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Holiday Trip Leads to Compensation

Lisa Anderson
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With the holiday season now a staycation many families are heading to caravans, holidays parks and rented cottages across the UK -  even before Covid-19 made families think twice about an overseas trip the UK is a favoured getaway, but it’s...

Employers Guide to Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus

Susan Mayall
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Details of the £1,000 bonus driven Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for bringing staff back from furlough have been revealed by the Government. All employers, including company directors, office holders, agencies and umbrella companies can take...

Conveyancing gets a speedy update

Victoria Marshall
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The process of buying a house  is changing gradually during 2020 as the more traditional conveyancing systems make way for electronic communication, artificial intelligence-based processing and digital registration services. The Land Registry has...

Online service to improve lasting power of attorney

Zoe Johnson
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The duties of attorneys acting under a lasting power of attorney (LPA) have been given a boost with a new online system designed to speed up the management of affairs. A ‘donor’ appoints an ‘attorney’ when they make a lasting...

Holiday quarantine rules and employment law guide for employers

Susan Mayall
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Employers with staff returning from a holiday in quarantine restricted countries now face the whole host of employment law issues as staff have to self-isolate. With Spain recently added to the list and other popular destinations such as Greece and France...

Corona Clauses and the process of buying a house

Victoria Marshall
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It was a strange sight this spring and early summer with ‘FOR SALE’ boards not popping up all over and estate agents' offices closed.  Many buyers dreaming of more outside space, or spotting the ideal house on daily walks turned to...

What is the value of advice?

Richard Eastwood
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You’re not going to be surprised that, as advisers, our firm belief is that an advised client will get a better financial outcome than a non-advised client. How to prove, though, that we’re not just biased? What is the actual value of that...

Employment Law Case could affect Employers with self employed workers

Susan Mayall
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A ‘landmark’ employment case could this week pave the way for workers in the beauty industry to make similar claims after a self employed hairdresser has won the right to claim for notice, holiday and redundancy pay. The claim, in the Employment...

Importance of Up-to-Date Advice on Trusts from an Expert

Joanne Jones
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A Trust when set up to benefit a vulnerable loved one should be ‘watertight’ and clients quite rightly do not expect unseen consequences, however it is always advisable to consult a professional whose advice is up to date and relevant, as one...

The Ins and Outs of Income Protection

Richard Eastwood
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Given the current climate, it’s not surprising that income protection is a key concern for many people. Insurers have reported that the number of enquiries about this type of cover rose by more than 1,000% in March as the number of people fearing...

Employers' Guide to Data Protection during COVID-19

Keith Kennedy
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With more businesses set to return to work from 4 July 2020, employers are asking whether they are allowed under the Data Protection Act 2018 (the " Act ") to ask employees about their health. Under the Act, health data is "special category...

Ban on Residential Housing Evictions has been Extended

Usman Anwar
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The news that the Government in England and Wales has suspended housing possession proceedings for a further two months has been welcomed by tenants, practitioners and Housing Solicitors alike. The Government provided an unprecedented package of support to...

Stamp Duty Land Tax Changes

Victoria Marshall
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The whole property industry waited with bated breath to hear Rishi Sunak’s Spring statement yesterday. Lots of speculation suggested a change in Stamp Duty Land Tax but exactly what that change was to be was waited in anticipation! No Stamp Duty The...

Retirement planning in the time of coronavirus

Richard Eastwood
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The coronavirus pandemic has signalled the dawn of a worrying time for everyone. As well as anxiety about our own health and the wellbeing of our loved ones, many of us are understandably worried about the financial future. Recent stock market turbulence is...

Compensation for Dispensing Error

Lois Goddard
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A high street pharmacy gave the wrong medication to our client on two separate occasions resulting in £5K settlement.  Being dispensed a drug for lowering blood pressure instead of depression and medication for reducing excess stomach acid on the...

UK Government halts Commercial Property Evictions

Usman Anwar
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On 19 June 2020 the UK Government made an important announcement for tenants of commercial properties who are unable to pay rent due to the coronavirus crisis. The UK Government plans to introduce the following key changes in England and Wales: ...

How does Right to Light UK affect you?

