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Companies with EU customers must act now

(September 2020) When the transition period ends and the UK’s exit from the European Union is complete, businesses ...

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COVID-19 and the law: Can I take my child on holiday during term-time?

(September 2020) It has been a long and difficult year for most of us, with many considering finally taking a family holiday. ...

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Bonfires and the law: What are the rules, and have they changed in lig

(September 2020) With the dark nights coming in and summer drawing to a close, you may be considering having a bonfire. Eithe ...

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Lights, camera, action… signing your will goes live

(September 2020) Experts are warning against self-directed videos following the announcement by the Government that legislati ...

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Residential Conveyancing How long does it take to buy a property? Eve

(August 2020) Buying a new home is exciting, but you may be anxious about how long the process could take from start to finis ...

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Landlords reminded to watch the small print

(July 2020) Landlords are breathing a sigh of relief over the news that a court has allowed an eviction notice despite a copy ...

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Landlords must comply with latest energy standards

(April 2020) Landlords of residential property could face high fines if they do not meet the latest energy efficiency standar ...

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A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown

By a family law expert (April 2020) The coronavirus crisis is redefining l ...

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Locking up the legalities when planning ahead in the virus crisis

(April 2020) NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spi ...

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Mum and Dad need to get with it

(March 2020) Parents who help their children get on the property ladde ...

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Safeguarding is vital when appointing others to act

(January 2020) Financial abuse of vulnerable people by those acting on their behalf is on the rise, with investigations into ...

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In Brief: Dying Intestate

(January 2020) A person is known to die ‘intestate’ when they die without leaving a Will (or a valid Will).  In such cir ...

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Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas break-ups

(December 2019) Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the fe ...

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Checking the cost of Christmas in corporate gifting and entertaining

(December 2019) Christmas brings a round of festive celebrations with drinks, dinners and bottles of wine shared betw ...

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Don’t put your footer in it when it comes to contracts

(November 2019) Forget the ink, the courts have ruled that an automatic email signature can count when it comes to the do ...

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Trick or Treat! The legal lowdown on our most horrible holiday

(October 2019) Whether you regard it as an unwelcome American import, or the chance to be downright naughty for an evening an ...

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The new Tenant Fees Act

(September 2019) On 1st June this year, a new act came into force that has a profound effect on the rental market. ...

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Back to school – what’s the law on uniform policies?

(September 2019) It’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school, and for parents, this can be a very expensive time of ...

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Feathering new nests for fledglings

(August 2019) Exam results have been released and new students know where they will be heading for university.  Following th ...

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Tackling taboos on menopause in the workplace

(August 2019) Employers are being advised to review their support for women experiencing problems in the workplace becaus ...

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Reform set to cut complexity of inheritance tax

(August 2019) Proposed changes could have far-reaching implications for future estate tax planning ...

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When the cyclist needs protecting from the pedestrian

(July 2019) A cyclist passing through a green light will have to pay damages of up to £100,000 to a pedestrian who walked ou ...

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A simple business hack when preparing for the unexpected

(June 2019) Business continuity planning may range across various disaster scenarios - from cyber-attack to fire or flood - b ...

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Jams and lemonade stands - what’s the law on selling stuff outside y

(June 2019) Just when we all thought it was going to be a ‘BBQ summer’, the heavens opened. However, we still have a few ...

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It’s all in the planning when it comes to selling privately-owned co

(May 2019) For the shareholding directors of many privately-owned companies, the end-game is focused on selling up before mov ...

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What is a Temporary Events Notice?

(May 2019) School and village fetes seem to be an essential part of English summers. There’s nothing nicer than wandering a ...

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MIAM – what you need to know about family mediation

(May 2019) Family breakups are, without doubt, one of the most stressful and upsetting processes anyone can go through. This ...

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What can debt enforcement companies really do?

(May 2019) Debt collection is a term that strikes terror into business owners and individuals alike. The image of burly men b ...

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Stepping up to the challenge of the sale board

(February 2019) Those thinking about Spring and the changes it may bring are likely to be focused on the countdown towards the Brexit deadline of 29 ...

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Consumer rights

What protection do you have if you buy from an online auction site? (February 2019) If there’s one place you’re pretty much gu ...

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Equality takes centre stage for employers

(January 2019) The #TimesUp campaign has captured headlines with its push for greater diversity and equality in Hollywood and the ent ...

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Setting the Christmas scene for a positive separation

(December 2018) While attention is focused on the country’s divorce from the European Union, and what the New Year will bring from the Brexi ...

