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The workplace can be a scary place

Victoria Schofield
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The workplace can now seem a scary place as Covid-19 cases rise, headlines talk of intensive care beds filling up once again and Greater Manchester enters Tier 3 restrictions, but what can you do if coronavirus is making you scared to go into work? Health...

What to do if Coronavirus is Delaying Cancer Care

Jacqueline White
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Delays in diagnosis and the treatment of cancer can have catastrophic long term effects for patients, but now as well as turning to the medical profession cancer patients and their families are seeking help from medical negligence solicitors . It has been...

Private Law Pilot welcomed by Family Care Solicitors

Pamela Walsh
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As we all know the Covid 19 pandemic has affected all walks of life including the Family Courts and those who work within them.  Family Law Injunctions and Child Care Cases prioritised by Courts When the country went into lockdown back in March so did...

October Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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September was a difficult month for world stock markets. It was one of those rare months when none of the markets we report on managed to gain any ground as fears of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sparked a global sell-off in shares. It was also...

Family Solicitors can help resolve matters rather than going to Court

Emma Kendall
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It has been reported recently that separated parents are overwhelming the family courts with demands to micro manage their lives asking for ruling on problems such as which junction on the motorway should we meet to arrange child contact , who should keep...

Women Against State Pension Inequality lose appeal

Victoria Schofield
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In September, two women who represented the interests of Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) lost a crucial court of appeal challenge. The court ruled that increasing the age at which women born in the 1950s receive their pension to 66 is...

The changing face of financial advice

Zoe Whitehead
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"The times they are a changing" - so said Bob Dylan and during 2020 we see how financial advisers across the nation have adapted to continue to deliver a valuable service at a period of upheaval which hasn’t been seen since the Second World...

Planning a financial future with Pearson Solicitors and Maggie's Oldham

Joanne Jones
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A brand new scheme is being unveiled this October at Maggie’s Cancer Care and visitors to the Oldham centre will now be able to get an hour of free advice on future planning. The aim is to give assurance and help on all aspects of planning a...

Minimum age for pensions freedoms rises to 57

Kimberley Sykes
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The government has confirmed that the minimum age for drawing a personal pension is to rise to 57 in 2028. Personal Pension Changes Savers who pay into a personal pension either directly or through their workplace can currently access their money at...

Why it Pays to Look North for Legal Advice

Asa Cocker
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It pays to take advantage of the North South divide when appointing a solicitor to deal with your legal dispute or commercial debt recovery issue. Recent research from the Legal Services Board has found that legal advice in the North of England...

Restrictions for Separated Parents

Emma Kendall
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With the country in various stages of lockdown and new restrictions being enforced on a weekly basis it can be confusing as to what we are allowed to do.  This is even more confusing when children are involved and particularly those who share their time...

Double Dose Dispensing Error affects Businesswoman

Daniel Phelps
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When our client was given medication meant for another patient by her local pharmacist it led to a wide range of worrying side effects and had an impact on her ability to run her own business. Our client accepted a settlement of £1,500 when...

Business Interruption Insurance Claims receive a High Court Boost

Usman Anwar
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Many businesses in England and Wales have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic but expected that their insurance policies would provide relief and assistance when times were difficult, however some are struggling to get them to...

Isolation, Quarantine and Employment Law

Susan Mayall
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It’s difficult enough to know where we stand during the pandemic with friends and family, who we can and can’t visit, where we can go, what time we have to go home, can we go on holiday?  - the list is endless. If you have a business to run...

Stamp duty's been slashed! Is it worth buying a holiday home?

Victoria Marshall
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On 8 July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a cut to stamp duty that could save holiday home buyers up to £15,000 if they complete the purchase before 31 March 2021. The government raised the threshold on stamp duty to £500,000, in a move to...

Announcement on Job Support Scheme for Employees

Victoria Schofield
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At the end of October, the furlough scheme as we know it comes to an end and employers have to decide if they are bringing their staff back into the workplace.  What is the Job Support Scheme (JSS) At the time of writing the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak,...

Why is the stock market reaching ever higher?

Kimberley Sykes
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Current World Bank forecasts indicate that the Covid19 recession will be the deepest since WWII and the Treasury’s forecaster has suggested that it could take until the end of 2022 for the British economy to return to its pre-coronavirus peak. ...

