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  • Wednesday 16th September 2015

    Good Faith and Planning Applications

    When it comes to planning applications, there is always a risk that your application will get rejected. It is because of this risk that some landowners have decided not to apply for planning permission. Instead, they have simply carried out the works to their property and hidden what they have ...

  • Wednesday 16th September 2015

    The Benefits of Leaving a Will and Claims of Proprietary Estoppel

    It is always a good idea to leave a Will setting set out how your estate is to be handled. Time and time again, family disputes arise as to how property is to be distributed when people either fail to leave a Will, or leave one that is outdated compared to current circumstances. On such dispute ...

  • Wednesday 16th September 2015

    Charitable giving - making sure it works for you

    There has been much coverage in the press recently about people – usually the elderly and more vulnerable, who have been bombarded by charitable requests by phone and email. Many people have charities that are close to their hearts and they choose to support them by either volunteering their ...

  • Wednesday 29th July 2015

    What WILL you be leaving to your children?

    In an interesting twist a judge has recently overturned an inheritance ruling, which saw a Hertfordshire woman being excluded from her mother’s will. Heather Ilott of Ware has been in an eight-year battle to receive some of her mother’s £486,000 estate, which was subsequently ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    The Queen's Speech 2015 - Implications for employment law

    The Queen’s Speech took place on 27 May 2015. Aside from the EU Referendum Bill and the proposed replacement of the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, employment related measures include: Trade Unions Bill With the aim to protect public services from disruption and reform trade ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    News In Brief July 2015

    Hold fire on calculating holiday pay Recent commentary following a much publicised case on the issue of holiday pay concluded that holiday pay had to include commission payments and compulsory overtime. But before you address this, be aware that all cases pending on this topic are still being ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Shared parental leave and pay

    Most employers although aware of shared parental leave and statutory shared parental pay have yet to get to grips with the detail. Many consider that they won’t have to do so until they are notified about a pregnancy, but many have overlooked the fact that they now have maternity and ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Facial disfigurement - guidance launched for employers

    Changing Faces, a national charity, has released guidance to assist employers in dealing with employees both current and prospective who suffer with the issue of facial disfigurement. The charity supports individuals who are living with scars, marks or conditions, which affect their ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Time spent in union meetings can be working time under the WTR

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned a recent Employment Tribunal case that held time spent by a Health and Safety rep and a union rep attending union meetings between shifts could be working time within the meaning of the Working Time Regulations 1998. The Employer’s ...

  • Friday 3rd July 2015

    Discrimination and the mind-set of the decision-maker

    A recent Court of Appeal decision looked at discrimination when the decision-maker relied on others’ information. The case concerned the Chief Medical Officer at Canada Life, Dr Reynolds who was engaged under a consultancy agreement. The consultancy was terminated by the general ...

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