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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.

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…

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

Kent businesses confident of future growth despite Brexit uncertainty image Article

Posted 10 June 2019

Kent businesses confident of future growth despite Brexit uncertainty

77% of businesses in a recent poll said they were positive about the prospects for future growth

Employment law changes - preparing for April 2020 image Article

Posted 10 June 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

The latest hot topics in employment law image Article

Posted 04 June 2019

The latest hot topics in employment law

An update on topical issues within employment law

When is the right time to prepare a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney? image Article

Posted 31 May 2019

When is the right time to prepare a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

The importance of preparing an LPA for health and welfare as soon as possible and while in good health.  

Children cases on the rise image Article

Posted 30 May 2019

Children cases on the rise

With an increase in the number of children cases being referred to court, make sure you aware of all the…

How clean should my house be on a sale? image Article

Posted 23 May 2019

How clean should my house be on a sale?

This is a common question and one that I would usually answer with another question; how clean would you like…

How much does probate cost? image Article

Posted 23 May 2019

How much does probate cost?

Plans to increase the cost of probate is currently before parliament.

Discipline and Dismissal Webinar – A Refresher image Article

Posted 15 May 2019

Discipline and Dismissal Webinar – A Refresher

A review of the latest developments in the law, a look at recent law cases and best practice for carrying…

Unsafe cladding to be replaced by £200m Government funding image Article

Posted 10 May 2019

Unsafe cladding to be replaced by £200m Government funding

£200 million Government fund to replace unsafe ACM Cladding on privately owned high rise residential buildings.

Can I sell my house without instructing a solicitor? image Article

Posted 02 May 2019

Can I sell my house without instructing a solicitor?

When selling and buying houses there are a few options available and it is important that you are fully informed…

Sentencing Council data confirms increase in penalties for Health and Safety Offences image Article

Posted 01 May 2019

Sentencing Council data confirms increase in penalties for Health and Safety Offences

It has now been three years since the coming into effect of the Sentencing Council guidelines on the sentencing of…

Removal of Agricultural Occupancy Condition image Article

Posted 24 April 2019

Removal of Agricultural Occupancy Condition

A recent appeal decision from the Planning Inspectorate has demonstrated how it can be possible for an Agricultural Occupancy Conditions to be…

Trending Topic The education sector and data protection image Article

Posted 11 April 2019

The education sector and data protection

Following the School and Academies Show, we thought that it would be helpful to share some helpful tips and advice…

Renewed call for reform of law on psychiatric injury image Article

Posted 10 April 2019

Renewed call for reform of law on psychiatric injury

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) continues to press for urgent reform of the law on psychiatric injury to enable…

Changes to divorce law to end the blame game image Article

Posted 09 April 2019

Changes to divorce law to end the blame game

Couples no longer need to blame each other in order to get divorced

Is arbitration the future when resolving family disputes? image Article

Posted 08 April 2019

Is arbitration the future when resolving family disputes?

Family arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution method to the court process that couples can use to reach an agreement…

Higher Divorce Settlements in England vs Italy? Have your Cake and Eat it image Article

Posted 04 April 2019

Higher Divorce Settlements in England vs Italy? Have your Cake and Eat it

The law in relation to divorce settlements can vary from country to country, our experienced solicitors are on hand to…

Employment Law Update: April 2019 image Article

Posted 01 April 2019

Employment Law Update: April 2019

With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, it would be easy to forget the upcoming changes to employment law, however employers…

CAFCASS guidance published on parental alienation image Article

Posted 28 March 2019

CAFCASS guidance published on parental alienation

There is no question that the breakdown of a family relationship will impact on children of the family, regardless of…

A pub promise image Article

Posted 25 March 2019

A pub promise

Andrew Horn, a successful businessman, has been refused leave to appeal against his former partner’s award of an equal share in…

The millennial workplace image Article

Posted 22 March 2019

The millennial workplace

Research from Manpower titled ‘Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision’ estimated that by 2020 a third of the global workforce will be millennials.

Are you considering hiring an apprentice? image Article

Posted 20 March 2019

Are you considering hiring an apprentice?

Employers can benefit in many different ways from employing apprentices. The introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the move to…

Kent Good Governance Charity Forum Summary 5 Feb 2019 image Article

Posted 10 March 2019

Kent Good Governance Charity Forum Summary 5 Feb 2019

A round up of the Kent Good Governance Charity Forum that took place on 5 Feb 2019

Protecting your business against invoice fraud image Article

Posted 07 March 2019

Protecting your business against invoice fraud

Is your business aware of a potential threat which could severely impact on your cash flow through no wrong doing…

Teacher recruitment and retention image Article

Posted 04 March 2019

Teacher recruitment and retention

Teachers endure greater job-related stress than other professionals according to a recent report published by the National Foundation for Educational…

Probate fees update image Article

Posted 01 March 2019

Probate fees update

A reminder for all executors to try and ensure that their probate application is submitted in a timely fashion to…

Passing the torch: Is now the time to gift the family farm? image Article

Posted 28 February 2019

Passing the torch: Is now the time to gift the family farm?

The question of when to pass down the family farm to the next generation is often a difficult one to answer.

Could the Forfeiture Act stop you from inheriting? image Article

Posted 27 February 2019

Could the Forfeiture Act stop you from inheriting?

Since the 1980s, it has been the law that you cannot benefit from someone’s estate if you contributed to their death.

Top Tips on Avoiding Employment Tribunal Claims image Article

Posted 26 February 2019

Top Tips on Avoiding Employment Tribunal Claims

Practical guidance and advice to help managers reduce the risk of employment tribunal claims

“This time next year Rodney, we’ll be millionaires” image Article

Posted 18 February 2019

“This time next year Rodney, we’ll be millionaires”

Del Boy isn’t alone in his wealth as according to a piece of research undertaken by the Times one in five…

Faith schools and Religious Discrimination image Article

Posted 18 February 2019

Faith schools and Religious Discrimination

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an Orthodox nursery did not commit an act of religious discrimination by…

How best to protect your business against insolvent debtors image Article

Posted 18 February 2019

How best to protect your business against insolvent debtors

Insolvency statistics for 2018 record that, for the first time since 2014, the number of people going bankrupt increased.

Carer’s Allowance image Article

Posted 18 February 2019

Carer’s Allowance

Many people caring for someone with substantial care needs are unaware they can claim carer’s allowance if they are over 16…

New Acas guidance on Age Discrimination image Article

Posted 18 February 2019

New Acas guidance on Age Discrimination

The latest guidance on age discrimination to help employers and line managers manage an age diverse workforce.

Taxman 9 - Taxpayer 8 image Article

Posted 18 February 2019

Taxman 9 - Taxpayer 8

If it were a football match it would have been a great game …

National Sickie Day 2019 image Article

Posted 04 February 2019

National Sickie Day 2019

Whether short or long term, staff absence hits businesses hard.

How to Manage Subject Access Requests image Article

Posted 04 February 2019

How to Manage Subject Access Requests

Advice for GPs on managing subject access requests under GDPR

Trending Topic Brexit frustrations boil over: European Medicines Agency claim against Canary Wharf image Article

Posted 30 January 2019

Brexit frustrations boil over: European Medicines Agency claim against Canary Wharf

A landmark case puts Brexit into consideration as a frustrating event

Trending Topic Data Protection and a ‘No Deal’ Brexit  image Article

Posted 30 January 2019

Data Protection and a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

New guidance for businesses to ensure the free flow of personal data in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Trending Topic Cybercrime: Is your business protected? image Article

Posted 28 January 2019

Cybercrime: Is your business protected?

Cybercrime is no longer just an issue for IT professionals, it’s something everyone needs to be aware of.

Protecting business through effective credit control image Article

Posted 25 January 2019

Protecting business through effective credit control

Following the news of Patisserie Valerie falling into administration, how can credit control processes protect your business from a similar fate?

New Year, New Beginnings image Article

Posted 24 January 2019

New Year, New Beginnings

With many misconceptions around, it's important to get legal advice if you are moving on from relationships

Changes to Pension Credit image Article

Posted 18 January 2019

Changes to Pension Credit

Announcement by the DWP could have detrimental effect for new pensioners with partners of working age.

Managing Child Safeguarding Allegations in Education image Article

Posted 16 January 2019

Managing Child Safeguarding Allegations in Education

A webinar on best practice and legal requirements in dealing with child safeguarding incidents and concerns involving staff.

The future of farming: keeping divorce out of the courts image Article

Posted 15 January 2019

The future of farming: keeping divorce out of the courts

Divorce within farming has unique complexities that require professional advice

The future of farming is unknown image Article

Posted 15 January 2019

The future of farming is unknown

Take steps to protect the foundations and gain back control

Inspirational new year resolutions image Article

Posted 14 January 2019

Inspirational new year resolutions

Are you looking for new year resolution inspiration? Our resolution ideas will set you up for the year ahead

Good work plan update - future changes to employment law image Article

Posted 14 January 2019

Good work plan update - future changes to employment law

The Government has committed in the 'Good Work Plan' that it will legislate to make all work 'fair and decent'...

