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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.

Employees may have longer to bring tribunal claims image Article

Posted 16 October 2018

Employees may have longer to bring tribunal claims

The Law Commission is considering extending the time limit allowed for tribunal claims to be submitted. Claims for unfair dismissal…

Top 5 considerations for establishing a successful farm-based wedding venue image Article

Posted 15 October 2018

Top 5 considerations for establishing a successful farm-based wedding venue

More and more we are seeing agricultural business owners choosing to either diversify or start afresh by getting into the…

Employment Tribunal Statistics 2018 image Article

Posted 15 October 2018

Employment Tribunal Statistics 2018

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

Mental health in the workplace: Active vs reactive image Article

Posted 12 October 2018

Mental health in the workplace: Active vs reactive

How can employers support good mental health in the workplace?

The importance of parental responsibility for grandparents image Article

Posted 12 October 2018

The importance of parental responsibility for grandparents

A review of the options available to a grandparent who takes care of a grandchild in place of a parent.

The importance of a Health and Welfare lasting power of attorney image Article

Posted 12 October 2018

The importance of a Health and Welfare lasting power of attorney

A recent Court of Protection ruling regarding treatment for a man suffering with 'mad cow disease' highlights why a health…

Employment law: Effective investigations FAQs image Article

Posted 12 October 2018

Employment law: Effective investigations FAQs

Prime Minister announces change to law for mixed-sex couples  image Article

Posted 03 October 2018

Prime Minister announces change to law for mixed-sex couples

Rhia Davis considers the announcement that all couples in England and Wales will be able to enter into a Civil…

The comfort in preparing a lasting power of attorney image Article

Posted 28 September 2018

The comfort in preparing a lasting power of attorney

A recent case demonstrates the comfort preparing a lasting power of attorney can have in the most distressing of situations.…

Ensuring the Gender Pay Gap campaign succeeds image Article

Posted 25 September 2018

Ensuring the Gender Pay Gap campaign succeeds

In January, I discussed the trends we are seeing in the gender pay gap and what it can mean for…

The life cycle of debt image Article

Posted 24 September 2018

The life cycle of debt

With the uncertain future we are facing it has never been more important to carry out a health check on…

My word is my bond? image Article

Posted 19 September 2018

My word is my bond?

Whilst a gentleman’s agreement or a promise that ‘my word is my bond’ might have been enough of an assurance for both…

Call to scrap Inheritance Tax and replace with a gift tax image Article

Posted 14 September 2018

Call to scrap Inheritance Tax and replace with a gift tax

The Commission for Economic Justice are calling for IHT to be scrapped altogether and replaced with a gift tax. The…

Son given authority to gift himself £6 million by Court of Protection image Article

Posted 14 September 2018

Son given authority to gift himself £6 million by Court of Protection

In a recent case, the Court of Protection has granted an attorney’s application to make a gift from his mother (P)…

Mesothelioma compensation - Sea King aircraft engineers warned of asbestos risks image Article

Posted 13 September 2018

Mesothelioma compensation - Sea King aircraft engineers warned of asbestos risks

Jeremy Horton reviews the recent case of asbestos risk in those working on Sea King helicopters.

Why making a will or lasting power of attorney is important at every age image Article

Posted 07 September 2018

Why making a will or lasting power of attorney is important at every age

A recent case in which a 30 year old mother sadly died through terminal illness has highlighted the importance of…

NHS continuing healthcare funding image Article

Posted 07 September 2018

NHS continuing healthcare funding

New framework introduced for NHS continuing healthcare funding aims to reduce problems previously experienced by those with ongoing healthcare needs.…

What you need to know if giving a reference - new guidance released image Article

Posted 06 September 2018

What you need to know if giving a reference - new guidance released

In a competitive job market, it is important that employers are aware of their obligations in regards to the giving…

Can an employer be liable for the acts of third party contractors? image Article

Posted 31 August 2018

Can an employer be liable for the acts of third party contractors?

