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  • Saturday 14th April 2012

    Diamond Jubilee Dilemma

    Employers may want to be patriotic and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee but trading conditions are still very bleak and the prospect of losing a day’s trading is not one that they rejoice in. Given last year saw an extra day for the Royal wedding and periodically discussions are had about ...

  • Friday 13th April 2012

    Keeping mum?

    Many people will be unaware that if a person decides to keep a loved one’s ashes at home then as the owner of those ashes they can direct in their Will what is to be done with them or in the absence of a specific bequest they will become chattels in their estate. The person who inherits ...

  • Thursday 12th April 2012

    Gullands seminars update clients on topical legal issues

    Gullands has been keeping in touch with clients and sharing information through a series of free events that commenced in the autumn. The first, a breakfast seminar attended by current and prospective charity trustee and almshouse clients, highlighted challenges being faced by people who lead and ...

  • Wednesday 11th April 2012

    Five minutes with John Roberts, Head of the Criminal Litigation Department

    When did you join Gullands? I joined Gullands in 2001 after 4 years with Clarke Kiernan in Tonbridge. My early career was in business having obtained a degree in Management Sciences from Manchester. I switched to law in the late 80s, attending college and qualifying in 1992 and have ...

  • Tuesday 10th April 2012

    Major compensation award for amateur footballer injured on dangerous pitch

    An amateur footballer who was seriously injured while playing on a poorly maintained pitch was recently awarded £22,700 in compensation at Dewsbury County Court. Paul Zoledziejewski, a 33-year old mechanic, was playing for his club on a pitch in Shelf Hall Park in Calderdale. He tried ...

  • Monday 9th April 2012

    Apprenticeships and the law

    For a long time apprenticeships were seen as a part of history and very much based in the manufacturing industry. The recent publicity in conjunction with growing concern about youth unemployment has led to a fresh updated set of information on the subject. For those coming new to the topic ...

  • Sunday 8th April 2012

    Weatherproof: construction contracts and bad weather

    What are the typical legal considerations if a building project is delayed because the builders have to stop work as a result of bad weather? Regardless of the contract between the parties (although the precise position will depend upon what the contract says) the general considerations are ...

  • Saturday 7th April 2012

    Seek legal advice before transferring ownership of a property

    A change in the legal ownership of land must be evidenced in writing and should be accompanied by the completion of a Property Transfer Deed, which must be filed with the Land Registry. Where there is a mortgage on the property, the Land Registry will usually request that the lender provides ...

  • Friday 6th April 2012

    All rise! Gullands supports Maidstone mock trial competition

    Gullands was on the bench for a local heat of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 10 March. Mock trials introduce the legal system to young people in an innovative and engaging way, giving them the opportunity to gain hands on ...

  • Thursday 5th April 2012

    HMRC attack on discounted gift scheme succeeds

    So-called ‘discounted gift schemes’ have been used in Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning for many years. The basic idea behind them is that a gift is made by a person whose estate is likely to be subject to IHT and the gift is so structured (usually using an insurance product) that the ...

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