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The National Trust, slavery and colonialism, and the Charity Commission - what can we learn?

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

The Charity Commission recently concluded the National Trust did not breach charity law as a result of its regulatory compliance case involving the charity, and found there were no grounds for regulatory action.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Compensation payouts for NHS errors have trebled in the last decade

Posted on 07th April 2021 in Medical Negligence

New figures show that poor maternity care is costing more then £1 million a day in compensation, having trebled in the last decade.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Spring cleaning for Inheritance Tax before 5th April

Posted on 01st April 2021 in Later Life Planning

The Easter weekend will be a welcome break for some and, with the delights of Spring, comes the feeling of freshness and new beginnings. One such beginning is the new tax year, which commences on 6th April 2021.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Most non-taxpaying estates to be exempt from filing inheritance tax from 2022

Posted on 26th March 2021 in Later Life Planning

The government have announced that, following recommendations by the Office of Tax Simplification, they are looking at ways of reducing inheritance tax reporting requirements. The government has now agreed to simplify the position so that, from 1 January 2022, over 90% of non-taxpaying estates each year will no longer have to complete inheritance tax forms for deaths when a grant of representation is required.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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Why Inheritance Tax planning is still important

Posted on 26th March 2021 in Later Life Planning

If you intend to leave savings, property or other assets to family or friends after you die, you need to consider the impact of inheritance tax (IHT). With the rate of IHT set at 40% for most estates above the thresholds, it is important to plan ahead, so that you can minimise IHT and ensure as much of your estate as possible reaches your loved ones.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Homeworking and the importance of cybersecurity

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Intellectual Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Having staff working remotely has presented significant challenges for many businesses, but one of the most difficult to address is the increased cybersecurity risk. As many companies did not have sufficient opportunity to prepare for the transition to homeworking, they may not have identified potential cybersecurity issues. Moreover, it is now much harder to monitor staff and ensure they are following safe practices.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Firm pays £45,000 in damages to a competitor for copyright infringement

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Intellectual Property

The case has raised eyebrows amongst lawyers used to ‘taking inspiration’ from other lawyers’ work.  After all, the efficient practice of law is made possible by using precedent documents adapted over and over to suit successive clients’ instructions. 

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Returning to work post lockdown

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

With the government’s announcement of a ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ and as we progress towards a full relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, more and more businesses are planning for a gradual return to normality. This blog sets out some considerations employers may want to think about over the coming months.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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Holiday and Annual Leave during Covid

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

One year after the first lockdown and the UK is facing another year of uncertainty around the issue of taking holidays abroad. You may be getting lots of questions from employees about carrying over holidays during Covid, we try and answer some of the main questions here.

Posted by

Joanna Parry

Associate and Solicitor

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‘No Fault’ Divorce expected in the Autumn

Posted on 24th March 2021 in Family Law

After 30 years of campaigning by family law group Resolution and other bodies, Parliament passed the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 in June 2020. There is no set date for when this legislation will come into force and No Fault Divorces become a reality in England and Wales, however the Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has indicated that the changes will likely not take effect until autumn 2021 as ‘time needs to be allowed for careful implementation’.   

Posted by

Bea Taylor

Trainee Solicitor

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The Challenges of Intestacy

Posted on 23rd March 2021 in Probate & Wills

A recent High Court case has highlighted the challenges faced when a person dies intestate, or when a Will does not cover a number of scenarios, such as what should happen in the event of the unexpected death of a beneficiary.

Posted by

Naomi Hoare

Solicitor

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Sleep-in shifts and minimum wage

Posted on 19th March 2021 in Employment

The Supreme Court has now issued its much anticipated Judgment in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, which was delayed by the death of one of the Justices. The case concerned how the national minimum wage (NMW) should be calculated for workers who work sleep-in shifts.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor