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Charlotte Lowe Dispels the Myths Surrounding Rights of Way

Rights of way exist when the owner of one piece of land is allowed to cross a piece of land owned by someone else.  These rights of way can allow someone to cross the land by foot, in a vehicle, on a horse or a combination of uses. They may also only allow access for... Read the rest of this entry →

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Charlotte Lowe – dispute resolution solicitor – answers three of the most commonly asked Property Dispute questions.

I have a right of way over my neighbours’ property but they are stopping me from using it; can I do anything? You can take action (including court proceedings) against your neighbour if their actions amount to a “wrongful interference” with your right of way.  Whether something is a wrongful interference depends upon the circumstances... Read the rest of this entry →

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Private Client Newsletter – August 2016

Welcome to our latest departmental newsletter.  The focus this month is on our Private Client team. DeBrieF Q&A Holly Rogalski – trainee solicitor in our Private Client department – answers some of the most commonly asked questions when someone dies without making a Will. How can you be sure that the deceased did not make... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – associate solicitor – discusses: How Will Brexit Affect Family Law in England and Wales?

Since Brexit became a reality, there has been much debate about the future disassociation of the UK from the European Union.  As many family lawyers know, sometimes divorce proceedings can become extremely complicated, highly emotional and often end up with a result that neither side is particularly happy with. Obviously the hope is that the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses the pressures on the NHS

Recent press coverage has again showed that the NHS is struggling to cope with the pressures currently being placed upon it. Despite the NHS’s budget being ring-fenced from spending cuts, NHS Trusts in England has been unable to control its spending and has overspent its budget by approximately £2.45bn in the financial year to March... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – June 2016

Welcome to our June 2016 Employment Law newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments. CASE LAW DEVELOPMENTS Religious Discrimination In the case of Wasteney –v- East London NHS Trust the EAT had to decide whether disciplinary action against an employee for improperly promoting... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Agency Amendment Regulations

From 8th May 2016, the conduct of employment agencies and businesses is governed by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business (Amendment) Regulations 2016 which updates the same Regulations of 2003.  The main change is the removal of the requirement for employment agencies/businesses to agree terms and enter into a written contract, with hirers.

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Trade Union Act

The Act received Royal Assent on 4th May 2016. It provides the various provisions including: The requirement for at least 50% turnout in votes for industrial action to take place. In certain public services an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from all eligible members must be met for action to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Consultation on Tipping

The Government has launched a consultation paper setting out it’s proposals for the handling of tips and services charges.  The proposals include: – Introducing a statutory provision to increase employer compliance. Improving transparency for consumers so that it is clear to them that payments for service are a choice and are not compulsory. Preventing employers... Read the rest of this entry →

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Enforcement of Tribunal Awards and Settlements

BIS has published its form for claiming penalties from employers for non-payment of Tribunal awards or settlements. Where a claimant has not been paid any sums under a settlement or Tribunal award, they can ask BIS to issue a penalty of up to 50% of the outstanding amount subject to a minimum of £100 and... Read the rest of this entry →

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