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The Equality Act 2010

Susan Mayall
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Discrimination in relation to the provision of goods and services is prohibited under Part 3 of the Equality Act 2010 but has, in more recent years, seen a rise in prevalence, and there remain a few important distinctions between discrimination in...

October Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction On Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 the United States will go to the polls to elect its next President. All the indications are that Donald Trump will stand for a second term and if the words of Bill Clinton – “It’s the economy,...

10 years on from Lehmans

Jonathan Beardmore
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What has the financial services sector learnt? The financial crash after the Lehman Brothers collapse saw the biggest global monetary crisis since the end of WW2. It led to a lost economic decade for many – average incomes in the UK still languish far...

What might be in the Autumn Budget?

Simon Taylor
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In normal years, the Autumn Budget (formerly the Autumn Statement) is announced in November. However, with less than 6 months left on the countdown to Brexit, this year is far from a normal year. At the end of September, Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed...

What to consider before buying health insurance

Amy Dransfield
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Taking out health insurance is a big financial commitment. However, private healthcare is an attractive option to some because it allows you increased choice, private hospitals, reduced waiting times and more personalised care compared to free NHS treatment....

Employment tribunal quarterly statistics for April to June 2018

Susan Mayall
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Employers need to take head as Tribunal claims have increased over the past year now fees have been scrapped. The Ministry of Justice has published the employment tribunal quarterly statistics for the period April to June 2018. During this period, single...

Persons with Significant Control

Niki Polymeridou
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One of the main objectives of Companies House’s ( CH ) business plan for 2018-2019 is corporate transparency. At the heart of CH’s business plan is the proper identification and accurate presentation of information relating to Persons with...

The Importance of Continuously Updating Your Will

Laura Pracy
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An estimated 40 million people in Britain have not produced a will. It’s, therefore, no surprise that the term ‘wills apathy’ has been widely used to illustrate a behavioural trend among the general public. This trend shows that the public,...

Property Solicitors step up to help Mayor's Appeal Fund

Karen Piontek
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For every commercial business that is bought or sold within the OL postcode the Pearson commercial conveyancing team are donating £5 to help Oldham Mayor Cllr Javid Iqbal realise his charity target. After meeting with the Mayor recently the Pearson...

Money never sleeps, but sleep-in workers only earn whilst awake on the job

Susan Mayall
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The Court of Appeal is the most recent court to review the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon Rampersad [2018]. Principally, the case deals with zero-hour contracts in the social-worker industry on what qualifies as paid employment,...

Deals Hotting up During Heatwave Summer at Pearson Solicitors

Keith Kennedy
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It’s been a summer of successful deals for the corporate team at Pearson Solicitors, who have recently completed the third acquisition in quick succession for award-winning telecoms and IT provider, Communicate Better, helping their expansion into new...

What do you need to consider regarding a DB pension transfer?

Simon Taylor
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Pensions freedoms introduced three years ago mean that people are able to do what they like with their retirement savings. If you are on a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme you may be offered the opportunity to transfer out of your pension scheme in return...

September Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction August used to be known as the ‘silly season’. Everyone who made the news was away on holiday, nothing happened and newspapers were desperate to fill their pages. So rather more obscure stories made it into print… That, of...

What's a better way to help my grandchildren through university?

Amy Dransfield
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As autumn approaches many students are preparing to start university for the first time. For most, this will mean leaving the place they grew up in behind as they embark on a life far from their home comforts. This will bring with it plenty of new academic...

4 top tips to protect yourself against pension scammers

Simon Taylor
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You may well have seen the headlines that victims lost an average of £91k each in pension scams last year. Worryingly, in a recent survey, 32% of pension holders aged 45-65 said they were unsure how to verify if they were speaking to a genuine pensions...

Landmark decision for workers and independent contractors classification

Susan Mayall
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Pimlico Plumbers and another v Smith [2018] UKSC 29, will remain a key authoritative legal source when it comes to employers classifying their staff as ‘workers’ or ‘independent contractors’ for the foreseeable future. What was in...

Making A Will Is Good For The Soul

Joanne Jones
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Not making a Will can have an effect on all the family – as shown this weekend when it was revealed that Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died intestate. Aretha Franklin, who died last month at the age of 76, did not leave a will. Her four sons and...

