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  • Thursday 8th November 2012

    Challenging a Will

    When a person makes their Will they must be able to understand the nature of the act of making a Will, who they should consider leaving their property, possessions and money to and what property, possessions and money are theirs to bequeath. They must not be suffering from any disorder of the ...

  • Wednesday 7th November 2012

    Gullands solicitors rated best in Kent by independent guides

    Maidstone law firm Gullands has been toasting a double success in the UK’s best known independent legal guides which have named them as outstanding sources of advice on criminal and construction law. David Brown has been recognised as a ‘Band 1’ practitioner in Chambers directory ...

  • Tuesday 16th October 2012

    Redundancy Selection Pools Revisited

    In July’s Brief we reported on redundancy selection and two cases which looked at whether employers are able to run a redundancy procedure with only one employee in the redundancy selection pool. In that article we pointed out that employers should proceed with care when singling out just ...

  • Sunday 14th October 2012

    Employment News in Brief

    What’s new for autumn Consultations are expected shortly on the proposals to rewrite the employment tribunal rules and the government’s plans to change the use and format of settlement agreements. The government is due to issue its response to the Modern Workplace Consultation, which ...

  • Saturday 13th October 2012

    Hiring an employee: The key legal issues

    Before advertising Make sure all staff involved in the recruitment process have had equal opportunities training and that they continue to receive it while working for your business. Draw-up the following documents: a job description which sets out the title and ...

  • Friday 12th October 2012

    It pays to look after your people

    Gill Monk, All Health Matters Just what is the most valuable asset your company has? Is it the vehicle fleet, latest piece of plant and machinery, the IT system, the order book? I would argue that while these things are essential to your business, it is the people who work for you who are ...

  • Thursday 11th October 2012

    When age discrimination may be lawful

    Businesses are generally prohibited from discriminating against an employee on the basis of their age. This will include choosing not to interview a candidate because their application suggests they are nearing retirement age. However, unlike other forms of discrimination, in certain ...

  • Tuesday 28th August 2012

    Gullands switched on to local youth services

    Paul Burbidge is a trustee and provides advice on legal issues such as leases to Switch Café, an innovative community project in Maidstone. Over the last 18 months Switch has had over 11,500 visits from young people using the Café and has become an integral part of the ...

  • Monday 27th August 2012

    Permitted Development rights for agricultural buildings clarified

    On 13 March 2012 the Government issued Statutory Instrument 2012/748 which clarifies the position of development regarding farm micro generation equipment and Part 6 of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. Government has made it clear in SI2012/748 that ...

  • Sunday 26th August 2012

    Badger cull delayed

    In December 2011 plans to cull badgers were announced by the Government initially in pilot areas to curb the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, which are then slaughtered at great financial cost to the taxpayer. However, legal proceedings against Defra’s decision to sanction the cull by ...

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