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  • Sunday 10th October 2010

    Court supports ex-director?s right to start new business

    When senior employees leave a company, the commercial risks presented can be considerable. A recent case on this subject concerned a director who left the company he worked for and then set up in competition with it. The company supplied energy surveys of buildings to its customers, normally ...

  • Saturday 9th October 2010

    HMRC tax mistake letters start to arrive

    The first of some six million letters to taxpayers are starting to arrive. Some taxpayers will be pleasantly surprised when they discover they are due a rebate having paid too much tax, but for many others the letter will be less welcome. HM Revenue & Customs is simultaneously trying to ...

  • Friday 8th October 2010

    Common pitfalls of terminating employment

    Most employers are now aware that dismissal carries consequences and consequently do not approach it lightly. Even those who are careful often run up against some common mistakes which can be easily avoided. Employers are often of the opinion that they can dismiss employees without ...

  • Thursday 7th October 2010

    The myth of a quickie divorce

    Quite naturally most people, once deciding to divorce, would like it completed as soon as possible. However, the term “quickie divorce” is misleading and ambiguous. Cheryl Cole was said to have been seeking a quickie divorce from footballing husband Ashley so that he could ...

  • Wednesday 6th October 2010

    Will writers' lasting legacy

    An investigative report by the BBC Panorama programme into Will writers was broadcast on 9 August and it highlighted many of the dangers people face when instructing Will writers as opposed to solicitors to prepare their Wills. The key points to emerge were as follows: Will writers are ...

  • Tuesday 5th October 2010

    Boundary dispute leaves family facing large bill

    An argument over a narrow strip of land has left a mother and son facing massive costs after their claim was heard in the Court of Appeal recently. Both the claimants and the defendant engaged Queens Counsel in the Court of Appeal. The dispute arose because the claimants’ neighbour wanted to ...

  • Monday 4th October 2010

    Uninsured builders can leave home-owners with headache

    Home owners are warned to check that builders and their labourers are properly insured as illustrated by a recent case. It involved a man who was hired to do casual labour for a builder working on a house. The builder was uninsured. The man needed to access a flat roof and asked the ...

  • Saturday 2nd October 2010

    Kent Messenger call on Gullands for advice to growing businesses

    Gullands together with the University of Kent is providing a new column in the Kent Messenger newspaper for growing and expanding businesses. The column, which appears every month in the Kent Messenger’s Kent Business supplement under the banner Grow, is intended to equip businesses as ...

  • Friday 1st October 2010

    Gullands supports ambitious football club project

    Gullands is delighted to be sponsoring Sevenoaks Town Junior Football Club’s kit as part of an ambitious new project launched by the Club and Kent County Football Association. The project will create a central ‘hub club’ for young players with a visual impairment to facilitate ...

  • Monday 12th July 2010

    Gullands helps Dr Gray achieve final wishes

    Gullands Solicitors has acted for the estate of Dr Ann Betty Gray, who left more than £1million to three animal welfare charities. Dr Gray, a retired hospital doctor from Maidstone, passed away in July last year leaving behind a sizeable estate and no immediate family. Her final wishes ...

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