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Drug Errors in UK Cause Shocking Levels of Harm and Deaths

Gemma Birchall
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The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has today acknowledged that drug errors in England cause appalling levels of harm and deaths ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43161929 ). His comments come as new data suggests 237 million errors are made each year...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting - The Latest Reports

Kate Hunter
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Large organisations across the UK economy have started to publish reports on their gender pay gap. The reports make sobering reading and reflect the low numbers of women at senior levels. From public institutions like the NHS and the BBC to law firms...

Registering Your Property for the 1st Time if Unregistered Title

Sarah Major
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We all know that when purchasing a property you want it to be a smooth and stress free experience.   Buying a property which has not been registered with the Land Registry can cause huge headaches and delays in a property transaction. Our experienced...

New Countryside Small Grants Scheme for Agricultural Equipment

Karen Piontek
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The Government has set aside £60 million of grants for small businesses in the farming industry to help them improve productivity. The grants scheme enables farmers to bid for cash to help them buy new farm equipment. Farming Minister George...

Discrimination Against Pregnant Women and New Mothers Persists

Susan Mayall
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Last November, Maternity Action* launched a report in Parliament on unfair redundancies for pregnant women and new mothers. Maternity Action is a UK charity committed to ending inequality for pregnant women. Citing statistics that 1 in 20 pregnant women...

The next steps in Auto-Enrolment

Simon Taylor
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A recent statement from the government has announced plans to extend the automatic enrolment scheme so that it applies to all workers aged 18 or over by the mid 2020s. Currently, the scheme ensures that workers aged 22 or older and who earn £10,000 or...

February Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The first month of 2018 was a good one for the major stock markets which we cover in this Bulletin. We report on 12 markets and 11 of them made gains in January – in some cases, spectacular gains, which many investors would regard as more than adequate...

Time in the market, not timing the markets

Jonathan Beardmore
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With markets around the world continuing to prove unpredictable as momentous financial and political events continue to unfold, it’s perhaps not a surprise that investors are increasingly concerned about when the ‘best time’ for them to...

What is the pensions advice exemption?

Simon Taylor
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In general, pensions information and advice which employers provide to their employees – such as presentations which employees are invited to attend – are unlikely to result in a tax charge on an employee benefit. However, if an external provider...

Employers Will Have to Give More Information in Payslips (From April 2019)

Kate Hunter
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From April 2019, employees whose wages vary depending on how much time they have worked, will be entitled to more information in their payslips. Employers should look at their payroll processes now and prepare for the changes expected in just over a...

House Hunting? Some Early Prep Could Speed up the Process

Sarah Major
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The conveyancing process in the UK can be frustratingly slow for those keen to get moving. But it's not all about waiting for the paperwork to be sorted by the solicitors: the house buyer and seller can both do a lot in advance to speed up the...

Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace

Susan Mayall
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Employers should know how to spot drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace and be ready to tackle it. Failure to do so can affect the business, compromise the safety of other workers and lead to criminal convictions. Further, ignoring the problem will not...

Do Your Employees Understand How to Combat Cyber Fraud? (Start by Using Strong Passwords)

Susan Mayall
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Stories continue to emerge about cyber security breaches that let hackers gain access to sensitive commercial and private information. A recent report shows that something as simple as a reused password can expose a businesses to cyber fraud. Employers...

Challenging a Will? Speed is of the Essence

Laura Pracy
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A recent case warns beneficiaries of a will to ensure they understand its effects – and to take action if they think they have not been adequately provided for. The provisions of most wills often come as little surprise to family and friends. They...

Why Manchester Should be on Your Radar for Property Transactions

Sarah Major
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Following an analysis by the HomeOwners Alliance, it has been revealed that Manchester property sales are three times faster than London.   The free EstateAgent4ME tool tracks the speed of the property market, providing homeowners with a greater...

Commercial Property VAT and Option to Tax

Alison Brown
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Our Commercial Property Lawyers act for clients in a wide variety of business acquisitions and it is important that your VAT position has been considered before embarking on your new purchase. Whilst we are not tax advisers or accountants, we are able to...

Dispute Resolution: the Benefit of Early Legal Advice

Aaron Marshall
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Parties with a dispute often regard seeking advice from a solicitor as a last resort – an uncomfortable and expensive step that could complicate the dispute. But those who put off speaking to a solicitor could be affecting their chance of an...

