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Special guardians’ payments restored after critical review of council’s support system

Special guardians’ payments restored after critical review of council’s support system

Special guardians require more advice and support from councils before taking on the role, a report has warned.

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November 28, 2018
Posted in Blog

Lawyer’s top ten tips for divorcing well

Lawyer’s top ten tips for divorcing well

A leading Family Lawyer has set out his top ten tips for couples looking to divorce or separate well and his further top ten tips to stop children becoming casualties of divorce to mark Good Divorce Week (26 – 30 November), which is organised by Resolution, the family law organisation. Peter Martin, a Partner at…

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November 28, 2018
Posted in Press Releases

NHS faces age discrimination challenge from 88-year-old former employee

NHS faces age discrimination challenge from 88-year-old former employee

An 88-year-old woman who was dismissed from her position at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading last year is suing the NHS for age discrimination, it has emerged.

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November 27, 2018
Posted in Blog, Employment

Use of non-disclosure agreements in employment disputes to be reviewed by the Government

Use of non-disclosure agreements in employment disputes to be reviewed by the Government

The Prime Minister has said that the Government will undertake a consultation on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in employment disputes sooner than originally planned. The move follows a Court of Appeal decision to stop the Daily Telegraph from revealing the name of a prominent businessman who had been accused of racially and sexually…

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November 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Government published new probate fee proposals

Government published new probate fee proposals

The Government has announced that it will be introducing a new banded system of probate fees, which will significantly increase the fees payable in respect of some estates. There is a currently a flat rate probate fee of £215 or £155 where a solicitor is involved. Under the Government’s proposals, which are likely to become…

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November 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Ministry of Justice considers reviving Employment Tribunal fees

Ministry of Justice considers reviving Employment Tribunal fees

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said that it is considering reviving Employment Tribunal fees in some form in the future. The Government introduced fees for Employment Tribunals in 2013 which ranged from around £160 to as much as £1,200 in the most complex cases. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that the scheme…

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November 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Government moots logbooks for homes

Government moots logbooks for homes

The Government has mooted the idea of requiring homeowners to maintain logbooks relating to their properties. Matt Prior, an official at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, suggested the proposal when speaking at the UK Finance Annual Mortgage Conference. He said one of the areas where the current system is lacking is in…

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November 26, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Overseas commercial property investors expected to ‘swoop in for Brexit bargains’

Overseas commercial property investors expected to ‘swoop in for Brexit bargains’

A new study carried out by prominent real estate group Knight Frank suggests that the UK will surge in popularity among overseas commercial property investors in 2019.

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November 19, 2018
Posted in Blog, Property

Why cohabiting couples should write a Will

Why cohabiting couples should write a Will

After research was published this month showing that more than half of parents with children under 18 have not made a Will, solicitors are warning cohabiting couples about the dangers of dying without plans for the distribution of their estate in place.

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October 25, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client

North London property lawyer says Supreme Court decision will affect many more landlords following change in the law

North London property lawyer says Supreme Court decision will affect many more landlords following change in the law

A north London-based property lawyer has said that a recent Supreme Court decision will affect many more landlords following a change in the law that widens the definition of ‘house of multiple occupation’ (HMO) to take in two as well as three-storey houses. Zahra Himani, a Property Solicitor and Senior Associate at Finchley-based law firm…

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October 18, 2018
Posted in Press Releases