It has long been established that an employer can be liable for the wrongs committed by one of their employees.…

ACAS Annual Report: Employment tribunal claims on the rise image Article

Posted 30 August 2018

ACAS Annual Report: Employment tribunal claims on the rise

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has published its annual report for 2017-2018, and it makes for interesting reading.…

Supreme Court radical ruling on withdrawal of CANH image Article

Posted 21 August 2018

Supreme Court radical ruling on withdrawal of CANH

On 30 July the Supreme Court gave an important judgment making it clear that it is not a legal obligation…

Bawa-Garba Decision - Medical manslaughter and GMC Powers image Article

Posted 14 August 2018

Bawa-Garba Decision - Medical manslaughter and GMC Powers

The much publicised Court of Appeal decision (13 August) is that suspension not erasure for Dr Bawa-Garba is the appropriate…

Trust given substantial fine for Health and Safety breach image Article

Posted 14 August 2018

Trust given substantial fine for Health and Safety breach

Southern Health NHS FT has been fined £2m at Oxford Crown Court for 2 offences under S.3 (1) HSWA 1974 arising…

Coroner’s Court radical judgment – burden of proof on suicide changed image Article

Posted 13 August 2018

Coroner’s Court radical judgment – burden of proof on suicide changed

In R (Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner Oxfordshire 2018 the Court dismissed J’s brother’s review and held that there was nothing…

Removal of Agricultural occupancy conditions image Article

Posted 07 August 2018

Removal of Agricultural occupancy conditions

Agricultural occupancy conditions, know as AOC’s, affect a great number of properties in rural areas. They have the effect of restricting…

Coroner’s Court - trends from the Annual Chief Coroner and Statistics Reports image Article

Posted 06 August 2018

Coroner’s Court - trends from the Annual Chief Coroner and Statistics Reports

These 2 annual reports contain some interesting developments on what is currently going on in the coroner courts nationally but…

Mills v Mills – Supreme Court ruling against an increase of spousal maintenance image Article

Posted 02 August 2018

Mills v Mills – Supreme Court ruling against an increase of spousal maintenance

The Supreme Court has ruled that a divorced husband should not have to increase maintenance payments to his former wife…

The importance of witness statements - a stark reminder  image Article

Posted 01 August 2018

The importance of witness statements - a stark reminder

Duncan Harrop v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 2018 is a timely reminder of the importance of covering…

Cohabitation – the fastest growing family type in the UK image Article

Posted 01 August 2018

Cohabitation – the fastest growing family type in the UK

In 2016 there were 3.3m cohabiting couples or around 6.6million cohabiting adults. This is officially the fastest growing family type,…

Landmark ruling by Supreme Court on life sustaining treatment image Article

Posted 01 August 2018

Landmark ruling by Supreme Court on life sustaining treatment

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court have ruled that Judges will no longer need to be consulted when doctors…

No win, no fee - what does it mean? image Article

Posted 01 August 2018

No win, no fee - what does it mean?

Owens v Owens highlights the need to reform divorce law image Article

Posted 25 July 2018

Owens v Owens highlights the need to reform divorce law

The Owens v Owens ruling emphasises the need for parliament to urgently reform the law governing divorce in England and Wales.

GDPR is here…the healthcare journey has only just begun  image Article

Posted 25 July 2018

GDPR is here…the healthcare journey has only just begun

The much heralded GDPR Day on 25 May has come and gone with Information Governance managers getting to grips with…

Updates to ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ guide image Article

Posted 18 July 2018

Updates to ‘How to rent: the checklist for renting in England’ guide

The Government has published a revised version of their guide “How to rent: The checklist for renting in England” with effect…

Working in a heatwave – what employers need to know image Article

Posted 17 July 2018

Working in a heatwave – what employers need to know

With the announcement of the hosepipe ban and temperatures continuing to rise across most of the UK, the 2018 heatwave…

Gangmasters: Protecting your business and your workers image Article

Posted 16 July 2018

Gangmasters: Protecting your business and your workers

The Gangmasters (Licencing) Act 2004 was introduced to regulate businesses providing or receiving workers in the fresh produce industry and…

Trending Topic £500,000 fine for data protection breaches intended for Facebook image Article

Posted 13 July 2018

£500,000 fine for data protection breaches intended for Facebook

Facebook fine highlights the reputational and economical risks a business faces if it doesn’t comply with data protection legislation. Solicitor Sarah…

