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House prices rose fastest in the South West

Posted on 20th January 2022 in Residential Property

Official figures show that house prices in the South West of England rose fastest than anywhere else in the country.

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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TUPE common questions

Posted on 18th January 2022 in Employment

We are regularly asked to advise employers on the application and implications of TUPE and how they can fulfil their obligations under the regulations. Here are some of the most common issues we advise our clients on.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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£100 million paid for maternity ward deaths in Mid and South Essex trust

Posted on 17th January 2022 in Medical Negligence

It’s been revealed that the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust paid over £100 million in compensation to bereaved families following 176 obstetrics claims relating to the death of babies and mothers in the past ten years.

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Lack of oxygen led to stillbirth of baby Ronnie

Posted on 17th January 2022 in Medical Negligence

In June 2020 at Basildon University Hospital Connie Copperthwaite-Jackson’s baby was stillborn and following an internal hospital report, it was found Ronnie died of hypoxia.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Video-witnessed wills legalisation extended

Posted on 13th January 2022 in Probate & Wills, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Ministry of Justice introduced legislation to allow for wills to be witnessed via video-link up and this has now been continued to allow vulnerable people to use this method of executing their wills until 31 January 2024.

Posted by

Sue Halfyard

Senior Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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17 year old may have suffered brain damage caused by medication after giving birth

Posted on 12th January 2022 in Medical Negligence

An inquest has heard that in September 2019 Teegan Barnard, aged 17, suffered cardiac arrest within two hours of giving birth at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester and later died at home on October 7th, 2019.

Posted by

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

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Reducing sick pay for unvaccinated staff

Posted on 10th January 2022 in Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

IKEA will now be paying statutory sick pay only for unvaccinated staff who are absent from work due to self-isolation.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Small payment scheme proposed for vulnerable people

Posted on 07th January 2022 in Safeguarding Vulnerable Clients

When a person loses mental capacity and does not already have an attorney to help with their affairs, it can be difficult to know how to help them with their finances.

Posted by

Emma Ruttley

Solicitor

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Company directors: are they employees?

Posted on 07th January 2022 in Employment

Whether or not directors are also employees is often not a simple question and can have big implications both for the individual and the company.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Property market predictions for 2022

Posted on 05th January 2022 in Residential Property

The past year demonstrated the strength of the UK property market with house sales and property prices hitting double digit growth in some areas of the country, even with the effects of Covid continuing. What can we expect in 2022 and will there be more stability?

Posted by

Nick Conner

Partner and Solicitor

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Private management of Affordable Rented Housing

Posted on 05th January 2022 in Affordable Housing

In a recent planning appeal relating to the proposed development of 115 privately rented dwellings the Inspector found that the private management of the affordable units rather than management by a Registered Provider did not conflict with the development plan and so allowed the appeal. 

Posted by

Alex McKerron

Chartered Legal Executive

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Extension of shared ownership leases by existing owners

Posted on 22nd December 2021 in Affordable Housing

Government proposals to reform the shared ownership model include all new leases being granted for 990 years instead of the current 99 or 125 years.

Posted by

Megan Lindsay-Bush

Solicitor