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  • New probate fee structure

    Probate Fee Rise – Everything you need to know

    by Julia Routen | Mar 23, 2017 |
    As of May 2017, it is expected that a new fee structure will be implemented on a sliding scale basis, depending on the size of the deceased’s estate
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  • Pile of UK currency coins

    How to avoid the pitfalls of consumer debt

    by Martin Hughes | Mar 22, 2017 |
    The UK is riding the wave of yet another credit boom. The current levels have climbed dramatically over the last few years, and are now reaching heights not seen since the 2008 financial crash that triggered a global recession.
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  • Children are hurt the most in a separation

    Parental Alienation

    by Sandeep Sandhu | Mar 22, 2017 | Family Law
    Parental alienation is, unfortunately, quite a common occurrence after a separation. It is only comparatively recently that the term has gained momentum in the United Kingdom, unlike in North America, where the Courts are well acquainted with the term. Brazil & Mexico have even recognised parental alienation as a criminal offence.
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  • Tax Discrimination

    Tax Discrimination

    by David Endicott | Mar 08, 2017 | Tax
    Joyce and Sybil Burton, sisters in their late 80’s, hit the headlines in 2006 having lost a case against the Government. They had lived together all their lives but realised that on the first death there would be a substantial amount of Inheritance Tax on their home and thought that this was unfair. Married couples and same sex couples in civil partnerships were entitled to surviving spouse exemption and they were not. Predictably they lost.
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  • Early signs of bad debt

    Warning Signs Of Bad Debt

    by Hazel Chislett | Mar 07, 2017 |
    Keeping an eye on your customers to spot any signs of financial distress means taking early action before having a client go into business administration. Not only does this save time and effort, but also guarantees a pay-out.
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  • Debt recovery proceedings

    The importance of sensitive issuance of debt recovery proceedings against your current customers

    by Richard Gwynne | Feb 28, 2017 |
    As with any business, it’s important to choose your customers carefully. However, this is easier said than done. When our clients are faced with pursuing a current customer over unpaid fees, there are a number of things we instruct them to consider, especially if they wish to continue to do business with that customer in the future. It’s difficult enough to secure new business in the first place – so it’s often worth the effort to work to retain it, where possible.
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  • Gavel2

    Litigants-in-person: Make it Stop!

    by Pete Gardner | Feb 22, 2017 |
    Over the last few years, we have seen the rise of the Litigant-in-person (“LIP”). To lawyers, this is only even more concerning than the rise of the robots. However, it is unlikely that LIPs will take over the world so perhaps I should be focussing on the robots after all!
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  • Financial Advisor

    Financial advice on divorce

    by Patrick Mulcare | Feb 07, 2017 |
    During divorce proceedings, when tensions can run high and budgets become stretched, engaging the services of a Specialist Financial Advisor can seem like an additional burden. The role of a lawyer in dealing with divorce, or separation, is to guide a client through the legal maze of forms and procedures in, hopefully, as amicable, cost-effective and rapid way as possible. That said, lawyers are simply not in a position to provide the sort of specialist financial advice that separating parties may require.
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  • Man driving a car

    Reliance on the Mobility Clause in a Redundancy Situation was Unfair

    by Philomena Price | Feb 06, 2017 |
    In Kellogg Brown & Rout (UK) Limited v (1) Fitton and (2) Ewer, the EAT had found that these two employees had been unfairly dismissed for refusing to comply with the instruction to move location under a mobility clause in their contract to another office when their office closed. The employer had not been entitled to rely on the mobility clause as its instruction to move to the other office had not been reasonable and the employees had reasonable grounds to refuse.
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  • Penalty Stamp

    Employers Pay Out Over £83,000 under Tribunal Penalty Regime!

    by Philomena Price | Feb 02, 2017 |
    On 6 April 2016, a scheme was brought in to penalise employers who failed to pay tribunal awards or settlement sums under COT3s. Since the new regime came in then employers have had to pay out more than £83,000 in penalties.
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