NHS Flu Crisis and Antibiotic Toxicity

John Pollitt
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Every day we are hearing of the crisis in NHS hospitals and unfortunately there appears to be little or no improvement.   Dubbed as the “Winter Crisis” the NHS is under even more pressure as thousands of patients are admitted to hospital...

January Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Another year seems to have flown by in the space of about five months. December, in particular, seemed to go past in a blur. It was, however, the month when some progress was – finally – made in the Brexit negotiations. It was also the month...

Calculating the Cost of Care Home Fees

Joanne Jones
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Care home fees is a hot topic for many reasons. To begin with, we are all living longer and therefore our chances of requiring some variation of care are increased, whether this be in a residential care home or via a package of care in our own properties. ...

5 key financial changes to watch out for in 2018

Simon Taylor
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As with any new year, there are a number of financial changes coming up in 2018 which are likely to impact on your monthly budget and long-term saving goals. Let’s have a look at five of the most significant and what they’re likely to mean for...

Millennials on target to enjoy inheritance boom

Amy Dransfield
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A recent report has revealed that millennials are set to benefit from an ‘inheritance boom’ bigger than that experienced by any other generation in the post-war period. The Resolution Foundation, the think-tank which carried out the research,...

What exactly is Mifid

Richard Eastwood
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If you’re an investor, it’s likely that you’ll have heard discussions or read reports around the arrival of Mifid II. It’s just as likely that you won’t have had much idea of what Mifid II is or how it might affect you and your...

Government Addresses Unfairness in County Court Judgment Process (Plus some Tips on CCJs and Credit Ratings)

Christopher Burke
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The Government is looking into the current process for issuing money claims in the County Court. In particular, it wants to review the circumstances in which County Court Judgments (CCJs) are made against people without their knowledge. What is the process...

New Protocol to Help Resolve Boundary Disputes more quickly and efficiently

Aaron Marshall
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Boundary disputes between neighbours are surprisingly common. Long-running spats between neighbours can become quite acrimonious over time and be hard to resolve without taking the matter to court. In an attempt to simplify the dispute resolution process...

Patient Safety in Crisis at NHS Hospitals

Jacqueline White
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With NHS hospitals strapped for cash, dangerously short staffed and lack of available beds, patients are dying in hospital corridors this winter.   Doctors have told the Prime Minister, Teresa May, that more than 120 patients per day were being...

10 New Year's Resolutions for Directors and Business Owners

Christopher Burke
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Most people are back at work after the Christmas break and many have returned with a clutch of new year’s resolutions. Popular choices include healthy eating, getting fitter or spending more time with your family. Or maybe you’ve focused on work...

How to Make Home Buying and Selling Cheaper, Faster and Less Stressful

Victoria Marshall
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The Law Society has responded to the Government’s proposals on how to improve the home buying process. In its formal response, which is broadly supportive of the proposals, The Law Society has made various recommendations. While it agrees...

Pothole Damages - Who Should Pay the Price?

Ian Wolstenhulme
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During the winter months, with increased rainfall, cold temperatures, ice and road treatments of salt, our roads take quite a battering, resulting in potholes appearing at regular intervals. Every year pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike riders and motorists...

Employer Held Responsible for Rogue Employee's Actions

Susan Mayall
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An employer has been held vicariously liable for the criminal actions of its employee. So held the High Court recently in the case of  Various Claimants –v- WM Morrisons PLC  where the employee had published the personal data of thousands of...

New Legislation Planned to Deal with Leasehold Properties

Victoria Marshall
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The government has announced a package of measures to crack down on unfair leasehold payments and high ground rents. Setting out the proposals in a written statement made on 21 December, Mr Sajid Javid, London's Lord Mayor, said that: "It is clear...

Start January on a Positive Note: Deal with Those Debts

Aaron Marshall
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As Christmas memories start to fade, the burden of debt becomes a harsh reality for many. For individuals, over enthusiastic splurges with the credit card mean January will be a tight month. For some, the cost of Christmas might even have tipped household...

January Blues is No Myth Says Divorce Lawyer

Tracy Crompton
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It’s no myth that the first day back at work after the Christmas break is known by divorce lawyers as ‘divorce day’. It’s their busiest day of the year and with the divorce rate going up for the first time in 10 years, they are...

