​Legal News

  • ICO Updates its Guide to Data Protection

    Feb 27, 2015
    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has updated its Guide to Data Protection as part of the recent reorganisation of its website.
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  • Acas revises statutory guidance on accompaniment at Disciplinary & Grievance meetings

    Feb 26, 2015
    On 16 January 2015, Acas published a draft revised Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures providing new guidance relating to a worker's right to be accompanied.
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  • What Information May I Need When Selling a House?

    Sep 18, 2014
    As solicitors, we are often asked what information and documents are required when selling a house. This article collects together the most common things that may be requested of you. All of this information will be asked for by your solicitor and then passed on to the buyer’s solicitor.
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  • Forthcoming Employment Law Changes At a Glance

    Aug 28, 2014
    The important dates ahead for changes to Employment Law.
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  • The Latest on Zero Hours Contracts

    Aug 28, 2014
    In December 2013, the government launched a consultation on zero hours contracts, and as a result in June 2014, they announced their intention to ban exclusivity clauses in such contracts. Now a new consultation (due to close on November 3rd 2014) has been launched to consult further on how best to stop employers evading this potential ban.
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  • National Minimum Wage increases for October 2014

    Jul 31, 2014
    The National Minimum Wage will be increased from the 1st of October 2014, as the government have accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission.
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  • Rights to Attend Antenatal Appointments Extended from 1st October 2014

    Jul 31, 2014
    Pregnant employees and agency workers already have the right to paid time off during working hours to attend antenatal appointments. From 1 October 2014, the right to attend such appointments is being extended so that qualifying employees and workers can accompany a pregnant woman to the appointment.
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  • Uncertainties and Confusion over Early Conciliation for Employment Tribunal Claims

    May 29, 2014
    Philomena Price, Employment Partner, has prepared an article on the uncertainties and confusions over early conciliation for Employment Tribunal claim.
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  • Permitted Development Rights - Do I Need Planning Permission?

    May 28, 2014
    If you are looking to extend your property during the summer months, you will be pleased to know that not all extensions require planning permission. There are circumstances where certain types of development are automatically permitted, known as permitted development rights.
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  • Tying the Knot

    May 06, 2014
    When working through the never-ending list of things to do ready for your big day, talking to a Family Lawyer is likely to be the last thing on your mind. However, the relationship might not end up the fairy tale you anticipate, and a Pre-Nuptial Agreement could help avoid a difficult situation if things don't work out.
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  • Going the Distance

    Apr 29, 2014
    The rules on distance selling are changing. The new Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) come into effect on 13 June 2014 and subject to certain exemptions, will apply to all distance contracts concluded with consumers on or after that date.
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  • Mediation: An Alternative Method of Resolving an Employment Dispute

    Apr 16, 2014
    Defending an Employment Tribunal claim through to its conclusion can be expensive, uncertain and time consuming for employers. Although some employers take the view that it is necessary to defend a claim on the point of principle, mediation can in some cases settle a claim early.
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  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance for Estate Agents

    Apr 08, 2014
    The importance of sound money laundering practices for estate agents has been highlighted recently after the OFT fined three estate agents almost £250,000.
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  • A New Method of Rent Arrears' Recovery for Commercial Landlords

    Mar 13, 2014
    The imminent introduction of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 will change the way in which landlords of commercial tenancies will recover rent arrears. The new procedure known as Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (“CRAR”) comes into force on 6 April 2014 and will abolish the common law remedy of distress.
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  • When is an Employer Entitled to Dismiss an Employee Without Notice?

    Mar 04, 2014
    If an employer wishes to dismiss an employee it is usually required to give sufficient notice (which is either contractual or the statutory minimum, whichever is longer). A failure to provide the required period of notice could result in a claim for wrongful dismissal being brought by the employee against the employer, which is a claim for a loss of notice pay.
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  • Government Consultation Identifies Potential Changes to Zero Hours Contracts

    Feb 13, 2014
    The increased use and publicity of zero hours contracts has led BIS (the government’s department of Business, Innovation and Skills) to carry out consultation as to the current use of such arrangements.
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  • The Legal Reasoning Behind the Recent John McCririck v Channel 4 Judgment

    Feb 13, 2014
    The recent Employment Tribunal case of John McCririck v Channel 4 Television Corporation was widely reported in the media due to the high profile of the parties involved. As a result of revamping its racing programming, Channel 4 decided not to retain Mr McCririck, who had presented its racing coverage since 1996. Mr McCricick, who was 72 at the time, brought a claim against Channel 4 for direct age discrimination, which was dismissed by the Employment Tribunal.
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  • HS2 Hybrid Bill Published

    Jan 02, 2014
    HS2 have published the documentation that they hope will see a Hybrid Bill passed by Parliament allowing construction of Phase 1 of the high speed railway linking London to Birmingham.
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  • Separating Parents: What About the Children

    Dec 24, 2013
    The Court generally takes the view that parents know best how to take care of their children. For the most part, separating couples succeed in addressing their children’s needs, although there are occasions when an application to Court may seem like the only option to resolve difficulties that can arise. Unless such an application is made, however, the Court is unlikely to consider the relationship between parent and child in any great detail.
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  • The Pitfalls of Will-making

    Dec 03, 2013
    A Will is probably the most important document you will ever sign, so it pays to get it right. I would urge you to instruct a solicitor, preferably a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), rather than a Bank or Will writer who are, in my experience, far more expensive than solicitors, less qualified and, particularly with Will writers, I would go so far as to say under-qualified and often uninsured if and when things go wrong.
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