Divorce in farming families image Article

Posted 13 July 2018

Divorce in farming families

Dealing with the division of assets following the breakdown of marriage is often far from straightforward; however, where divorce occurs…

Charity suspects persistent misuse of Non-molestation Orders image Article

Posted 05 July 2018

Charity suspects persistent misuse of Non-molestation Orders

A leading parenting charity, Families Need Fathers, has reported new figures demonstrate a 30% rise in Non-molestation Orders being granted…

The relationship between health and welfare LPAs and assisted suicide image Article

Posted 02 July 2018

The relationship between health and welfare LPAs and assisted suicide

Assisted suicide forms a controversial and complicated debate, with some saying choosing when to end your life is dying with…

Opposite-sex couple win legal battle on civil partnership case image Article

Posted 29 June 2018

Opposite-sex couple win legal battle on civil partnership case

An opposite-sex couple have won a legal battle at the UK’s highest court, the Supreme Court, as five Justices yesterday ruled…

Government respond to ‘Fathers and the workplace’ report image Article

Posted 29 June 2018

Government respond to ‘Fathers and the workplace’ report

Louise Brenlund summarises the Government's response to the 'Fathers and the workplace' report published in March 2018 calling for new…

Exploring the benefits of trusts in divorce image Article

Posted 28 June 2018

Exploring the benefits of trusts in divorce

Cornelia Fennings discusses the potential benefits of protecting assets within a trust from the repercussions of divorce and explores the…

Inheritance Tax refunds (loss relief) - reminder for executors image Article

Posted 26 June 2018

Inheritance Tax refunds (loss relief) - reminder for executors

The Telegraph has reported that nearly 15,000 executors applied for Inheritance Tax (IHT) refunds known as loss relief because properties…

The growing use of arbitration in family law image Article

Posted 26 June 2018

The growing use of arbitration in family law

Few people are aware of arbitration and the role it may play in resolving financial matters resulting from a relationship…

Benefit entitlements for disabled people – Personal Independence Payments image Article

Posted 22 June 2018

Benefit entitlements for disabled people – Personal Independence Payments

Disability benefits are supposed to be there to improve an individual’s quality of life, but it's not always easy or straightforward…

Trending Topic Data breach puts GDPR back in the headlines image Article

Posted 15 June 2018

Data breach puts GDPR back in the headlines

Less than a month since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, we are already seeing reports of…

Supreme Court decision on worker status image Article

Posted 15 June 2018

Supreme Court decision on worker status

The much anticipated Supreme Court judgement was handed down on Wednesday in the case of Pimlico Plumbers v Smith, concluding…

When ‘I do’ becomes ‘I don’t’ - Protecting your assets pre and post nuptials image Article

Posted 13 June 2018

When ‘I do’ becomes ‘I don’t’ - Protecting your assets pre and post nuptials

As the wedding season approaches, while much thought will inevitably be spent planning those finer details people often overlook the…

Power of Attorney - it’s never too early to prepare image Article

Posted 13 June 2018

Power of Attorney - it’s never too early to prepare

In a recent post by the Financial Times Adviser, it appears that as many as 345,000 people in retirement do…

The World Cup - an Employer’s Survival Guide image Article

Posted 13 June 2018

The World Cup - an Employer’s Survival Guide

The 2018 World Cup is almost upon us and as with any major sporting event, there will be issues for…

Property Alert Service image Article

Posted 08 June 2018

Property Alert Service

In response to the recent increase in Property Fraud, whereby fraudsters have been able to pose as the legal owners,…

The MEES Regulations - Energy efficiency in Private Rented Property image Article

Posted 05 June 2018

The MEES Regulations - Energy efficiency in Private Rented Property

Ben Gallafant discusses the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations and what landlords need to do to stay compliant

Things to consider after your wedding image Article

Posted 31 May 2018

Things to consider after your wedding

Following the recent celebrations for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, many are still talking about Meghan’s dress, the Royal…

Survey launched on Inheritance Tax to simplify regime image Article

Posted 29 May 2018

Survey launched on Inheritance Tax to simplify regime

The Office of Tax Simplification (who give independent advice to the government about the UK tax system) has launched a…

IHT has reached an all-time high image Article

Posted 28 May 2018

IHT has reached an all-time high

The payment of Inheritance Tax (IHT) has reached an all-time high of £5.2bn in 2017/18, an increase of £400m on the…

Trending Topic Does the processing of children’s data require particular protection under the GDPR? image Article

Posted 22 May 2018

Does the processing of children’s data require particular protection under the GDPR?

