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Government set to revamp Leasehold costs

Tracy Rostern
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Revised legislation of the current leasehold system in England is set to limit the cost of extending a lease which in turn will help people with short leases worried about the large costs involved. It is believed these new government proposals could affect...

Employment guidance for Carers and Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Victoria Schofield
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The Government has clarified its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Employees are eligible for the CJRS, and can be furloughed, if they are unable to work, including from home or working reduced hours because they: are clinically...

Does Brexit change Consumer Rights?

Usman Anwar
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Now that the UK has left the EU some of you may be wondering how it affects consumer rights and the way consumer disputes are handled? Although many consumer rights are based on long outstanding EU directives most of them have already been incorporated...

Divorce Advice at the start of a New Year

Lucinda McWatt
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Typically the first week in January is a busy one for our Divorce and Family team as they see a surge in enquiries following the Christmas period. However, this year might be different as it has been predicted that numbers of enquiries will be lower than...

Coronavirus Update - Services during Lockdown

Joanne Ormston
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In the light of Monday night’s government announcement, we have undertaken a full review of our processes for managing the coronavirus threat. Paramount to this review is the safety of our clients and staff and to ensure that we continue to operate...

Move Quickly in 2021 and Make the Most of the Stamp Duty Holiday

Victoria Marshall
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Homeowners are urged to get house sales agreed, to get moving and to get conveyancing solicitors instructed as soon as possible in the New Year to save money on stamp duty. The biggest rush on this Christmas is not the supermarket or the shops, it’s...

Covid19 causes grandparents to pass on more money to families

Hannah Pearson
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Millions of people have found themselves out of work due to the Covid19 pandemic and thousands of businesses have had to close their doors due to the various lockdowns. The spike in financial uncertainty has caused many grandparents to want to provide...

Personal Injury Case resulted in £15,500 claim

Lisa Anderson
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Pearson Solicitors’ Personal Injury Team secured a settlement of £15,500 for a 68 year old gentleman after sustaining a serious fracture to his left leg following an accident which resulted in him requiring care. Personal Injury Case Mr Jones,...

Pearson rounds off the Year with Charitable Christmas Cheer

Joanne Ormston
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2020 has been a difficult year for all charities, particularly hospices and foodbanks. We are thrilled to be finishing the year with a fantastic £2.5K donation to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and a huge delivery of food to the Oldham Foodbank worth...

Cutting Corners when drafting a Will can lead to disputes

Laura Pracy
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Seeking professional advice from a reputable law firm when preparing your Will or Trust documents is so important.  People leave things to loved ones in their Will to recognise the significant place they had in their lives or in gratitude for what...

Health and Safety Needs of 'Gig' Economy and Workers Recognised

Susan Mayall
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A recent High Court case has recognised the needs of ‘workers’ as well as ‘employees’ under health and safety rights. The former now gain protection (in the Employment Rights Act 1996) against disadvantage during employment or...

Legislation relief for landlords and tenants this Christmas

Usman Anwar
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A double dose of legislation means landlords with long-term rent arrears can now pursue tenants, but in other rulings tenants can also relax as a moratorium on evictions is in place until at least mid January. Landlord and tenant rent arrears Some...

Free Family Law Advice During Good Divorce Week 2020

Karen Kenyon
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Family law solicitors at Pearson Solicitors are showing their support for Good Divorce Week this year by offering free advice sessions to families. Good Divorce Week (30th Nov – Dec 4th)  is an annual campaign that aims to promote...

Cash is on the decline in the UK

Kimberley Sykes
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Is cash still king? As contactless payment options have grown dramatically in availability and popularity in recent years, we have seen a reduction in the use of cash as a result and the UK is ahead of the curve. While there has been a steady decline in...

Bullying in the Workplace is not just Confined to Westminster

Victoria Schofield
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Workplace bullying can have many forms and has hit the headlines recently and made employees more aware of their own workplace situations. Bullying is any type of abusive behaviour in the workplace and can be as a result of the employer or a colleague ...

Oldham Law Firm Expands its Practice into Failsworth

Karen Kenyon
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Oldham law firm, Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers is expanding and opening a new office in Failsworth and welcomes family lawyer, Karen Kenyon , to the team to manage the move. The Oldham based firm currently has three offices in Oldham , North...

Are ESG funds set to become the new normal?

Richard Eastwood
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The adoption of Environmental, Social and Governance funds has been rising steadily for some time now, and yet the question has lingered of whether they are to be a flash in the pan or the centre of our financial future.  With ESG funds reportedly...

Common Law, Cohabitation and Confusion in the Family Law

Karen Kenyon
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Cohabiting couples make up the fastest growing type of family however the law doesn’t recognize them in the same way as married couples or couples in a civil partnership. If you and your partner aren’t married then you might be surprised that...

Can a House Move be Completed before Christmas?

Victoria Marshall
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Can we be in for Christmas? That’s the question most home movers ask from autumn onwards as property solicitors see a flurry of activity with clients hoping to buy and sell in time for the holidays. The weeks leading up to Christmas are crucial for...

November Market Commentary

Richard Eastwood
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Moving into 2021 we will be doing things a little bit differently, we will still endeavour to keep our clients informed and updated on all aspects of financial planning but this will be the last e-newsletter for a while. Looking back at the last...

Later life care could cost £1,000 a week

Michael Talbot
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Covid-19 has highlighted the social care system an important political subject whether it's funding, healthcare or the financial planning involved in paying for years of care for yourself or a family member. Most recently, the government has...

What Lockdown 2.0 means for Children in Care or with Divorced or Separating Parents

Pamela Walsh
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As we now find ourselves in a second period of lockdown and heading towards Christmas just how does the lockdown affect children? What we all can and can’t do is set out in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4)...

Independent Legal Advice proves invaluable in Inheritance Dispute

Joanne Jones
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There is no replacement for professional advice when it comes to drafting a Will. However, in the context of a bitter inheritance dispute, a High Court ruling demonstrated that getting the right advice can prove itself to be more valuable than ever,...

What to Do When Converting Commercial Property to Residential

Ben Tatters
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Many commercial property owners and commercial landlords are currently looking at converting their properties into residential homes as the high street takes a hit and leases do not get renewed. Often a commercial property’s central location, with...

Furlough Scheme Extended Again for Businesses

Susan Mayall
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Just when we reported that the furlough scheme was here to stay for another month, now the Chancellor has extended it until March 2021.  Employers were ready to shift to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) at the start of November but now have got an...

Darker Nights: Stay Safe on the Roads

Lisa Anderson
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With the clocks going back and British Summer Time officially ending it brings darker evenings and unfortunately an increase in the number of Road Traffic Accidents . As we all adjust to the evenings drawing in and the days being shorter many of us will...

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

Zoe Johnson
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A brand new scheme has been unveiled this autumn 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...