Upcoming free medical negligence clinics

John Pollitt
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You may have heard about the recent case involving the Penning Acute Trust, where a number of inquests have been delayed after the Senior Coroner for the Manchester North Jurisdiction, Joanne Kearsley, arranged for a review of the reports of Pathologist Dr...

Care fee Refund for Family

Michael Talbot
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A Southport woman who had to pay huge care home fees for her mother has been able to recoup over £36,000 when she challenged South Sefton NHS. The 96-year-old was a resident a care home in Great Crosby from 2009 until her sad death in 2015 but was...

Uninsured Drivers and Compensation Claims

Ian Wolstenhulme
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I acted for a client recently who was knocked off his pedal bike by an uninsured van driver but was still able to claim from the Motor Insurers Bureau after taking advice from us. My client was wearing appropriate clothing, with cycling trousers, hi...

The Court of Appeal confirms that you cannot imply a contractual term just because in hindsight it seems fair to do so

Aaron Marshall
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In the recent ruling of Robert Bou-Simon v BGC Brokers LP [2018] EWCA 1525 (Civ) the Court of Appeal was tasked with ruling over whether the initial trial judge had been correct to imply a contractual term into a loan agreement between the Appellant, Mr...

Contractual notice only starts when the employee knows they are being dismissed

Susan Mayall
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When is notice for dismissal effective? Is it when the letter is received, signed for, or only effective upon when the employee reads the letter and is informed of their dismissal? In 2017 the Court of Appeal held that notice of termination begins to run on...

Review of Pathologists Work Raises Concern over Diagnoses Given to Patients

Jacqueline White
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A number of inquests have been delayed after the Senior Coroner for the Manchester North Jurisdiction, Joanne Kearsley, arranged for a review of the reports of Pathologist Dr Khalid Ahmed following post-mortem examinations.  Concerns were raised about...

Pearson welcome young members of the NCS

Dave Meredith
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Pearson were delighted to welcome young members of the National Citizens Service to our offices, and support them in their charitable endeavours last week. The National Citizens Service provides a 3-4 week experience for 15 to 17 year-olds, aiming to...

No interest loans? The case of Al Jaber v Al Ibrahim

Aaron Marshall
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What happens if you agreed to loan money to someone, but didn’t discuss whether they should pay you added interest? If the person to whom you loaned money lives abroad, would you be able to claim your money back in the UK, or would proceedings have to...

August Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction The news in July really could not have been much worse. The threat of a trade war between the US and China simmered throughout the month, and then on 31st July President Trump ramped up the tension with proposals of a 25% tariff on $200bn...

The end of LISA?

Simon Taylor
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Time to get your lifetime ISA before it disappears? The new girl on the block, in terms of saving products, seems like she may not actually be around for much longer. LISA, or the lifetime ISA, is being threatened with abolition by a Treasury committee,...

Interest rate rise: What does this mean?

Amy Dransfield
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The Bank of England has raised interest rates from 0.5% to 0.75%, only the second rise in a decade. Currently, interest rates stand at their highest since 2009 and reflect what the Bank of England perceive as a general pick-up in the economy. The Bank said...

Post Brexit trade uncertainty

Jonathan Beardmore
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A difficult time for British exports For British companies who rely heavily on the E.U. export market, Brexit has been a nightmare, to say the least. Until recently, though, the full effects on British exporters have been unclear. Some versions of Brexit...

Raising awareness of the common-law marriage myth

Lucinda McWatt
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Saturday 18 August has been reported as the most common day in 2018 to tie the knot in the UK. However, since the early 1970s, the number of people actually getting married has steadily decreased, dropping a further 3.4% last year. There have been many...

Risk assessments required for breastfeeding mothers

Susan Mayall
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in  Otero Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saude  has ruled that employers must now carry out an individual risk assessment for breastfeeding mothers returning to their role. This is a change...

When can I access my neighbour's land?

Aaron Marshall
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When you wish to access your neighbours land there are usually three paths open to you: easements, covenants, and the Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992 (ANLA). Easements are rights one person can have over another's land, for example, the right to...

Serious misconduct can result in dismissal without warning

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In Quintiles Commercial UK Ltd v Barongo , it was established that Mr Barongo, the claimant, was dismissed, on notice, for concerns over his recent conduct. Originally, this was seen to fall under ‘gross misconduct’, however, on his internal...