The short answer to this question is that yes it does, particularly as children are going to be less aware…

Trending Topic GDPR - How can we help? image Article

Posted 15 May 2018

GDPR - How can we help?

Compliance with GDPR is challenging and in order to simplify the process - whether you're a large organisation, micro business…

Debating the issue of contact for grandparents image Article

Posted 10 May 2018

Debating the issue of contact for grandparents

A recent debate in the House of Commons has seen cross-party support for a change in the law surrounding contact…

Does silence result in acceptance? image Article

Posted 08 May 2018

Does silence result in acceptance?

Employers must be very careful when making variation to employee contracts as seen in the case of Nottingham City Council.

Renewable Energy: Opportunities and considerations image Article

Posted 03 May 2018

Renewable Energy: Opportunities and considerations

As South East Farmer reported earlier this year, plans are currently underway for a colossal solar park on farmland located…

Ensuring legal compliance when turning buildings into assets image Article

Posted 03 May 2018

Ensuring legal compliance when turning buildings into assets

Brachers have had the pleasure of acting for the Frasers on a number of occasions over the years, helping with…

‘Ruff’ justice: How effective are covenants against pets in leases? image Article

Posted 25 April 2018

‘Ruff’ justice: How effective are covenants against pets in leases?

Covenants against pets in leases are incredibly common. This case sheds some light on the obligations of freeholders in considering…

What you need to know about the new tax year image Article

Posted 23 April 2018

What you need to know about the new tax year

Amy Lane gives her top tips on things to note in this new financial year...

Continuing need for change in law regarding bereavement damages for couples living together image Article

Posted 19 April 2018

Continuing need for change in law regarding bereavement damages for couples living together

Current law determining a person's entitlement to bereavement damages needs changing. Many people are unable to claim their entitlement under…

Brachers’ Personal Affairs team image Article

Posted 13 April 2018

Brachers’ Personal Affairs team

We can sometimes find it difficult to cope with our personal affairs in the way we used to and not…

Failure to give a male employee enhanced shared parental pay is not discriminatory image Article

Posted 13 April 2018

Failure to give a male employee enhanced shared parental pay is not discriminatory

The EAT overturned the ET decision that found a male employee discriminated against due to his sex on the basis…

Trending Topic Specialist financial remedy courts image Article

Posted 13 April 2018

Specialist financial remedy courts

The president of the family division Sir James Munby recently proposed the introduction of specialist financial remedy courts. Mei-Ling McNab…

Tax change to Notice Pay comes into force image Article

Posted 06 April 2018

Tax change to Notice Pay comes into force

From today, 6 April 2018, new rules around payments in lieu of notice come into force.

What amounts to provision, criteria or practice in an Employment Tribunal claim? image Article

Posted 05 April 2018

What amounts to provision, criteria or practice in an Employment Tribunal claim?

It has been held in United First Partners Research v Carreras that a requirement to work long hours does not…

Leasing of land: Get your affairs in order to avoid a legal quagmire image Article

Posted 04 April 2018

Leasing of land: Get your affairs in order to avoid a legal quagmire

When it comes to the leasing of land, matters can get very complex if the parties involved do not put…

Trending Topic One year to go until Brexit image Article

Posted 29 March 2018

One year to go until Brexit

Today marks exactly a year until the United Kingdom is expected to formally leave the European Union. The exit will…

Annual Increase in Tribunal Awards image Article

Posted 29 March 2018

Annual Increase in Tribunal Awards

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 will implement this year’s increase in maximum and minimum Tribunal awards on 6…

Tax on termination payments - how are settlement agreements going to be affected? image Article

Posted 27 March 2018

Tax on termination payments - how are settlement agreements going to be affected?

