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Refreshing read: The cost of clinical negligence claims that doesn’t seek to blame the lawyers

Posted on 18th September 2020 in Medical Negligence

The figures set out in this Daily Mail article are far from refreshing, however – every reader who supports our Health Service will be alarmed to see the amounts paid out in claims.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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The desperate shortage of affordable housing in England

Posted on 16th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

This BBC News article brings acutely into focus the desperate shortage of affordable housing in England. In particular affordable rented properties.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Reactivation Notice & Possession Proceedings update

Posted on 16th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

Yesterday, the government released their own Reactivation Notice.  Also yesterday, the Master of the Rolls (the most senior judge in England), released the final version of the guidance to courts on how possession proceedings will resume and be conducted following the lifting of the stay.

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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The uncomfortable middle-ground of deputyship management – dangers for the unwary

Posted on 15th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 originally envisaged two providers of deputyship services outside of the family members of those requiring assistance: solicitors and local authorities.  Mechanisms for both forms of service providers were included in the Act and its connected guidance.  The 15 years during which the Act 2005 has been in place, however, have seen a dramatic development in the landscape in which deputyships are granted and administered.  

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Remote Witnessing of Wills to come into retrospective effect

Posted on 15th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

On 7th September 2020 legislation was laid before Parliament to bring into force changes to the age-old Wills Act 1837(‘the Act’) to enable Wills to be witnessed virtually by video conference.

Posted by

Sasha Brennan

Solicitor

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Possession Proceedings Update

Posted on 11th September 2020 in Affordable Housing

Following on from our latest update, there have been further restrictions on possession proceedings announced by the government overnight. 

Posted by

Sarah Schooling

Associate and Solicitor

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Fit and Proper Person Licensing

Posted on 11th September 2020 in Parks

On 3 September 2020, the House of Lords debated the Mobile Homes (Requirement for Manager of Site to be Fit and Proper Person) (England) Regulations 2020.

Posted by

Anouska Musson

Associate and Solicitor

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Are my employees entitled to holiday while on furlough?

Posted on 07th September 2020 in Employment

Covid has caused unprecedented challenges for employers. You may have furloughed many of your staff members, but you still need to navigate holiday pay and leave entitlement. This guide is designed for employers with furloughed employees, and those with employees who have continued to work.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Could you be unaware that you’re an heir?

Posted on 04th September 2020 in Probate & Wills

Where someone passes away without a valid Will and without known close relatives, the first step is to see if they had any relations who may be entitled to claim from their estate. If nobody in the relevant categories has survived them, their assets will fall to the Crown – or, due to some historic rules, sometimes the Duchy of Cornwall or Lancaster.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Which Business Model is Right for You? - Sole Trader, Partnership or Company

Posted on 03rd September 2020 in Employment

If you are starting a business, you will probably want to know which business model is right for you. The way in which you set up your business can have many implications including tax, how you are paid, ownership, how business decisions are made, and the level of administration you may need to do.

Posted by

James Orpin

Partner and Solicitor

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Varying or Discharging existing Maintenance Orders

Posted on 26th August 2020 in Family Law

The last few years have seen a large change in the way spousal maintenance is viewed by the Courts.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Duncan James appointed as ambassador of Cauda Equina Champions Charity

Posted on 26th August 2020 in Medical Negligence

Duncan James, member of British boyband ‘Blue’, actor and theatre star, has been appointed as the first ever ambassador for Cauda Equina Champions Charity (CECC).

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor