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Selling your home in a flat market: some top tips

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Experts predict that the housing market will face some challenging times in the months ahead as the number of sales continue to fall. With the average house now taking over 19 weeks to sell, the outlook may appear disheartening if you want to sell. There are still buyers out there, searching for their next home from a smaller pool of properties, and Sarah Rowden, a residential conveyancing expert in Midhurst, offers some advice on selling your home in a flat…

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Employment Tribunal’s approach to Vegetarianism

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A recent case in the Employment Tribunal looked at whether vegetarianism was a belief for purposes of Equality Act 2010. Under the Equality Act (the Act) religion or belief is a protected characteristic and this means that employers must not discriminate against a job applicant or employee on the basis of that belief or religion. It is often difficult for the Tribunal to assess whether a “belief” is covered under the Equality Act, so what do they look for? Under…

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New Commercial and Corporate lawyer for MacDonald Oates

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We are delighted to welcome Graham Jewell to our Company and Commercial Department. Graham joins us as an Associate with a wealth of experience and is based at our Petersfield office. Kevin Smith, Partner and Head of Company and Commercial, stated “We are experiencing a growth across all our commercial departments and Graham joins us now to ensure we continue delivering what our client’s need, whilst placing a priority on client service. We look forward to working with Graham to…

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Selling your property at auction

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Television programmes like Homes Under the Hammer have raised the profile of property auctions. Although auctions still only account for two per cent of all property sales, some experts believe this proportion will rise. In an increasingly stagnant market, selling at auction may appear an attractive choice for sellers. If you are thinking about selling your property this way, there are some things you should consider first. Melissa Hackett, a residential conveyancing expert with MacDonald Oates LLP in Petersfield, looks…

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Success for client with rent negotiations

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Matthew Archer, commercial property specialist in our commercial department, has recently helped his client, Liphook Day Centre, secure a much reduced rent allowing the centre to remain open for elderly members of the community. This good news was also published in The Liphook Herald on 6 June where it was highlighted that to start with “It was touch and go for the Liphook Centre“. Matthew was pleased with the outcome commenting “It was great to get this result so that…

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Termination Arrangements: Top Ten Tips

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Below we consider 10 points that should be considered prior to terminating someone’s employment. 1.      Reason. Although it appears obvious to consider at the outset what is the reason for the dismissal, it is important to give this proper thought to ensure it is not unlawful or unfair. Certain dismissals are automatically unfair (e.g. dismissal on the grounds of pregnancy or whistleblowing) and there are 5 fair reasons for dismissal: Conduct, Capability, Redundancy, Statutory Restriction, or Some Other Substantial Reason…

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Excellent client service – our feedback results

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At MacDonald Oates we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best possible service. We seek feedback from our clients on a regular basis and following a review of all completed feedback forms returned in 2018 we are delighted  to say that 98.13% of clients agreed that we had met the standards of our commitment to client service charter. We particularly excelled in two of our key charter commitments with  99.60% of our clients agreeing that we are approachable…

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Update on reasonable adjustments

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Under the Equality Act an employer must take such steps as are reasonable where a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) puts a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with those who are not disabled. This reasonableness test is objective and is to be decided by the Tribunal – which is unusual in employment law as Tribunals are not normally allowed to substitute their own opinion. The recent EAT case of Mrs M Linsley v HMRC looked at how…

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April 2019 employment rates and limits

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Quick reference: Rates and Limits A guide to the current rates and limits. Most of the rates set out below are updated yearly. Maternity, paternity and adoption From 7 April 2019 Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay £148.68 per week     Sickness From 6 April 2019 Statutory Sick Pay £94.25   National Minimum Wage From 1 April 2019 Age 21 and upwards £7.70 per hour Age 18 – 20 £6.15 per hour Age 16 – 17 £4.35 per hour…

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Top tips for first-time buyers

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The number of first-time buyers is at its highest for ten years, accounting for 51 per cent of the market despite rising prices and record deposits according to the Halifax.  If you are thinking about taking that first step onto the property ladder, the legal aspects of ownership may be the last thing on your mind.  However, taking a little time to think about these issues will help make sure your hard-earned money goes as far as possible, Rosie Taylor…

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