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Top tips to avoid a scam

Unfortunately, there are times when criminals will pretend to be a solicitor to scam members of the public and take their money. Fraudsters will target genuine law firms by claiming to represent a client on the other side of a transaction (such as a property purchase) or may target individuals directly by appearing to be…

Living with Covid in the workplace: what should employers do as restrictions lift

  As the prime minister announces that from today (Monday the 19th  of July) Covid-19 legal restrictions will be lifted, HR Consultant Lucy Cotterell explains what businesses should expect in the next few weeks. What will change from the 19th of July? The government instruction to work from home will be lifted. There will be…

The importance of a Lasting Powers of Attorney

  Most people have heard of the importance of making a Will to ensure a person’s wishes are met when they pass away, but not everyone has heard of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and the importance of these documents when caring for a loved one. LPAs are documents you can put in place which…

Protect your business with a pre-nup.

Entrepreneurs are typically driven, ambitious people who have plans in place to protect their business against the risks associated with bad luck, competition or the economy. But how many plan to minimise the emotional and financial costs of divorce upon their business? Contributions of homemaking and growing a business are considered of equal importance in…

What happens if parents disagree over the vaccination of their children?

  With the UK’s medicine regulator approving the Pfizer vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15 last week. The Government has indicated that it will roll vaccines out if the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends it. If this happens before the start of the new school year in September, then it is…

HR advice for employers in the UK as the holiday season approaches

  Following the Government’s decision to ease restrictions in relation to domestic and foreign travel, many employees who have built up holiday entitlement and are longing for a break will be looking to book a getaway this summer. The ever-changing situation, however, not only makes booking a holiday difficult but for businesses the resource challenge…

Couples must wait for a ‘no fault’ divorce as new law is delayed

  The government announcement this week that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, will be delayed by at least six months will disappoint many separated couples seeking to divorce in the most amicable way, with the least impact on their children. The Act, which was due to come into force in October 2021, will…

Are you ready for your teams to return to the office?

While the roadmap out of lockdown remains changeable and none of us know what restrictions will be lifted on the 21st of June, as an employer it is important that you have a plan in place to manage the return to the office regardless of the date it actually happens. HR Consultant Lucy Cotterell answers…

The Parents Promise

Recently, I came across The Parents Promise and was staggered to read that 280,000 children (a similar number to the size of the population of Newcastle!) experience a family separation each year. There is no doubt that a family separation has an impact on children. They can have feelings of loss and there can be…

How to contest a Will after Probate

Contentious probate claims relate to any dispute upon the contents of a deceased will, whether the deceased should have provided for individuals following their passing and how their estate is to be administered. Losing a loved one is difficult, but add to this a dispute and a sad situation can quickly become confrontational and complex….