Legal Updates

Discrimination - Employment law update

04 Jan 2018 by Natalie in Legal Updates

When tribunal fees were introduced in 2013 there was a massive drop in the number of discrimination cases going through to the tribunals. The more complex cases where the stakes were high were still being filed with the tribunals but for many employees, the cost was not felt to be worthwhile.
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Parental Leave - Employment law update

21 Dec 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

Discrimination against women during pregnancy or maternity leave is a common issue and according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, it costs businesses around £280m a year.
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Religion - Employment law update

19 Dec 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

We live in a diverse society and this is often reflected in our place of work.

When people from different faiths work together or have to comply with dress codes, religious discrimination can creep in.
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Flexible Working - Employment law update

13 Dec 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

Many businesses and their employees find that flexible working can have many benefits both to the organisation and the workers. Flexibility can be related to location, hours or other contractual arrangements.
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TUPE - Employment law update

11 Dec 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

This is the latest in our series of blogs offering a general guide to some of the most contentious areas of employment law legislation - this time the focus is on TUPE.
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Disciplinaries and Grievances - Employment law update

08 Dec 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

Following on from the announcement that employment tribunal fees are to be scrapped, many employers may be concerned that the risk of a claim being made against them will have now increased.

Taking action without seeking legal advice or fully understanding the law can prove costly.

We are publishing on this website a short series of blogs that offer a useful general guide to some of the most contentious areas of employment law legislation.

This blog post focuses on disciplinaries and grievances.
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Tribunal fees have been scrapped - so what?

28 Nov 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

You may have seen our earlier blog reporting that Employment Tribunal Fees have now been scrapped but you may be wondering, what impact is that likely to have? What happens next?
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Protecting children from violent parents in custody disputes

31 Oct 2017 by Kathryn in Legal Updates

New family court guidance has come into effect in England and Wales which provides more direction to judges in cases where there are disputes over child custody.
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No more Employment Tribunal fees

23 Aug 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

The Supreme Court has recently ruled that Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fees are unlawful. This quashes the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order of 2013 that introduced these fees on the basis they prevent access to justice.
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Stamp Duty Land Tax - 12 months on

19 Apr 2017 by Helen in Legal Updates

We are now standing 12 months on from the introduction of the additional 3% rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax on purchases of additional residential properties. So, let’s review the practical effects this has had on transactions since it came into force.
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Dishonesty in the Divorce Courts: Sharland and Gohil

12 Oct 2016 by Helen in Legal Updates

A precedent for how dishonesty is treated by family courts was set in October 2015, when a three-day Supreme Court case was heard. Two wives, Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil, appeared in court seeking to overrule their original divorce settlements. They argued they had been deliberately misled by their former spouses regarding hidden assets.
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How will Brexit affect lawyers and law firms?

20 Sep 2016 by Rebecca in Legal Updates

On the run up to the EU referendum in June 2016, issues like the NHS and immigration seemed to dominate the headlines. Now that Britain has had its say it is time for the less controversial – but just as important – effects of Britain’s vote to have their time in the limelight.
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What is the National Living Wage and what will it mean for you?

22 Mar 2016 by Helen in Legal Updates

The National Living Wage is a compulsory premium to be introduced on 1st April 2016 which replaces the National Minimum Wage for employees aged over 25.
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Changes to Zero-Hours Contracts

29 May 2015 by William Key in Legal Updates

Zero hour contracts have been a hot topic among employment lawyers and HR specialists for a few years. New regulations came into force on 26 May 2015, giving definition to these contracts.
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How to convert a civil partnership to a marriage

08 Jan 2015 by Helen in Legal Updates

One of the big hurdles to equality for same-sex couples has been overcome with The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 Act came into force on 10th December 2014.
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Changes to Stamp Duty land Tax in 2014

04 Dec 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

In his Autumn statement on the 3rd December 2014, the Chancellor announced a sweeping reform to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), discarding the "badly designed" slab tax. The new system is expected to deliver savings for 98% of home buyers.
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How to avoid civil court delays

16 Oct 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

The civil court system is stretched and long delays are common. Seek advice early and take sensible steps to avoid unnecessary delays.
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Litigants in person - a hole left by legal aid cuts

13 Oct 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

Since the April 2013 cuts in legal aid, a worrying trend has arisen. In an attempt to cut costs, people are representing themselves in court. Whilst this was a foreseeable impact of the cuts, the volume of ‘litigant in person’ cases has exceeded even the government’s expectations.
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New Shared Parental Leave Scheme Coming

18 Aug 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduces a new ‘shared parental leave’ scheme shortly, allowing parents to share statutory maternity leave.
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2014 changes in family law

10 Jul 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 was a momentous day in the world of family law. The biggest changes to procedures in a generation came into force. But for those of you thrown, somewhat reluctantly into this daunting world, what might it mean for you?
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Flexible Working - what changed?

