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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…

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…

Buying a listed building: The do’s and don’ts you need to know

Listed buildings account for approximately 2% of England’s built heritage. When a building is ‘listed’ it is included on the statutory list of “buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The list status is intended to protect buildings from alterations that may negatively impact their character or historical context. In practical terms for the owner,…

Preparing to sell your business – Planning is key

Making the decision to sell your business is life changing. Selling a business successfully requires a great deal of planning, which owners often underestimate. On average 58%* of business owners have no succession or exit plan in place. Corporate Commercial Partner, Tom Webb discusses the practical points business owners need to consider when preparing their…

Why you need a Lasting Powers of Attorney

A recent study carried out by Office of the Public Guardian* concluded that while approximately 40% of the UK population have a Will, only 1% have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) in place. Many of those surveyed did not know what an LPA is, and those that did, believed that they would never need to…

How can I help a family member diagnosed with Dementia manage their affairs?

To assist someone with their affairs (whether related to their finances or to health matters), you must hold the legal powers to do so. The route you will need to take will depend on the mental capacity of the person you are seeking to help. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of…