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  • Thursday 19th May 2016

    The popularity of pop-up shops

    As the retail landscape has changed considerably over the last 10 years, it is estimated that around 1 in 10 shops across the UK are currently empty, and here in Kent in some parts of the county, the figure is likely to be much higher. Commercial property landlords may be approached by or would ...

  • Thursday 19th May 2016

    Permitted Development rights - keep the noise down!

    In late 2015, the permanent extension of Permitted Development Rights, allowing the conversion from office space to residential was announced. What had originally intended to be temporary measure to create use for empty or unviable commercial buildings, has proved a popular way to create new and in ...

  • Sunday 15th May 2016

    Protecting yourself from being a victim of cybercrime

    Solicitors and people buying or selling property are being increasingly targeted by fraudsters trying to access some of the billions of pounds being transferred in relation to property transactions each year. The methods these criminals use often involve nothing more than an email or phone call ...

  • Friday 13th May 2016

    Writing your life insurance policy in trust

    Many people have life insurance policies and most of them are linked to the repayment of mortgages and other loans. But for those who have a policy to provide an additional lump sum payment on the event of their death for their family, they should consider writing it into trust, which can have many ...

  • Thursday 12th May 2016

    The Cost of Dying Intestate

    People who don’t make a Will usually come up with a variety of excuses such as because they haven’t got around to it, haven’t fully appreciated the importance of planning ahead for the future, unwisely assume that they don’t have enough money or assets to need to make one or ...

  • Wednesday 11th May 2016

    Dealing with difficult staff - settlement agreements and protected conversations

    Settlement agreements are a useful way of managing the exit of a difficult employee, but getting the detail right is important. Where there is no existing dispute, the employer can choose to have a ‘protected conversation’ with the employee first. This can set out your concerns (e.g ...

  • Tuesday 10th May 2016

    New Guidelines published on discriminatory adverts and recruitment terminology

    The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a series of short guides to help people who place advertisements to comply with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/ehrc_advertising_-_checklist_12_0.pdf The ...

  • Monday 9th May 2016

    Discrimination against employees with Dyslexia and how to avoid falling foul of the rules

    A recent Employment Tribunal which received widespread media interest found that the coffee chain Starbucks had discriminated against an employee with Dyslexia as it had failed in its duty to make reasonable adjustments. Ms Kumulchew, a supervisor at a branch of Starbucks in south-west London, had ...

  • Thursday 28th April 2016

    Welcome to InBrief Spring 2016

    Spring is well and truly here and the growing season was very much the topic of conversation at Agri Expo at the beginning of March at the Kent County Showground. The show was once again very well attended by the farming community and it was great to catch up with our many clients and contacts. ...

  • Thursday 28th April 2016

    Gullands honoured for charitable work with KM Charity Team Partnership Award

    Gullands Solicitors have been awarded the prestigious KM Charity Team Partnership Award in honour of their ongoing charitable work. Gullands Solicitors has consistently supported the KM Charity Team for a number of years, taking part in events such as the KM Charity Walk and the Colour Run. This ...

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