on social media posting by staff has highlighted the challenge for employers in keeping policies up to date in a fast-moving digital environment.   The new guidance from the airline bans staff from posting when they...

I've suffered an accident at work - What should I do?

Lauren Goode
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Being injured in an accident can cause stress and worry, it only gets more daunting if the accident has taken place at work. It can be overwhelming on what to do next as you struggle physically and possibly financially due to your sustained injuries....

What you need to know about medical negligence and making a legal claim

David Lydon
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If you or a loved one have experienced medical negligence, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. You might not understand exactly what medical negligence is or how to begin making a claim. This article will provide a brief...

Director duties and considerations - key areas to keep in mind

Samuel Pedley
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The key piece of legislation around director duties is the Companies Act 2006. The Act, which covers a host of legislative areas, imposes the burden of various general duties on directors of UK limited companies. Here in our latest website blog, I want to...

Leases - What to Look Out For

Phil Hunt
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The process of taking a commercial lease can be overwhelming, especially for first time tenants.  Some may be at a loss as to what they should be looking out for, both when the general content of the lease is being discussed with the agent and when the...

A loved one has died and I have their Will

Giles Scott
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Do I need to instruct a Solicitor to administer the wishes of the deceased? Not necessarily. However it always pays to take professional advice to ensure you are correctly dealing with the terms of the will and more importantly you are taking advantage of...

What do I need to think about in regard to Inheritance Tax Planning?

Giles Scott
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When it comes to Inheritance planning there are a number of approaches you can take, but you first need to establish a starting point which is what is your net worth and the type of assets that comprise your asset base.  Another important factor is who...

When should I put a Power of Attorney in place? Do I need one?

Giles Scott
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A Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney as they are known, is incredibly important and can only be entered into whilst you still have the metal capacity to do so.  Should you lose your capacity through illness or an accident, it will be too...

Why should I write a Will and what happens if I die without one?

Giles Scott
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If you die without leaving a valid will, your estate (being your property, money and personal possessions) will be divided up in accordance with the intestacy rules.  Dying without a Will is known as dying “intestate” which means without...

Office of Tax Simplification (OTS)

Giles Scott
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Those of us with an interest in tax, or a concern for the impact of tax on our estate, will remember a report published by the OTS a few years ago on suggested changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT). I will not repeat the terms of that report here, but suffice to...

Changes to Capital Gains Tax in the 2022 Autumn Statement

Giles Scott
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It can be difficult to stay up to date on the current tax situation given the number of statements and “mini-budgets” that have occurred recently, all of which have changed rates and allowances. Let us hope that things settle down into something...

Increase in the Minimum Age to enter Marriage or a Civil Partnership

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Changes to the laws on Marriage and Civil Partnerships are due to be implemented in England and Wales on Monday 27 February 2023. After receiving Royal Assent in April 2022, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 ensures that 16- to...

Generate Energy and Income

Phil Hunt
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If you own an underused brownfield site which you do not know what to do with, why not consider turning your property into an energy generation and storage facility? The energy crisis is all over the news, and the recent mini-budget and resulting turmoil...

What is a prepack?

Clare Lang
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Clare Lang heads up mfg’s Corporate Division which deals with M&A and other corporate matters; and is also part of the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Team, which has been set up across the firm’s teams. In this note, Clare ...

The Rights of Fathers in relation to unborn children

Kennedy Langley
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Parental Responsibility and Unborn Children In the UK, an unborn foetus does not have any rights and an unborn baby is not recognised as a ‘legal person’ until birth. This makes attaching parental rights to unborn children difficult. Due to the...

Public Rights of Way - an update for landowners and occupiers

Hannah Taylor
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The issue of Public Rights of Way (PROW) has, and always will be, a hugely complex area. Highlighted on what is known as the Definitive Map and Statement (DMS), which was produced by local authorities following the National Parks and Access to the...

When can an insolvency practitioner investigate a company's transactions?

Samuel Pedley
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There are several “reviewable transactions” which following a company’s insolvency, the insolvency practitioner can investigate and look to set aside which include but are not limited to the following:- Preference payments; Transactions...

The role of a Professional Deputy

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Explained - Court of Protection and Deputyship Here in the latest of our Q&A series, Cheryl Styles , a Legal Casework Manager within our Private Client Department, takes time to help explain the role of the Court of Protection, the concept of...

