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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...

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...

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...

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...

Coronavirus Market Context

Richard Eastwood
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As the Coronavirus spreads across the UK there is increasing economic uncertainty.  As with previous health crises we think that financial markets will overcome in the long term.   The news this week that Coronavirus has started to impact daily...

Business Support in Economic Emergency

Christopher Burke
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Whilst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the UK its impact will no doubt be having an effect on your business. Our Commercial Team here at Pearson Solicitors are here to steer you through these unprecedented days of disruption. ...

An Employment Update on lay offs and short time working

Susan Mayall
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We are being contacted by businesses seeking advice on what to do if they suffer a downturn and have insufficient work for their employees. There are murmurings that the Government may bring in emergency changes to the law on lay off and short time working,...

Time to Focus on our Loved Ones

Joanne Jones
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The unease sweeping across the country and the unknown in what lies ahead has led to lots of calls to our solicitors as people seek to focus on their loved ones. The Law Society has reported a huge 30% national surge in requests for legal advice from...

Service as normal at Pearson during Pandemic

Joanne Ormston
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As a responsible business we have taken a number of steps to preserve and maintain the safety of our clients, staff and of course our offices during the Coronavirus outbreak in order to minimise any risks - whilst at the same time provide the level of...

So was it the Coronavirus Budget?

Richard Eastwood
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So was it the Coronavirus Budget, or the Infrastructure Budget? Or was it, as the Chancellor declared at the end of his speech, the ‘people’s Budget from a people’s government?’ It was certainly a Budget that was high on spending...

Have you been issued with a CCJ due to an unpaid parking ticket?

Asa Cocker
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If you have parked your vehicle in a car park without purchasing a valid ticket, parking companies will make a note of the offending vehicle’s registration plate and check with the DVLA for the name and address of the registered driver.  The car...

What's a RIO mortgage?

Andrew Rodbourne
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Sadly, this type of mortgage won’t help you jet off and buy a pad in Rio de Janeiro. It can, however, be a useful option to provide you with more flexibility in later years.       A RIO mortgage stands for...

Coronavirus:Guidance for Employers and Employees

Susan Mayall
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Whilst the coronavirus seems to have originated in China there are cases now being confirmed in the UK, but the current information is that the risk of catching coronavirus at work appears to be low. As the days go by and more cases are identified further...

March Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction  Not the election of Donald Trump, not the US/China trade dispute. Not even Brexit. We cannot recall a single issue having so completely dominated a month’s news – or threatened to have such serious consequences – as the...

How are you monitored at work?

Victoria Schofield
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Social media can affect the workplace and productivity if it is overused by employees and many employers are concerned about this, but also there are implications for staff who feel ‘spied’ on by their bosses. We have worked with many clients...

Why timing the market doesn't work

Richard Eastwood
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Market timing is an investing strategy where investors move their money in and out of the market to try and avoid losses before they happen and buy-in at the bottom after the market has crashed. It’s the well known tactic of ‘buy low and sell...

Environmental investing themes to look out for in 2020

Kimberly Davies
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Although the financial markets have seen their fair share of volatility over the last decade, there has been a growth in opportunities for investors wanting to invest in environmentally conscious businesses. If you’re looking to make a more positive...

Crack Down on Criminal Landlords and Letting Agents

Usman Anwar
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The Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, has recently announced more than £4 million of funding will be provided to local councils in England and Wales to tackle exploitive landlords and letting agents. The majority of landlords provide decent...

Pearson back play highlighting dangers of Social Media

Suzanne Wright
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Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers are sponsoring Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Northern premiere of Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, which explores the real-world implications of our digital lives. Supporting the Coliseum is part of our commitment to...

Not So Romantic St Valentine for Divorce Solicitors

Emma Kendall
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On one of the most romantic days of the year it seems strange to be talking about divorce, but when handled amicably a non-distressing divorce can be straightforward and does not have to be a traumatic experience. When children are concerned it’s...

Compensation Claim for Slip on Ice

Lisa Anderson
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A women, who slipped on ice injuring her shoulder when a van blocked the pavement and she had to walk over uneven ground, got £3000 in compensation when we acted for her recently. The 69 year old client was in Ashton town centre when the incident...

What can be done to free mortgage prisoners?

Andrew Rodbourne
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The term ‘mortgage prisoner’ refers to mortgage borrowers who find themselves unfairly trapped in old deals with high interest rates and with no prospect of remortgaging or paying back the loan. It’s thought there are currently 150,000 such...

Celebrating our Apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week

Joanne Ormston
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Its National Apprenticeship Week so there’s no time like the present to celebrate our own apprentices. On our staff we currently have seven apprentices on board; all at various stages of their apprenticeship programmes. Apprentices are a great way...

February Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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China grabbed the headlines again in January, but this time not for trade. On 31st December, the Chinese authorities had notified the World Health Organisation of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. Today the country is in lockdown, the...

Pothole Casualty in Car Park

Lisa Anderson
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The ubiquitous pot holes in car parks and roads all over Britain are causing not only problems for motorists, but also pedestrians as one of our clients found out recently. We acted for a 56 lady who tripped in a supermarket car park once she had returned...

Ready for the end of the tax year?

Kimberly Davies
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The tax year will end on April 5th. Are you confident that you have made appropriate preparations and maximised your tax allowances? Here are some of the allowances that you should consider:  The Marriage Allowance You can transfer £1,250 of...

What has survived from the original Pension Schemes Bill?

Richard Eastwood
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You may have read various headlines about the Pensions Bill which was first announced in the Queen’s Speech in October. Its progress was subsequently halted with the calling of the General Election but it has now been confirmed by the Queen and is on...

Divorce and Business - The facts

Emma Kendall
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When you are going through divorce a whole range of emotions have to be dealt with, but after that come the practicalities concerning house moves, pensions, general finances and what to do if you have a business. Businesses are part of the assets to be...

New Year, New Decade, Old Landlord and Tenant Issues

Usman Anwar
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There can be a number of risks for landlords when renting out a residential property such as tenants breaching the terms of an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, rent arrears and alleged claims by a tenant that the landlord failed to provide key documents...

Potholes can lead to injuries for pedestrians and cyclists

Ian Wolstenhulme
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The number of potholes and the lack of repairs is a common topic of conversation this time of year. Our roads take quite a battering with increased rain, cold temperatures, salt treatments for icy weather with many new potholes appearing and existing ones...

Divorce 'blame game' to end

Lucinda McWatt
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Divorce ‘blame game’ to end Divorcing couples will no longer have to blame one another for the breakdown of their marriage as a Bill that seeks to reduce family conflict enters Parliament again. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill...

Key steps to maximise your allowances before the end of the tax year

Sarah Finnigan
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The tax year will be coming to an end on 5th April. With that deadline in mind, we wanted to remind our clients of all the allowances available to you during the tax year. It’s important to make sure you’re maximising your allowance in all areas...

Veganuary - is it worth giving it a go?

Susan Mayall
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Veganuary  - is it worth giving it a go? At the start of a new year many people evaluate their diets and many have started to take up the Veganuary trend. This is where people have a plant-based approach to eating based on a trend of going Vegan for...

Why you must make sure your Will is accessible

Joanne Jones
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Do you know where your Will is? Even more importantly, do the people who will act as your executors, in the event of your death, know where your Will is stored?   The recent discovery at Lloyds Banking Group that 9,000 Wills had been left in...

January Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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The end of the decade saw the US/China trade dispute continue to make plenty of headlines. However with Donald Trump signing a long-awaited ‘phase one’ agreement on 15th January, it appears 2020 could see tensions ease. Trump is currently due to...

Solicitors choose Maggies as Charity of the Year

Suzanne Wright
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Maggie’s Oldham has been chosen as charity of the year 2020 by staff at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers and over 12 months the firm will be raising money, volunteering and taking part in a whole host of sponsored events to boost the cancer...

New year, new decade, new approach to your finances?

Kimberley Sykes
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You may have already made some New Year’s resolutions regarding healthy eating and exercise but could your finances do with slimming down too? The start of a new year, not to mention a new decade, is a great time to review your financial situation,...

Start the new Decade with your Finances in Order

Joanne Jones
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If you’re looking to start 2020 with your finances in order it is important to consider making Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) – legal documents which allow you to nominate people you trust to make decisions for you, should you ever become...

Divorce Day - Dark Day for Love

Lucinda McWatt
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It’s not a myth that the first Monday back at work in the New Year is known by divorce lawyers as ‘Divorce Day’. It’s their busiest day of the year when traditionally they field more enquiries from couples who are not happy in their...

Christmas Holidays - Time for Property Searching

Gillian Hawley
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Christmas Holidays – time for Property Searching but don’t be bah humbug - make it a smooth move Moving house in the New Year might be your 2020 resolution, but the Christmas holiday season is a popular time to search for new houses. ...

Be Safe this Christmas

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The holiday season is here! For those that celebrate Christmas everyone is getting excited to share in the holiday spirit. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and whilst you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of...

Be Safe at Christmas

Ian Wolstenhulme
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The holiday season is here! For those that celebrate Christmas everyone is getting excited to share in the holiday spirit. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and whilst you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of...

Solicitors Spread Good Cheer Across Oldham this Christmas

Joanne Ormston
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The Christmas spirit was alive and well across all the Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers offices this week as staff donated crates and crates of goodies to the Oldham Foodbank. This the 5 th year the law firm have generously supported the local...

A 'Stonking Majority' but what will Boris Johnson do with it?

Richard Eastwood
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Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the UK on 24th July, defeating Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative leadership race and famously declaring that ‘do or die’ the UK would leave the European Union on 31st October. Parliament and the courts had...

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

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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...