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  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Build your business on strong legal foundations

    The prospect of becoming your own boss and starting a new company is an exciting time for anyone. Once you have your business ideas and objectives, it is important not to get carried away and overlook the key legal steps you need to take when setting it up. Firstly, you need to consider how ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Charitable giving - does it work for you?

    Many people have charities that are close to their hearts and they choose to support them either by volunteering their time and or by making regular financial donations. It is often a good idea to review your charitable giving and whether giving during your lifetime or leaving a legacy in your ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Declarations of Trust

    Most homes are owned in the joint names of the two adults that live there, but the mere fact that the property is legally owned in two names, does not automatically demonstrate the true ownership intentions. Many people will be familiar with the concepts of Joint Tenants and Tenants in ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Spousal Maintenance

    When couples get divorced there are a number of financial orders open to them. Properties can be sold or transferred, pensions shared and lump sums awarded. Child maintenance is always payable by the absent parent. The other option is spousal maintenance, usually a monthly sum ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Where there's a Will, there's a way

    Everybody should have an up to date Will yet despite many warnings, almost two thirds (61%) of people still don’t have one, leaving to the rules of intestacy what happens to their estate when they die. As a minimum, you should have a Will to cover some of the following important points and ...

  • Thursday 14th January 2016

    Don't ignore the planners

    Since April 2014 the rules have eased on planning regulations Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment and Consequential Provisions) (England) Order 2014 (GPDO). This has allowed for a number of changes including allowing redundant agricultural buildings to be ...

  • Wednesday 6th January 2016

    Think Christmas is over? Think again!

    So the decorations are down and the New Year stretches ahead, but what issues need to be resolved from the Christmas festivities? Here are a few common queries we receive at this time of year. An employee posted drunken photos online after the Christmas party, what should we do and is there any ...

  • Wednesday 6th January 2016

    Employment News In Brief January 2016

    HR Involvement in disciplinary issues Businesses will welcome helpful guidelines provided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) on how much involvement and influence HR should have in disciplinary investigations. What is crucial is that HR limits advice to questions of law, procedure and ...

  • Wednesday 6th January 2016

    Health & Safety - Getting Started

    Time to look at Health & Safety Management New sentencing guidelines contain four levels of culpability for health and safety offences. To illustrate, if there was a fatality in a medium sized company, the starting point fine in a “low culpability” case would be ...

  • Wednesday 6th January 2016

    Dealing with employee grievances

    How should grievances be handled? A grievance can be any concern, problem or complaint an employee raises with the business. If a grievance cannot be resolved informally, the employee should raise it in writing with a manager. If the grievance concerns their line manager, the grievance should be ...

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