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Surrogacy – what’s the legal standpoint in the UK?

(December 2018) The news that you’re unable to have children of your own can be devastating for parents, especially if it’s all you can think abou ...

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Failure to Prevent – the new rules explained

(December 2018) In April 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was given Royal Assent. It was primarily introduced to bring online the two new corporate cri ...

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Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

(December 2018) Controversial court fees which have been branded a stealth tax on bereaved families are expected to prompt a surge in probate ...

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How social media platforms use your data – and what you can do to pr

(November 2018) What Disney princess are you? Take this fun quiz to find out! The stalwart of Facebook, Twitter and countless other social media platf ...

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That’s my spot – could you be breaking the law by parking outside

(November 2018) We all want our own little bit of personal space – somewhere that we can call ours. In the city, though, that space comes at a premi ...

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Landlords face tough new regime for tenant protection

(November 2018) Landlords could face high fines if they are not up to date with the latest legislation designed to protect tenants. The new rules i ...

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Chancellor’s anti-austerity spending spree has few surprises

(October 2018) An anti-austerity package of £30 billion of government spending was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, drawing ...

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When the end of summer spells the end of marriage

(September 2018) September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or university and parents back to work, but for many ...

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School exclusion policies in the dock at start of the school year

(September 2018) Pupil exclusions by schools have been hitting the headlines in the run up to the start of the new academic year and parents a ...

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School Admissions – Summer Born Children

(September 2018) The news that children born between April 1st and August 31st would be allowed to start school aged five, rathe ...

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Bump in the night for Airbnb landlords

( August 2018) Rule changes on short term lets could see part-time landlords hit by a new tax bill from next year if they let out their whole ...

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Company Voluntary Agreements –

how businesses are using them to fight landlord agreements (July 2018) In recent months, there has been a growing interest in the way busine ...

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Hosepipe bans – what’s the law?

(July 2018) The long, hot summer has been welcomed by the vast majority of the country, even though there are some potentially challe ...

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Civil partnership or cohabit – which is better?

(July 2018) Not everyone wants to get married in a church or registry office. For many cohabiting couples, a civil partnership is far ...

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Landlords – what’s your legal status when dealing with rent arrear

(July 2018) It’s every landlord’s nightmare. For whatever reason, your tenants have stopped paying the rent and are now in arrear ...

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Working temperatures – when is it too hot to work?

(July 2018) The summer of 2018 is already being compared with the long, hot scorcher of 1976. Records have been broken across the UK, ...

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Buying a house for holiday letting

(July 2018) If you’ve got the money to buy a holiday home, why have it sitting empty for much of the year? Unless you’re going to ...

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Landlords must check they hit the spot with deposits

(July 2018) Claims for incorrectly handled property rental deposits are soaring and landlords should be alert to the danger and ensur ...

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Trade Secrets Protected Under New EU Directive

(July 2018) Pass me the invisible ink James… Mention spies and you may think of James Bond sca ...

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Challenging times : what happens when family is cut out of the will

(June 2018) High profile inheritance disputes follow celebrities and the super-rich as surely as night follows day, but such challenges are be ...

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GDPR is active – have you done everything you can to comply?

(May 2018) Now that the GDPR has come into force, it’s absolutely essential that businesses ensure they’re following the new regulations. The cons ...

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The hidden disability :

when mental health affects employee wellbeing (April 2018) The taboo of talking about mental health has started to shift, following ...

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To make your home your castle, be sure who owns the drawbridge….

(April 2018) The Government has annou ...

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Wake-up call for small companies on bribery process

(March 2018) The activity of political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica has been hitting both headlines and the Facebook share price, follo ...

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Tracking your digital worth for the next generation

(February 2018) The value of our online lives is worth billions of pounds but many of these assets may never be passed on, as people are faili ...

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When mini breaks just don’t cut it

(February 2018) Tribunal says twenty-minute rest periods for workers should be given in one run, not as a series of mini-breaks    ...

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Crossing and dotting makes for clear contracts

February 2018) Tesla founder Elon Musk is set to become the richest man in the world if he succeeds in growing the company to $650bn, after ag ...

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Avoiding Bitcoin bubbles and cyber currency scams

(February 2018) The surge of interest in cryptocurrencies is predicted to see investors getting their fingers burned as volat ...

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Office of the Public Guardian Fee Refund Scheme

(February 2018) Enduring Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney Registered in the period 1st April 2013 to 31st ...

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Businesses face bigger penalties on data leaks

(January 2018) Businesses are on final countdown to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, bringing with it tighte ...

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