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  • Wednesday 17th December 2014

    Upcoming changes in Employment Law

    With a General Election on the immediate horizon the view in my crystal ball is somewhat hazy. There are some issues which have already got to the point of no return but the long term view is less sure. The big issues this year: • The changes to parental leave, allowing parents ...

  • Wednesday 17th December 2014

    Gullands' Garden City Event

    Over 60 business leaders from Maidstone and the surrounding area gathered at Maidstone United Football Club’s Gallagher Stadium on Thursday 9 October 2014 for an informative and thought provoking breakfast seminar, hosted by Gullands Solicitors, on the development of garden cities. The ...

  • Wednesday 17th December 2014

    What happens if I don't leave a Will?

    It is estimated that over half of the adult population do not have a Will. The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014, which came into effect on 1 October, simplified the rules surrounding the division of the estate where the deceased did not leave a valid Will. However, they ...

  • Monday 15th December 2014

    Don't ignore the planners1

    In April 2014 the Government eased planning regulations through the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment and Consequential Provisions) (England) Order 2014 (GPDO) – allowing redundant agricultural buildings to be converted into new homes under what is known ...

  • Monday 27th October 2014

    ?OAR-some? Gullands staff support Dandelion Time

    Gullands were proud to have been one of the main corporate sponsors of Kent’s biggest charity indoor rowing event The Dandelion Time Rowathon: Marden to Monte Carlo. The Rowathon was organised by Maidstone charity Dandelion Time who support children that have been affected by harsh personal ...

  • Thursday 23rd October 2014

    Garden city seminar reveals overwhelming support from Maidstone?s business leaders

    Gullands Solicitors’ business leaders’ garden city breakfast seminar took place on Thursday 9 October 2014 at Maidstone United Football Club’s Gallagher Stadium. Over 60 business leaders gathered to debate and examine the relevance of a Maidstone garden city, with presentations ...

  • Thursday 2nd October 2014

    Employment status

    It is well known that there are three types of employment status, ‘employee’, ‘worker’ and ‘self employed contractor’ and that different rights and obligations arise depending on the status, but it can be difficult to categorise and this question troubles ...

  • Thursday 2nd October 2014

    LEGAL STATUS OF VOLUNTEERS

    The legal status of volunteers is not clear-cut, there is a range of options, from the purely voluntary to contractual arrangements. This uncertainty can make it difficult for organisations taking on volunteers to ascertain whether and to what extent they owe their volunteers legal ...

  • Thursday 2nd October 2014

    Hiring an employee: Part one

    This two-part business briefing will highlight the key legal issues a business needs to consider when recruiting a new employee. Before advertising • Make sure all staff involved in the recruitment process have had equal opportunities training (and they continue to receive it while ...

  • Thursday 2nd October 2014

    Reference: to give or not to give?

    Generally there is no legal obligation for a business to provide a reference for an employee or former employee or for that reference to be comprehensive. However, an employer’s policy on references must be consistent to avoid allegations of discrimination. If refusing to provide a ...

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