Tameside Hospital acquired Covid-19

Daniel Phelps
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During the pandemic our NHS has done an amazing job in unprecedented circumstances, but as we face new corona related restrictions and an autumn of unease catching the coronavirus in hospital could now be a real concern. Recent media reports have...

September Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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August used to be known as the ‘silly season’ – a phrase coined by the Times in 1861 to describe the lack of news in August and early September when parliament was in recess.  Well, there was plenty of news in August 2020. With...

Redundancy and your rights as an employee?

Victoria Schofield
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As the end of the furlough scheme approaches businesses all over the UK will be considering the size of their workforce and if indeed they need to make any cuts to staffing levels. If you are worried about redundancy and whether your employer is following...

Covid Casualties in Cancer Care are now Seeking Answers

John Pollitt
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Patients face a crucial few months as Covid-19 delays essential cancer treatments resulting in many cases of delayed diagnosis and worsening prognosis. Many treatments have been on hold during the lockdown and there are concerns that routine screenings...

How did lockdown change our personalities?

Zoe Whitehead
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There wasn’t just one lockdown – each person had their own unique experience over the three and a half months that were unlike any before. Some were involuntarily forced into months of solitude, while others were holed up in close contact with...

Home-made Wills may not be the cheapest option in the long run

Joanne Jones
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As tempting as it may be to draft your own Will, in an attempt to save yourself a few pounds, failing to seek professional legal advice could cost you dearly in the long run. Importance of Will Solicitors “Difficult conversations and family...

Wife sacrifices her Career for Family before Divorce

Karen Kenyon
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Despite the day and age we live in, there is still a disparity between the sexes when it comes to earning potential and career progression. As is often the case in marriage relationships the women often sacrifice their own careers to support their husbands...

Potential Redundancy and How to cope with Furloughed Staff

Susan Mayall
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As the headlines state we’re heading towards recession and this autumn it’s going to be a tough time for employers, many of whom will be faced with hard hitting decisions about staffing levels once furlough ceases. These are unprecedented times...

Cognitive Effects and Capacity Issues caused by Coronavirus

Jacqueline White
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It may be some time before the lasting effects of coronavirus can be examined, but already it would seem there are long term effects on the capacity and cognitive effects of patients after long term hospital stays or lengthy home recovery periods. Court of...

Compensation Claim for Chemist's error

Daniel Phelps
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A client who was given the wrong medication by a pharmacist had his side effects exaggerated when he doubled his dose on the advice of his GP. Medical Negligence Claim In a medical negligence claim, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers claimed...

Fake Furlough, Whistleblowers and Employment Laws

Susan Mayall
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Fake furlough and whistleblowing workers have hit the headlines recently and employers should make sure they operate within all employment guidelines and laws, warned specialist solicitor Susan Mayall , Head of Employment Law at Pearson. With the...

Family Matters so at difficult times turn to the Professionals

Emma Kendall
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Traditionally September is a busy time for divorce solicitors after that last family holiday or summer together - this year things are a little different and the lockdown and Covid-19 have brought family issues to head for many people When things are...

Making a Will enters 21st Century as Video calls is Legally recognised

Joanne Jones
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If you are making a Will it can now be witnessed via video link which should help to speed up the system and provide reassurance in these uncertain times. The recent change to the existing 183 year old law has been brought in this September to reflect the...

What happens to your mortgage if there are negative interest rates?

Victoria Marshall
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With the Bank of England’s base rate being at an historic low of 0.1%, there is talk that we will soon see negative interest rates. In the past, Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, had not been in favour of such a step but has admitted...

Will triple lock state pensions survive the current economic crisis?

Richard Eastwood
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The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a crippling blow to the British economy. The latest predictions from the Office for Budget Responsibility say that the country is on track to see the largest economic decline for 300 years, with output falling by at least 10%...

My Will is My Business

Sarah Finnigan
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Why it’s important business owners get organised before a potential second wave. No matter what your interest in a business – owner, director, partner or sole trader – it makes sense to protect the future of that business. Having an up to...

Will Covid-19 hasten the demise of cash?

