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Getting ready to take your best shot in a rumbling housing market

Javed Ahmed
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There are rumbles of a revival in the housing market with inflation down and an expectation that the Bank of England will soon make a base rate cut.  That’s been enough encouragement for high street lenders to drop their mortgage rates.  But...

The final stage on the rules for tipping and gratuities

Beverley Smith
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New rules to ensure fairness and transparency around handling tips and gratuities will soon go live for hospitality and other service sector businesses.    These are designed to ensure an even-handed approach in situations where the employer has...

The Big C: Demystifying the Diagnosis no one wants to receive

Florence Fisher
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Anyone who has watched recent Stand Up to Cancer specials on Channel 4 will have seen the staggering statistic revealed by Cancer Research UK: one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. In 2022, roughly 367,000 people were diagnosed...

Commercial Landlords: Understanding Your Responsibilities

Emma Chater
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As a commercial landlord, it can often feel like you're navigating a maze of obligations and responsibilities. From ensuring the safety of the premises to managing the terms of your leases, it's a line of work that requires careful attention to...

Crisis: The delay in cancer diagnosis and treatment within the UK

Lauren Goode
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Cancer. It is an uncomfortable topic to discuss and an adversary most of us wish to avoid. However, these days it seems unavoidable. According to NHS England, one in two of us will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during our lifetime. Despite...

50 Years of Health and Safety Legislation: The Evolution and Current Landscape

Beverley Smith
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The year 2024 marks a significant milestone in the history of workplace safety in the United Kingdom. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA 1974), a pivotal piece of legislation that revolutionised...

I am a builder. How do I avoid disputes and non-payment?

Rebecca Rogers
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Avoiding disputes and non-payment in the building industry requires careful planning, clear communication, and proactive measures. Here are some strategies you can employ: 1. Detailed Contracts: Ensure that you have a detailed and legally binding contract...

Defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal - heads up on October changes!

Chris Piggott
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On 6 April 2024, a subtle but important change took effect, addressing the ways in which a defence (often referred to as a response) may be presented to the Employment Tribunals in both England, Wales and Scotland.   Currently, anyone wishing to file a...

A Comprehensive Guide to Litigating Workplace Injury Claims in the UK

David Lydon
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Workplace injuries are an unfortunate reality and navigating the legal landscape for compensation can be daunting. This guide aims to provide a clear, comprehensive overview of the process, offering valuable insights into your rights, responsibilities and...

Vento bands - An Update

Beverley Smith
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Compensation for discrimination can include both financial and non-financial loss, and in terms of non-financial loss, this will normally include an award for injury to feelings. What are Vento bands? The Vento bands provide guidance to employment...

Understanding Employment Rights

Darryll Thomas
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Employees with less than 2 years service don’t have the full wealth of employment rights that employees have with service beyond that time. This can often leave them vulnerable in the workplace. In particular such employees do not have the right to...

Going spare - advising Freddy Halstead

Amelia Edwards
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Netflix’s hottest new release The Gentlemen, directed by Guy Ritchie and containing a star-studded cast, has captured the attention of many Netflix addicts! As a solicitor, the series had particularly gripped me with its contentious probate issues. I...

Inheritance challenges and disputed wills are soaring

Andrew Chandler
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Inheritance challenges and disputed wills are soaring , but it’s not just the high profile, mega wealthy that are fuelling the action. Figures from the Ministry of Justice come against a backdrop of headline-catching disputes such as the case of...

ICO Guidance: Sharing Data in Mental Health Emergencies at Work

Sally Morris
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On 1 st March 2024, the ICO published new guidance for employers on sharing personal data during workplace mental health emergencies. The ICO acknowledged that employers may need to share personal information about employees’ health to emergency...

How long do I have to pursue a personal injury claim?

Lauren Goode
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In general, if you have suffered personal injury, you will have 3 years from the date of the accident to commence proceedings in the Courts. This is known as the limitation period. It is the last date in which you can issue formal proceedings with the...

Changes to UK Company Law

James Hayes
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There are big changes on the way for UK company law; with a need for transparency and a better quality register of companies, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 does just that. This is a look at those that will specifically affect your...

Medical Negligence Claims: Where Do I Start?

Lauren Goode
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When you require medical assistance, you put your trust in the medical professionals providing your treatment. This may be provided through the National Health Service (NHS) or on a private basis. Whilst the care received within the UK is typically of higher...

Energy Efficiency Clauses in Lease Renewals

Phil Hunt
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In an ideal world, a lease renewal will proceed smoothly with the landlord and tenant reaching swift and amicable agreement on the renewal lease terms.  Landlords and tenants will be familiar with the longstanding points of contention, such as rent....

New EHRC guidance on menopause in the workplace

Sally Morris
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The headlines have been filled today with news of the publication of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) new guidance for employers in relation to supporting those suffering from menopause symptoms in the workplace.  The symptoms of...

