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De-linking Divorce From “Money” to be Rolled Out Nationally- What Does This Mean For Me?

Posted on July 17th 2017

The pilot study originally took place in 2015, across 11 specialist divorce centres. The aim of the study was to streamline the process of divorce and finances. It was hoped that this would reduce the delays experienced by court users. Previously, files would take two weeks...

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Newly Published Taylor Review Scrutinises Working Practices in the Modern Economy

Posted on July 13th 2017

Published on the 11th July 2017, the review demands clearer legislation on employment status. The report heavily focuses upon companies like Uber and Deliveroo. Uber’s ‘gig economy’ employment practices previously came under scrutiny last year, when a tribunal ruled that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ entitled to...

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Upton’s Orchard Care Home Faces Criticism over Unfair Dismissal & Poor Standards of Care

Posted on July 4th 2017

After becoming worried about low staffing levels during night shifts, Kaley Sweetman raised concerns to her bosses and subsequently the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is an organisation which monitors, inspects and regulates services, such as nursing care homes and hospitals, to make sure...

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Can I Take My Child Abroad On Holiday Without the Father’s Consent?

Posted on June 28th 2017

Unfortunately, many parents are unaware that, generally, it is a criminal offence to take their child out of England and Wales without the permission of every person who has parental responsibility for the child. However, there is an exception to this: You do not have...

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New Green Policies to Restrict Landlords’ Ability to Rent

Posted on June 27th 2017

What are energy performance certificates? Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced in England and Wales in August 2007. Subject to certain exceptions, all homes that are made available for sale or rent within the UK must have one. The concept is quite straight forward. An...

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The Importance of Making the Right Choice

Posted on June 19th 2017

So, what is a Lasting Power of Attorney? It is a document that allows you to name people that you trust to manage your affairs if you become unable to make decisions. This can include managing your property, finances, welfare, and healthcare. You could become...

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A small win as small claims reforms are paused in the wake of the General Election

Posted on May 17th 2017

The government had previously ruled that from October 2018 the small claims limit for whiplash and other personal injury claims would increase, and that there would be a ban on pre-medical offers. Whilst these reforms may come back in the future, they have been delayed...

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New Inheritance Tax Allowance to save families up to £1m by 2020

Posted on April 26th 2017

Inheritance Tax is a tax paid on the estate (property, money and possessions) of someone who has died. Before the introduction of the new Residence Nil Rate Band estates worth more than £325,000, or £650,000 for married couples/civil partners, had to pay 40% inheritance tax...

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Lasting and Enduring Power of Attorney Fees Have Been Reduced!

Posted on April 5th 2017

The fee has dropped from £110 to £82 – a reduction of £28. The fee for resubmitting a Lasting Power of Attorney for registration has also fallen from £55 to £41. This is the first change in these fees since October 2013, when they changed...

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A foster carer received no financial support for six years

Posted on January 26th 2017

In an act of selflessness, the foster carer took the three children in when it became apparent that neither the mother nor her family were able to take care of them. This was despite the carer barely knowing the children at the time. Whilst the...

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