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Almost a third of Britons ‘confused’ by IHT terminology

Almost a third of Britons ‘confused’ by IHT terminology

A new study has revealed that almost a third (30 per cent) of UK adults do not fully understand key Inheritance Tax (IHT) terminology, while a similar number are unaware of the rate at which IHT is charged.

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July 16, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client

Supermarket worker sacked over Facebook post wins unfair dismissal case

Supermarket worker sacked over Facebook post wins unfair dismissal case

A Sainsbury’s supermarket employee who was sacked over a controversial social media post was unfairly dismissed, an Employment Tribunal has found.

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July 3, 2018
Posted in Blog, Employment

Supreme Court sides with worker in major ‘gig economy’ case

Supreme Court sides with worker in major ‘gig economy’ case

The Supreme Court has sided with a worker in a case seen as a major test of the rules on the so-called ‘gig economy’. Tradesman Gary Smith has argued that he should be considered a ‘worker’ by Pimlico Plumbers and should be entitled to sick pay, holiday pay and other workers’ rights. Smith had worked…

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June 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

New figures show a return to City Centre living

New figures show a return to City Centre living

Figures published by think tank, the Centre for Cities, show that more and more people are choosing to live in the middle of the UK’s biggest cities. In stark contrast to 30 years ago, when there was a sharp decline in city centre living, residential property in the UK’s biggest city centres is currently enjoying…

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June 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Footballer falls foul of ‘rentcharge’

Footballer falls foul of ‘rentcharge’

A professional footballer, who purchased a freehold home on a private estate as a cash buyer, has been pursued for a ‘rentcharge’ by the owners of the estate. Zeli Ismail, a midfielder for Bury, has been threatened with eviction over the little-known charges that result from a clause in the deeds to his home. In…

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June 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Large firms forced to publish pay ratios under Government plans

Large firms forced to publish pay ratios under Government plans

Plans announced by the Government earlier this month are set to require firms employing 250 people or more to publish details of the difference in pay between the chief executive and the average worker. Firms will also be required to explain the reasons behind the pay gap. The plans were announced after a spate of…

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June 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Divorce proceedings reach Supreme Court

Divorce proceedings reach Supreme Court

A couple’s divorce proceedings have reached the UK’s highest court after two lower courts denied a woman’s divorce petition. Tini Owens married Hugh Owens in 1978 but petitioned for divorce in 2015 after leaving the marital home. However, the petition has been contested by Mr Owens, an 80-year-old former businessman, who denies allegations of unreasonable…

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June 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Domestic abuse rate spikes during England World Cup matches

Domestic abuse rate spikes during England World Cup matches

The frequency of domestic abuse incidents rises around and during England World Cup games. That is according to research carried out by a number of bodies, including the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Lancaster University.

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June 22, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

In determining whether the employer as identified in a contract of employment is, in fact, the employee’s employer, can a tribunal take into account subsequent events?

In determining whether the employer as identified in a contract of employment is, in fact, the employee’s employer, can a tribunal take into account subsequent events?

Yes, held the EAT in Dynasystems for Trade and General Consulting Ltd and Others v Moseley. Facts: Mr Moseley, was employed as an electrician in the security industry working in conflict zones.  His contract of employment was with the First Respondent, a Jordanian company and he signed the contract shortly after joining. The First Respondent…

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June 19, 2018
Posted in Employment Law Update

Is travel time between home and a temporary workplace, outside of normal working hours, working time?

Is travel time between home and a temporary workplace, outside of normal working hours, working time?

Neither the European Working Time Directive nor the Working Time Regulations 1998 say anything about whether travel to and from a place of work counts as working time. If there is no express agreement with an employer to say that certain travelling time is to be regarded as working time, the question is simply whether…

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June 19, 2018
Posted in Employment Law Update