Kimberley Sykes
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The use of cash was already dwindling in recent years, with cards being the preferred method of payment (especially contactless). Since the outbreak of Covid-19, however, the use of physical money has reduced much further, with many shoppers wary of touching...

Commercial Property Rent Arrears suspension lifted this September

Usman Anwar
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Businesses have been opening up slowly throughout the summer, but with second waves of the Coronavirus pandemic predicted and local lockdowns threatened it’s still a difficult time for commercial landlords . In June 2020 the UK Government introduced...

August Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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If there was one word that characterised July, it was tension. Tension between Beijing and Hong Kong, tension between China and the US, and tension between China and the UK over Huawei.  The UK made a citizenship offer to up to 3m Hong Kong residents...

The costs of bringing an Inheritance Act claim - How we can help

Laura Pracy
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If you have realised that a Will does not make financial provision for you, you may in certain circumstances be able to ask the Court to consider whether this is reasonable. In this situation, many may feel that they are unable to obtain solicitor...

NHS Agree to COVID-19 Clinical Negligence Protocol

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Medical negligence claims rely on medical expert opinion. The coronavirus pandemic has seen many clinicians and medical experts called to the front line in the fight against COVID-19, leading to delays for both claimants and defendants in securing witness...

What happens to Pensions in a divorce?

Lucinda McWatt
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What happens to Pensions  once you’re divorced is something that comes up regularly with our clients and our specialist divorce lawyers can help to manage this situation. At Pearson Solicitors we have a holistic approach to the concept of ...

Pennies turn to Pounds with Coffee2Cash project

Suzanne Wright
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During the coronavirus lockdown Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers in Oldham have collected the cash they would normally spend of coffee and put it all into a pot for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Oldham. Now an amazing £5,000 has...

Holiday Trip Leads to Compensation

Lisa Anderson
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With the holiday season now a staycation many families are heading to caravans, holidays parks and rented cottages across the UK -  even before Covid-19 made families think twice about an overseas trip the UK is a favoured getaway, but it’s...

Employers Guide to Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus

Susan Mayall
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Details of the £1,000 bonus driven Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for bringing staff back from furlough have been revealed by the Government. All employers, including company directors, office holders, agencies and umbrella companies can take...

Conveyancing gets a speedy update

Victoria Marshall
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The process of buying a house  is changing gradually during 2020 as the more traditional conveyancing systems make way for electronic communication, artificial intelligence-based processing and digital registration services. The Land Registry has...

Online service to improve lasting power of attorney

Zoe Johnson
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The duties of attorneys acting under a lasting power of attorney (LPA) have been given a boost with a new online system designed to speed up the management of affairs. A ‘donor’ appoints an ‘attorney’ when they make a lasting...

Holiday quarantine rules and employment law guide for employers

Susan Mayall
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Employers with staff returning from a holiday in quarantine restricted countries now face the whole host of employment law issues as staff have to self-isolate. With Spain, France and Croatia all now on the quarantine list and other popular...

Corona Clauses and the process of buying a house

Victoria Marshall
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It was a strange sight this spring and early summer with ‘FOR SALE’ boards not popping up all over and estate agents' offices closed.  Many buyers dreaming of more outside space, or spotting the ideal house on daily walks turned to...

What is the value of advice?

Richard Eastwood
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You’re not going to be surprised that, as advisers, our firm belief is that an advised client will get a better financial outcome than a non-advised client. How to prove, though, that we’re not just biased? What is the actual value of that...

Employment Law Case could affect Employers with self employed workers

Susan Mayall
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A ‘landmark’ employment case could this week pave the way for workers in the beauty industry to make similar claims after a self employed hairdresser has won the right to claim for notice, holiday and redundancy pay. The claim, in the Employment...

Importance of Up-to-Date Advice on Trusts from an Expert

Joanne Jones
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A Trust when set up to benefit a vulnerable loved one should be ‘watertight’ and clients quite rightly do not expect unseen consequences, however it is always advisable to consult a professional whose advice is up to date and relevant, as one...

The Ins and Outs of Income Protection

Richard Eastwood
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Given the current climate, it’s not surprising that income protection is a key concern for many people. Insurers have reported that the number of enquiries about this type of cover rose by more than 1,000% in March as the number of people fearing...