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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...

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’...

Tax, Trusts, Inheritance and Your Home - a Solicitor's Advice

Sarah Finnigan
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Few clients wish to see their home sold to pay for nursing fees, leaving their loved ones with a much reduced inheritance.  However, when you consider that figures suggest HMRC win nearly 90% of the cases brought against it by taxpayers it is worth...

A Solicitor's Advice on Court of Protection during Covid -19

Jacqueline White
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This weekend the BBC reported that, based on statistics released by the National Care Forum, more than 4,000 elderly and disabled people in residential care are likely to have died from Covid-19. In order to protect residents as much as possible, care...

Providing Independent Legal Advice in Challenging Times

Keith Kennedy
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Covid-19 may have turned the world on its head, but most lenders still have the appetite to lend and many businesses and business owners have a greater need to borrow.  The current lockdown has affected the way in which lawyers are able to provide...

Be extra mindful of Dispensing Errors during the Pandemic

Daniel Phelps
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Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we would like to advise clients and the public alike to be vigilant in these times of uncertainty. With more people becoming ill and utilising the pharmacy, the risk of dispensing errors occurring is raised. A...

Don't Suffer in Silence - Domestic Abuse incidents and deaths increase during Coronavirus Pandemic

Rebecca Wolfenden
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It has long been the case and always been a shocking statistic that an average of two women each week die as a result of domestic abuse. Recently, it has been reported in the media that this statistic has become even more shocking since the lockdown...

Technology Aids Will Writing During Pandemic

Joanne Jones
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A wave of new tech has swept through the UK legal system as audio and video technology has become the new ‘norm’ during the coronavirus outbreak and our legal advisers who have been helping clients draw up Wills have embraced the change. ...

Coronavirus and Contracts - Has the Contract been frustrated?

Christopher Burke
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Whilst many of us continue to work successfully from home there are some businesses, more than others, that have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and the contractual and legal issues surrounding it. The hospitality and services industries have been...

Vicarious Liability for Employers

Susan Mayall
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In a recent Supreme Court case supermarket group Morrisons was found to be not vicariously liable for the actions of one of its staff after a data breach. The decision has been welcomed by employment lawyers as clarification on this issue. ...

Discounted House Moves for NHS and Emergency Services Staff

Ben Tatters
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It’s a tough time for everyone, we’ve been clapping you every Thursday but now we want to do something a bit more tangible and offer a discount on future house moves. Looking forward to happier times once the coronavirus pandemic is under...

CoParenting and Child Contact Arrangements during COVID-19

Pamela Walsh
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During these uncertain times it is difficult enough for parents to explain to children what is going on, without the complications of contact with a parent living in another house. Maintaining a sense of routine through a separation and afterwards will...

You can still make a Will during Coronavirus Lockdown

Joanne Jones
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Traditionally Wills are signed in a solicitor’s office in the presence of a lawyer but during the coronavirus lock down we are hearing of Wills being signed in all kinds of strange places. During lockdown these witnessing rules are being tested to the...

Have you received a Claim Form from the County Court?

Asa Cocker
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Pursuing certain legal disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic might be something you would think about putting off.  However, if you find yourself in receipt of a Claim Form from the County Court – this isn’t one of them.  You need to...

What's the news from Care Courts during Coronavirus?

Pamela Walsh
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Since the  court service’s coronavirus guidance has come into force, the court service itself and all the professionals working in this area have immediately risen to the challenge of keeping the courts open for business and dealing with as a many...

Why write a Will?

Joanne Jones
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A Will ensures your wishes regarding how your money, property and other prized possessions are passed on after your death. Without a Will you cannot guarantee that the right people will benefit. How well you protect your family and close friends depends on...

20 years Anniversary

Christopher Burke
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20 years ago today Susan Mayall joined our firm.  Starting out as a secretary, she has since become an Employment Lawyer and today heads up the Employment Team for Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers. Susan has many regular clients who rely on...

5 key points about becoming financially independent

Kimberly Davies
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Financial independence can seem like the holy grail. We may be striving towards it but feel bombarded by lots of conflicting messages on how best to attain it. These five points give an interesting perspective:     Income is not the same...

Coffee for Cash as Charities Hit Hard Times

Suzanne Wright
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During 2020 our staff have been volunteering at Maggie’s cancer centre in Oldham, but like many charities the centre is being hit hard by the Corona pandemic, so staff at Pearson are swapping coffee for cash and donating it to the centre. “Take...

What about my house move during Coronavirus Crisis?

Ben Tatters
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Early 2020 confidence in the housing market has obviously been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic so what does this mean for planned house moves? “Government guidance is that home moves into occupied properties should only take place where contracts...

April Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction In March, the coronavirus outbreak seemed to steal all the headlines, giving us almost hourly updates as it transformed our lives, and made the word ‘unprecedented’ feel like an understatement. Inevitably, there has been a serious...

Employment law changes - preparing for April 2020

Susan Mayall
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All our employment clients know that we always say this area of the law is a minefield and one in which the mines constantly move, EU legislation, Appeal and Tribunal decisions, Brexit and now Coronavirus – they all have an effect on the policies and...

Pearson Team Congratulates Oldham Business Award Finalists

Richard Eastwood
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Pearson Team Congratulates Finalists in Oldham Business Awards As one of the headline sponsors of this prestigious event in the Oldham business calendar this is an evening the Pearson team always look forward to. Last week we should have been gathering...

How long does it take to beat a bear market?

Richard Eastwood
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The current COVID-19 crisis has wiped billions from the world’s financial markets. In the world of investing, such markets where share prices are falling are known as bear markets.  Beating a bear isn’t easy, but you’ll be pleased to...

New Fixed Fee Service from our Divorce and Family Team

Emma Kendall
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Our Divorce and Family Team are launching a new Fixed Fee service to families who might be finding life difficult and need some initial advice and help. The new service is in the form of a Fixed Fee appointment where people can meet with one of our...

Contracts, Covid -19 and the latest Government Employment Advice

Susan Mayall
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If your company’s employment contracts have a lay off clause or if lay off is custom and practice in your industry, you can require employees to go on furlough leave.  If your employment contracts do not contain a lay off clause, you need to seek...

Be wary of Covid-19 email scams

Jayne Sibson
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Scandalous though it may sound, cyber-criminals are using the coronavirus crisis to prey on unsuspecting individuals.  Security experts have said they have seen an increase in email scams over the last few weeks, as if the world pandemic wasn’t...

So what's Furlough leave?

Susan Mayall
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The concept of Furlough Leave was announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday 20 th March but many of you have been asking what the difference between this and Layoffs. Lay off and short time working are derived from statute in the...