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Disability in the Workplace FAQs

Disability in the Workplace FAQs
As an employer, it pays to be aware of your responsibilities for disabled persons to avoid potential claims for disability discrimination and the financial penalties these bring.Employment tribunal claims for disability discrimination can lead to the burden of huge financial penalties for employers. It therefore pays to be aware of your responsibil...
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What you should do if you've been unfairly dismissed

What You Should Do If You've Been Unfairly Dismissed
Being dismissed from your job or position is a traumatic experience for anyone, and it can be all the worse if you feel the dismissal was unfair or undeserved.This guide will take you through the steps you'll need to follow to get the best possible resolution:1. Have you been 'dismissed'?2. Was your dismissal legally 'unfair'?3. Appeal the decision...
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Prenuptial Agreement FAQs

Prenuptial Agreement FAQs
Society has witnessed a big change in couples' attitudes towards their finances, and more and more newlyweds are now seeking to gain a prenuptial agreement as part of their 'happily ever after' plans.Couples in the UK now spend an estimated £10 billion on weddings each year, typically parting with a little over £36,000 overall, including everything...
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Arrears of Maintenance - What Can You Do?

Arrears of Maintenance - What Can You Do?
If you have divorced and receive maintenance payments do you know what to do if these suddenly stop? How would you claim arrears on these payments? We give the lowdown on what to do in this difficult and stressful situation.In financial remedy proceedings, the Court has powers to require one spouse to make maintenance payments to the other. This ca...
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Uber is back in the city – but on probation

Uber is Back in the City – But on Probation
To many Londoners, Uber was viewed as a cost-effective and efficient way of getting around the City. However, when Uber applied to renew its licence last year, Transport for London (TFL) refused.One of TFL's biggest concerns was the lack of corporate responsibility shown by Uber. In the subsequent court hearing brought by the company, TFL stated th...
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Wimbledon Has a Plan - But Do You?

Wimbledon Has a Plan - But Do You?
For many, Wimbledon means strawberries, Pimms and the start of some fierce competition. But for the All England Lawn and Tennis Club, it marks the pause of their master plan...The All England Lawn and Tennis Club (AELTC) are the owners of the Wimbledon tennis club. In 2013 they produced their Wimbledon 2020 Master Plan which sets out their key obje...
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Nominate Your Firm Now at Brentwood Business Awards

Nominate Your Firm Now at Brentwood Business Awards
 Brentwood Chamber of Commerce are delighted to announce that nominations for the Brentwood Business Awards 2018 are now open.The Brentwood Business Awards will be celebrating the best of business in the area, whether you are a sole trader, SME, charity or even an individual employee.The Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Pinney Talfourd...
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The World Cup at Work - What's Your Game Plan?

The World Cup at Work - What's Your Game Plan?
With the World Cup in Russia in full swing, how can employers manage any disruption and provide flexibility to staff wanting to follow the tournament? Alex Pearce explains.The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding the Olym...
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Marriage or Civil Partnership - The Choice is Yours?

Marriage or Civil Partnership - The Choice is Yours?
A heterosexual couple have won their legal battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership as opposed to a marriage. Catherine Loadman explains more.The Supreme Court has declared that the provisions of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA 2004) which prevent a different sex couple from entering into a Civil Partnership are incompatible with ...
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Buying a house - a snap decision too far?

Buying a House - a Snap Decision Too Far?
Purchasing a house is one of the biggest decisions somebody will make in their lifetime – but research has shown that it is also one of the fastest. Lexie Jacobs explains.Various research studies have revealed that it takes anywhere from 8 minutes (yes – just 8 minutes!) to half an hour for buyers to decide whether they want to make an offer on a p...
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Family Courts - a Holistic Approach?

Family Courts - a Holistic Approach?
James Munby, President of the Family Division, has called for a one-stop holistic court system to deal with the real problems that modern families now face.Families now almost have an infinite variety of forms, married, cohabiting and same-sex couples. Children are living in houses where their parents may be married or not. The unit may comprise of...
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EU Underlines Intellectual Property Infringement Costs

EU Underlines Intellectual Property Infringement Costs
The Intellectual Property arm of the European Union has just issued its most comprehensive report yet on the scale, costs, and risks of IPR infringement throughout the EU.Looking back on developments since 2013, the EUIPO has not only reported on infringement but has estimated that the total contribution of IPR intensive industries to the EU econom...
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Additional Legal Rights for Grandparents Confirmed

Additional Legal Rights for Grandparents Confirmed
The European Union's highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), has confirmed in a recent judgment that grandparents have a legal right to see their grandchildren.This ruling could potentially speed up proposed changes to UK legislation to remove the "permission" stage that grandparents face to applications for contact with their grandchil...
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We Are Shortlisted in Modern Law Conveyancing Awards

We Are Shortlisted in Modern Law Conveyancing Awards
Pinney Talfourd is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for two awards at the nationwide Modern Law Conveyancing Awards.Competition has been tough and the Awards organisers acknowledged that success in the UK property market is particularly well earned this year, with more pressure than ever on conveyancing firms to adjust fees, stre...
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FIFA kicks logo misuse into touch

FIFA Kicks Logo Misuse into Touch
The FIFA World Cup 2018 begins this week and will be supported by billions of people around the world. But beware of using the logo in your social media profile picture!Many fans will be using social media to show their support for their country by uploading images of their country's flags and the World Cup logo as their profile pictures.However, y...
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Tapestry is Our New Charity of the Year 2018

Tapestry is Our New Charity of the Year 2018
We are delighted to announce that Hornchurch based charity, Tapestry, will be Pinney Talfourd's charity of the year for 2018/19.Tapestry is based in Havering and supports adults in leading a positive, fulfilling life with a particular focus on people living with dementia.After raising over £11,000 last year for SNAP, the Brentwood based charity for...
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A Win for the Taxpayer Over HMRC's IR35 Guidance

A Win for the Taxpayer Over HMRC's IR35 Guidance
A Court has questioned HMRC's guidance on IR35, provoking calls for the Government to review the legislation.The question of whether someone is considered to be an employee or self-employed worker is again making headlines. The current law setting this out, known as IR35, has caused much debate since it was introduced in 2000.The Government origina...
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Inheritance Tax - Time for Reform

Inheritance Tax - Time for Reform
Inheritance Tax is considered the least popular and most complex tax in this country. However, a new allowance to offset IHT and new reforms of the IHT system are afoot.Inheritance Tax (IHT), on the face of it, is a relatively simple concept. When you pass away, if your assets exceed the available allowances then IHT is paid at a rate of 40% on wha...
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Restrictive Covenants in Spotlight After CEO's Move

Restrictive Covenants in Spotlight After CEO's Move
News that Sir Martin Sorrell, the former chief executive of global agency WPP, plans a high profile return to the world of advertising has brought workplace restrictive covenants firmly back into focus.Just six weeks after his departure from WPP, his new agency, S4 capital, sounds a lot like the company he helmed for 33 years. The initial commentar...
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Limited Partnership Law crackdown continues

Limited Partnership Law Crackdown Continues
The last few years have seen a crackdown by the UK Government to tackle the abuse of companies and partnerships as a means to hide crimes, money laundering and tax evasion.Limited Partnerships are a type of hybrid business which have at least one general partner who has unlimited liability and a number of limited partners who do not usually get act...
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