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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…

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…

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…

The removal of Tribunal Fees – what’s next? image Article

Posted 06 February 2018

The removal of Tribunal Fees – what’s next?

Six months ago it was decided that employment tribunal fees were unlawful. The impact of this decision is yet to…

Mesothelioma Diagnosis - what happens next? image Article

Posted 02 February 2018

Mesothelioma Diagnosis - what happens next?

Jeremy Horton gives guidance on how to approach legal support through challenging times following a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Trending Topic Power of attorney refund scheme image Article

Posted 02 February 2018

Power of attorney refund scheme

The Ministry of Justice has launched a scheme which entitles certain people to a refund on the court registration fee.…

Non-molestation orders and occupation orders image Article

Posted 26 January 2018

Non-molestation orders and occupation orders

Non-molestation and occupation orders are known as injunctions. They are applied for in the family courts and can help protect…

Gender Pay Gap and Equal Pay image Article

Posted 23 January 2018

Gender Pay Gap and Equal Pay

Both gender pay gap reporting and equal pay are currently receiving a lot of media attention. It is important to…

Trending Topic Updated guidance on GDPR consent image Article

Posted 19 January 2018

Updated guidance on GDPR consent

What guidance do we have on the issue of consent under the GDPR?

Is there a threat to agricultural and business reliefs? image Article

Posted 17 January 2018

Is there a threat to agricultural and business reliefs?

HMRC published a paper last year (2017) about Inheritance Tax reliefs and exemptions which affect estate planning matters, particularly related…

Divorce Day - what is it? image Article

Posted 08 January 2018

Divorce Day - what is it?

The holidays are often a tricky time for couples whose relationships have been under pressure for some time. Together with…

Trending Topic What to expect in Employment Law in 2018 and how to prepare? image Article

Posted 20 December 2017

What to expect in Employment Law in 2018 and how to prepare?

We discuss the proposed future changes within the employment sector and how your business can prepare for 2018.

NHSR Cerebral Palsy Report – the good news and the bad news image Article

Posted 11 December 2017

NHSR Cerebral Palsy Report – the good news and the bad news

The report of Michael Magro is a thematic review of NHSR data for the past five years starts on a…

Group Action Pending – “Sling the mesh” image Article

Posted 08 December 2017

Group Action Pending – “Sling the mesh”

A City Law Firm is co-ordinating the first large group action on behalf of over 200 women who claim they…

Trending Topic GDPR - the myth about consent image Article

Posted 06 December 2017

GDPR - the myth about consent

We consider the new requirements for consent and consider the other lawful bases on which processing personal data can be…

Trending Topic GDPR - Transferring data overseas image Article

Posted 04 December 2017

GDPR - Transferring data overseas

As with the Data Protection Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) imposes restrictions on the transfer of personal data to…

Occupational asthma compensation claims from vehicle diesel fumes - the new asbestos? image Article

Posted 26 November 2017

Occupational asthma compensation claims from vehicle diesel fumes - the new asbestos?

Compensation claims are growing for illness and disease caused by diesel fumes, like occupational asthma. Britain’s biggest union, Unite, has warned…

Further decision on whistleblowing “public interest” test image Article

Posted 23 November 2017

Further decision on whistleblowing “public interest” test

The EAT has overturned a previous Employment Tribunal decision and held that a complaint about an individual’s cramped working conditions could…

Autumn Budget 2017 image Article

Posted 22 November 2017

Autumn Budget 2017

Below is a high-level summary of some of the key takeaways delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the 2017 autumn…

Trending Topic GDPR - Data Subjects’ rights image Article

Posted 21 November 2017

GDPR - Data Subjects’ rights

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) provides some new rights for individuals and strengthens some of the rights that currently exist…

Trending Topic Law Society backs alternative Wills image Article

Posted 17 November 2017

Law Society backs alternative Wills

Last week, the Law Society backed alternative Wills being considered by the Law Commission saying that the court should recognise people’s…

ISAs - favourable treatment in estate administration image Article

Posted 17 November 2017

ISAs - favourable treatment in estate administration

From April 2018, ISAs will continue to retain their tax-exempt status during the period of estate administration - maintaining the…

Coroner’s Court Reform: Medical Examiners (MEs) system from April 2019 image Article

Posted 15 November 2017

Coroner’s Court Reform: Medical Examiners (MEs) system from April 2019

The long awaited ME reforms envisaged in the 2009 Crown and Justice Act will now commence in April 2019. The…

Learning from Deaths - are you ready for LfD? image Article

Posted 14 November 2017

Learning from Deaths - are you ready for LfD?

The “Learning from Deaths” (LfD) framework should now be well advanced.

