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Supreme Court Rules Employment Tribunal Fees Unlawful

Elizabeth Sadiq
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July 2017 saw the end of a long legal battle undertaken by Unison over Employment Tribunal Fees in the case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 . The background, in this case, dates back to 2013 when a new system of fees...

Would you know if a fraudster tried to sell your house?

Amanda Payne
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Owning your own home is usually the most valuable asset people have. A property can be sold and mortgaged to raise money and is becoming an attractive target for fraudsters. The type of frauds that have been seen in the conveyancing industry recently are...

The Need to Prove Fault Fuels Bad Feeling Between Divorcing Couples

Andrew Robinson
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New research has found that the majority of English and Welsh divorces still rely on showing one party as ‘at fault’, and this regularly creates bad feeling and conflict between couples. The study entitled ‘Finding Fault?’ aims to...

10 Tips to Avoid Challenges to Your Will

Guy Birtwistle
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The number of will related disputes are on the rise as more and more people choose to challenge the wills of their relatives. One of the key considerations for any estate plan is to ensure your wishes have been made clear, and that your beneficiaries...

How Does Family Mediation Work?

Elizabeth Sadiq
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Even though deciding to separate can be a difficult decision in itself, sorting out all the arrangements that follow can also be overwhelming. When a couple decides to part ways, it not only affects them but also the household. Many questions start flying...

Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee Scheme Ends

Elizabeth Moxon
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The Government’s Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme ended on 31st December 2016. The scheme had been in place for over 3 years helping over 86’000 people with their property purchases. The scheme allowed mortgage lenders to purchase a...

Workplace Cultures Unsupportive Of Work-Life Balance

Kevin Lynch
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Many fathers find their workplace unsupportive of their aspirations for a better work-life fit, a new study by charity Working Families has found. The 2017 Modern Families Index report details the findings of 2,750 working parents that were surveyed as...

The Initial Step In Issuing Divorce Proceedings

Elizabeth Sadiq
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In this era, where divorce rates have been gradually increasing, it is quite normal to think that people are divorcing at the drop of a hat. Even though it seems that people are able to obtain a divorce easily, the law actually regulates this by limiting the...

When must a developer provide Affordable Housing?

Ian Riley
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The question on many smaller scale developer’s lips for some time has been “how many units can I build without paying for/providing affordable housing?” After a period of uncertainty, we now have a very clear message following a recent...

Deadline Approaching for Alcohol Wholesalers

Kevin Lynch
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With the coming into effect of the Wholesaling of Controlled Liquor Regulations 2015 (WCLR) all existing wholesalers of alcohol must have submitted their application to HMRC to apply for the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) no later than 1 April...

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