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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 pa...
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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 mo...
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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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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 fest...
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Making Redundancies - How to Get it Right

Making Redundancies - How to Get it Right
Are you contemplating making redundancies? With many companies now considering this route, we look at the accepted reasons, correct procedures and the potential legal implications of getting the redundancy procedure wrong.One in seven UK workers were made redundant during the last recession according to the Office for National Statistics. Despite t...
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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 healt...
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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 exp...
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Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers

Employment Law - Top Tips for Employers
​Employing people seems like a fairly simple process - hire them, then set them to work…but is it really that easy? We round up our top tips for employers when it comes to employment law and legal practices in the workplace. Many employers find the list of employment rights and legal responsibilities intimidating. But conforming to employer's legal...
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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 pregnant...
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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 have...
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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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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?Th...
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Discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation - The Basics

Discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation - The Basics
​Let's be honest – discrimination, bullying, victimisation and harassment can be portrayed as meaning the same thing – especially in a workplace environment. So what's the difference between each definition? We run through the basics of the legal meanings of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.In the Equality Act 2010, victimisation and ha...
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Collaborative Law FAQs

Collaborative Law FAQs
Divorce has a certain stigma attached to it, and the entire process is seen as quite hostile. Collaborative law is a procedure that is looking to change that opinion and to help couples get through their divorce in a more appealing way. We look at some of the most frequently asked questions relating to collaborative law.Most clients visit a divorce...
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Buy-To-Let Property Repairs - Who is Responsible?

Buy-To-Let Property Repairs - Who is Responsible?
Many people in the UK now own a property that they let out, but being a landlord brings legal responsibilities and you must make sure you know the rules. Our property law experts explain who is responsible for keeping a buy-to-let property in good repair.​​LANDLORDS' OBLIGATIONSIf you own and let out residential property on a short-term basis you a...
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How to get on the property ladder

How to Get on The Property Ladder
It has been well publicised that getting on the property ladder is becoming a more difficult proposition for first-time buyers as lenders abandon the standard model of 10% deposit and a mortgage. We take a look at some of the alternatives on the market for purchasing that elusive first property. ​SHARED OWNERSHIPShared ownership involves purchasing...
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Seven Tips for Choosing a Divorce Lawyer

Seven Tips for Choosing a Divorce Lawyer
Deciding to get divorced is a huge decision, and choosing a divorce lawyer can also be an emotional and stressful experience. Read our seven tips for finding your ideal solicitor - for both yours and your family's wellbeing.Ending a marriage or a civil partnership is going to be a difficult and emotional time. It may involve children, assets, pets ...
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Will FAQs - The Basics

Will FAQs - The Basics
In today's society, many people are choosing to put off making a Will. Perhaps it's because we're all living longer – you don't need to think about that yet, do you? In fact, making a Will is the most vital thing you can do to protect your loved ones.A properly drafted Will ensures that you decide who receives your Estate when you die and that all ...
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