An update on rising probate fees image Article

Posted 10 January 2019

An update on rising probate fees

News on recent probate fees changes and what you need to do in case they become law in April 2019.…

Handling Difficult Conversations image Article

Posted 09 January 2019

Handling Difficult Conversations

A webinar on dealing with difficult conversations that may arise with employees in the work place.

Narrowing the scope of Employment Tribunal litigation image Article

Posted 03 January 2019

Narrowing the scope of Employment Tribunal litigation

The benefits of proper legal advice when dealing with a litigant in person

Trustees now able to challenge the validity of a notice when issued with a penalty image Article

Posted 19 December 2018

Trustees now able to challenge the validity of a notice when issued with a penalty

The outcome of a recent court case means trustees can now challenge the validity of a notice when issued with…

Child arrangements at Christmas image Article

Posted 13 December 2018

Child arrangements at Christmas

Whilst Christmas is traditionally a time for families to spend time together, children of separated parents can find this a…

All you need to know about giving tax efficiently this Christmas image Article

Posted 13 December 2018

All you need to know about giving tax efficiently this Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly and for many, that includes giving money to loved ones at Christmas and, without sounding…

Ant and Oh Heck image Article

Posted 13 December 2018

Ant and Oh Heck

The break-up and custody battle of Ant and Lisa McPartlin might have been hitting the headlines this year - but…

Father Christmas has an LPA - why shouldn’t you? image Article

Posted 13 December 2018

Father Christmas has an LPA - why shouldn’t you?

Take a leaf out of Father Christmas' book this season and speak to your loved ones, family and friends to…

Trending Topic GDPR - six months on image Article

Posted 07 December 2018

GDPR - six months on

With potential fines of up to €20,000,000 or 4% of annual worldwide turnover for breach of the GDPR, the stakes are…

Where are we likely to see an increase in employment claims in the next year? image Article

Posted 07 December 2018

Where are we likely to see an increase in employment claims in the next year?

Sarah Wimsett takes a look at what to expect from employment claims in 2019 - where are we likely to…

Pitfalls of using online divorce petition image Article

Posted 07 December 2018

Pitfalls of using online divorce petition

Whilst issuing divorce proceedings online may be considered a cheaper option and improves access to the judicial system for many,…

Tax returns for life interest trusts where income is mandated image Article

Posted 06 December 2018

Tax returns for life interest trusts where income is mandated

Welcome news for trustees who can now challenge the validity of a notice when issued with a penalty in particular cases.

Is it better to settle or fight an employment tribunal claim? image Article

Posted 27 November 2018

Is it better to settle or fight an employment tribunal claim?

Is it better to settle or to fight an employment tribunal claim and, if you are going to defend the…

Good Divorce Week image Article

Posted 26 November 2018

Good Divorce Week

Our Family Team are supporting this year’s Resolution’s awareness campaign, ‘Good Divorce Week’. The aim of the campaign is to promote the…

Benefit entitlements for disabled people - Attendance Allowance image Article

Posted 12 November 2018

Benefit entitlements for disabled people - Attendance Allowance

Earlier this year (2018) it was reported that there has been a fall of more than 22% in the number…

Tax warning for separating spouses image Article

Posted 09 November 2018

Tax warning for separating spouses

From April 2020 separating spouses will have to carefully consider the financial implications of moving out of the family home…

Probate fee increase…the good, the bad and the controversial image Article

Posted 06 November 2018

Probate fee increase…the good, the bad and the controversial

The Government has confirmed that they will be resurrecting their plans to increase the Probate Court fee. These controversial proposals…

The future of farming: Adapting to a changing environment image Article

Posted 01 November 2018

The future of farming: Adapting to a changing environment

The importance of farming in the UK is particularly highlighted this year given the UK’s impending exit from the European Union.…

What does the budget mean for employment? image Article

Posted 31 October 2018

What does the budget mean for employment?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his budget to parliament on 29 October 2018. Employment is at a near record…

The misconception that married couples do not need a will image Article

Posted 25 October 2018

The misconception that married couples do not need a will

There is often a misconception with married couples that wills are not needed as everything will pass to the surviving…

Access to family courts has been granted to legal bloggers image Article

Posted 19 October 2018

Access to family courts has been granted to legal bloggers

A pilot scheme, pioneered by the Transparency Project, has been launched to allow certain lawyers to attend family proceedings to…

Who’s liable? Employer or employee? image Article

Posted 17 October 2018

Who’s liable? Employer or employee?

Employer found liable for the actions of their employee when a Christmas after-party fight left another employee brain damaged.

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