Legal Updates

Private Lives - Lasting Powers of Attorneys and the duties they impose


The two Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPA) available are in relation to property and financial affairs and health and welfare.

Private Lives - A legacy transforming lives...


In late 2014 I met Tim Galloway, a solicitor from Birketts, with a client who had left the bulk of her estate to our charity.

Private Lives - All you need is love...


Or so the saying goes. However, from a legal standpoint when your child marries you may prefer love to be accompanied by a suite of documents

Private Lives - Probate fees or inheritance tax in disguise?


Death is an expensive business. What with coffins, cremation fees and wake expenses the cost of the average funeral is £5,500. But this is just the start.

Stop press – National living wage in force


The Government’s new ‘national living wage’ of £7.20 per hour for workers aged 25 and over takes effect from today (1 April 2016). All other rates of the national minimum wage (applicable to those under 25) will remain static until 1 October 2016.

New law to identify who controls UK companies and LLPs


The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 which came into force on 26 March 2015 will require all UK companies (UK listed companies are broadly exempt) and UK LLPs (limited liability partnerships) to maintain a register of all those persons who have significant control over the company or LLP.

Employment Law Update - Quick Fire! - March 2016


Trade Union Bill amendments, National Minimum Wage rates, Acas guidance on disability and new guidance to avoid discriminatory adverts are covered here

Immigration Update - March 2016


In this month's update: Tier 2 Visas, Tier 1 Visas, other changes and Brexit

Employment Law Update - Changes in force: April 2016


Changes in force: April 2016

Employment Law Update - Childcare vouchers during maternity leave


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld an employer’s appeal against a tribunal decision that it was discriminatory to suspend childcare vouchers, provided under a salary sacrifice arrangement, during a period of maternity leave.

Employment Law Update - Commission payments and holiday pay


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has handed down its decision in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd

Employment Law Update - When are employers liable for employee actions


In recent conjoined cases the Supreme Court reconsidered the appropriate test for establishing vicarious liability in context of the employment relationship

Council's CIL demand deemed unlawful


Orbital Shopping Park Swindon Ltd v Swindon BC & Another: the High Court has ruled that a demand for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments by Swindon Borough Council for the installation of a mezzanine floor was unlawful.

The Family Business: Preserving your family business


While it is important for all of us to have a plan in place for ill health and death, particular issues arise for those with a family business.

The Family Business: Can a child legally work in the family business?


Often overlooked are the restrictions imposed on the employment of children which are applicable regardless of whether the child you employ is related

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