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In a recent Employment Tribunal case a hairdresser won the right to claim notice pay, holiday pay and redundancy pay in what is being called a landmark case in employment law. Meghan Gorman worked as a self-employed hairdresser for 6 years. The employment tribunal in Manchester found that the level of control she retained over...
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Being appointed as Executor of a deceased’s estate is often not an easy role. Personal representatives have legal obligations which if not followed correctly can lead to serious consequence which has recently been highlighted in the case of Frejek v Frejek [2020]. An executor steps in to the deceased’s shoes and is entitled to deal...
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As the Courts re-open after the closures caused by the pandemic, it has been accepted that domestic abuse complainants should be allowed to enter the Courts from a separate entrance so they do not have to occupy the same areas as their alleged abuser.  This is part of an overhaul of the Family Courts that...
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The Civil Courts in England and Wales that deal with dispute resolution, debt recovery and other civil disputes are slowly re-opening.  As a result of pandemic related Court closures, the Court Service now has a significant backlog in dealing with disputes.  The Civil Court route is currently not the most efficient way of dealing with...
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It was announced in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Economic Statement on 8 July 2020 that individual(s) buying their main home will not have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) for a purchase price of up to £500,000. Please see below a summary of key questions and our views on the same.   What are the...
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The Law Society of England and Wales has warned that the employment tribunal system needs increased resources to assist in clearing the backlog of employment tribunal claims ahead of the anticipated surge of claims as a result of Covid-19. Since employment tribunal fees were scrapped in 2017 there has been a significant increase in claims...
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The recent case of Shapton v Seviour illustrated that claimants seeking to bring claims against estates are not guaranteed to succeed, and where such claims do fail the consequences for the unsuccessful claimant can be significant. In the case of Shapton, the claimant was an adult child of the deceased, who later remarried and had...
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Whilst our business has been open throughout lockdown we are now able to open our offices to the general public from 9am on Monday 15th June with all social distancing and protective measures in place for our staff and clients. We can still offer remote and telephone appointments and our teams are working hard to...
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A national law firm has recently published data confirming their divorce enquiries have increased by 42 per cent since the commencements of the lockdown in comparison to the same period in 2019. It is anticipated that this surge in enquiries is as a result of the added pressure lockdown has placed upon many couples, especially...
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The recent Coronation Street storyline in relation to domestic abuse has raised awareness for types of abuse not widely recognised by most people. The majority of people will recognise physical abuse as a form of domestic violence. However, Coronation Street are now raising awareness for Coercive Control. This form of abuse is more mental than...
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