DIY Wills and Probate: what are the after effects?

Lucy Allen
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The UK Wills, Probate and Trusts Market Report 2022, produced by IRN Research highlighted a rise in the number of contentious probate, wills, and trusts. The report confirmed that there are now 646 law firms in England and Wales offering advice on...

Hybrid working - what you really need to know

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It’s two years since the world was shaken and we saw the start of the COVID pandemic which gripped all parts of our daily life. Now well and truly into 2022, we are seeing infection rates falling following a sustained and successful vaccination...

End of Coronavirus Restrictions on Insolvency Procedures

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Current restrictions on insolvency procedures are due to come to an end on 31 March 2022. Prior to the introduction of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 you could present a winding up petition against a company for an undisputed debt of over...

Mental Capacity Act: Small Payments Scheme

Lucy Allen
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Proposals for third party access to limited funds belonging to individuals who lack mental capacity: The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation, proposing to allow third party access to funds belonging to individuals who lack mental capacity,...

Making Loans to Family and Friends

Melinda Rice
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There is a saying that you shouldn’t loan money to your friends, and there are times when this could be extended to loaning money to your family.  What happens to that loan after you pass away? If significant amounts of money are being loaned,...

Can a privately owned way be a 'road' for the purposes of the Traffic Regulation Act 1984?

Hannah Taylor
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According to the High Court in the recent case of Bowen and others v Isle of Wight Council (Rev1) [2021] EWHC 3254, yes it can .   The highway status of privately owned accessways can be of vital importance for a number of reasons.  In this...

The regulatory importance of the UK's energy sector

Clare Regan
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Underlined by the fact that almost 50% of the UK’s electricity now comes from renewable sources, the energy sector is moving at rapid pace - with advances in technology and renewables prompting the need for scrupulous regulatory requirements. With a...

Contentious Probate - Mediation

Andrew Chandler
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The potential benefits of resolving even the most heated of disputes through effective communication are obvious but often under-utilised. The litigation of disputes is inherently contentious and can have potentially disastrous financial consequences for...

November 2021 Employment Law Bulletin

Sally Morris
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November 2021 Employment Law Bulletin Welcome to our Employment Law Bulletin for November 2021. This month’s bulletin focuses on a number of key developments and of course the ever changing landscape in relation to COVID vaccinations. Increase in...

Introduction of the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill

Rachel Chambers
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The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill – what landlords and tenants need to know It has been reported that commercial property landlords are owed more than £7 billion in rent arrears which was built up during the coronavirus pandemic. To...

Contentious Probate update: recoverability of success fees

Victoria Wall
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Contentious Probate update: recoverability of success fees – what’s happened? The Court of Appeal has confirmed in the recent case of Hirachand v Hirachand [2021] EWCA Civ 1498 that a person bringing a claim under the Inheritance (Provision...

Commercial landlords and electric car charging

Lucy George
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The recent fuel crisis here in the UK has created a massive surge in interest for electric cars and with increasing demand, now is the time for commercial landlords to consider their opportunities to capitalise on rising demand for EV charging points. ...

Possession - an update on notice periods

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Following the enactment of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Government extended the required notice period when seeking possession of a property. You can evict a tenant who has an assured shorthold tenancy by way of what is known as a Section 21 notice or...

Can children receive the COVID-19 vaccination without parental consent?

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With the Government announcing its autumn/winter plan to control the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, it has been announced that vaccinations will be offered to 12–15-year-olds in England. Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has confirmed that the...

The end of the insolvency restrictions is in sight

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The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 sets out that you cannot present a winding-up petition against a company based on a statutory demand that was served between 01 March 2020 and 30 September 2021 , nor present a winding-up petition between 01...

Could Covid vaccinations become compulsory for frontline NHS?

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Could Covid-19 vaccinations become compulsory for frontline NHS workers? Six weeks of consultation has now commenced to see whether frontline NHS workers will be required to have received both Covid-19 vaccinations in the same manner as care home workers...

Employer's failure to consider flexible working

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The recent case of Mrs Thompson v Scancrown Limited t/a Manors, has hit the headlines as estate agent, Mrs Thompson won a sex discrimination claim with an award of in excess of £180,000. Mrs Thompson was employed as a London estate agent from 2016. In...

