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Supreme Court asserts that planning permission is not for sale image Article

Posted 24 January 2020

Supreme Court asserts that planning permission is not for sale

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the rule that planning permission cannot be bought or sold.

Is ethical veganism a philosophical belief protected in law? image Article

Posted 15 January 2020

Is ethical veganism a philosophical belief protected in law?

In the case of Casamitjana v League Against Cruel Sports, a judge found that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief…

Divorce in 2020: reform progress and Brachers’ fixed fee divorce services image Article

Posted 15 January 2020

Divorce in 2020: reform progress and Brachers’ fixed fee divorce services

Divorce reform has been placed firmly back on the government’s agenda for 2020 with The Divorce, Separation and Dissolution Bill being…

The ‘advantage’ of having a loyalty card when you die image Article

Posted 14 January 2020

The ‘advantage’ of having a loyalty card when you die

When a loved one passes away, very few of us give thought to loyalty card points when considering assets in…

Homes under the Hammer…  again image Article

Posted 13 January 2020

Homes under the Hammer…  again

Over the past few years we have seen second property owners hit with increasing amounts of legislation making it harder…

New Year, New You… New Will? image Article

Posted 02 January 2020

New Year, New You… New Will?

“I’m going to turn a new leaf. I’ll make a change for the better. This is going to be my year.”

Employment law changes - preparing for April 2020 image Article

Posted 30 December 2019

Employment law changes - preparing for April 2020

With changes to employment law due in April 2020, it's time to prepare and review your policies and procedures

What to do when your new recruit comes with restrictive covenants image Article

Posted 30 December 2019

What to do when your new recruit comes with restrictive covenants

Brachers has seen an increase in the number of restrictive covenants in all types of employment contracts, regardless of the employee’s…

Cohabitation: the common law marriage myth image Article

Posted 23 December 2019

Cohabitation: the common law marriage myth

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of cohabiting couple families is growing faster than married…

Brachers nominated for two South East Dealmakers Awards image Article

Posted 18 December 2019

Brachers nominated for two South East Dealmakers Awards

South East law firm Brachers has been nominated for ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Deal of the Year (above…

Energy roundup in the farming industry image Article

Posted 10 December 2019

Energy roundup in the farming industry

As a farmer it is important to look at succession planning, technological advances and diversification projects to stay ahead of…

60 seconds with Sarah Hewitt image Article

Posted 05 December 2019

60 seconds with Sarah Hewitt

Sarah Hewitt, Associate in our Corporate and Commerical team, has answered our five get to know you questions.

Employment Appeal Tribunal allows cross-appeal in schools case image Article

Posted 05 December 2019

Employment Appeal Tribunal allows cross-appeal in schools case

An appeal of an Employment Tribunal decision on a case against a school has allowed for a cross appeal to…

The pros and cons of Early Neutral Evaluation image Article

Posted 04 December 2019

The pros and cons of Early Neutral Evaluation

Family Partner Mei-Ling McNab explains what is Early Neutral Evaluation and the benefits and disadvantages of this process

Employment Tribunal Statistics 2019 image Article

Posted 03 December 2019

Employment Tribunal Statistics 2019

Provisional employment tribunal statistics have been published by the Ministry of Justice for April to June 2018. As predicted, the…

Five tips for a successful farmyard wedding business image Article

Posted 28 November 2019

Five tips for a successful farmyard wedding business

According to recent research by John Lewis, one in six couples are now choosing to hold the reception for their…

Case study: a successful stress at work or depression claim image Article

Posted 27 November 2019

Case study: a successful stress at work or depression claim

While modern life comes with many bonuses, in recent years it has also become synonymous with an increase in stress…

Top tips: how to negotiate a settlement agreement image Article

Posted 26 November 2019

Top tips: how to negotiate a settlement agreement

When an employee is given a settlement agreement it is not always expected, and it can mean that you may…

Business: how to protect confidential information and customer contacts image Article

