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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

Kate Hunter
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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?

Kate Hunter
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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

Richard Eastwood
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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?

Kate Hunter
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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...

Property fraud is on the rise

Victoria Marshall
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Property fraud is where fraudsters try to ‘steal’ your property by pretending to be you and selling or mortgaging your property and leaving you to pick up the pieces.  It mainly affects residential and commercial landlords.  You will...

Should you open your business up to online reviews?

Aaron Marshall
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There has been a significant upturn in the number of businesses providing their customers with the opportunity to submit online reviews towards services and products. This platform has snowballed following the success of companies such as Amazon and Trip...

Why Romance in the Workplace is not always a Good Thing

Kate Hunter
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In many cases a personal relationship between staff will not interfere with work. However, sometimes a personal relationship will be or can become problematic because it adversely impacts on other colleagues or negatively affects business efficiency....

Does requiring my employees to undertake a medical examination infringe GDPR?

Susan Mayall
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Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), health information is classed as “special category data” and an employer needs to have a lawful basis for processing such information. This means that requiring employees to undertake medical...

June Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Harold Wilson famously said that, ‘a week is a long time in politics.’ A month is a  very  long time when we come to write this commentary. Looking back to the first few days of May, the Royal Bank of Scotland was announcing plans to...

Can I use equity release to pay for care?

Simon Taylor
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It’s one of the scary things about growing old, isn’t it? We’re all living longer, thanks to medical science but does that mean more of us are going to end up in a care home, struggling to find the means to pay for it? A year in a care...

A cautionary tale: The Lazio case

Joanne Ormston
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Cyber-security is more important than ever before, as Serie A football club, Lazio, found out the hard way in March. After signing Dutch centre back Stefan de Vrij in 2014 from Feyenoord, Lazio agreed to pay his £6.8m fee in installments. Nothing...

Are mini-bonds a good alternative to savings?

Jonathan Beardmore
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You may have seen mini-bonds advertised, offering as much as 10% returns over reasonably short timeframes. Companies such as John Lewis, Hotel Chocolat and Naked Wines have famously employed them as a way of accruing debt-based funding. If you’re an...

We Never Stop Learning

Joanne Ormston
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Learning never stops even after you get that job at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers.  Due to the nature of our business our staff have a variety of backgrounds and join the firm with varying qualifications . Joanne Ormston , Practice...

New guidance for employers when setting dress code policies

Kate Hunter
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Following an increase in media attention in recent years, a recommendation from the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee has led to new Government guidance concerning dress codes, and how to avoid them being discriminatory – particularly...

Long Term Ill Health Case Study

Susan Mayall
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“I truly am grateful for all the work you have done and the support you have offered me.” We recently settled an employment case for a client and secured a substantial settlement for him after he was poorly treated by his employers whilst on...

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Joanne Ormston
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Volunteering plays a key part in our communities without which many charities, social events and community activities wouldn’t exist. This week is all about celebrating volunteering, recognising what is done behind the scenes and celebrating the huge...

Is your business ready for the GDPR changes?

Keith Kennedy
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The General Data Protection Regulation is now in force as of 25 May 2018 and has introduced sweeping changes to the way that businesses and organisations can hold data and information, strengthening protection for individuals. Non-compliance with the new...

How to Cope With a Summer of Sport....Advice for Employers

Susan Mayall
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The World Cup will soon be upon us, the traditional team song may have been ditched this year, but for employers the habitual problem of absenteeism during sporting events, hot on the heels of warm weather days offs, is a perennial headache.   ...

Be Stroke Aware

Kenneth Lees
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Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke and the effects can be cruel, devastating and life-changing.  Stroke is a brain attack.  It is a medical emergency which affects millions around the country. We are often approached by patients and...

The importance of a Shareholders' Agreement- Can a majority shareholder force out a minority shareholder by amending company articles?

Keith Kennedy
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Minority shareholders may find themselves in the precarious position of being forced out of a company against their will. This can happen during disputes between a minority and majority shareholder, and in a recent case, it was ruled that a majority...

We Are Celebrating Quality

Joanne Ormston
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For the 16th year on the run we have been awarded the prestigious Lexcel quality mark. After an exhaustive and detailed inspection of our files and office procedures, including interviews with our solicitors and staff, the Law Society’s practice...

'No Fault' Divorce

Lucinda McWatt
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Should you be able to divorce without blaming your spouse in divorce proceedings? Resolution, the family justice body, are currently campaigning for the law surrounding divorce in England and Wales to be changed into ‘no fault’ divorce allowing...

Emily - Recognised as Outstanding Student

Bridget Batty
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Emily Gardner , Office Administration Assistant in our Family Team, has just completed Level 2 Office Administration at Oldham College. It’s ‘Learning at Work Week’ so we’d like to acknowledge Emily’s success of her...

New report aims to tackle the exploitation of low-paid workers and enforce holiday pay

Susan Mayall
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The Government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Sir David Metcalf, has now published his report, “Labour Market Enforcement Strategy”, covering issues such as low paid workers and holiday pay rights. Here’s what this new...

May Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction It looked for a long time that the main headline for this commentary would be the opening salvos in a trade war between China and the USA. The International Monetary Fund published a bullish report on world trade, saying that global growth...

Could you be eligible for a power of attorney fee refund?

Joanne Jones
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Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) generated a surplus of £89m from Lasting Power of Attorney fee overpayments. This happened because the OPG’s operating costs were reduced, but LPA application fees...

Three important ways to use equity release

Simon Taylor
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Equity release plans, also known as lifetime mortgages, allow those over the age of 55 to borrow against their home. Thanks to decades of rising house prices, for some older homeowners this can mean there is plenty available to borrow. The number of people...

What is pound cost averaging?

Richard Eastwood
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If you’re unclear on what the term ‘pound cost averaging’ means, the simplicity of what it describes is perhaps best demonstrated through an example. Abbie is an investor who has already decided where she wants to make a long-term...

Road Traffic Compensation - Why It's Not A Good Idea To Go It Alone

Ian Wolstenhulme
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Appointing a solicitor can seem daunting and potentially expensive – you might be tempted to have a go online, say with a Will, conveyancing or even divorce, but in most cases an expert is what’s needed to get the compensation you deserve and...

First successful prosecution for falsifying information on the company register

Christopher Burke
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A Warwickshire businessman has had to pay over £12,000 for falsifying information on the company register. The facts of the case In 2013, Kevin Brewer incorporated John Vincent Cable Services Ltd, and appointed former business secretary and current...

What to do if you have been issued a County Court Judgment (CCJ)

Aaron Marshall
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If you have been served a County Court Judgment (CCJ), it may have occurred without your knowledge due to unfair practices. There are actions you can take to defend yourself from such sharp practices ahead of potential governmental changes to how CCJs...

Compensation for injury to feelings sees increase in line with the Retail Price Index

Susan Mayall
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Claimants at an employment tribunal may make a claim for “injury to feelings” in situations where they have suffered discrimination which has led to humiliation, hurt and degradation, or the discrimination has persisted for a lengthy period of...

Changes to termination payments and how they affect your business

Susan Mayall
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New tax rules announced at the 2016 Budget are now in force as of 6 April 2018. Income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) will now need to be made on all payments in lieu of notice (PILONs) upon termination of employment. Pre 6 April 2018 rules ...