New Year Resolutions for Your Finances

Jonathan Beardmore
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After the festive season people are beginning to think about New Year resolutions, the usual boring issues relating to expanding waistlines, joining the gym, or even dry January. All of these are no solution to the underlying insecurity and problem that you...

Christmas Dinner and a Spot of House Hunting after Pud?

Victoria Marshall
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A recent article in The Times* reported a record rise in "festive browsing" on house hunting sites such Rightmove, Zoopla and OntheMarket. If you're thinking of moving house, the Christmas period is an ideal time to start searching for your...

Make Regular Savings Your New Year Resolution

Simon Taylor
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In the complex world of investment, timing appears to be crucial. However – unless you are gifted with foresight – you cannot predict what the stock market will do and this New Year is no exception. This presents a problem for investors: not only...

Be Warned: The Government is Pursuing "Bad Employers" Who Employ Illegal Workers

Susan Mayall
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Whatever your personal or political views on immigration, the law prohibits businesses from employing illegal workers – and there are serious penalties for those who breach the law. Two months ago, we published a blog on this issue, asking "...

Christmas Opening

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Please note the office will be closed from 12:30pm on 22 December 2017 and will re-open at 8:30am on 2 January 2018. ...

Setting the Law Straight

Tracy Crompton
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With cohabiting couples being the second largest family type in the UK, Ministers are backing a recent bill put forward to Parliament which could see straight couples being able to enter civil partnerships for the first time. The new law, which has been...

Businesses Still in the Dark About GDPR

Keith Kennedy
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With only six months to go until the new GDPR come into force, alarmingly many businesses are still unaware or unprepared for the regulations - Brexit or no Brexit, businesses will still have to comply. Following the research of more than 500 UK businesses...

De-Ice Your Car to Avoid Court Action This Winter

Ian Wolstenhulme
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With freezing temperatures and icy road conditions, it is important that you stay safe on the roads this winter. Motorists need to be careful when defrosting their cars - you should never leave your vehicle unattended, even to run into the house if you have...

Are Your Staff Workers or Self-Employed Contractors (and Why it Matters)?

Susan Mayall
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Several high profile employment law cases are progressing through the appeal courts at the moment. They deal with the distinction between staff carrying out their services as a "worker" and those hired as self-employed...

Season of Goodwill, A Feast of Fun & Jolly Jumpers for Solicitors

Suzanne Wright
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It's the most wonderful time of the year - unless you're a child in need that is - so this year, the generous team at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers have voted unanimously to support the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Campaign to make...

December Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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November was a relatively disappointing month for world stock markets, with the majority of the markets we cover in this commentary losing ground in the month: however, the largest fall was just 3% so there were no real disasters. Pride of place went to the...

What does the freezing of indexation mean for buy-to-let investors?

Karen Piontek
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The Autumn Budget delivered at the end of November included changes to how gains are calculated, including the freezing of ‘indexation’ from January 2018. Indexation is a tax relief which means that gains are currently reduced based on the...

What the Paradise Papers teach us

Simon Taylor
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What the Paradise Papers teach us about tax evasion, tax avoidance and tax planning The release of the Paradise Papers last month offers an opportunity to think about how the issues raised relate to your everyday tax planning. With ‘tax...

Millennials leading the way in saving for retirement

Amy Dransfield
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Recent data suggests that younger generations are on track to save more than their parents and grandparents, despite their earnings on average being considerably lower. Part of the reason for this is time: simply put, young people have more years ahead of...

Mental Illness and Cancer Patients Forced to Wait for Drugs

Kenneth Lees
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There are worrying concerns across the UK that at least 100 drugs have been affected by supply problems which has forced health officials to agree to a temporary price rise of up to 4,000 per cent to increase stocks.  Even though the NHS are paying...

New Legal Aid Reforms for Domestic Abuse Victims

Stacy Fox
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Recently, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has announced changes to the Legal Aid Reforms to give more support and protection to those families who have been abused by their former partners. The current five year limit on abuse evidence is to be abolished and...

Pensions Auto Enrolment - What Happens If I Don't Comply?

Simon Taylor
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After recognising that people in the UK are living longer and not saving enough for their retirement, the government introduced pension reforms through the Pension Act 2008 that requires all employers to offer their staff a workplace pension - this has...