Posted 25 November 2019

Business: how to protect confidential information and customer contacts

Brachers is seeing an increase in requests for advice about employees taking steps after leaving employment which have the potential…

The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) image Article

Posted 22 November 2019

The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB)

The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is an allowance to set against Inheritance Tax that has been in force since…

Top tips: what to expect in your settlement agreement image Article

Posted 14 November 2019

Top tips: what to expect in your settlement agreement

If your employer has given you an offer, usually a money payment, in return for you giving up your right…

Do I have to move house on a Friday? image Article

Posted 13 November 2019

Do I have to move house on a Friday?

Have you ever noticed that most people move house on a Friday? In fact, 28% of home buyers move house…

Do I need a Will? image Article

Posted 12 November 2019

Do I need a Will?

For most of us making a Will is not high on the list of priorities, however everyone needs a Will…

Tops tips on how to manage disciplinary and exit processes and procedures image Article

Posted 11 November 2019

Tops tips on how to manage disciplinary and exit processes and procedures

Given the sensitivity often surrounding staff disciplinary issues, it’s crucial for all parties concerned to manage issues legally and appropriately.

Judge rules mental capacity to marry but not over own finances image Article

Posted 07 November 2019

Judge rules mental capacity to marry but not over own finances

The Court of Protection for England and Wales has granted permission to a man to marry his fiancée, even though there…

Why Halloween is the perfect time to update your Will image Article

Posted 28 October 2019

Why Halloween is the perfect time to update your Will

What better time of year to consider the importance of Wills, and what benefit they can offer to the living.

Seven questions potential charity trustees should ask themselves image Article

Posted 22 October 2019

Seven questions potential charity trustees should ask themselves

A popular choice for many people who want to give something back to society has been to become a trustee…

10 key points to think about when entering into a contract image Article

Posted 21 October 2019

10 key points to think about when entering into a contract

Schools enter into contracts on a regular basis. Whenever goods or services are purchased, a contract is created and it…

Asbestos: a history of the ‘magic mineral’ image Article

Posted 18 October 2019

Asbestos: a history of the ‘magic mineral’

Like it or not, asbestos is part of the UK’s social history. After smoking, asbestos is one of the main causes…

Brachers supports Brexit Ready Kent workshops image Article

Posted 17 October 2019

Brachers supports Brexit Ready Kent workshops

Experts from across Brachers will speak as part of the ‘Brexit Ready Kent’ workshops, held across the county from 14 October…

Your guide to the Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill image Article

Posted 15 October 2019

Your guide to the Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill

The draft of a proposed law putting forward fundamental changes to employment law by introducing protections for workers on zero-hours…

When the wife becomes a widow image Article

Posted 15 October 2019

When the wife becomes a widow

We recently hosted a free evening seminar and networking event where we considered financial remedy and Inheritance Act claims when…

Restrictive covenants – advice for employees image Article

Posted 14 October 2019

Restrictive covenants – advice for employees

Our employment team take a look at some of the top issues with restrictive covenants and what you can do…

Are you prepared for the new corporate governance reporting requirements? image Article

Posted 08 October 2019

Are you prepared for the new corporate governance reporting requirements?

The 2018 Regulations introduced various additional reporting requirements for annual strategic reports, directors' reports, directors' remuneration report or on the…

Top five tips when considering possible redundancies image Article

Posted 04 October 2019

Top five tips when considering possible redundancies

Companies having to consider potential redundancies seems to be constantly in the press.

