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The most contentious issue when distributing an estate is not always the money, according to Elaine Lightfoot, our Head of Private Client.
"Positive Change for Family Courts"
The Government has announced changes to the way that some Family cases are handled by the courts, including an end to cross examination of victims by alleged abusers. Solicitor Carol Hancock looks at the new approach.
"Inheritance Tax Changes Ahead"
With changes to inheritance tax imminent, Partner Elaine Lightfoot takes a look at what the new rules will mean.
"Developing Housing Options"
With the need for more housing on the agenda for the whole of the UK, Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Heather Roberts, looks at what is happening in our district and what it means for developers.
"Beware the Small Print"
Letting your home out as a holiday let might not be as straightforward as it looks. Partner Philip Edmondson explains why.
"The "Gig" Economy for Employers"
The "gig" economy where customers can pick and choose services on a one-off basis is a growing phenomenon but can have implications for those who employ the people who provide them. Solicitor Sara Morgan looks at the trend.
"Breaking Up and Breaking Even"
The finances arising in family law concern all types of family compositions. However the written law itself largely deals with married couples and this appears to be relatively misunderstood.
Corporate Crime, Fraud & Risk
Cyber crime was on the menu at two breakfast seminars at the West Park Hotel hosted by Peter Minnikin of our Corporate, Crime and Risk Team with Dave Woodfine and Bob MacKay of Complete Computer Solutions (CCS).
"Sick or Sorry"
Handling sickness absence can be an awkward proposition. Employment lawyer Sara Morgan explains how to get it right.
"Right to Rent"
Landlords became responsible for vetting their tenant's legal right to be in the UK under the Government’s new “right to rent” scheme which came into force on 1 February. The new rules mean that landlords need to carry out checks on all new adult tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country.
The implications of flooding for farmers have hit the headlines recently, with the recent flooding in Yorkshire deluging thousands of acres of farmland. Senior Associate Heather Roberts looks at a landmark ruling with consequences for both farmers and local authorities.
"It's Not Fair"
Recent high profile cases over divorce settlements may have levelled the playing field. Our Head of Family, Stephen Hopwood, takes a look at the likely impact.
"Crime and Punishment"
What should happen to their job if an employee commits an offence? Our Employment Law specialist Sara Morgan takes a look at the implications for employers.
Corporate Crime, Fraud and Risk
"New Safety Guidelines"
Partner Geoff Rogers looks at new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences.
"Growth in Powers of Attorney"
Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice in September confirm the continued rise in the number of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) being registered at the Office of the Public Guardian.
Failure to acquire an Energy Performance Certificate or to deal with asbestos in a building can have significant cost implications for the sellers of commercial properties. Here our Head of Commercial Property, Heather Roberts, explains the requirements.
"Holidays - Not Over Yet"
Holiday pay and how it should be calculated has become a long-running saga. Employment specialist, Sara Morgan, takes a look at the issue.
"Inheritance Tax Changes"
The recent Budget introduced important changes for inheritance tax (IHT). Our Head of Private Client, Elaine Lightfoot, explains the new rules.
Corporate Crime, Fraud and Risk
"A Different Sort of Influence"
The law on driving while under the influence of drugs has been brought up to date and into line with the type of penalties faced by those who drink and drive. Partner Geoff Rogers explores the changes.
"Taking Practical Steps to Prepare"
How can you make life simpler for your family when the inevitable happens and you are no longer there to help? Our Head of Private Client, Elaine Lightfoot, makes some practical suggestions.
"Cohabitation - Myths and Facts"
Solicitor Stephen Hopwood is a specialist Family lawyer. Here he looks at some of the misconceptions about cohabitation and how they can affect settlements when couples split up.