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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.


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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What employers need to know about redundancy

What is a redundancy?

Redundancy is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissal.

A redundancy occurs when:

The business for which the employee is employed is ceasing
The business in the place where the employee is employed is ceasing
There is a reduction of a particular kind of work an employee carries out

Redundancy can also take place where a site or office is closing, where a particular department or function are no longer required or where a business…

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Why should I register my land?

The amount of unclaimed or unregistered land (this refers to land, buildings or both) in the UK has rapidly decreased, and according to HM Land Registry more than 85% is now registered. Our commercial property specialist Ian Naylor looks at why it is important to register your home and property.

Ian says: “One of the key reasons to register your land is so that everyone can see who owns it which is key when someone is looking to buy it…

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How to report a data breach at your business

Following recent reports of one of the biggest data breaches to date involving a UK company, Dixons Carphone, which is now thought to affect 10 million records, our disputes and employment specialist Tim Wolley looks at what is classed as a breach and what you should do if your business discovers a breach.

What is classed as personal data?

 Any information relating to a person or data subject, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person is…

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