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Mental health in the workplace

Mental Health Awareness Week has put workplace wellbeing back in the headlines and the measures employers are taking to support their staff. Our employment solicitor Clare Thomas explains how mental health can be managed and what legal obligations employers must meet under the Equality Act 2010.

One in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives according to the Department of Health, which means it’s essential for employers to have a strategy in…

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How does a no-fault divorce work? UK divorce law changes explained

Family and Matrimonial Solicitor, Lisa Cogger, of Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors, explains how the recently announced changes to UK divorce law by the Government will work in England and Wales.
Why is UK divorce law changing?
Existing divorce law in the UK has remained unaltered for nearly 50 years, and increasing demands for change came following the Tini Owens case in 2018. The Supreme Court ruled in July that she could not divorce her husband without her spouse’s consent…

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What allowances and expenses can residential landlords claim for rental property?

Landlords could be in line for further tax reliefs to make improvements to their properties following a recent Parliamentary committee recommendation. Our landlord and tenant specialist, Joy Hancock explains what tax reliefs are currently available to landlords.
What are the allowable expenses a residential landlord can claim?
The most common types of expenses you can claim are:

General maintenance and repairs to the property, but not improvements (such as replacing a laminate kitchen worktop with a more costly granite worktop…

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National Minimum Wage Rise – An Employer’s Guide

According to the government the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 ‘provides essential protection for our lowest paid workers’. ACAS state that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law.

This framework is reviewed annually by the Low Pay Commission, with new rates set to take effect from 1 April 2019, so it’s important that business owners take those necessary steps now to comply with this updated legislation, says Bowcock…

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Change of planning rules for farm buildings and housing conversions

Farmers will be allowed to increase the size of buildings and convert more buildings to housing, following changes to permitted development rights (PDRs). Our farm property and agricultural specialist Ian Naylor explains more…

Permitted development rights enable certain building works and changes of use to be carried out without needing to obtain planning permission from the local planning authority.

Following a consultation last year, the Government announced changes to the Class Q permitted development legislation which allows for the conversion…

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Time to settle for it? A guide to settlement agreements for employers & employees

Is a settlement agreement the same as a compromise agreement? Are settlement agreements legally binding? And are they only used in redundancy situations? Our Employment solicitor Clare Thomas explains all in this guide to settlement agreements.

What is a settlement agreement?

Previously known as a compromise agreement, a settlement agreement is recognised by statute as a legally binding contract between an employer and employee, which waives an employee’s right to bring most claims in the employment tribunal and other…

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Long leases & the Court of Appeal decision in Dr Julia Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Limited

For those residential landlords of long leases out there, the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Dr Julia Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Limited is considered to be quite a problematic one, at least in practical terms. Our associate solicitor Joy Hancock, a specialist in landlord and tenant matters, takes a look at this case in more detail…

The Facts:

The case involves a property, formerly two houses in Randolph Crescent, Maida Vale, which were converted into…

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The Owens v Owens case – time for a no-fault divorce system

On May 17 the Supreme Court heard its first ever case on divorce itself rather than issues relating to finances or children. Tini Owens, aged 68, wanted the court to grant her a divorce from her husband of 40 years, who refused the split. The Supreme Court unanimously rejected the appeal, meaning she must remain married until 2020. Our family and matrimonial solicitor Lisa Cogger examines the case and what it means for the divorce process.

Tini and Hugh Owens…

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We launch our Employer Protection Scheme

We have now launched our Employer Protection Scheme – an all-inclusive package designed to give you protection from expensive Employment Tribunal claims – at a competitive fixed cost.

Official figures show since the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2017 the caseload had more than doubled, leaving employers increasingly exposed to the threat of claims and resulting in more administrative resources being allocated to prepare for tribunal hearings.

 Our Employer Protection Scheme gives you direct access to expert advice from…

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Almost 300 years of experience under one roof!

On average, most working people stay in one job for up to five years before moving on to the next. However, here at Bowcock & Pursaill we are something of an anomaly, and collectively our experienced staff have been with our firm for an incredible 297 years!

Many work anniversaries and milestones have come and gone for the workforce here at Bowcock & Pursaill, with 11 of our employees well over the 10-year mark.

The longest standing member of…

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