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Solicitors Play Santa to Senior

Suzanne Wright
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Solicitors from Pearson law firm have been collecting gifts and wrapping them up ready for a Christmas delivery to elderly people across the area who may not get a visitor or a gift this festive season. Working with Home Instead, a care provider across...

4 savvy tips when Christmas shopping

Richard Eastwood
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Christmas seems to come round earlier and earlier each year. Retailers start tempting ‘early gifters’ as soon as the Back to School stock has disappeared. And competitive Christmas light displays begin appearing in some neighbourhoods from as...

Why it pays to shop around for insurance

Jonathan Beardmore
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With so many options out there, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and remain with your current insurance provider. It can also be quite a hassle to trawl the internet for that perfect deal. However, recent research by the FCA has found that taking the...

Pre-Election Thoughts

Richard Eastwood
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The manifestos have been published, the battle lines have been drawn Next Thursday December 12 th , the UK will go to the polls in the first December General Election since 1923. In that election, the Conservatives, led by Stanley Baldwin, won the most...

Celebrating our Volunteering Staff

Bridget Batty
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Thursday 5 December is International Volunteer Day.  A day to raise awareness of and to gain an understanding of how people used their skills and knowledge within their communities on a voluntary basis. At Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers a...

How the gender gap even affects children's pensions

Kimberley Sykes
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We’re familiar with the gender gap in pensions for adults but there is evidence that this actually starts much earlier on. According to data from HMRC, parents and grandparents are more likely to save into a boy’s pension than a girl’s. A...

Carrying Holiday Over When an Employee is Sick

Susan Mayall
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Recent case law states that if an employee is sick, annual leave in excess of the 4 week period under the EU Working Time Directive, does not have to be carried forward to the next year. This time of year many staff are often using up annual leave, with...

Dangerous Prescription Mix-Up by High Street Pharmacy

Gemma Miller
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Dangerous Prescription Mix-Up by High Street Pharmacy A pharmacy gave the wrong medication to our client resulting in a £2,800 settlement after she had serious side-effects from being given anti-psychotic drugs instead of cramp medication. Ms H...

December Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The beginning of November saw the World Trade Organisation authorise China to put $3.6bn (£2.8bn) of tariffs on US goods. The following week it was reported that a potential trade deal between the two countries could see tariffs ‘rolled...

A Worry for Divorcing Parents at Christmas

Lucinda McWatt
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Christmas is a time for family, but when yours is splitting apart it can also be a terrible time but with some organisation and planning it can still be a special time for everyone. Children are at the heart of the festive season and it’s often the...

HoHoHo or NoNoNo, Employers Beware it's Christmas Party Time

Susan Mayall
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It’s here already! This time of year businesses of all sizes are gearing up for the annual Christmas party, but without appearing to be a bah humbug employment solicitors are advising business owners to beware and make sure they’re not facing...

Common Law Marriage is a Myth

Emma Kendall
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Co habiting couples make up the fastest growing family type in this country but unfortunately the law as it stands doesn’t recognise these couples in the same way as those who are married or in a civil partnership. This is Resolutions’...

Be Safe on the Roads this Winter

Ian Wolstenhulme
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With the onset of sub-zero temperatures and frosty weather there is no time like Road Safety Awareness Week to remind people to be safe on the roads this winter. This is Road Safety Week – a week co-ordinated by Brake.  At the launch of their...

Contesting a Will

Laura Pracy
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When writing a Will, people leave things to loved ones to recognise the special place they had in their lives, or as a thank you for what they did. Whether it is spouses, partners, children, grandchildren, other relatives, friends or charities people can...

Divorce Changes on Back Burner Again

Lucinda McWatt
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As Parliament has been dissolved and politicians turn their minds to canvassing ahead of the General Election the business of Government and changes to the law have been put on the back burner and this will have an effect on the progress of the Divorce Bill....

Social Media - are Employers liable for Employee Activity?

Susan Mayall
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According to the Equality Act 2010 , Under Section 109(1), employers usually take on the legal liability of any acts carried out by their employees during the course of their work. Recently we’ve come across a case where the company was cleared of...

November Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The beginning of October brought us the Conservative Party conference and a plethora of promises and fiery speeches. Meanwhile world stock markets were tumbling on fears of a global sell-off and the US/Europe tariff war joining the US/China dispute. By the...

Dr Kershaw's Hospice appoints new Trustee

Joanne Jones
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Joanne Jones, Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers has been appointed as a trustee on the Board of Trustees for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Based in Royton, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides a...

Darker Nights: Danger for Road Safety

Ian Wolstenhulme
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Now that British Summer Time has officially ended with the clocks going back last week it brings darker evenings. As we all adjust to the evenings drawing in and the days being shorter many of us will only be driving our cars in the darker hours until next...

Cancer in the Workplace

Victoria Schofield
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As part of a partnership with Maggies Oldham solicitors from Pearson will be presenting a ‘Cancer in the Workplace’ workshop at the Oldham hospital centre. Identifying employment rights for patients, as well as helping provide practical advice...

Making sure you're on track to retain your lifestyle in retirement

Richard Eastwood
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Do you feel like you just go to work day in, day out, with the weeks quickly turning to months and the months to years?     If that’s the case, you may be going through life with a vague notion that your pension contributions will...

Sandwich Generation: Financial Planning

Richard Eastwood
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Building wealth and reaching financial independence is not always easy to achieve and it gets more and more difficult when you’re sandwiched. Financial Planning on a Multigenerational Level We often hear the term sandwich generation but what does...

Back to 60 campaigners fight on

Joanne Jones
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The campaigning group, Back to 60, has lost their fight at the High Court to seek redress for the inequality around the state pension age, which affects women who were born in the 1950s.    The group was claiming that the increase in the...

Brexit and your Business

Christopher Burke
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Yesterday was the day when we could have been leaving the European Union and UK business activity affected forever. Instead, we now have Brexmas when the United Kingdom will be having a general election on 12 December. So how will the General Election...

The impact of climate change fears on ethical investing

Jonathan Beardmore
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As pressure mounts on governments and financial institutions to do more to combat climate change, the demand for ethical investment opportunities is on the rise.  Triodos Bank’s annual impact investing survey has found that nearly half (45%) of...

The popularity of equity release is growing, but is this a good move?

Gillian Hawley
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Equity release is no longer the niche lending area it once was with more and more homeowners over 55 choosing to release cash tied up in their homes and there are few signs of this trend subsiding. Lending in 2018 increased by 27% compared to the previous...

1 in 4 say they would consider Contesting a Will

Laura Pracy
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More people are going to court to challenge Wills because they feel they have been unfairly left out. Nationally, research shows that one in four people would go to court to contest a Will . While we are not necessarily seeing those numbers, there has...

Property Searches For Commercial Property Leases

Ben Tatters
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As a business expands or indeed starts up new commercial premises become a necessity, but there is a big difference between commercial and residential leases and as it’s one of the biggest overheads a business often has after wages it’s important...

End to Uncertainty for Grieving Families

Hannah Pearson
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Plans for the government to increase probate fees have been reversed and welcomed by our solicitors. Probate - the legal authority to take control of someone's finances when they die - used to take up to 10 days to be granted by the court. If the...

Age is a Question of Mind Over Matter in Tribunal Case

Victoria Schofield
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In the light of a recent out of court settlement when an 86 year old sued the NHS for Age Discrimination employers need to be aware of their procedures and policies, especially as we have an ageing work force and people wanting to work into their 70s and...

Being Prepared for Later Life

Joanne Jones
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Sadly we sometimes come across cases where elderly people have no option but to spend their life savings on care homes fees, but often some professional advice could limit or even prevent this. A case which hit the news recently highlights what can go...

Memorial Service for Bereaved Families

Jacqueline White
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Oldham Bereavement Support Service is a registered charity based at Royal Oldham Hospital run by team of trained volunteers who visit bereaved people in their own homes or by appointment at The Whiteside Centre.  Their aim to offer support to those who...

Later Life Marriage, Divorce and Finances

Emma Kendall
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A later life relationship can be a new start, but those entering should give careful consideration to pensions, inheritance, property and most of all finances. There are steps that can be taken to protect these assets and these are often the main source of...

