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    The Deregulation Act 2015 - Important Changes for Landlords

    by Kyle Wyness | Dec 03, 2015 |
    1st October 2015 saw the introduction of yet more legislation in the guise of sections 33 to 41 of the Deregulation Act 2015 (“DA 2015”) much of which adds further complication to the lettings process for private landlords wishing to let their residential dwellings on assured shorthold tenancies.
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  • Divorce silver splitters

    Divorcing In Later Life

    by | Nov 26, 2015 |
    Divorce rates in England and Wales have steadily increased in recent years amongst people over the age of 60 (sometimes referred to as “Silver Splitters”) who, although they may not have to worry about caring for young children, may be more preoccupied by the sharing out of assets when they separate. There may be mortgage-free properties and pensions to consider, for example.
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    Are you a business with a global turnover of above £36 million?

    by Philomena Price | Nov 19, 2015 |
    If you are a business with a global turnover above £36 million then you need to make sure you are compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”). This came into force on 29 October 2015.
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  • Man on phone - shocked

    Violence at work - Does disparity of treatment render a dismissal unfair?

    by Philomena Price | Nov 19, 2015 |
    If an employee has two years’ service, then when considering a dismissal relating to conduct, an employer needs to act reasonably in the investigation, the process, the conclusions and the sanction imposed. One of the things that an employer also needs to consider is consistency of treatment. Inconsistency in punishments for misconduct may give rise to a finding of unfair dismissal. This really relates to where employees misbehave in much the same way. In these circumstances employees should have punishments vetted out to them in much the same way.
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  • Europe Sign in street

    Do you have a property in Europe?

    by Lucy Gordon | Nov 18, 2015 |
    If you have a property in Europe, have you ever considered what happens to it on your death? The position is complex, and each country has its own rules with regard to succession on death, and also which country’s law applies if immoveable assets are owned abroad or by a deceased non-national.
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  • Pound sign in coins

    National Minimum Wage Rates from 1 October 2015 and the National Living Wage

    by Philomena Price | Oct 21, 2015 |
    There are currently different rates of national minimum wage (NMW) for four categories of worker.
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  • Grandmother and baby

    Working Grandparents will be entitled to shared parental leave and pay

    by Philomena Price | Oct 21, 2015 |
    On 5th October 2015 it was announced by George Osbourne that he will extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents. The aim is to implement this by 2018 following a consultation in the first half of 2016.
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  • Alarm Clock

    “Working Time” includes travel time to the first and from the last customers of the day for peripatetic workers

    by Philomena Price | Oct 21, 2015 |
    It sounds like a simple question doesn’t it? However, the Regulations governing this question are complex, and have given rise to a considerable amount of litigation. The latest litigation concerns travel time to first and from last customers of the day and for those who do not have a fixed or habitual place of work. This case has arisen as the European Directive which was implemented in Great Britain by the Working Time Regulations 1998 does not define whether travel to and from a place of work or between places of work should be considered as “working time”.
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    Optimising Value from Outsourced Collections

    by | Oct 19, 2015 |
    Outsourcing collections can be an effective method of recovering payment from bad debtors. In some cases the only prompting a debtor needs to pay is a letter advising them a “Debt Recovery Specialist” has been appointed.
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  • Fraud

    Abuse of Position of Trust - Lasting Powers of Attorney

    by Julia Routen | Oct 07, 2015 |
    A recent Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ report has given the results of a survey by KPMG. They have found an increase by a factor of 5 in fraud committed against elderly relatives. Apparently £1.7 million has been stolen by younger relatives from the elderly donors of Powers of Attorney. It seems that the fraud is most often (72%) committed by those who are over 45 i.e. those who do not feel that they need to wait for their inheritance!
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