Menopause Discrimination - Navigating the Fine Line Between Support and Offence

Beverley Smith
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I came across the news headline yesterday about the ‘employee gift bag’ given out by Avanti West Coast to its female employees of menopausal age.  It apparently contained things such as a jelly baby ‘ in case you feel like biting...

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Chris Piggott
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has indicated it will be updating its current guidance and Employment Code of Practice to reflect the forthcoming duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This follows the Worker...

New ACAS Code of Practice on flexible working

Sally Morris
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Flexible working laws are due to change with effect from 6th April 2024. The new code incorporates all of the proposed changes to the legislation from April 2024, including reaffirming the 8 business grounds that can be relied on by an employer to reject an application. 

Agency workers to replace striking workers? An insight into the debate so far...

Chris Piggott
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Both the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) have openly been critical of the government in its plan to revoke the ban on replacing striking workers with agency workers during industrial action. This runs...

Proposed Employment Tribunal Fees and Their Implications

Chris Piggott
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Last week the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) began a consultation on the re-introduction of fees for employment tribunal claims and appeals to the EAT. How Does the Proposed Fee Structure Impact Employment Tribunal Claims and Appeals? The consultation runs from...

The Cost of Skipping Employment Checks

Chris Piggott
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Twas the day before Valentines… Back in August 2023 the Home Office announced it would be increasing the penalties applied to employers who employ individuals who do not have the appropriate immigration permission in the UK. No date for...

Maternity discrimination - are you leaving employees in the dark?

Darryll Thomas
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Employees on maternity leave can often find themselves absent from the workplace for a significant period of time with many taking the full one year entitlement. In addition, as such employees continue to accrue annual leave in this time, many will bolt such...

In or Out: Is flexible working becoming litigious?

Chris Piggott
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As the call for return to office working increases in demand, a recent judgment has held that a senior employee could not expect to work from home full time. So, can an employer deny flexible working requests if the role requires some office attendance? The...

New transparency rules to keep companies squeaky clean

Matthew Allen
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Company directors, people with significant control of a company, or anyone who files on behalf of a company, must ensure they comply with new transparency rules from March 2024.  Greater scrutiny of information lies at the heart of the new legislation,...

How much compensation will I receive for personal injury?

Lucy Allen
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In successful claims for personal injury, the person bringing the claim (the Claimant) is awarded an amount of compensation, also referred to as damages. The aim of compensation in personal injury is to put the Claimant back in the position that they would...

Streamlining Justice: Registering Foreign Judgments in England

Rebecca Rogers
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In an era marked by global interactions, the process of registering foreign judgments in England serves as a pivotal mechanism for cross-border legal enforcement. Governed by the Administration of Justice Act 1920 and, in some instances, the Foreign...

Lasting Powers of Attorney: Do you know who will look after your affairs if you are no longer able to?

Katie Riley
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It is a common misconception that your next of kin will be able to manage your affairs should you become unable to. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is the legal document that you need to make, whilst you have mental capacity, which enables you to...

Changes to Flexible Working Requests

Beverley Smith
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Changes to Flexible Working Requests The Government has been talking about making changes to flexible working for a couple of years now but has finally confirmed that from 6 April 2024, employees will have the right to request flexible working from day one...

2023 Top 5 Employment Law Decisions- Just In Case You've Missed Them

Chris Piggott
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Holiday pay Following the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Harper v Brazil, the calculation of holiday pay for regular and part year workers became more complicated and expensive for employers. The government is overruling the decision and proposes to...

Route to the door is different for directors

Samuel Pedley
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When Suella Braverman was removed from her cabinet post she decided to take a defiant stance, with an open letter criticising PM Rishi Sunak for reneging on promises and calling for a leadership election.  It was a defiant, headline-grabbing move and...

How the cost of living is focusing attention on anti-competitive practices

Phil Hunt
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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is seeking to protect supermarket shoppers by securing agreements from Sainsbury’s and Asda to stop using anti-competitive land agreements.  On 13 June 2023, the CMA published letters that it sent to...

What are the potential dangers of 'overriding interests' affecting my property?

Tom Bell
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Although a registered title at the Land Registry should be a clear record of all rights and other matters affecting land, there continue to be other adverse interests which may affect property. These are known as ‘overriding interests’ and could...

Delay to implementation of Biodiversity Net Gain rules

Tom Bell
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At the end of September, the Government set out its revised timetable for implementing its much-anticipated requirements for ensuring new developments deliver a 10% biodiversity net gain (“BNG”). In particular the Government announced that the...

Boundary problems in property transactions

Lauren Collins
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As part of our series of blogs around issues relating to the agriculture and farming sector, our latest piece is penned by Lauren Collins , a paralegal in our Agriculture and Rural Affairs department. To round off September, Lauren covers the importance...

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!

Jack Cook
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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?

Anna Robinson
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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 ...