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Our legal blogs are here to help you find out more in depth information on those issues which matter most to you, from data protection to divorce, employment issues, probate and making a will.

 

Preserving your assets for the next generation using a Trust

A trust is a way of managing assets such as money, investments, land or buildings for other people. Each type of trust is taxed differently, affecting liabilities such as Income Tax (IT), Capital Gains Tax (CGT) or Inheritance Tax (IHT). Our trust and tax planning specialist Ian Naylor explains how they can be used to ensure how assets are passed from one generation to another.

 You can create a Trust during your lifetime, or through your will, and there are…

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Contracts of employment – how to get it right

Employment contracts continue to make headlines due to debates around zero hours contracts, the ‘gig’ economy and the national minimum wage. Our employment solicitor Clare Thomas explains the common mistakes employers make when it comes to employment contracts.

Key issues with employment contracts:

There is no written contract!
Poorly written/drafted
Contractual or non-contractual provisions
Contracts are altered incorrectly
Post termination restrictions are excessive or vague

There is no written statement

An employer must provide a written statement within…

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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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