Ticking Things Off Your To Do List - Making a Will

Zoe Johnson
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As the nights draw in and we begin to think forward to Christmas there might still be some things that need ticking off your 2019 to do list and making a Will could be one of them. Almost 75% of people do not have an up to date Will, or have even started to...

Improving cash flow within your Business

Asa Cocker
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Business success is determined by cash flow, it’s something companies of all sizes struggle with, but some small tweaks can make all the difference and as we approach the end of the year what better time to make some changes. It is the money going...

Baby's Life is Lost

John Pollitt
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Pearson Solicitors’ Medical Negligence team are handling a case of a new baby where failure to escalate the case to a senior paediatrician led to her deterioration and death within a few hours of arriving at Tameside General Hospital . Baby was...

October Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction  What goes down immediately comes back up? If only saving and investing were that simple…  That’s what happened in September. In August, we reported that almost all the major markets we cover in this Commentary had...

Protecting your home from care home fees

Joanne Jones
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As you grow older, one of the things you might be most concerned about is the entire value of your home disappearing on paying care home fees. Care from the NHS is free, but if you need social care because you are physically or mentally frail, you will have...

The Help to Buy ISA deadline is looming

Rakhsana Noreen
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After 30th November 2019, potential first-time buyers will no longer be able to apply for a new Help to Buy ISA.    Savers who already have an account will be able to keep saving into it until 30th November 2029, regardless of when the ISA...

The tapered Annual Allowance and why reform will help the NHS

Jonathan Beardmore
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According to the NHS Confederation, the Chancellor Sajid Javid could address the NHS pensions crisis by scrapping the tapered Annual Allowance.  The Confederation claims that the current crisis is due to the introduction of the tapered Annual Allowance...

Employment Law changes in 2020

Susan Mayall
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What every HR department needs to know. Holiday pay and flexible working are among major changes to employment law being introduced next year. Matthew Taylor’s working practices review of 2017 found that existing legislation could not keep up with...

New Commercial Litigation Solicitor joins our Commercial Team

Usman Anwar
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 A new Commercial Litigation Solicitor joins the Commercial team of Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers based at Hollinwood Business Centre near the M60.  Usman, aged 30, was born in Bolton, and moved to Manchester as a child. He then...

World Sepsis Day

Kenneth Lees
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It’s World Sepsis Day on Friday 13 th September – a day to raise awareness of Sepsis.  Sepsis affects about 30 million people per year and kills between 6 – 9 million so it’s something we all need to be aware of. ...

How no-deal Brexit will affect Employment Law

Susan Mayall
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Protection for workers after no-deal Brexit Whether the UK leaves the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, workers will still be protected by our rigorous employment laws . There are unlikely to be wholesale changes to our legislation and any changes...

The generational gap in savings might be wider than you think...

Kimberley Sykes
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A new report by Scottish Widows (SW) has found that savings habits among younger people are rather lacking when compared with older generations.  14% of people aged 20-29 are not saving any money, whereas 20% are saving between 0-6% of their wages and...

How to find the right investment for you

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In the wake of the  Woodford debacle , there’s a lot of buzz around investments and the rationale for choosing them. So we thought it would be useful to outline what you should be thinking about when it comes to choosing an investment to enable...

Blockchain: What is it?

Jonathan Beardmore
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If you’ve been following the advance of technology in the financial sector over the past decade, you’ve no doubt heard of blockchain, the record keeping technology which had its first real world application with  Bitcoin . It is often...

September Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction  August is traditionally known as the ‘silly season’. The great and the good are on holiday. Nothing is happening: there are no world events. So the newspapers have to resort to any number of peripheral and not-at-all-serious...

It's Strictly the Silver Splitters Heading to the Divorce Courts

Lucinda McWatt
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With the onset of autumn couples often start thinking about themselves and their relationships and so it tends to be a key time for those considering divorce, but more recently the age 55+ divorce is leading the way in the usual September spike in cases. ...

Oldham Business Awards open for nomination again

Richard Eastwood
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Oldham Business Awards open for nominations again As autumn approaches, the new term is upon us it’s time to consider entering the Oldham Business Awards or nominate a colleague, client or supplier The Oldham Business Awards now in their twelfth...