Asa Cocker
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Most of us have spent more time at home this year due to lockdown restrictions and with the fantastic weather we will have spent more time relaxing or working on our homes and gardens. Perhaps more than ever you’ve had time to think and the fact that...

Redundancies as firms adapt to survive Coronavirus

Susan Mayall
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On reading The Business Desk article regarding mid-sized firms planning permanent job losses and business overhaul in order to survive COVID19, this unfortunately rings bells with Employment Solicitor, Susan Mayall , who predominantly assists small and...

Contract Dispute Resolutions

Usman Anwar
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On a daily basis people and businesses enter into written and verbal contracts, whether that be purchasing a coffee, buying a new car, and not to mention an employment contract or a contract for goods/services. But what happens when a written and verbal...

No Fault Divorce Day is getting Closer

Emma Kendall
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Removing fault from the divorce process has been on the cards for such a long time now our Family Law Solicitors wondered if the day would ever come.  The proposed legislation is just days away from receiving Royal assent as it travels along its...

Flexible Furlough Scheme for Flexible Working

Susan Mayall
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The Government has now issued new guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) as part of their plans to phase out the furlough scheme. How is the furlough scheme changing? The updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)  will...

Celebrating 15 years at Pearson

Joanne Ormston
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15 years ago this week Rick Mills  joined our firm.  Starting out as an Accounts Junior he has since become Accounts Manager for Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers based at our Oldham office, responsible for three members of staff. ...

Safety First as Conveyancers follow Government Guidelines

Gillian Hawley
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Specific guidelines will help the housing market recover and allow Property Solicitors to speed up house sales and purchases. We’ve all spent a long time at home these last few months and the housing market has been hit right from the start by the...

What questions should you be asking before you access your pension?

Richard Eastwood
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According to HMRC, record numbers of people have been taking money out of their pensions since the beginning of the year. 348,000 people made a withdrawal between January and March, a 23% increase from 284,000 in the same quarter in 2019. The value of the...

Marking Volunteers Week at Oldham law firm

Bridget Batty
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Volunteering always plays a key part in our communities so without fundraising events, charities many community activities would probably never happen. Whilst we have been in lockdown many people have used their time to think of others and this is the week...

Oldham Law Firm praised by Law Society

Joanne Ormston
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Oldham Law Firm, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers has been praised by the Law Society for how it is handling the lockdown and continuing to manage client expectations. Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers in Oldham are currently going through...

Term vs whole of life insurance - which is best?

Kimberley Sykes
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Regardless of your religious beliefs, death might not be the end – your mortgage and financial obligations could outlast you! This is where the right life insurance comes in. Deciding whether you need term or whole of life insurance can be tough, not...

The effects of Covid-19 on the housing market

Victoria Marshall
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The coronavirus pandemic will have long term implications for all aspects of the residential housing market. As restrictions are gradually lifted, the sector is starting to operate again, albeit under social distancing measures. But with the Chancellor...

Safety Advice for All Landlords

Ben Tatters
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Nothing stops for coronavirus and whilst we are all welcoming the next step in relaxing restrictions and making the most of the sunny days landlords need to remember that June 1st is also the day the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private...

Furlough - All Change for Employers

Susan Mayall
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Just when we all thought we understood furlough it has all changed again – so what does it mean for employers? A few months ago 'furlough' was a new word, but now we have all got used to 80% wages for furloughed staff to a...

Buying From Administrators

Keith Kennedy
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As has been reported in recent press and, unfortunately, as will continue to be reported over the coming weeks and months, Covid-19 has proved to be the final straw for many companies.  However, when a company goes into Administration it doesn't...

June Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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For the second month in a row, we went back to the previous month’s Commentary before we wrote a word. How did we leave April in this rapidly changing world?  With the Prime Minister having just come out of hospital and having become the father...

It's Time to Get Moving House Again

Victoria Marshall
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It’s been a tough few months for everyone, but if you were about to move from a second floor flat to a house with a garden and it was postponed in lockdown it may have been a frustrating few months. Now the property market is back in business and we...

Confidentiality Clauses in High Court Case

Susan Mayall
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What happens for employers when confidentiality clauses are breached? When a confidentiality clause was breached by an employee chatting and disclosing details of their settlement agreement (which in this case was an ACAS COT3 agreement) with a colleague...

