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Employers - a little bit of Christmas prep can help avoid those party "incidents"

Susan Mayall
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Every year, we remind employers about potential employment law issues that can arise over Christmas. Human nature being what it is, incidents often occur over Christmas that can lead to disciplinary action and even dismissal. Christmas parties and relaxed...

Why Aren't Disputing Parties Mediating?

Christopher Burke
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Disputing parties are not using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures (like mediation), as much as was expected. The Civil Justice Council (CJC) appointed a working body to investigate this lack of take up to try and understand the reasons for...

Cohabiting? Do You Know Your Legal Rights?

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27 November - 1 December 2017 is national Cohabitation Awareness Week and Pearson Solicitors are highlighting the need for unmarried couples to seek legal advice to safeguard themselves should their relationships break down. According to the ONS (Office for...

Scrapping of Stamp Duty Welcomed by First Time Buyers

Victoria Marshall
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Following today's Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond has abolished stamp duty with immediate effect for all first time buyers, recognising that house prices are increasingly out of reach for many and in a bid to put an end to the UK housing crisis. Mr...

Divorce Laws - Are They Corrosive?

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Senior Judges and other legal dignitaries are backing a campaign for an end to the archaic and damaging Divorce Laws in the UK, claiming they are harsh, unjust and don't put the welfare of children or relationships first. The Times have launched a...

Tips on Selling or Buying Commercial Property by Auction

Karen Piontek
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Those involved in the property industry know its cyclical nature only too well - and those with an interest in making a property investment are right to keep a keen eye on the real estate market.  One thing we've noticed...

Are First Time Buyers Going to Benefit from the Budget?

Sarah Major
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Ahead of next week's budget, there is pressure on the Chancellor to cut stamp duty for first time buyers with accusations that it is suffocating the housing market. A report from the London School of Economics said that stamp duty for an average-priced...

Making A Will Does Have Many Benefits For You and Your Family

Sarah Finnigan
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With Christmas just around the corner, we tend to think about our loved ones and what we would like to give them. Christmas shopping can be a difficult task as there are so many wonderful options to choose from. But have you considered how drafting your Will...

Drink Driving, Drugs and Mobile Phones - Do You Know the Law?

Andrew Murray
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A drink after work or with friends, texting to say you're home late from a shopping trip or driving the morning after a big party - as we approach the festive season, it is essential to stay safe on the roads and remember the law. Drug taking and...

November Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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What’s the saying? ‘Close, but no cigar’. That’s how it was in October as all but two of the markets we cover rose in the month. Brazil’s market did manage to stagger up by just 14 points, meaning it was unchanged in percentage...

What Does the First Interest Rate Rise in Ten Years Mean for You?

Simon Taylor
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After months of speculation, the Bank of England finally raised interest rates in the UK for the first time in over a decade. The increase from 0.25% to 0.5% might seem small, especially when you consider that the last time the interest rate was increased in...

The pros and cons of turning your home into a cash machine

Amy Dransfield
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Recent figures have suggested that over 17,500 older homeowners took out equity release plans on their homes during the first six months of 2017, marking an increase of 44% compared with 2016. Equity release plans, also referred to as ‘lifetime...

What will be in the Autumn Budget?

Richard Eastwood
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Following the final Spring Budget delivered in March this year, the Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to deliver his second budget of the year – and the first to be delivered in the new Autumn slot – on 22nd November. Mr. Hammond’s speech...

Shortlisted for the Lawyer Monthly Private Client Awards 2018

Suzanne Wright
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We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Lawyer Monthly Private Client Awards 2018 in the category of: Estate Planning and Administration - Solicitor of the Year, ahead of the announcement of results on 9 November 2017. The Lawyer Monthly...

Guidance to help those dealing with a cancer diagnosis in the workplace

Susan Mayall
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According to Cancer Research UK, there were around 357,000 new cases of cancer in the UK in 2014 - that’s 980 cases diagnosed every day*. While most people know that cancer affects many people, fewer might know that cancer is treated as a disability...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - Friend or Foe?

Sarah Finnigan
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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are a hot topic, often sparking debate. There is no doubt that more people than ever are aware of them and this firm has certainly seen an increase in the number of clients making them. Yet there is still conflicting opinion...

