Legal Updates

Immigration, the Home Secretary and the true price of love

01/01/2015

Since 9 July 2012, British nationals and permanent residents wishing to bring their non-EEA spouse/partner to the UK have been required to prove that they have a minimum annual income of £18,600 (or more if non-British children form part of the family).

Net migration - why should employers care?

01/01/2015

The Conservatives’ pledge to reduce net migration “from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands” by 2015 is now infamous. But what is net migration and why should employers care about it?

Three crucial words - "Subject to contract"

01/01/2015

Why are the words "Subject to contract" key in avoiding a binding agreement?

Relevance of employee's conduct after termination

01/01/2015

In the case of Cumbria County Council and Governing Body of Dowdales School v Bates the EAT gave consideration as to what should happen where an employee is convicted of a criminal offence post dismissal.

Challenging Planning Decisions

01/01/2015

The planning system is often frustrating and frustrated. One element that frequently aggravates those who wish to oppose new development is that no third party rights of appeal against the grant of planning permission exist, but conversely of frustration to the development industry is the uncertainty surrounding the judicial review process.

Shareholder discrimination

01/01/2015

It will come as no surprise that if a manager makes a discriminatory comment to a job applicant in an interview, they risk an Employment Tribunal claim for discrimination under the Equality Act. But what about discriminatory job adverts?

Changes to planning on wind turbines announced

01/01/2015

The Government have announced plans to make pre-application consultations with local communities compulsory for the more significant onshore wind applications

Corporate immigration and the energy sector

01/01/2015

Details of our services to businesses employing and recruiting migrant workers.

The differences between mutual and mirror Wills

01/01/2015

When the time comes to make a Will, many clients execute 'mirror' Wills, which are nearly identical and leave assets to the same beneficiary or beneficiaries. However, a mutual Will can also be considered which results in two complementary Wills where the testators have agreed not to revoke their Wills without the other's consent. We look at the difference between the two types of Wills and highlight the importance of choosing the right one.

The duties of trustees when dealing with divorcing beneficiaries under trusts

01/01/2015

Trusts are a common structure for owning assets within a family and are frequently used to pass family wealth to the next generation.

Family fortunes: Find out how to protect yours

01/01/2015

Teresa Brown advises you on what can be done to protect and preserve the hard earned fruits of dynastic labours.

Business succession: Inheritance tax saving ideas

01/01/2015

We look at how your family business can be passed down to the next generation free of Inheritance Tax.

When is a house not a house?

01/01/2015

When the Supreme Court says so. Marcos Toffanello explains...

The interpretation of local plans: Who is to be master?

01/01/2015

Our planning team discusses policies when applying for planning permission

NPPF - Resumption of Presumption

01/01/2015

The Government has now published its long awaited National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF") with some fanfare. Tom Newcombe takes you through the key aspects you need to know.

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