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Category Archives: News

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Shiva Shadi – partner in our Employment team – discusses Shared Parental Leave… Who is changing the nappies a year on?

It is almost a year since the Government introduced Shared parental leave allowing employees whose babies were due on or after 5th April 2015, to share their maternity leave or adoption leave with their partner. This was hailed as a …

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Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses ‘Never Events’ and the possible reasons behind them.

Over the past few weeks, NHS England has been the subject of press coverage regarding so called NHS ‘Never Events’. The NHS categorises a Never Event as: a serious incident that is wholly preventable, as there is guidance or safety …

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Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses why you are never too young to make a Will.

Most people I meet who don’t have Wills always say to me that they know it is something they need to do and they keep meaning to get around to it.  Below is a list of reasons as to why …

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Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – provides an overview of ACAS’s new guidance on conducting workplace investigations.

Most employers are aware that disciplinary action requires a form of procedure to be followed.  Conversely, the need for a proper investigation is often overlooked.  Many employees will jump straight into arranging a disciplinary before giving the matter full consideration.  …

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Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – discusses Childcare Vouchers and Maternity Leave

Employees are able to utilise a proportion of their salary for vouchers to pay for childcare before the usual tax and NI contributions are deducted.  As a result, employees are able to save on their annual childcare costs until their …

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Corporate and Commercial Newsletter – March 2016

Welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  The focus this time is on our Corporate and Commercial department.  In this issue we talk about the launch of our new Business Advice Centre, a Change of Control clause …

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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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