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  • tribunal fees

    No more tribunal fees…

    by Philomena Price | Aug 16, 2017 |
    Tribunal fees were brought in with effect from 29 July 2013 under the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (Fees Order). Since their introduction, there has been a significant decline in the number of cases being brought forward in the tribunal. On the 26th of July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that tribunal fees were in fact unlawful.
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  • Tax Discrimination

    What is the residence nil rate band?

    by Emma Rolfe | Aug 15, 2017 |
    The residence nil rate band is an additional tax free allowance that is given to qualifying individuals for any inheritance tax, and comes into force for any deaths after the 6th of April 2017.
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  • Help to Buy ISA

    Shared Ownership FAQ

    by Sharandeep Chhabra | Jul 27, 2017 |
    What is Shared Ownership? Shared Ownership is a successful government scheme which enables you to buy a share of a new build property and pay rent on the remaining share that you do not own. So if a property is worth £200,000 and you’ve purchased a 50% share in the property, the total rent payable would apply to the remaining £100,000.
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  • Debt recovery

    Pre-Action Protocol: What is it and what do creditors need to do?

    by Richard Gwynne | Jul 13, 2017 |
    As of 1st October 2017, debt recovery and collections in both the commercial and consumer world is going to see a big change with the introduction of the debt recovery Pre-Action Protocol (‘PAP’).
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  • Employment Law 2017

    What can we expect from Employment Law following the Queen’s Speech in 2017?

    by Philomena Price | Jul 05, 2017 |
    Following the Queen's speech on the 21st of June, 2017, there are some Employment Law changes to watch out for in the next Parlimentary session.
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  • Gross Negligence

    An Employee’s Failure to act can amount to Gross Misconduct

    by Philomena Price | Jul 05, 2017 |
    In the recent Court of Appeal case of Adesokan v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, it was held that an employee’s failure not to take steps to remedy an act of another employee was in breach of the company’s employee engagement assessment procedure and was enough to warrant dismissal for gross misconduct.
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  • Business Administration

    Filing Successive Notices of Intention to Appoint an Administrator

    Ever since the introduction of the ‘out of court’ procedure to appointment an administrator, there has been a practice of filing successive Notices of Intention to Appoint an Administrator. This practice has been the topic of much discussion and its legality was recently addressed by the Court of Appeal.
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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Reaching agreement on divorce without going to Court

    by | Jun 23, 2017 |
    ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) is the umbrella term given to resolving family law disputes. If the divorcing parties are unable to negotiate a direct agreement, there are typically three options available, which may help resolve issues, before they go down the potentially expensive and acrimonious route of Court proceedings.
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  • Divorce

    5 Tips to reduce the costs of Divorce

    by | Jun 22, 2017 |
    One of the most important questions to ask at your first meeting with a family lawyer is “how much could this cost?” You may already have asked this question to family members, friends and even your hairdresser, and been worried by the variety of replies.
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  • What is the Court of Protection?

    by Lucy Gordon | Jun 05, 2017 |
    The Court of Protection makes decisions on behalf of people who are considered to lack mental capacity to make decisions on their welfare or financial matters. Even if we have heard of the Court of Protection many of us are confused by the role it plays. Who is it protecting? Why do we not hear about its decisions?
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