Legal Updates

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
23rd September 2019

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
7th August 2019

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th August 2019

When Aretha Franklin died in August 2018 her family initially believed she had not made a will.  Certainly nothing had been prepared by her lawyer. It was not until months later while clearing out her home that three handwritten wills ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
3rd June 2019

Hot on the heels of changes in relation to stamp duty land tax, from 1 June landlords face another set of new rules under the Tenant Fees Act 2019.  This includes obligations relating to deposits, charges and membership of client money ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
2nd May 2019

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
29th April 2019

This month has seen judgment handed down in the High Court case of Andrew Guest v David Guest and Josephine Guest, which is the latest in a line of farming proprietary estoppel cases, following Gillet v Holt, Thorner v Major and ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
4th April 2019

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
2nd April 2019

From the hire of company cars to the shipping of goods, the term ‘bailment’ encapsulates one of the most common forms of legal relationship for those operating a business. Patrick Jenkins, commercial dispute resolution expert in our ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
1st April 2019

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
11th March 2019

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th March 2019

We take a look at the current protection for workers under the whistleblowing protection The Employment Rights Act prohibits dismissal or detrimental treatment because a worker has raised a protected and qualified disclosure. In order ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th February 2019

There are many reasons you might need access to your neighbour’s land to repair or maintain your property and it can be difficult to know what to do if your request for access is refused. The general rule is that to go onto someone ...