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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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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 …

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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. …

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Employment Law Newsletter – February 2016

Welcome to our February 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments. DEVELOPMENTS IN LEGISLATION Zero Hour Contracts As we reported last month, the exclusivity terms …

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Damages for Injury to Feelings

Are damages for injury for feelings taxable?  The Claimant in Moorthy –v- The Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs pursued a claim of unfair dismissal and age discrimination relating to his dismissal.  By way of settlement he received £200,000 …

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