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  • Fraud

    The Search is over

    by Anis Waiz | Sep 29, 2017 |
    In our fast modern world the ability to search a database and rely on the result is paramount. Take a common occurrence, searching for a solicitor. The Law Society’s “Find a Solicitor” (FAS) is widely used by the public and business’; and more importantly by the legal profession to verify whether a person is a legitimate solicitor as they say.
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  • Funeral flowers

    Executors - Beware Of Family Arguments Over Funeral Arrangements

    by Lucy Gordon | Sep 26, 2017 |
    It will be no surprise to most readers that the invoice from the funeral directors can be settled legitimately from the deceased’s estate. But what happens when the cost of the wake is in question? Unlike the funeral itself the costs of the wake are not deductible automatically from the estate unless all beneficiaries agree to them.
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  • Alarm clock in office

    Voluntary overtime remuneration may need to be taken into account when calculating workers’ holiday pay

    by Philomena Price | Sep 25, 2017 |
    In the UK, the Law entitles full-time workers to 5.6 weeks’ holiday pay per year; this consists of 4 weeks as a result of ‘European Law’ and 1.6 weeks as a result of ‘UK Law’. For the portion of holiday under European Law (4 weeks), holiday pay must correspond exactly to workers’ ‘normal remuneration’.
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  • Confidential envelope

    Suspension should not be a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction according to the recent High Court case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth

    by Philomena Price | Sep 25, 2017 |
    Employers should not suspend employees as a matter of course. Suspension of employees should only be carried out when it is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances.
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  • Partnership

    Sign of the Times

    by Anis Waiz | Sep 19, 2017 |
    A recent High Court decision has highlighted the issue of bank mandates being signed by only one party in the context of a partnership. In Kotak v Kotak [2017] EWHC 1821 (Ch) (18 July 2017) the Court was required to determine whether the signature of one partner was sufficient where a bank mandate in respect of a loan agreement specifically required all the partners’ signatures.
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  • What is staircasing

    What is staircasing?

    by | Aug 22, 2017 |
    When purchasing a property on a Shared Ownership agreement, you often have the choice of purchasing an initial share of between 25% and 75%. Staircasing, is the process of buying additional shares in a Shared Ownership property until the total share held is 100%.
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  • Gig economy

    The Gig Economy and the Taylor Review

    by Philomena Price | Aug 22, 2017 |
    The ‘gig economy’ is the latest hot topic in the employment world. This is where individuals are engaged on a flexible and ad hoc basis as independent contractors and is popular for taxi drivers, food delivery drivers, cycle couriers, lorry drivers, plumbers and interpreters.
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  • Lasting power of attorney

    The dangers of not having a Lasting Power of Attorney

    by Lucy Gordon | Aug 18, 2017 |
    When signing for a Lasting Power of Attorney, it is always in the best interest to choose a deputy instead of an attorney. It has been found that 90% of cases that are dealt with by the Court of Protection, involved attorneys who were family members and acted fraudulently when undertaking decisions.
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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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