Acas Guidance for Employers on Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Kate Hunter
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The growing awareness of mental health issues in the workplace is an immensely positive step forward for both employees and employers. Acas have recently published guidance that seeks to help employers deal with their duties in relation to mental...

Could the Budget be a Hit for Older Workers - but not as expected?

Simon Taylor
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Things are not looking good for both older savers and workers, with a rumoured hit planned in next months budget , proposals on the table include slashing tax relief on pensions for older workers in order to pay for lower taxes for the young. With one...

Government Acts to Improve Home Buying Process

Victoria Marshall
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The government has launched a consultation into making the home buying process cheaper, faster and less stressful for those involved. Government consultation During the consultation process, the government wants to hear from all those with an interest...

Do Your Employees have Permission to Work in the UK?

Susan Mayall
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... Are you sure? Employers have a legal requirement to check their employees have permission to work in the UK. You risk being fined if you employ staff without such permission. Carrying out the correct checks, at the right time and keeping your...

Solicitor Condemns Fraud in Holiday Sickness Cases

Ian Wolstenhulme
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The recent news regarding prison convictions for a couple who made false claims for holiday sickness is welcome and will hopefully make people realise these cases are not quick wins but are properly investigated and should only be for those who have...

Local Banker Joins Law Firm as Firm Strengthens Commercial Team

Keith Kennedy
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An innovative and bespoke service combining business banking advice, law and extended financial planning services under one roof has been launched by Oldham Law Firm, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers. Former Corporate Banker, David Meredith, has...

October Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Well, we’re still here. Despite the seemingly best efforts of the leaders of the United States and North Korea – the world is still turning. But September was a month of ‘another day, another North Korean rocket flying over Japan’ and...

Half of Britons expect young to be worse off than parents

Jonathan Beardmore
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A recent survey by the think tank, the Resolution Foundation, has found that almost half (48%) of respondents expected people born between 1981 and 2000, categorised as millennials, to have a standard of life worse than their parents due to economic...

Too Late to Start Saving?

Simon Taylor
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Not saving towards your retirement until you reach your fifties would not so long ago have been considered leaving matters far too late to put anything meaningful away for your life after work, but did you know the last ten years of your working life...

The UK drops in the buy-to-let rankings

Victoria Marshall
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The UK has fallen ten places in the rankings of Europe’s best countries for property investment. The list is created by payments firm,WorldFirst, which ranks the average available yields on buy-to-let investments measured by rent as a percentage of...

Is it Better to Fix Your Mortgage Now?

Victoria Marshall
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With the imminent rise in interest rates, those thinking of re-mortgaging need to act now to get the best deal as many lenders are removing their lowest priced products off the shelves. The reason for the rise in interest rates is that it is costing lenders...

Spotlight on Royal Oldham Hospital

Jacqueline White
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Royal Oldham Hospital is under the spotlight again as a coroner has criticised staff at the hospital for failings in the care of a premature baby who died of sepsis in February 2016. This is not the first time the hospital has come under scrutiny due to its...

Employers Can Read Employees' Personal Messages - But Only if they have Warned Them

Kate Hunter
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Employers should warn employees that they might look at their private emails if the circumstances justify it. A social media policy is one way that this warning could be given.   Earlier this year, we reported on the Chamber of...

Make Sure You Know the Facts Before Suspending an Employee

Susan Mayall
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Suspending an employee is a significant step: make sure it is a necessary step and you know the facts before taking it. In Agoreyo -v- London Borough of Lambeth [2017] EWHC 2019 (QB), a teacher was suspended immediately after being involved in an...

What Happens if an Employee is in Breach of Confidentiality?

Susan Mayall
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In a recent case, an employee was given a custodial sentence for breaching a confidentiality clause. The case is rather extreme but is a warning for others about misusing their employer's confidential information - and not obeying court...

Maternity Leave Issues for Employers

Kate Hunter
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Maternity leave can give rise to a number of issues for employers. In this blog, we deal with pregnant workers' rights and recent Acas guidance to support parents of sick or premature babies. Pregnant employees'...

Proud to be Shortlisted at the Tameside Business Awards 2017

Suzanne Wright
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We are delighted to be shortlisted for Professional Business of the Year at the Tameside Business Awards 2017 The Pride of Tameside Business Awards celebrate the outstanding work of businesses from different sectors and inspirational individuals from across...

