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What is an employment settlement agreement? A settlement agreement is a legally binding agreement between an employer and employee. Usually the employee will receive a severance payment in return for their agreement not to pursue a claim in a court or employment tribunal against the employer. Do you need to see a solicitor? Yes –...
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Many people convicted of driving with excess alcohol leave court with a pretty clear idea as to the length of their driving disqualification, but for a significant number, there is a shock further down the line. Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘right’ to hold a driving licence merely by having passed a driving...
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You’ve had an offer accepted on a property you want to buy so the only thing that matters now is getting to a completion date as quickly as possible, right? So how long will it take? This is a question that we are asked frequently.  If there is no chain involved, the time from initial...
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If you wish to apply to court for an order regarding your child or in relation to financial settlement on divorce, you will need to show the court that you have attempted to resolve your case by negotiation and by mediation. You will be required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting with an independent...
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The Old Bailey recently heard the first ever trial of a cyclist charged with manslaughter, following a fatal incident which occurred back in February 2016. Mr Charlie Alliston caused the death of Ms Kim Briggs when he collided with her and caused her to sustain catastrophic head injuries. The Crown Prosecution Service pursued a charge...
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If your child gets in trouble with the police, it will be traumatic for all involved. Our guide below explains what happens and what you should do. The police have 2 options if they think that your child has been involved in criminal activity: 1. Ask them to a voluntary interview, or 2. Arrest them...
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A two part documentary on BBC2 last month highlighted the struggles addicted parents face in keeping their children in their care. ‘Addicted Parents: Last Chance To Keep My Children’, which aired on BBC2 in July, followed the struggles of addicted parents trying to get clean for the sake of their children. The documentary goes inside...
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If cash in hand jobs were abolished it would raise an additional 6 billion pounds in tax revenue and would benefit the working economy, says a new Government report commissioned last month. The report suggests that rather than paying cash in hand to workers such as window cleaners, plumbers and other traders that there should...
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A major consideration when setting up a new business is the recruitment and retention of good staff. One thing to be mindful of is the requirement of the Equality Act 2010 which protects individuals against work-related discrimination. This includes job applicants as well as staff, contract workers and partners. When recruiting staff, employers must not...
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Is it really easier and cheaper to make a homemade Will? Making a Will is one of the most important things that a person can do in their lifetime. It makes sure that their loved ones are protected and that their assets are left to the people they care most about. When you see a...
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