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    • 20 December 2017

      2017: A year in review

      2017 has been a year of change for local businesses, with many looking at ways they can improve and grow through efficiency, product development and supporting and evolving their workforce. Read more

    • 23 November 2017

      Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

      Research shows that drug and alcohol abuse are ever-increasing problems in the workplace. It is no longer uncommon for an employee to alert their employer to an addiction, or for employers or the workplace at large to believe that an employee is misusing drugs or alcohol. Read more

    • 23 November 2017

      Royal Mail v Jhuti

      In Royal Mail Limited v Jhuti, the Court of Appeal has considered the extent to which a tribunal can infer knowledge onto a decision maker in an automatically unfair dismissal claim, when that dismissing officer was not aware of the employee’s whistleblowing at the time of dismissal. Read more

    • 23 November 2017

      When a sole shareholder director dies

      A recent case has displayed the risks associated with sole shareholder director companies and the need for clear succession planning when it comes to taking your company forward. Read more

    • 9 November 2017

      The importance of a carefully drafted overage agreement

      The recent High Court decision in Sparks v Biden [2017] highlights the importance of well thought out and precise drafting of overage agreements. Read more

    • 18 October 2017

      Inheritance Tax – Passing on your wealth

      Death duty has been payable, in one form or another, for over 300 years but until comparatively recently, it was only of concern to the wealthiest in society. For example, following the introduction of estate duty in 1894 (the forerunner of the current inheritance tax), many landed estates were broken up, as landowners could not afford to pay the tax. Read more

    • 18 October 2017

      Equity Release – Using your home to generate income

      Equity release is a way of releasing some of the money, or equity, in your home without the need to sell the property. There are two types of equity release, which are the lifetime mortgage and the home reversion. This article will concentrate on lifetime mortgages, which are the more common type of equity release. Read more

    • 18 October 2017

      Consent Orders – The financial side of divorce

      Getting divorced can be a stressful time and is often regarded as one of the most difficult things that a person may have to deal with in their lives, along with the death of a loved one and moving house. Read more

    • 12 October 2017

      The liability of a freehold owner where a visitor suffers fatal injuries

      In the recent case of Dodd v Raebarn Estates Ltd and others (2017), the Court of Appeal considered whether a freeholder, who was the landlord of a headlease, could be held liable under the Defective Premises Act 1972 (“the DPA”) when a visitor fell down the stairs and suffered fatal head injuries. Read more

    • 23 August 2017

      The importance of carrying out a title investigation before entering into a deed of surrender

      The recent case of The Co-operative Bank plc v Hayes Freehold Limited and Others (2017) raised an interesting issue concerning the effect of a purported surrender of two leases. The landlord had failed to obtain the consent of a bank, which had a charge over the property, before effecting the disposition of the leases. Read more