When do you need to go to Court to justify withdrawing treatment? image Article

Posted 14 November 2017

When do you need to go to Court to justify withdrawing treatment?

The case of M (Withdrawal of Treatment) 2017: is a landmark case. It was generally accepted until recently that decisions…

Recovery of child maintenance arrears - are the changes sufficient? image Article

Posted 13 November 2017

Recovery of child maintenance arrears - are the changes sufficient?

The Government has recently published its response to the Department for Work & Pensions’ consultation on plans to increase the recovery…

Trending Topic Data Protection 2017 - the GDPR clock is ticking! image Article

Posted 13 November 2017

Data Protection 2017 - the GDPR clock is ticking!

The framework of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been well publicised and will come into effect on 25…

CQC and HSE Developments - Sentencing the 1/3 rule survives image Article

Posted 09 November 2017

CQC and HSE Developments - Sentencing the 1/3 rule survives

Not surprisingly it seems the CQC are following the HSE lead in relation to prosecution of offences but what are…

Consent after Montgomery - it’s a changed landscape image Article

Posted 08 November 2017

Consent after Montgomery - it’s a changed landscape

Following Montgomery in 2015 there has been a whole raft of case law which has followed the new “material risk” principles…

Local news: Golding Homes builds new homes on disused garage sites image Article

Posted 08 November 2017

Local news: Golding Homes builds new homes on disused garage sites

Best interests for children – who decides the Parents, the Doctors or the Courts? image Article

Posted 07 November 2017

Best interests for children – who decides the Parents, the Doctors or the Courts?

The recent well publicised Charlie Gard matter brought into focus the tensions and conflicts which can occur when parents and…

Trending Topic Time for a change? Updating the law of wills image Article

Posted 07 November 2017

Time for a change? Updating the law of wills

It is estimated that around 40% of the adult population die without a will ultimately meaning that many individuals will…

What can employers do to better support employees with mental health at work? image Article

Posted 07 November 2017

What can employers do to better support employees with mental health at work?

On 26 October 2017, an independent review, “Thriving at Work”, was published by Stevenson and Farmer looking at what employers can do…

Trump’s ambition to scrap Inheritance Tax in America image Article

Posted 07 November 2017

Trump’s ambition to scrap Inheritance Tax in America

Donald Trump’s ambition is to scrap Inheritance Tax (IHT) in America altogether. Whilst over on our side of the pond, the…

Covert recording in child proceedings image Article

Posted 06 November 2017

Covert recording in child proceedings

Maidstone’s local plan has been approved image Article

Posted 26 October 2017

Maidstone’s local plan has been approved

Maidstone’s local plan was adopted last night (25 October) which sets out sites for 17,660 new homes to be built in…

Trending Topic Divorce statistics 2017 image Article

Posted 23 October 2017

Divorce statistics 2017

The official statistics on the number of divorces in England and Wales were released on 18 October 2017 and show…

Trending Topic Safeguarding your cash flow and making your business Brexit-proof image Article

Posted 23 October 2017

Safeguarding your cash flow and making your business Brexit-proof

With local and national businesses starting to feel the effects of Brexit it has become more important than ever to…

Keeping on top of staff sickness absences image Article

Posted 20 October 2017

Keeping on top of staff sickness absences

As the winter season approaches, the level of staff absences often increases with colds and flu as generally the most…

Psychiatric injury - calls for urgent reform image Article

Posted 20 October 2017

Psychiatric injury - calls for urgent reform

5 April 2017 marked the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 people lost their lives and many…

Zimina v Zimin –second chance in overseas divorce? image Article

Posted 18 October 2017

Zimina v Zimin –second chance in overseas divorce?

The right to anonymity - personal injury claims for children and protected adults image Article

Posted 17 October 2017

The right to anonymity - personal injury claims for children and protected adults

In a personal injury claim for a child or protected adult (a person who lacks capacity to conduct the proceedings…

World Mental Health Day – Tuesday 10 October image Article

Posted 10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day – Tuesday 10 October

Michael Cressey discusses mental health and the importance of seeking help and advice.

Trending Topic Frequently asked questions on GDPR image Article

Posted 09 October 2017

Frequently asked questions on GDPR

Trending Topic GDPR - do you know what’s coming? image Article

Posted 09 October 2017

GDPR - do you know what’s coming?

Compliance with GDPR is not optional and so businesses, charities and public bodies are in a race against the clock…

Uber drivers’ and employment right image Article

Posted 09 October 2017

Uber drivers’ and employment right

Antonio Fletcher, Senior Associate in Brachers’ Employment law team appeared as a guest on KMTV’s business show, Chris & Co on…

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