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CCTV regulations – what are your obligations?

Posted on 25th September 2019 in Parks

It is common practice for park owners to install CCTV systems within their parks. However, we are also seeing holiday caravan owners and residential homeowners install their own private CCTV systems. In this article, we break down what you need to know about CCTV laws for holidays & residential parks.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

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Class Q Prior Approval Applications – are extensions of time allowed?

Posted on 13th August 2019 in Planning and Licensing

Can you agree to an extension of time in a Class Q (agricultural buildings to dwellinghouse) prior approval application?

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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Carer wins Inheritance Act award from Grandparent’s estate

Posted on 12th August 2019 in Dispute Resolution

Can a family member who was being paid to care for a family member make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 if they are left out of a will?

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Reform set to cut complexity of inheritance tax

Posted on 09th August 2019 in Probate & Wills

Proposed changes could have far-reaching implications for future estate tax planning Sweeping reform of inheritance tax has been recommended to cut complexity of the so-called ‘death tax’, but experts are warning that individuals will need to review existing planning if the changes go ahead.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Do on call workers, who are not at their workplace, still need to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage?

Posted on 08th August 2019 in Employment

There has been much case law over recent years about when on call workers are entitled to be paid. The Scottish EAT has now added to the vast amount of case law on the matter, by hearing the case of; Truslove and another v Scottish Ambulance Service. Truslove confirms the current position, which is that where a worker is required to remain at the workplace and available for work with a view to providing their services at some point, this will amount to working-time and not a rest period. This is the case even if the worker is allowed to sleep and so the worker is entitled to be paid for their time.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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When can you leave children unattended?

Posted on 01st August 2019 in Family Law

If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with how difficult it can sometimes be to get your children to accompany you to the shops or appointments. If only you could safely leave your child on their own and get those daily tasks done quickly. But where does the law stand with this?

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Meeting a Family Lawyer for the first time – The Expectations

Posted on 31st July 2019 in Family Law

Deciding to take the plunge and meet with a family lawyer for the first time can be a hugely daunting experience.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Disability Discrimination – Without the Disability

Posted on 25th June 2019 in Employment

A new Court of Appeal decision highlights the unusual case of an employee who successfully brought a disability discrimination claim even though she is not, and is not likely ever to be, disabled.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Tenancy Deposit protection breach – Case law update

Posted on 21st June 2019 in Property Litigation

Anyone familiar with residential tenancies will know of the onerous duties placed on landlords to protect deposits taken from tenants. Once the initial window for compliance has passed, you cannot serve a valid Section 21 Notice and are automatically liable for a claim for a minimum of one and maximum of three times the value of the deposit. This is the case even if breach is only a failure to provide prescribed information about the protection scheme.

Posted by

Josh O’Neill

Trainee Solicitor

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Divorces set aside by the High Court

Posted on 23rd April 2019 in Family Law

The High Court has again delivered judgments in relation to applications by the Queen’s Proctor to set aside divorce decrees in four different cases on the ground that the petitions breached the 1 year bar. The 1 year bar is set out in section 3 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and states that neither party to a marriage may commence divorce proceedings before the couple have been married for 1 year.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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To Make Your Home Your Castle, Be Sure Who Owns the Drawbridge….

Posted on 19th April 2019 in Residential Property

The Government has announced plans to tackle unfair leaseholder arrangements on new build properties, but in the meantime, as the Spring housing market gets into full swing, it’s worth understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold property. 

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Guide to Buying a New Build Home

Posted on 11th April 2019 in Residential Property

Buying your home is probably the most expensive investment that you will ever make so it pays to get the right advice. As one of the oldest and largest firms in the South West, we aim to provide you with a swift and expert service at a competitive price.

Posted by

Jessica Betts

Paralegal