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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 money. 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’ Clinical Negligence 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 born in...

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.  Despite...

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...

Menopause Discrimination - what it could mean for employers

Susan Mayall
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The menopause could be the next big area of Employment Law which business owners need to be aware of and could give rise to tribunal claims and workplace problems following more cases. With over 4.3million women between the ages of 45-60 in employment...

August Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Gold hit a six-year high as nervous investors looked for alternatives to stock markets. The IMF cut global growth forecasts amid continuing trade tensions. In any normal month these would have been a perfectly normal introduction, but July was not a normal...

How to stay safe online

Jayne Sibson
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As we venture further into this new digital age, the security of your personal data grows more and more important. That’s why, for this article, we’ve decided to delve into the world of online security. Below you’ll find a series of...

Risky business; volatile investments and you

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It’s fair to assume that the bigger the risk the greater the reward. Though you could end up with nothing at all, or could even owe money. That’s why it’s worth looking into the different high risk products and what exactly makes them so...

Cash versus bonds, which is safer?

Jonathan Beardmore
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Protecting and growing wealth is often one of the main objectives clients have. There are many investment opportunities out there that are described as ‘safe,’ but many individuals feel that cash is the safest option for them. Keeping your money...

Continuing Healthcare Funding Claims are back in the News

Michael Talbot
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The issue of whether a relative or family member is entitled to Care Home Funding seems to be an eternal issue as it hits the headlines again today. The general feeling is that people don’t know enough about NHS funding and whether they are entitled...

Every Dog has their Day (in court)

Christopher Burke
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It was a good day at the office, or should that be in court recently when one of our team reunited a man with a long lost family pet. Crowd-funding paid the legal costs and we were overjoyed to see our client, Richard Howard, back with his border collie...

Don't get hot under the collar: How to survive the heat at work

Victoria Schofield
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Whilst we have only had intermittent hot days this year, this week looks as if it’s going to be a scorcher! As our weather seems to change on a daily basis many will welcome this mini heat wave with open arms.  It’s important to remember the...

Emma joins the Family Team

Emma Kendall
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Pearson have strengthened their Family team this summer with the appointment of solicitor Emma Kendall. A solicitor with 10 years’ experience Emma will be specialising in divorce and all aspects of matrimonial law with a Resolution friendly approach...

Tribunal Cases Rise for Employers and Delays Are Frustrating the Process

Susan Mayall
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More and more employees now consider bringing a claim against their employer, the latest statistics from workplace experts ACAS reveal. The removal of tribunal fees has continued to show a high demand for conciliation services and an overall 40% increase...

Client Satisfaction is central to what we do - and why we want to improve!

Christopher Burke
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Looking after our clients' needs is central to what we do and to keep on doing it well we need your help.   It’s why we look after second and third generations and why by far the bulk of new clients come to us through recommendations, but we...

Restrictive Covenants in the Supreme Court

Victoria Schofield
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Post termination restrictive covenants are sometimes included in employment contracts in order to prevent employees from competing with their employer upon their departure from the business.  They can be used to restrain employees from competing...

Rebecca accredited as Children Law Practitioner

Rebecca Wolfenden
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Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers are delighted to announce that Family & Care Solicitor Rebecca Wolfenden has become accredited by the Law Society as a member of the Children Law Panel. The Children Law Accreditation Scheme covers all types...

Unpopular tax due for review

Sarah Finnigan
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Making tax simple is part of a proposed review of Inheritance Tax – something which affects many of our clients. Sarah Finnigan unpicks the issues: Inheritance Tax is one of the most unpopular taxes of all time and something which affects many of...

July Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction Many of you will know the old stock market adage: ‘Sell in May and go away, and come on back on St. Leger’s Day.’  The theory was that with everyone out of London for the summer season there was little business to be...

What is the open banking revolution?

Jonathan Beardmore
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Over a year and a half ago, a digital revolution introduced a new way for people to handle their money: open banking. All of a sudden at the touch of a button, you could compare household bills, control direct debts and track payments across each of your...

20 years after the ISA was launched, what does the future hold?

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Savers are set to deposit up to £4bn into ISAs in the week leading up to the new tax year, according to the Yorkshire Building Society. Their figures revealed that £4.3bn was deposited into ISAs in the final week of the 2017/18 financial year,...

Drawdown tax and flexible retirement income. What does it all mean?

Richard Eastwood
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Once you reach 55, a whole spread of opportunities will open themselves up to you. One such bonus is the fact that you can finally access that hard-saved pension fund. Up to 25% of your savings can be taken tax-free, with the remaining 75% being subject to...

Sexual Harassment - Get covered for Contractors

Susan Mayall
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Gender Equality in the workplace - a topic that has hit the news headlines today and something which employers need to be aware of.     The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Women and Equalities Minister will today be setting out her vision...

Andrew joins the team to help you make it a smooth move this summer

Andrew Rodbourne
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The thought of moving home is an exciting prospect - spring and summer are times for making changes, it’s when houses go on the market with flowers in the garden and a range of bank holidays and long weekends to unpack. Similarly winter, in particular...

Top Accolade & Bumper Year of Business

Joanne Ormston
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Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers have this week reported continued growth in the £4.1 million business and on top of that have secured the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark, Lexcel for the 17th consecutive year. Only 10% of UK...

Grounds for contesting a Will: Understanding the terms of the Will

Laura Pracy
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For a Will to be valid, the person making the will (the Testator) must have ‘knowledge and approval’ of the contents of the Will. This requires that the Testator has understood what was in the Will when it was signed and also understood what...

Due Diligence (cont)

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Due Diligence (Part 2) What you need to do In the second part of this article we will be covering the scope of the investigation The scope of the investigation will need to cover various areas relating to the business and its affairs, for example: ...

Due Diligence

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Due Diligence (Part 1) What is Due Diligence? A due diligence review is an independent investigation of the target business by the buyer and its advisers. In English law, the principle of “caveat emptor” or “buyer beware”...

Holiday Pay and Overtime - what employers need to note

Susan Mayall
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Extra hours worked over and above normal shifts on a regular basis could be now calculated as part of holiday pay – court rules The case of when to add extra hours worked to holiday pay formed part of a legal ruling recently. The Court of Appeal...

What does it take to retire early?

Jonathan Beardmore
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The idea of retiring in your 50s or even your 40s sounds like a pipe-dream to most, what with the increased cost of living, inflation and other economic factors slowly eating away at your predicted earnings. This hasn’t stopped the rise of the FIRE...

How understanding pension fund charges could save you money

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Dubbed a ‘slow, lethal killer’ by many financial advisers, pension fund charges can potentially limit your overall pension pot without you even noticing. All pension plans comes with charges, but the impact they have on your pension savings...

Gifting rules and inheritance tax, what you might not know

Sarah Finnigan
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Following an in depth study conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NCSR) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), it has been discovered that only one in four people making financial gifts are aware of the risks of inheritance tax. Further...

June Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Introduction May was a relatively quiet month, virtually nothing of any importance happened at all. Well, apart from the European elections, Theresa May’s decision to stand down and the re-escalation of the US/China trade war. Not content with that,...

Workplace Discrimination

Susan Mayall
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Today’s business leaders and employers need to consider gender equality as more than just women's rights. Gender discrimination affects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As an employer it is important to learn how to recognise,...

Probate delays blamed on a new computerised online system

Hannah Pearson
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In January this year the Government introduced a new IT based online system for granting Probate, but this has now stalled and some clients have been waiting up to 3 months for the application to go through. Probate — the legal authority to take...