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Civil Partnerships for mixed-sex couples

The government says there are more than 3.3 million unmarried couples in the UK who live together with shared financial responsibilities - nearly half of them with children. But these households do not have the same legal protections as those who have a civil...

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To tell or not to tell – Employment References

It is common-place to be asked to provide references when applying for new job, but is there a legal requirement to give one? Unless regulated by an institution such as the Financial Conduct Authority, an employer is under no legal obligation to give a reference....

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How will Brexit affect employment laws?

Recently the government published its White Paper ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’. Within the paper it was stated that employment laws wouldn’t change in the way we expected when (or if) the UK leaves the European Union....

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Investigations into Attorney Actions on the Rise

We regularly advise clients on the benefits of having a Lasting Power of Attorney and always invite the attorneys to come along to the meeting to speak to us or to approach us by telephone before signing the document. Figures from the Office of the Public Guardian...

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Equity Release Q1 Figures

After its exponential increase in popularity throughout 2017, Equity Release shows no signs of slowing down in 2018. Over a quarter of all pensioners are now pursuing Equity release; Q1 has shown that 26% of over 55s are choosing Equity Release up from 22% previously....

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Supreme Court Ruling on Contractual Notice Periods

In Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] the Supreme Court has held by a majority that, in cases of dismissal on notice by post, and where there is no contractual provision governing when notice takes effect, the contractual notice only...

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First UK Employer faces Pension Fine

Auto-enrolment is a government pension scheme which, unless employees have already signed up for a workplace pension, automatically diverts a portion of an employee’s monthly salary into a pension pot. The employer and the government also make a contribution each...

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Lasting Power of Attorney Court Fee Refund

If you applied for a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 you may be entitled to a partial refund of the application fee.   This is because between 2013 and 2017, the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian...

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Records Broken by Equity Release in 2018

We have been giving you updates based on the quarterly reports of Equity Release borrowing throughout 2017 and each one has shown growth from the previous quarter, but quarter 4 has shown that Equity Release is now at a 15-year high and the market appears not to have...

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Right to Work Breaks

In late 2016 we reported on a case that showed employers must encourage their employees to take rest breaks or they are, in the eyes of the Employment Tribunal, ‘refusing’ a work break. A recent case looks at the nature of the 20-minute break workers are entitled to...

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Data Protection in the News

The High Court has found that an employer, WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC, was vicariously liable for the deliberate and criminal disclosure by a rogue employee of personal data belonging to co-workers. This is the first group litigation data breach case to come before...

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Worker Entitled to Unpaid Holiday

The gig-economy has been dominating the legal spotlight for a long time now, and it doesn’t seem to be changing. A window salesman worked for a company on a self-employed basis for twelve years. Upon his dismissal, he raised a claim for £27,000 in unpaid holiday over...

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