25th April 2018

This case involves a 22 year old man was isolated from his family and friends and subject to frequent, horrendous physical and mental abuse. Fortunately the neighbours eventually called the authorities and the ambulance and A&E ...

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19th April 2018

This update follows our update in July last year regarding Mr Ali’s claim of sex discrimination because he was not paid enhanced pay whilst on Shared Parental Leave like those on maternity leave. Capita, the respondent and employer in ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
19th April 2018

There are a number of differences between Freehold and Leasehold properties and whether a property is Freehold or Leasehold can be an important consideration when purchasing a property. With a freehold property, you own the building ...

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16th April 2018

In 2012 Kim Waggott was awarded £9.76 Million and £175,000 per year maintenance for life. However she applied to increase the amount, and her former husband challenged the original award. The result was the court not only refused to ...

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28th March 2018

It is the time of year which sees the statutory rates for payments such as maternity pay and sick pay increase, as well as the national minimum wage. See here for our pdf setting out these changes. Employers considering using ...

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14th March 2018

This case below of Lofty –v- Hamis (EAT) deals with the question of when under the Equality Act 2010 does cancer become automatically deemed as a disability. The Equality Act currently has a Schedule 1 which lists those illnesses and ...

Key to success
7th March 2018

We are delighted to announce that Clare Ridout in our Wills, Probate and Trusts department has successfully gained her STEP qualification. The STEP Diploma is a highly regarded academic qualification in the practice area of Will, ...

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7th March 2018

On the whole, social media is a useful and effective tool for sharing information between friends, businesses and the world generally. For most, it is a very positive and welcome innovation, which has developed enormously over the past ...

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22nd February 2018

When an employer is considering ending an employee’s employment, it is vital that regardless of their length of service the employer considers their reasons for dismissing that employee.  Although most employment protection with ...

Typical English terraced houses in West Hampstead, London
1st February 2018

There have been many warnings not to give away too much information on social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter as fraudsters are combing them for details. Property sales are targets for scammers and a type of fraud now known ...

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31st January 2018

On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the UK.  This  is aimed at strengthening and harmonising data protection laws across the European Union.  It is planned that the UK ...

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24th January 2018

A pension attachment Order is one of the tools available to a Judge dealing with a Divorce, civil partnership dissolution and some other family court proceedings. They were introduced in 1995 and essentially allowed a Court to order ...