Make a Will and Donate to Dr Kershaw's Hospice

Hannah Pearson
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Plan for Your Future and Help a Charity at the Same Time From October 9th – 15th our solicitors are donating their time free of charge if clients need a Will, all we are asking is that the fee is donated to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. For the past...

Pearson Pop the Kettle on for Charity

Joanne Ormston
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Staff at Oldham law firm Pearson Solicitors are popping the kettle on and welcoming clients with coffee and a cake as they take part in the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning this Friday. As well as inviting neighbouring businesses and clients to the coffee...

September Spike In Divorces, say Local Lawyer

Tracy Crompton
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September often sees a seasonal spike in parents getting advice on separation and divorce, often seeking a new start with the new term and having waited until the end of the school summer holidays. A survey by Relate states almost one in five (18%) couples...

September Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction It is hard to start this commentary anywhere other than North Korea – or maybe crouching in Japan as a North Korean missile passes overhead. At the beginning of the month, Kim Jong-un threatened to bomb Guam, the US territory in the...

Do You Know How Much Your Pension Pot Is Worth?

Simon Taylor
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Recent research from Royal London has found that around five million people in the UK have ‘forgotten’ pension pots from final salary schemes of former employers. What’s more, many of these deferred members of defined benefit funds...

Businesses Hit by Rising Employment Costs

Joanne Ormston
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Recent statistics from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) show that changes to employment legislation has resulted in four out of five UK businesses experiencing rising costs. The data comes from the BCC’s annual workforce survey, created from...

Don't Get Caught Out by the Lifetime Allowance Rule Change

Jonathan Beardmore
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The total tax paid by those exceeding their lifetime pension allowance amounted to £36 million in 2014/15, climbing steeply from £20 million in 2014/15 and equating to an 80% rise. The figure has climbed in recent years from £12 million in...

Children Can Now Have a Pension!

Richard Eastwood
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Yes, it's true - you can open a pension for your child or grandchild. There are various options where a child's pension can be opened and a maximum of £2,880 per annum can be paid in, net of income tax, in a single tax year. The plan...

Government Consultation to Stop Leaseholds Being a Property Trap

Karen Piontek
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There was a furore over the summer about developers making unfair charges on leasehold properties. The government is currently consulting on how to stop these practices. With the consultation due to end on 19 September, you only have days to give your views....

Recovering Debts From Consumers is About to Get Harder

Aaron Marshall
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New debt recovery rules that come into force in October will make debt recovery more challenging for businesses. If you've been putting off collection, there's less than 2 weeks to start the process to take advantage of the current rules. New Debt...

Waiving Will Writing Fees for Charity

Joanne Jones
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Have you made a Will? Do you need to update your Will? The Private Client team are proud to be supporting The Christie Make A Will Campaign by waiving their Will writing fees during 18-29 September 2017 and will be encouraging the community and beyond to...

Panorama Shines the Spotlight on the UK's Sepsis Crisis

Jacqueline White
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Investigative Reporter Alistair Jackson’s investigation into the death of his mother on Monday night’s Panorama provided a disturbing insight into the epidemic of sepsis in the UK and, even more disturbingly, the NHS’ reaction to it. ...

How best to support trans employees in the workplace

Kate Hunter
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Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service), is committed to promoting diversity and respect in the workplace for all employees, regardless of their personal characteristics. The body has recently published a report setting out the latest...

Exercise restraint screening potential employees on social media

Susan Mayall
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Employers - have you checked out a candidate's profile on social media recently? If yes, you're not alone. According to a survey carried out by CareerBuilder, an online recruitment company, 60% of employers screen their candidates using social...

August Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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July got off to the best possible start when Janet Yellen, Chair of the US Federal Reserve, announced that there would be no more financial crises “in our lifetime.” Speaking on a trip to London, she said that the reforms of the banking system...

Will interest rates ever rise?

Jonathan Beardmore
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The deputy governor of the Bank of England has stated that the bank should not be tempted to increase interest rates due to “imponderables” within the UK economy. The comments from Ben Broadbent, an ally of the governor of the Bank of England,...

What is the skills shortage costing British business?

Simon Taylor
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New research by the Open University has found that the cost of Britain’s skills shortages amounts to more than £2 billion annually due to higher salaries, temporary staffing bills and recruitment costs. The survey of 400 firms found that nine in...