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Private Client Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  The focus this time is on our Private Client department. DeBrieF Q&A Karen Witter – partner in our Private Client department – on Lasting Powers of Attorney 1. What is …

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DBF Launches New Business Advice Centre

Today sees the launch of the brand new Davis Blank Furniss Business Advice Centre. The aim is to provide practical information on the key legal issues that affect companies of all sizes including Credit Control, Terms & Conditions, Employment, Shareholder …

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Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – on the Pension Sharing Orders and the New Single-Tier State Pension Rules

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently published guidance on how State Pension sharing will work in the light of the new Single-tier State Pension rules being introduced from 6th April 2016.  The information is aimed at legal …

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Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – discusses pre-nuptial agreements.

“Pre-Nups” are certainly becoming more popular in the UK.  Only recently we reported an increase in enquiries about such agreements.  This was reinforced when Family Law Week confirmed that one in ten married people regret not making a pre-nuptial agreement. …

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Family Law Newsletter – February 2016

A very warm welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  This month’s focus is on our Family Law department. DeBrieF OPINION Laura Johnson – solicitor in the Family Law department – discusses the “quickie” divorce. You may …

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Davis Blank Furniss Joins Forces With Willow Wood Hospice For Its Annual LPA Week

We are delighted to announced that we will be holding our 2016 Lasting Powers of Attorney Week from Monday 14th to Friday 18th March at our Glossop office in aid of Willow Wood Hospice. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) …

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Kate Oldfield – managing partner and head of Clinical Negligence – discusses the worrying history of clinical drug trials

In recent years, several clinical trials have not been successful and have had devastating effects upon the volunteers taking part.  We heard just last month that one person had been left brain dead, and five others were hospitalised, after a …

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Rosemary Reynolds – trainee solicitor in our Property team – discusses Selling and Buying: Moving Up the Property Ladder

Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful moments but it doesn’t have to be. If you know what to expect and approach the process with an open and realistic attitude you can move into your future …

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Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – discusses Zero Hours Contracts: Where Are We Now?

A ‘Zero hours contract’ is an agreement between an employer and an individual with no guarantee of work. These agreements are used widely by employers in certain sectors, such as hospitality, where staffing needs can be unpredictable. Politicians have expressed …

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Jennifer Smith – solicitor in our Property team – discusses the Upcoming Stamp Duty Changes

In the 2015 Autumn Statement, the government announced changes to the current stamp duty charging calculations in respect of the purchase of additional residential properties at a value of more that £40,000.  The proposed changes will mean that from April …

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