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  • Tuesday 4th April 2017

    Essential documents for employers

    When starting up a business what are the absolute minimum documents that an employer is required to have in place? Most are aware they need contracts for their employees, but what about the Staff Handbook. Is this full of unnecessary memos or legal requirements? There are in fact very few written ...

  • Monday 20th March 2017

    Surprise increase in Probate fees

    The 2017 spring budget has a sting in the tail which many people won’t feel until they are dealing with the death of a loved one. In what is being called a £300m stealth tax, probate fees once previously capped at £215 or £155 if the application was made through a solicitor ...

  • Friday 17th February 2017

    Viscount Bearsted returns home at last

    Blair Gulland, Chairman of Gullands Solicitors has helped to ensure the return of a very important painting of Viscount Bearsted to Mote Park, Maidstone in his role of Trustee of the Maidstone Trust. Marcus Samuel, Viscount Bearsted was a very important name in British Commerce during the latter ...

  • Friday 10th February 2017

    Plumber's workers - rights battle implications'

    Plumber’s workers’ rights battle could have implications for other employers The Court of Appeal has today agreed with an earlier tribunal decision and ruled that a plumber was entitled to basic workers’ rights despite being self-employed. The case has focused on whether the ...

  • Wednesday 4th January 2017

    Welcome to InBrief Winter 2017

    Happy New Year to all our clients and contacts. 2017 looks set to be a year which is dominated by the ongoing discussion of Brexit terms. Here at a county level we don’t fully understand the implications this will have in the short term, but we hope it will eventually bring opportunities for ...

  • Wednesday 4th January 2017

    No fault Divorces

    When celebrities divorce, they seem to be able to make the break very quickly and move on with their lives, but how does this work in practice for the rest of us? Older readers may recall how divorce law worked in the sixties, one party would have to check into a hotel, often on the South Coast, ...

  • Wednesday 4th January 2017

    Visible tattoos in the workplace, time for a rethink?

    Research published recently by Acas shows that many employers may be out of touch with changing public attitudes to visible tattoos and body piercings. Around one in five people in Britain have a tattoo, rising to one in three young people and one in ten have body piercings other than in their ...

  • Wednesday 4th January 2017

    Carrying over holiday leave

    How should employers deal with an employee who has not used up their annual leave at the end of the year, because they fell sick? Employees have the right to re-take their annual leave at a later date if they have booked a holiday but then fall ill during their holiday. The employee should let the ...

  • Wednesday 4th January 2017

    Lasting Powers of Attorney, for wealth and health

    According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are over 850,000 people with Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common type of dementia in the UK, and they expect numbers to rise to over one million by 2025 and two million by 2051. With 225,000 people predicted to develop dementia this year, it ...

  • Wednesday 4th January 2017

    Agricultural Occupancy Conditions

    With Government policy typically opposed to the building of new houses in open countryside, it is often difficult to gain planning permission to build houses in such areas. That said, if a house is needed for the proper operation of an agricultural business (e.g. to house workers), planning ...

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