08 Jul 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

The law regarding the right to request flexible working arrangements changed on 30th June 2014.
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Intestacy Rules are changing

18 Jun 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

Making a Will gives you control over how your estate is handled when you pass away. Otherwise, Intestacy Rules are changing so you'd better keep up with how others will decide.
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New employment dispute conciliation scheme comes into force

08 May 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

A problem at work might reach a point where you feel you want to bring an employment tribunal claim against your employer. Before you do, you need to know about the Early Conciliation (EC) scheme and how it affects you.
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Family Law: Looking to the future

19 Mar 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

Flick through the papers and you’ll read sweeping statements about the state of the British family unit. There are shock statistics on the increase in divorces, and journalists speculating as to the reasons.
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Make pre-nups legally binding says Law Commission

27 Feb 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

It could prove a noteworthy day. On 27th February 2014 we moved a step closer to pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements becoming legally binding.
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Is the law on Prenuptial Agreements about to change?

24 Feb 2014 by Helen in Legal Updates

The Law Commission's report, “Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements project” will be published on 27 February 2014. What will it mean?
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Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd and Others in Landmark Case

30 Aug 2013 by Helen in Legal Updates

A landmark case has recently been heard in the Supreme Court, which will have far-reaching effects on subsequent family law cases. The case dealt with the division of assets upon divorce, and specifically the distribution of seven properties held by a number of companies called the Petrodel Group.
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New rules of child maintenance

26 Aug 2013 by Helen in Legal Updates

Child maintenance has changed. A new scheme was introduced by the Child Support Agency, the body that controls and assesses child maintenance payments, changing the way maintenance is calculated.
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2013 Employment Law Updates

30 Jul 2013 by Helen in Legal Updates

Employment Law is constantly evolving. So much so, it may be difficult for employers to keep up with the changes. Here's a summary.
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International family disputes increasing rapidly

01 May 2013 by Helen in Legal Updates

Is the world really getting smaller? The number of cross-border family legal disputes being referred to a UK judge who offers assistance in cases has quadrupled in just four years.
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More on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill 2012-13

28 Apr 2013 by Helen in Legal Updates

Further to our post on Home Extension Plans dated 21/4/13. The growth and infrastructure bill was again debated in the House of the Lords and the House of Commons last week.
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Home extension plans amended

21 Apr 2013 by Helen in Legal Updates

Home extension plans have been amended to address concerns that relaxed planning rules will cause disputes between neighbours.
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Help reduce chance of home-sale collapse

20 Nov 2012 by Helen in Legal Updates

The chances of a home sale falling through can be reduced if buyers and sellers act early.
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National Family Dispute Resolution Week launched

24 Sep 2012 by Helen in Legal Updates

Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and professionals committed to taking conflict out of family disputes, are launching a national campaign, Family Dispute Resolution Week, starting today (24/09/2012).
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Announcing Employer Protection Service

31 Jul 2012 by Helen in Legal Updates

A raft of employment legislation, increased employee awareness of their legal rights and difficult economic circumstances have resulted in a significant increase in the number of employment claims being submitted to the Employment Tribunal Service in recent months.
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Are you a commercial tenant?

10 May 2012 by Helen in Legal Updates

If you're a commercial tenant and your landlord agrees for you to assign your interest in the lease to someone else (“an assignee”) it's not as simple as you might believe.
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Do we need a written partnership agreement?

19 Apr 2012 by Helen in Legal Updates

If you're in business with a partner the simple answer is YES. Without a written partnership agreement you'll be relying on default provisions in legislation to govern the running of the partnership and the relationship between the partners.
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Conveyancing Quality Scheme

29 Mar 2012 by Helen in Legal Updates

In 2011, Wallace Robinson & Morgan solicitors became one of the first practices in the country to secure membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) – the mark of excellence for the home buying process.
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