Hot weather working: How to survive the heat

Susan Mayall
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Following weeks of soaring temperatures, it seems our long summer is here to stay, and although it has been welcomed by many with open arms, it’s important to remember the impact that the heat could have in the workplace. The Risks When temperatures...

How useful are "good faith" clauses?

Aaron Marshall
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When a contract is drafted, it may be difficult to legislate for every possible scenario, and so a “good faith” clause is often included to compensate for this, and to ensure that the “spirit” of the contract is adhered to –...

Assistance available for first time buyers

Sarah Major
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The thought of buying your first property can be both an exciting and daunting prospect. Luckily there is a range of options available to aid first time buyers wanting to get their foot on the property ladder. A first-time buyer is defined as an individual...

Supreme Court rules Woman 'must stay married' whilst family law experts warn of 'divorce crisis'

Lucinda McWatt
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Yesterday the Supreme Court unanimously rejected Tini Owens appeal to grant her a divorce from her husband Hugh.   The couple married in 1978 have two adult children, but as he is refusing to split up, they must remain married until 2020. Lord...

When is an "agreement" a legally binding contract?

Christopher Burke
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The question of whether or not your contract is legally binding can be straightforward when considering conventional contracts, however, there are circumstances in which greater scrutiny may be required in order to determine the (potentially) binding nature...

Moving home? The importance of an experienced solicitor

Victoria Marshall
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Buying your first property, or even simply moving from one home to another can be stressful, especially as for most of us, it could well be the most expensive purchase we make.  It’s important that you choose the right solicitor to take the stress...

Addicted to video games - what can employers do?

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In its latest release of the Disease Classification Manual, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised excessive gaming (usually online gaming) as an addiction, which could potentially lead to it being reclassified as a disability in the future. The...

July Market Commentary

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Introduction Let us invite you to travel back in time to June 2016, to the day after the Brexit referendum. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, campaigning in the US Presidential election is in full swing. You are offered two glimpses into the future. The...

Are you keeping track of your pension pot?

Simon Taylor
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Keeping track of your pension pots can feel like a full time job at times, particularly as we head towards a world where the average person will have eleven different jobs over the course of their career. It’s becoming increasingly uncommon for people...

Can we make inheritance tax simpler?

Jonathan Beardmore
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Inheritance tax (IHT) has existed in the UK for over 300 years. In its current form, it was brought in to replace the old Capital Transfer Tax; a measure that was brought in itself as a form of wealth distribution in order to regulate disparity between rich...

Can a lack of knowledge of tax rules ever save you?

Amy Dransfield
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Staying on top of the latest tax legislation probably isn’t at the top of the to-do list of the majority of UK citizens, and that’s understandable. If you were to miss something though, would you be let off? Or would your ignorance turn out to be...

Corrie serves a reminder of early Sepsis diagnosis importance

Kenneth Lees
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A recent Coronation Street storyline serves as a reminder of how important the early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis is. In the soap Jack Webster, a promising young footballer, developed sepsis and had to undergo a foot amputation following hospital...

Solicitors are Getting Down and Dirty to Fight Cancer

Suzanne Wright
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A team of solicitors will be swapping court shoes for trainers this weekend when they take on the Pretty Muddy challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research. The race at Heaton Park will see the team of solicitors and support staff from Pearson...

Can a zero-hours worker be classed as a part-time worker?

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Part-time workers may compare themselves to full-time workers for the purposes of ensuring that there is no unfair treatment they receive that full-time workers do not. Can zero-hours workers be classified as part-time workers for the purposes of these types...

The #MeToo movement and how it affects your business

Susan Mayall
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A BBC survey conducted last year showed that in the UK more than half of women, and a fifth of men, have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, ranging from inappropriate comments to sexual assaults. There are a number of steps that you can take as...

Happy Birthday NHS

Jacqueline White
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On the day of the NHS’ 70th Birthday we must look back and take inspiration from the compassion and determination of Aneurin Bevan, the man considered to be its creator.  A healthcare system free at the point of delivery, accessible by all was...

Online Review Results Give Solicitors Thumbs Up

Suzanne Wright
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Restaurants, bars and holidays – we all turn to trip advisor and online reviews before making a booking or a purchase these days and so it is increasingly the same with legal services – whilst the majority of our clients have been with us for...