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Cohabiting couples need more protection

Cohabiting couples need more protection

Couples who live together have no automatic property rights in lifetime or on death unless they are married or in a civil partnership. However, some people mistakenly think ‘common law marriage’ protects couples who live together after a specific time has passed. In reality, ‘common law marriage’ is a myth and the law often treats…

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December 17, 2018
Posted in Latest News

Inheritance Tax gap at £600 million a year

Inheritance Tax gap at £600 million a year

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has found that the tax gap for inheritance tax is £600m a year despite a steady increase in receipts seen by HM Revenue & Customs.

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December 14, 2018
Posted in Blog, Private Client

ICO fines spam text firm for data protection breach

ICO fines spam text firm for data protection breach

A tax advisory company has been fined £200,000 after sending out millions of unsolicited marketing text messages.

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December 13, 2018
Posted in Blog, Commercial

Olympic cyclist’s sex discrimination case could have ‘significant ramifications’

Olympic cyclist’s sex discrimination case could have ‘significant ramifications’

A sex discrimination challenge brought before an Employment Tribunal this week could have ‘significant ramifications’, it has been warned.

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December 11, 2018
Posted in Blog, Employment

HM Land Registry moves to raise awareness of property fraud

HM Land Registry moves to raise awareness of property fraud

In recent weeks, HM Land Registry has been trying to raise awareness of property and conveyancing fraud in an effort to ensure homeowners don’t get caught out.

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December 10, 2018
Posted in Blog, Property

Law Society Gazette – Equality Act under the spotlight in veganism claim

Law Society Gazette – Equality Act under the spotlight in veganism claim

Comments from Senior Associate, Hayley Trovato, were featured by the Law Society Gazette in an article about a man making a discrimination claim on the basis of his vegan beliefs. Read more here.

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December 5, 2018
Posted in In the Press

Divorce law reform must protect children, says Resolution

Divorce law reform must protect children, says Resolution

Resolution has called for an “urgent reform” in divorce law to reduce the emotional impact it has on children.

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December 5, 2018
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Real Living Wage to rise to £9 an hour

Real Living Wage to rise to £9 an hour

The real living wage is to see a 2.8% rise to £9 an hour and a 3.4% rise to £10.55 an hour in London.  The rate, which is calculated independently by the Living Wage Foundation is different from the National Living Wage as employers voluntarily sign up to it.  Companies, who do, are required to…

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December 3, 2018
Posted in Employment Law Update

Can a dismissal without warning for ‘serious’ misconduct, as opposed to gross misconduct, be fair?

Can a dismissal without warning for ‘serious’ misconduct, as opposed to gross misconduct, be fair?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in Quintiles Commercial UK Limited v Barongo held that it could. Facts: Mr Barongo was employed by Quintiles Commercial UK Limited (“the company”) as a medical sales representative. He was put through a disciplinary process for two acts of misconduct (i) failing to complete an online compliance training course by…

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December 3, 2018
Posted in Employment Law Update

If a worker does not apply for the minimum annual leave due under EU law (4 weeks) during a leave year, is the right to that leave automatically lost at the end of the year?

If a worker does not apply for the minimum annual leave due under EU law (4 weeks) during a leave year, is the right to that leave automatically lost at the end of the year?

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) held in Max-Planck-Gesellschaft v Shimizu  that it is not lost unless the worker has been given an opportunity to take that leave and the employer can show that it encouraged the worker to do so. Facts: Mr Shimizu worked at the Max Planck Institute, a private scientific support institution…

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December 3, 2018
Posted in Employment Law Update