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The Court of Appeal has now given judgment in the case of Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood, which gives guidance on when notice of termination of employment takes effect. The case centred around the date that Mrs Haywood received notice from her employer that she was to be dismissed by reason of redundancy. Mrs...
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A Northern Ireland case determined in the Supreme Court could have significant implications for cohabiting couples and their financial position. Denise Brewster had lived with her partner for 10 years and they owned their home together. Her partner died just two days after their engagement. Following his death she sought to receive the pension rights...
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The government has announced that it is going to go ahead with plans to increase the small claims limit for personal injury claims. The threshold will be increased from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic accident claims and £2,000 for other personal injury claims. This is a departure from the government’s initial plan to increase...
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It has been confirmed that Durham Constabulary are submitting files to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider prosecutions following operation ‘Seabrook’; one of the largest investigations into historic sexual and physical abuse at Medomsley Dentention Centre near Ebchester, County Durham. You can read more about the investigation by clicking the link below – http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15065633.Police_send_32_files_to_Crown_Prosecution_Service_following_investigation_into_Medomsley_Detention_Centre__near_Consett/ Hewitts...
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As we move into February, it may be the case that this year you want to make some alterations, extensions or improvements to your property that you originally aimed to do in 2016 but never got round to. The first thing to consider is whether your proposed development requires planning permission. For some simple residential...
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When employing staff, whether for the first time, or to add to an existing employee base, there are a number of things that employers often overlook. Employers would be ill-advised to simply advertise a vacancy without giving some thought as to the overall recruitment process as well as the vacancy itself. Below is a summary...
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Landlords now have a legal obligation to carry out checks on their tenants to ensure that the adult occupiers of their properties have a legal right to rent the property. This means that landlords must carry out checks on all occupiers aged 18 and over, including those listed on the tenancy agreement and those who...
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When an individual has lost capacity the Court of Protection can decide who should have power to make decisions about their assets. This may mean capital assets such as their house, savings, national savings, shares or insurance policies. It may also decide what to do with their income such as state and private pensions, share...
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On 1 April 2016, the government increased the rates for Stamp Duty Land Tax for people buying an additional property. Most people thought that the higher rates only applied to those with a weekend or holiday home, or buy-to-let landlords. The reality is somewhat different, and the higher rates apply to far more people than...
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Being asked to attend a police station voluntarily is a serious matter. Voluntary interviews at the police station are becoming increasingly common. There are certain key points that need to be borne in mind if invited to go to the police station for a voluntary interview. 1. You are suspected of committing an offence. You...
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