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  • Friday 9th September 2011

    Employers could have responsibilities towards seasonal casual workers too

    Seasonal industries such as agriculture, tourism and construction, often rely heavily on casual workers to plug the employment gap to meet demand for their services. However, employers often fall into the trap that by labelling workers as casual they can avoid the responsibility or liabilities ...

  • Wednesday 17th August 2011

    Gullands secures Law Society's new quality mark

    Maidstone solicitors Gullands has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process and one of the first firms in the town to achieve this status. Gullands residential property team led by solicitor Alan Williams, ...

  • Tuesday 16th August 2011

    Warning to homeowners with private drainage

    Anyone buying or selling a property with private drainage needs to be aware of major changes which come into force later this year and which requires registration with the Environment Agency by 31 December 2011 warns Paul Burbidge, partner at Gullands solicitors. Many homes up and down the country ...

  • Tuesday 17th May 2011

    Legal secretary raises money for heart charity in sponsored walk

    Jemma Bourne, 28, a legal secretary in the litigation department, has helped raise more than £640 for the British Heart Foundation, after taking part in a sponsored walk around Bewl Water, Lamberhurst. Jemma completed the 13-mile route on Sunday 1 May, in memory of her grandad, Robert ...

  • Tuesday 26th April 2011

    New head of the residential property team

    Alan Williams has joined Gullands as the new head of the residential property team and was formerly at law firm Slater Heelis in Cheshire where he was a partner. Alan Williams comments: “I am delighted to join Gullands and look forward to meeting clients across the county. I have over ...

  • Monday 25th April 2011

    Long legal career draws to an end

    There are very few people who can boast of a career spanning nearly 50 years, let alone one with the same firm. But a chapter of Maidstone’s legal history is drawing to a close with the move into semi retirement after forty seven years at Gullands of Stephen Tomlinson, partner and head ...

  • Sunday 24th April 2011

    OFT Cold-Calling Crackdown

    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recently warned the debt management industry to cease using unsolicited and misleading cold-calling practices to generate client leads. As part of its crackdown on illegal cold-calling in the sector, the OFT has recently revoked the consumer credit licence of a ...

  • Saturday 23rd April 2011

    Income splitting - another HMRC attack

    A recent case involving a ‘multiple shares’ company, in which different classes of shares were created, with different rights and varying dividends paid to the shareholders over time, illustrates the baleful look that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) gives to such schemes. A husband and ...

  • Friday 22nd April 2011

    Loss of light - demolition ordered of commercial property

    Loss of light can be a major irritation and the law provides two remedies where it occurs. The usual remedy is for the developer of the structure responsible for the loss of light to make a payment to the person whose property’s light is impaired. The other, less commonly used, ...

  • Thursday 21st April 2011

    To lease or to buy

    One of the biggest overheads facing many businesses is the cost of their premises. Business owners whose lease is about to expire should take stock and consider their options. The value of commercial property has taken a big hit in recent months, with some valuers quoting a 20 to 30% drop in ...

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