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  • 17 May 2016

    Putting your affairs in order: from PETs to LPAs

    Nobody likes to think about life coming to an end. But organising your affairs can only be of benefit to you and your family. Karen Bacon outlines what to consider. Read more

  • 28 April 2016

    Prince dies without leaving a Will

    News coming in from the United States is that the multimillionaire musician Prince died without leaving a Will and that court proceedings in relation to his estate have already commenced. Read more

  • 25 April 2016

    Raking over the ashes: rights to the body and funeral disputes

    We look at the issues surrounding who has the right to the body after death. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    Lay-offs and short-time working

    In Craig v Bob Lindfield and Son Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that there is no implied term that a period of lay-off will be no more than is reasonable. In this case, an employee who resigned after being laid off for four and a half weeks without pay was not found to have been constructively dismissed, as there had been a genuine downturn in work which led to the employer operating a contractual lay-off clause and the employer had a reasonable expectation that further work would become available within four weeks. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    National Living Wage: Updated guidance on calculating National Minimum Wage

    Following the introduction of the Government's National Living Wage on 1 April 2016, The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued new guidance on calculating the National Minimum Wage: Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    The effect of commission on holiday pay

    Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (WTD) gives workers the right to be paid during their annual leave. Unfortunately, it does not then specify how holiday pay should be calculated. In British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the position taken in Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton: The Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted in line with the WTD, so as to include results-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay for the basic four weeks' annual leave. Read more

  • 15 March 2016

    Cutting family ties: The truth about disinheritance

    We are often asked to prepare Wills by clients who do not wish their children to benefit from their death. This can be for a variety of reasons but it is usually because they have either fallen out, or have been estranged for some time. Read more

  • 11 March 2016

    Deeds of variation: ripe for abolition?

    We consider the importance and purpose of deeds of variation. Read more

  • 23 February 2016

    Recent case highlights co-habitation considerations

    Increasingly more couples are living together without formalising their relationship and many people do not realise that there is no such thing as "common law marriage" in England and Wales. Read more

  • 28 January 2016

    What Now For Workplace Privacy?

    Recently there has been a lot of press attention about the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barbulescu v Romania. Some sensationalist commentators have been quick to decry the death of privacy for employees. Others have said that the judgment does little to change the current law. But what does this judgment actually mean? Read more