House Moves This Summer - What does the new guidance mean for you and your business?

Michael Pitt
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The property market needs to get back to some kind of ‘normal’ but as professional conveyancers we understand this comes with additional pressure for businesses such as Estate Agents to ensure a safe working environment not only for clients, but...

How Corona has Impacted the Commercial Property Market - two months on

Paul McGladdery
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These have been unprecedented times, anticipated recovery post-Brexit uncertainly has now been swept aside and to use nautical terminology many firms are battening down the hatches to ride out the Covid-19 storm. The implications of coronavirus between...

Good News for House Sales - Solicitors welcome getting back to 'normal'

Ben Tatters
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It’s good news today if you are selling your house, estate agents are back in business, viewings can take place and conveyancing solicitors are ready to help out after a quiet few months. Spring is always a busy time for house moves with bank holidays...

Home Working Update - How Boris' Announcement Affects Employers

Victoria Schofield
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On Sunday the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that unless employees can work from home, they are to go back to work with effect from Monday 11th May and primarily this seems to be aimed at the construction and manufacturing sectors of the economy. ...

How to reduce your monthly expenses

Richard Eastwood
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Many workers have lost their jobs, accepted part-time hours or been put on furlough as a result of the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, British households will see a drop in their disposable...

Cyber Security, Data Protection and Covid-19

Keith Kennedy
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Home working has become the new norm and may even remain that way for the foreseeable future. It is important that businesses ensure that data protection requirements are not forgotten, and that cyber-security is sufficient to meet the demands of scattered,...

Is it Still Possible to Make an LPA during Coronavirus?

Zoe Johnson
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Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is something all ages need to consider, if you’re looking after aged parents, running a business, have an illness of your own, care for children or simply want to plan ahead for the benefit of your family, and...

The art of armchair travelling

Kimberley Sykes
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The Covid-19 outbreak has meant that it’s unlikely any of us will be travelling any time soon. However, virtual escapism remains on the cards for anyone with an internet connection. You can now see some of the world’s most amazing travel...

It's Always a Good Time to Look at Tax Planning

Richard Eastwood
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When considering inheritance most of us look to leave our home to a loved one or family member and in the midst of Covid-19 there has been some good news for those planning to leave a legacy behind, says Pearson’s Financial Partner , Richard Eastwood ....

How to spot fake news

Suzanne Wright
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Social media and online platforms are full of misinformation and fake news at the best of times so in the midst of a pandemic, the problem only escalates. Conspiracy theories, fake cures and scams abound – myths that 5G causes coronavirus, that...

May Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction  Right now, even a week seems a long time in the news agenda. Remembering the end of March, when we wrote our last Market Commentary, feels like looking back into a different era.  Reflecting back, how did we leave March? With the...

Bounce Back Business Loans welcomed by SMEs

Keith Kennedy
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Small businesses affected by Covid-19 have been promised loans of up to £50,000 which could be a lifeline to many of the SMEs we work with said Commercial Solicitors at Pearson. The bounce back measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently...

Have you had your Business Insurance Claim unfairly Rejected?

Usman Anwar
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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the lockdown in England and Wales continues, so does the concern for many SMEs' ability to continue to trade and weather the current crisis. Insurance policies sold before the Coronavirus pandemic stating they...

Seven Year Success and Another Year of Growth for Oldham Solicitors

Joanne Ormston
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We are this week pleased to be posting strong trading results for the year ending 31 March 2020. Our firm, with offices in Oldham, Tameside and a bespoke Commercial Team based in North Manchester close to the M60 network, has increased turnover for the...

Pandemic causes increase in Care Proceedings for Children

Rebecca Wolfenden
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Whilst the news headlines portray a sharp increase in care proceeding cases reaching family courts in recent weeks, large numbers of vulnerable children are at risk and our Family Care Solicitors are busy working behind the scenes acting on behalf of some...

COVID-19 The 'Classic' Force Majeure?

Keith Kennedy
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  ‘Force Majeure’ is a contractual term , usually tucked away at the end of the contract way after most people (except lawyers) have lost interest in reading any further. The COVID-19 pandemic could be viewed as the ‘classic’...