In Debt, Indebted, or Just Want to Know How to Get Your Money?

In Debt, Indebted, or Just Want to Know How to Get Your Money?
A new Pre-Action Action Protocol for Debt Claims (the Debt Protocol) came into force on 1st October 2017. Subject to certain exceptions, the Protocol applies to any business, including sole traders and public bodies, claiming payment of a debt from an individual (including a sole trader).The Protocol does not apply though to business-to-business de...
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Sepsis FAQs

Sepsis FAQs
​ Referred to as "The Silent Killer", around 123,000 cases of sepsis are reported in England annually. Around 37,000 people die every year as a result of the condition. But what exactly is sepsis and the symptoms, who is most at risk, and how can it be treated? We run through the most frequently asked questions relating to this illness. ​WHAT ACTUA...
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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Have you considered who would make decisions on your behalf in the event that you were unable to because of loss of physical or mental capacity, either temporarily or in the long term? It is a common mistake to assume that your decision making will automatically pass to your next of kin. However, this is not always the case. We go through exactly w...
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Body and Burial Disputes - FAQs

Body and Burial Disputes - FAQs
Stress and upset following a death in the family can occasionally lead to a dispute on whether there should be a burial or cremation and even possibly where this should take place. Although a deceased's Will may indicate their wishes, where a deceased dies without a Will, there is a list of individuals who can take control of the deceased body. We ...
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How to Contest a Will

How to Contest a Will
There is a misconception that a Will cannot be changed after a testator has died; this is not the case. Wills can be disputed and changed based on many grounds, including lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence or coercion, lack of knowledge and approval, and even forgery and fraud. We give a rundown of the possible reasons for disputing a W...
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Giving Gifts - a Guide for Deputies and Attorneys

Giving Gifts - a Guide for Deputies and Attorneys
The Office of the Public Guardian has recently published a revised practice note (PN7) that sets out further guidance for professional deputies and attorneys appointed under a registered Lasting Power of Attorney for property and financial affairs. The amended guidelines give advice on the regulations of giving gifts - we highlight the key measures...
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Birth Injury FAQs

Birth Injury FAQs
It is unfortunate that, in this day and age, birth injuries still occur. Sometimes they are temporary, and other times they are permanent and last a lifetime. Symptoms can vary from one individual to another; where one infant or mother may have mild symptoms, another with the same injury may record far worse symptoms. We run through the most freque...
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Commercial Litigation FAQs - The Basics

Commercial Litigation FAQs - The Basics
Commercial litigation is considered to be a broad area of law, encompassing many types of disputes that relate to businesses and the issues that can arise within them. We run through the most frequently asked questions relating to commercial litigation, and when exactly to instruct expert legal support. Commercial litigation is an ever-expanding fi...
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Unexplained Wealth Orders Explained

Unexplained Wealth Orders Explained
Unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) were introduced by Section 1 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and came in to effect on 31 January 2018. They were introduced as a mechanism to investigate and confiscate the proceeds of crime by using civil, rather than the traditional criminal powers available to investigate suspicious assets which are thought to ...
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When is Someone Too Ill to Make a Will?

When is Someone Too Ill to Make a Will?
Dementia, among other disorders and diseases, can highlight huge challenges for both doctors and lawyers when assessing the testamentary capacity of a person when preparing their Will. The current UK law requires a person to fully understand what they are doing and the implications of such decisions. But what processes are used to ensure that someb...
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What is Shared Ownership?

What is Shared Ownership?
Shared ownership is a government-backed scheme offered by housing associations which allows you to part-buy and part-rent your home. Read our simple Q&As all about shared ownership. If you can't quite afford the mortgage on 100% of a home, you can buy a percentage share of your chosen property (typically between 25% and 75%) and then rent the p...
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How to Succeed in a Claim for Medical Negligence

How to Succeed in a Claim for Medical Negligence
Medical and clinical negligence claims differ from personal injury claims; to bring a successful compensation claim it has to be shown firstly that mistakes were made that amount to medical negligence and secondly, that, as a result of those mistakes, you (or somebody else) suffered an injury. We look at the key factors in successfully making a cla...
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Top Ten Tips for Separated Parents During School Holidays

Top Ten Tips for Separated Parents During School Holidays
It's no secret that most children greet the school holidays with open arms, viewing them as a well-earned break from their learning. However, they can prove to be difficult to juggle for parents – especially if you're bringing up children alone. We count down our top ten tips for separated parents during the school holidays. The holiday period is m...
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Family Lawyer's Top Tips for Christmas Contact

Family Lawyer's Top Tips for Christmas Contact
​ Christmas is traditionally a time where families celebrate the festive period together – so it can be stressful and upsetting for separated parents and their children. We look to ease some of the stress with our top tips for Christmas contact for separated parents.  Contact arrangements can prove to be a bone of contention throughout the fes...
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Mental Health at Work FAQs

Mental Health at Work FAQs
Recent research has confirmed that there is still a culture of fear and silence around mental health at work, which can prove costly to employers. We look at what is mental health, what managers can do to help and how to avoid discrimination. Mental health is more common that you think. One in four people will experience symptoms of mental ill heal...
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Employment Law - Equal Pay for Equal Work

Employment Law - Equal Pay for Equal Work
The pay difference between men and women who carry out the same or similar roles is very much still a live issue, 47 years after the Equal Pay Act. The Equality Act 2010 now tackles the issues of equal pay for equal work. We look at exactly what this means for employers and employees. You only need to cast your memory back to July 2017 when the BBC...
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How Sure do You have to be to Dismiss for Gross Misconduct?

How Sure do You have to be to Dismiss for Gross Misconduct?
​ Gross misconduct is defined as behaviour from an employee which is so considered to be so bad that it destroys the relationship between employee and employer. Employers must be aware of the law before heading into this territory – read our FAQs relating to gross misconduct for employers. Where an employee has more than two years' service, they ha...
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What can You do if an Employee has Breached a Settlement Agreement?

What can You do if an Employee has Breached a Settlement Agreement?
Settlement agreements are fairly commonplace within the employment field; they're a legally binding arrangement that waives an individual's right to make a claim covered under the terms of the agreement to an Employment Tribunal or Court. But what can an employer do if an employee breaches the terms set out by their approved settlement agreement? T...
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Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers - Part Two

Copy of Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers - Part Two
​ Managing a team within the workplace can be a daunting experience - we round up some more of our top tips for employers around appeals, pregnancy and office banter. Many employers are apprehensive when it comes to more 'delicate' issues within the workplace; what exactly should you do when a female member of staff informs you that they're pregnan...
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Zero-Hour Contract FAQs

Zero-Hour Contract FAQs
It is estimated that there are some 900,000 people in the UK are on zero-hours contracts; circa 9 years ago the number of people on a zero-hour contract was estimated at just 143,000. We look at the most frequently asked questions relating to this ever-popular method of employment. ​ WHAT IS A ZERO-HOUR CONTRACT? A zero hour contract can be simply ...
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