Brachers positioned as leading law firm in Legal 500 rankings image Article

Posted 04 October 2019

Brachers positioned as leading law firm in Legal 500 rankings

Brachers again proves itself a leading law firm with 19 of its practice areas and 25 lawyers receiving rankings by…

Legal issues when dealing with gender identity issues in schools image Article

Posted 26 September 2019

Legal issues when dealing with gender identity issues in schools

NHS England’s gender identity development service revealed it is receiving three times the referrals it did in 2014-2015. Schools should be…

The importance of reviewing restrictive covenants image Article

Posted 25 September 2019

The importance of reviewing restrictive covenants

The UK Supreme Court has recently revisited the law on post-employment restrictions in employment contracts, in the case of Tillman…

Settlement Agreements - What Employees Need to Know image Article

Posted 19 September 2019

Settlement Agreements - What Employees Need to Know

Settlement Agreements (previously called Compromise Agreements), are legal agreements between an employer and employee.

Telecoms infrastructure: change in the statutory landscape image Article

Posted 18 September 2019

Telecoms infrastructure: change in the statutory landscape

Allis Beasley charts the changing landscape between telecoms giants and the landowners in dealing with their expansion.

Key Legislation Changes in 2020 | Webinar image Article

Posted 17 September 2019

Key Legislation Changes in 2020 | Webinar

2020 is going to see big changes to employment legislation, even before we consider the potential impact of Brexit. …

Five Tips for New Company Directors image Article

Posted 13 September 2019

Five Tips for New Company Directors

Kelly Dickman gives her top tips on how to find success in your new role.

Education Matters Autumn Newsletter image Article

Posted 09 September 2019

Education Matters Autumn Newsletter

In our termly education newsletter we will bring you the latest in legal updates, guidance, news and insight from the…

Review calls for changes to special guardianship orders (SGOs) image Article

Posted 06 September 2019

Review calls for changes to special guardianship orders (SGOs)

A recent review commissioned by Nuffield Family Justice Observatory in response to a Court of Appeal call last year is…

Brachers settles £60,000 asbestosis compensation claim in fast turnaround image Article

Posted 05 September 2019

Brachers settles £60,000 asbestosis compensation claim in fast turnaround

Brachers has successfully settled an asbestosis compensation claim for £60,000 on behalf of a Maidstone resident within eight months of instruction.

Four tips for a successful ‘stress at work’ claim image Article

Posted 02 September 2019

Four tips for a successful ‘stress at work’ claim

Employers have a legal duty to take reasonable care for the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees.

Government’s ‘How to Rent’ guidance updated again image Article

Posted 15 August 2019

Government’s ‘How to Rent’ guidance updated again

Less than 10 weeks after the government’s official guidance on renting was updated, it has been amended again.

Keep it in the family: Inheritance disputes and farming families image Article

Posted 06 August 2019

Keep it in the family: Inheritance disputes and farming families

For many farming families, passing the business down through the generations is a key priority, secured via legally binding documents.

Is your school ready for the new RSE curriculum requirements? image Article

Posted 31 July 2019

Is your school ready for the new RSE curriculum requirements?

At the end of June 2019, the DfE published new statutory guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Educations (RSE)…

Safety First: Three tips to avoid legal action image Article

Posted 31 July 2019

Safety First: Three tips to avoid legal action

Those running a land-based business face many challenges, from uncertainty over the future legislation and funding post-Brexit, to the unpredictability…

Meeting the needs of clients with Dementia image Article

Posted 30 July 2019

Meeting the needs of clients with Dementia

Mary Rimmer outlines ways in which law firms can make their work and business more dementia-friendly.

How to seek protection from domestic abuse image Article

Posted 29 July 2019

How to seek protection from domestic abuse

Unfortunately, domestic violence and abuse is more common than you may think, and for those suffering finding a way out…

Civil partnerships to be extended for heterosexual couples image Article

Posted 26 July 2019

Civil partnerships to be extended for heterosexual couples

The government has published a paper setting out how it intends to implement opposite-sex civil partnerships by the end of…

Government’s ‘How to Rent’ guide: are you up-to-date with the changes? image Article

Posted 25 July 2019

Government’s ‘How to Rent’ guide: are you up-to-date with the changes?

The Government recently published a revised version of their guide ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’.