If you're intending to give an employee a settlement agreement, and both the last day of their employment and the…

Head teacher’s failure to disclose relationship justified dismissal image Article

Posted 23 March 2018

Head teacher’s failure to disclose relationship justified dismissal

The Supreme Court has rejected a head teacher's claim of unfair dismissal and held that failure to disclose her relationship…

What to consider before the end of the tax year? image Article

Posted 21 March 2018

What to consider before the end of the tax year?

In the approach to the end of the tax year, it is important to take advantage of allowances available to…

Is it true that employers shun stay at home parents? image Article

Posted 21 March 2018

Is it true that employers shun stay at home parents?

Louise Brenlund considers the latest research suggesting stay-at-home parents returning to the workplace are half as likely to receive call…

Trending Topic Law Commission’s outline of next steps after will review image Article

Posted 20 March 2018

Law Commission’s outline of next steps after will review

The Law Commission’s consultation on wills closed in November and a number of issues were raised: Capacity to make a will,…

New Employment Tribunal Statistics image Article

Posted 20 March 2018

New Employment Tribunal Statistics

Provisional employment tribunal statistics have been published by the Ministry of Justice for October to December 2017. These provide the…

Trending Topic The Data Protection Fee image Article

Posted 20 March 2018

The Data Protection Fee

To coincide with the GDPR coming into effect on 25 May 2018 organisations that control data must pay the ICO…

Trending Topic Law Commission to consider reform programme about funerals image Article

Posted 19 March 2018

Law Commission to consider reform programme about funerals

The Law Commission has recently announced that it will be considering a reform programme about the disposal of bodies and…

Trending Topic Brexit Strategy – anticipating the unknown in farming and agriculture image Article

Posted 15 March 2018

Brexit Strategy – anticipating the unknown in farming and agriculture

Brexit represents a huge catalyst for change in all sectors, not least in farming and agriculture. The start of…

A second bite of the cherry: Deeds of Variation and post-death estate planning image Article

Posted 14 March 2018

A second bite of the cherry: Deeds of Variation and post-death estate planning

As the beneficiary of an estate, what can be done if it becomes apparent that it would be better to…

Trending Topic GDPR - Guidance for Marketing image Article

Posted 08 March 2018

GDPR - Guidance for Marketing

A common concern with the forthcoming GDPR is the impact it will have on businesses’ marketing activities. Many businesses are unsure…

Trending Topic Government considers implementing changes to civil partnerships image Article

Posted 07 March 2018

Government considers implementing changes to civil partnerships

The government is currently consulting on a review of civil partnerships following the Private Members’ Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill.

Trending Topic Does conduct play a part in the financial proceedings on divorce? image Article

Posted 05 March 2018

Does conduct play a part in the financial proceedings on divorce?

Conduct is a specific factor that the Courts can take into account when making a financial award in financial proceedings…

Age discrimination in the judiciary image Article

Posted 28 February 2018

Age discrimination in the judiciary

The recent case of Lord Chancellor v McCloud highlighted the unique provisions of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to…

What are the benefits to acquiring the freehold of your property? image Article

Posted 26 February 2018

What are the benefits to acquiring the freehold of your property?

Not the right time to sell your flat? Perhaps acquiring the freehold would better suit you. Kate Hawken discusses the benefits...

New Court of Appeal mesothelioma case - exorcising an asbestos ghost but resurrecting an old spirit image Article

Posted 26 February 2018

New Court of Appeal mesothelioma case - exorcising an asbestos ghost but resurrecting an old spirit

The Court of Appeal has just brought very welcome news to many mesothelioma & asbestos disease victims & their families.…

Discrimination Time Limits: Continuing Acts  image Article

Posted 26 February 2018

Discrimination Time Limits: Continuing Acts

Interesting decision on discrimination and the time limit for bringing claims in the case of Hale v Brighton and Sussex…

Reassuringly expensive: Court of Appeal rules on residential leasehold premiums image Article

Posted 20 February 2018

Reassuringly expensive: Court of Appeal rules on residential leasehold premiums

It seems landlords of residential long-leasehold properties can rest easy following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Mundy v Sloane Stanley…

Trending Topic Billionaire challenges divorce settlement image Article

Posted 19 February 2018

Billionaire challenges divorce settlement

Russian oil billionaire is seeking to appeal against an order that he pay his former wife £453m. It is believed that…

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