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Monthly Archives: February 2016

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 and financial advisers, as well as the courts that make sharing orders. In simple terms,... Read the rest of this entry →

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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.  It might be the influence of celebrities or simply due to the fact that financial... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 have noticed that there have been a number of “high-profile” or celebrity divorces reported in... Read the rest of this entry →

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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) enables you to appoint a trusted friend, relative or professional to make decisions about your... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 clinical trial of a drug trial went wrong in France. This isn’t the first case... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 home with the minimum of fuss. To set the scene… you have found what you... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 concern over their use due to the potential for abuse by employers and this topic... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 2016, purchasers of a second property in England and Wales will have to pay a... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of our Family Law department – addresses recent media coverage on divorce lawyers

Vultures according to the media or angels waiting in the wings?! There has been much talk in the media that January has the highest rate of divorce lawyer instructions and that this time of year it is rich pickings for divorce lawyers to maximise their profits.  From my experience this could not be any further... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anna Bunting – Partner in the Employment team – discusses the recent successful discrimination case brought against Starbucks by a Dyslexic employee.

A dyslexic employee who works for Starbucks was found by an Employment Tribunal to have been subjected to disability discrimination. She was wrongly accused of falsifying documents when she had in fact simply misread the numbers that she was recording. Ms Kumulchew was responsible for taking the water and fridge temperatures at specific times and... Read the rest of this entry →

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