Employee ordered to pay £25,500 fine following data theft offences image Article

Posted 22 July 2019

Employee ordered to pay £25,500 fine following data theft offences

Read how Mr Kasim accessed and sold personal data to claims management companies and how the ICO handled the investigation.

Benefits for the Terminally Ill to be Reviewed image Article

Posted 19 July 2019

Benefits for the Terminally Ill to be Reviewed

The government has announced a review of the benefits system in connection with claimants who are terminally ill, following a…

Brachers support Action Mesothelioma Day for third year image Article

Posted 18 July 2019

Brachers support Action Mesothelioma Day for third year

Brachers was again honoured to host the Action Mesothelioma Day Medway event on 5 July 2019, together with Alan McKenna…

Contractors and IR35 changes webinar image Article

Posted 16 July 2019

Contractors and IR35 changes webinar

What is happening to IR35 rules in 2020 (and has already happened in the public sector)? What should you…

Trending Topic EE fined £100,000 for sending marketing texts without consent image Article

Posted 15 July 2019

EE fined £100,000 for sending marketing texts without consent

The Information Commissioner's Office (“ICO”) has levied a £100,000 fine on mobile network EE for sending direct marketing messages to existing…

Trending Topic Recent data breaches – Make sure your business is prepared image Article

Posted 12 July 2019

Recent data breaches – Make sure your business is prepared

This week the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced substantial proposed fines against airline British Airways and hotel group Marriott International,…

Sharing Facebook picture and impact on employment image Article

Posted 08 July 2019

Sharing Facebook picture and impact on employment

In the recent case of Forbes -v- LHR Airport Ltd the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) held that an employer was not…

Court approves service by WhatsApp in cross-border family dispute image Article

Posted 04 July 2019

Court approves service by WhatsApp in cross-border family dispute

The High Court has approved service of a Court application by the WhatsApp messenger service.

Simplifying planning for the future image Article

Posted 28 June 2019

Simplifying planning for the future

When it comes to planning for the future, protecting your family and assets sit high on the agenda.

Will a recent judgment open the door to more welfare deputyships? image Article

Posted 28 June 2019

Will a recent judgment open the door to more welfare deputyships?

Rosa Monckton and two other families of young adults with learning disabilities have won their test case.

Why a pre-nuptial agreement? image Article

Posted 27 June 2019

Why a pre-nuptial agreement?

Are you finalising wedding plans? There are a few reasons why you may want to consider a pre-nuptial agreement

Holiday pay update: Unlawful deductions and backpay claims image Article

Posted 27 June 2019

Holiday pay update: Unlawful deductions and backpay claims

The law on holiday pay has been through a number of twists and turns in recent years.

Managing stress related absence and mental wellbeing for Education staff image Article

Posted 27 June 2019

Managing stress related absence and mental wellbeing for Education staff

A webinar focusing on best practice and legal requirements when dealing with stress related absence and managing wellbeing in schools.

Personal Independence Payment – Appealing a Decision image Article

Posted 26 June 2019

Personal Independence Payment – Appealing a Decision

Figures released in May 2019 confirm that only 8% of disallowed Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims made during 2017/2018 were…

What happens on completion day? image Article

Posted 21 June 2019

What happens on completion day?

Whilst you are packing your home into a van on completion day, your conveyancer is busy organising the smooth running…

Health and Safety in Agriculture: Protecting yourself and others  image Article

Posted 21 June 2019

Health and Safety in Agriculture: Protecting yourself and others

The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that over the 10 years between 2007 and 2017 almost one person a…

Kent Good Governance Charity Forum Summary 12 June image Article

Posted 18 June 2019

Kent Good Governance Charity Forum Summary 12 June

A round up of the Kent Good Governance Charity Forum that took place on 12 June

Asbestos compensation for diffuse pleural thickening - the engineers story image Client Story

Posted 12 June 2019

Asbestos compensation for diffuse pleural thickening - the engineers story

A successful client story regarding compensation for asbestos exposure

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