MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th September 2018

You may have seen in the press recently that Aretha Franklin died without leaving a Will.  One can only speculate as to the problems this may cause for those she leaves behind as they seek to distribute her estate, estimated to be in ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th August 2018

Under the Equality Act it is unlawful to discriminate, harass or victimise workers or job applicants on the grounds of their religion, religious belief or philosophical belief. “Religion or belief” is a protected ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th August 2018

Our Starter Pack is ideal if you are employing your first employee or you want to update your contracts of employment. The pack gives you the basic HR and legal documentation you will need for employing your first employee and all at a ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th August 2018

Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing, invasive plant that spreads easily and requires careful management to control.  The root of the plant can cause significant property damage if it takes hold and can be difficult to eradicate.  If ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th July 2018

By Tim Melville-Walker  – Head of Family Department The Supreme Court has just decided the case of Mr and Mrs Owens – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-44949856 and press reports are suggesting that ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
19th July 2018

The press are very much focusing upon the “meal ticket” headline but the case of Mills -v- Mills does show that a party paying maintenance (often the husband) is not expected to compensate for poor financial decisions by the recipient. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
16th July 2018

In 2017 new rules were introduced to allow home owners to a claim an additional allowance to reduce their Inheritance Tax (or IHT) liability.  This news came as a welcome relief to many homeowners wishing to pass their most prized ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th July 2018

Taylor Wimpey’s recent decision to set aside £130 million pounds to settle ground rent disputes has attracted a lot of media attention. So too have stories about exploitative ground rent provisions which have resulted in some home ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th July 2018

Further to our articles earlier this year, it is interesting that due to campaigns such as the #Me Too campaign, sexual harassment is still getting media attention. Recently there have been parliamentary debates where those in the ...

Main entrance of the Supreme Court in London
13th June 2018

Following our update for 2018, we now take a look at the The Pimlico Plumber case which has now been heard by the Supreme Court. In this case Mr Smith was a gas electrician carrying out work solely for Pimlico Plumbers from August ...

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10th May 2018

You will recall in January we highlighted how employers needed to get ready for changes to data protection law that comes into force on 25th May 2018. We have already, in our previous update, provided you with some helpful links and ...

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9th May 2018

Online divorce is now available on the HM Courts and Tribunal Service website, which is a huge step forward. However, just making the application online does not change anything: ALWAYS get some advice first, even if you conduct the ...