Legal Updates

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 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
24th January 2019

In this recent case, Lamb v The Garrard Academy UKEAT/0042/18 , it highlights the complex area of disability discrimination and the knowledge of the employer. Employers should seek medical advice for those employees on long term ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
17th December 2018

It is the season when some businesses are planning their office Christmas party and a time for employers and employees to relax and enjoy themselves.   However, responsible employers will have to give some consideration to their ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th December 2018

When an employee is absent through illness, one thing that can be forgotten is the right to holiday. Firstly, a worker accrues holiday even whilst absent through illness. This is especially important to remember if a worker is absent ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
15th November 2018

Addison Lee Ltd v Lange and ors is the latest case looking at status, which is whether someone is self-employed, a worker or an employee. Background Addison Lee Limited is a professional private hire firm, using about 4,000 drivers to ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
7th November 2018

What is probate and when would I need it? When somebody dies, sometimes it is necessary for you to apply for a grant of representation to be able to deal with the deceased’s assets – this is known as applying for probate. Whether ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
1st November 2018

When advising small to medium size businesses, it is common for such businesses not to realise how much employment legislation is based around the appropriate procedure having taken place.  It is not just the reason why you do ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
8th October 2018

When making your will you need to appoint at least one executor who will be responsible for the important task of dealing with your estate on your death.  Deciding who to appoint is one of the most important decisions you will ever ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
1st October 2018

The recent case of Bermondsey Exchange Freeholders Ltd v Koumetto (unreported) in the Central London County Court  serves as a useful reminder of the potential risks of certain leasehold properties being listed on Airbnb and other ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th September 2018

Treating someone less favourably because of their disability is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010. Under the Equality Act “discrimination arising from disability” occurs where both: A treats B unfavourably because of ...