Commercial rent debts and COVID-19 - what can I do?

Stephanie Rushfirth
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We have had several enquiries over the last year or so from both commercial landlords and tenants in relation to the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on commercial rent arrears. So far the Government has sought to assist commercial tenants by...

Dealing with dilapidations - how do I make a claim?

Rachel Chambers
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A claim for dilapidations is a useful remedy for landlords who are concerned about the state and condition of their rented commercial property.  This often comes to light shortly before, or immediately after, an outgoing tenant has vacated. What...

Compulsory vaccinations for workers

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Back in April 2021, the Government started a consultation on the possibility of making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for those who work in certain workplaces, including care homes. Although there is some difference in opinion amongst scientists, SAGE...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is coming to an end

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The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been in place since March 2020. Although the amount of money contributed by the Government and employers has changed throughout, it has enabled millions of people to keep their jobs. To date, the...

The heat is on - what happens if it gets too hot at the workplace?

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With temperatures hitting new record-breaking highs, members of staff could legitimately ask whether they can be kept at work as things get uncomfortable. When the workplace gets too hot, it is more than just an issue about comfort. If the temperature goes...

COVID-19 Response for Summer 2021

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On 5 th July 2021, the Government published its COVID-19 Response for Summer 2021. We have summarised the key points which arise from an employment law perspective and how this may impact employers during the next couple of months. This is up to date at the...

Breathing Space for those with problem debts

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Breathing Space protects debtors from any action taken by creditors for up to 60 days, a welcomed reform for those who are struggling to manage their debts as they will be able to seek much needed advice without facing increased interest and charges as a...

COVID-19 - Remote Hearings are here to stay

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the civil justice system. Lockdown played havoc with court listings resulting in many hearings being vacated. At this time, with no alternative, virtual hearings were welcomed by parties and their...

How to enforce a County Court Judgment during a pandemic

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Enforcing a County Court Judgment which has been obtained against an individual may seem to be unfeasible during the pandemic however, there are several enforcement methods which remain available to include; 1) Warrant of Execution, 2) Attachment of Earnings...

What is Contentious Probate?

Rob Weston
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People often ask on what "Contentious Probate" means. A brief summary is set out below: a) Concerns over the validity of the Will. For example, that the Deceased did not have the mental capacity to make a Will, wasn't aware of the contents,...

Vento Bands

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Discrimination compensation awards increased Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate an individual due to a protected characteristic. This includes age, sex, disability, race, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership,...

Is expert determination an alternative to Court Proceedings?

Rebecca Rogers
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What are the alternatives to Court proceedings in order to resolve disputes? There are various ways to resolve disputes rather than simply issuing a claim through the Courts.  Litigating through the Courts is not a quick process. There are lots of...

The wheels of civil justice are still turning!

Rebecca Rogers
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Disputes continue to arise in business. Here at mfg Solicitors LLP, we are working remotely to resolve disputes for our clients. The Civil Courts are continuing to operate remotely (and are working hard to keep the justice system working) during the outbreak...

Williams (Deceased) [2012[ EWHC 586 (Ch) (16th of March 2021)

Rob Weston
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In the recent case of Re Williams (Deceased) [2012[ EWHC 586 (Ch) (16 th of March 2021) it was determined that the lack of knowledge and approval by the Testator justified the Court upholding the validity of the Will with deletions. The Judge found that...

Minimum wage for on call and sleep in shifts

Sally Morris
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Several businesses rely upon members of staff to be on call, with many organisations paying these individuals a flat rate or sometimes no pay at all for simply being on call. This presents a number of problems: Is the individual an employee or worker? ...

Public footpaths and farmers - a new direction?

Hannah Taylor
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In her latest blog on rural issues, associate Hannah Taylor covers the options open to farmers and landowners to protect their crops from walkers veering off public footpaths – and why it’s important for everyone to work together. Last year I...

BRUNT - DECEASED [2021]

Rob Weston
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In the recent case of Re: BRUNT – DECEASED [2021] the High Court have ordered a re-trial where it was alleged that a Will had been forged. The High Court found that the Judge had not dealt properly with the evidence before him when he made an Order...