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In claims for unfair dismissal brought before the Employment Tribunal, awards of damages made to successful claimants generally fall into two categories – a basic award and a compensatory award. The basic award is calculated by reference to a specific formula which is based on the employee’s level of pay, age and number of complete...
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Parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse. It is a phenomenon that occurs specifically in the context of separated families where there is high conflict between the parents, the child is often caught in the middle of this conflict. The motivational factors include the following: 1.       Revenge 2.       Fear of losing the chid 3.      ...
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Direct Line Insurance has published research indicating a 6% increase in wills that were challenged in 2018. The Probate Registry has also revealed that applications to take out Probate were blocked on 8,159 times in the same period. From the research undertaken by Direct Line the indication is that 12.6 million people would be willing...
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Increasingly over the last year more and more people have been looking to benefit from an Empty Homes Grant. This is a Local Authority grant available where buyers who are purchasing properties which have been vacant for 6 months or more can received a £5000 grant provided that the property is occupied within 3 months...
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Two pieces of legislation came into force at the end of 2018 which will transform the personal injury sector. Royal assent has been granted for both the Civil Liability Bill and Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill. The Civil Liability Act is likely to come into force in April 2020 and introduces...
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A Government Help to Buy ISA is to help any first time buyer towards their purchase of their first ever home. You can open one with any amount of money up to £1,200.00, and then on a monthly basis you can save up to £200.00. Most banks have this facility, and once you have found...
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In a case where reasonable financial provision has not been made, the Inheritance Act enables the court to vary the distribution of the deceased’s estate for certain family members and dependants. A recent report has found that the number of Wills and probate disputes making their way to HM Courts and Tribunals system increased by 6% in 2018. Whilst research...
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The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring will go live in the South East, South West and Wales by April 2019. There...
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Japanese Knotweed can be a thorn in a homeowner’s side.  The plant can appear as small as 3cm tall and halt your house sale, stopping the purchase of your brand new home in its tracks.  If a valuation  detects the presence of Japanese Knotweed or such a fact is disclosed during the conveyancing process, a...
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We are proud to have supported the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity MRI Appeal as our chosen charity for 2018. Team Hewitts participated in a number of fundraising events throughout 2018 to raise support and sponsorships for the charity. In March, more than 20 of our staff joined in the Gung-Ho Challenge;...
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