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Are you caught up in Universal Wealth Management?

14/06/2018

You may have already heard of Universal Wealth Management, but, if you haven’t, there’s plenty you can read about them in the headlines. However, the case has recently come to light again, as the company’s owners have been arrested in connection to a number of offenses – and families are wondering if they will ever see their hard-earned cash again.

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Does your business have a game plan in place for the start of the World Cup?

12/06/2018

Even those who are not football fans will probably be aware that the Football World Cup competition starts in Russia on 14 June. ACAS have produced some guidance to assist employers in dealing with the issues that are always thrown up by tournaments of this kind.

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GDPR – A snapshot

23/05/2018

There are just a few days to go before the GDPR legislation will come into force, but according to a recent poll, 89% of organisations in the UK remain “confused” by GDPR. Organisations will need to act fast if they have not already made progress with the new legislation – here are a few tips from us to help you along the way.

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Gifts and trusts are an important part of protecting family wealth

09/05/2018

On your death, everything you own that is part of your estate will be liable to 40% inheritance tax (IHT), which could cost your loved ones thousands of pounds. The only way to help reduce paying any IHT unnecessarily is to plan as effectively and as early as possible to ensure your family is protected – and your wishes are respected. Here are a few things to consider for your IHT plan.

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Protecting your little ones - 5 reasons to get your Will done!

02/05/2018

A Will is on everyone’s ‘to do’ list. But do you know what would happen to your children if the worst were to happen? Here are 5 reasons why you should put a Will in place in order to protect your little ones:

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Moving Home? It needn't be painful!

01/05/2018

New Home Owners Day is celebrated on 1st May, but, whilst buying a house is supposed to be one of the most stressful things we encounter during a lifetime, we can help make house buying and selling a little less painful with these tips.

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Dealing with general conflict and estate planning

12/04/2018

Yes, it is an awkward topic, but there are many modern families that do not see eye to eye. Whilst it is easier to let bygones be bygones in the land of the living, what should you do if you need to discuss your family affairs in the event of your death? 

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Bridging the pay gap

10/04/2018

Tuesday 10th April represents National Equal Pay Day – and what better time to be talking about it than now? With the first phases of Gender Pay Gap reporting now in the news, the spotlight is firmly on businesses to account for their pay data.

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Lasting Power of Attorney – what is it and when do you need it?

05/04/2018

It’s National Love Your Children Day on Saturday 7th April, which is a good time to reflect on how important our family is to us. In many legal scenarios, we often consider our nearest and dearest when it comes to protecting ourselves – and our children’s future. Lasting Power of Attorney is something that is difficult to consider, but, when it comes to allowing someone you trust, like your children, to take over your family affairs, it is an extremely important document.

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GDPR Compliance Review - Are you ready?

03/04/2018

With less than two months to go until the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, are you and your business ready for the new requirements?

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Yes Dear: Ways to soft land your separation

03/04/2018

National Reconciliation Day (2 April) yesterday reminds us of the importance of reconciling our differences, particularly for couples. We’ve all resorted to the fool proof “yes dear”, which promised to be the secret to a strong relationship in years gone by.

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Turning the tables on Sexual Harassment

29/03/2018

*The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report, **Turning the tables: ending sexual harassment at work report*[https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/publication-download/turning-tables-ending-sexual-harassment-work]* **recommending steps to strengthen protection for victims of sexual harassment, promoting transparency and placing a legal duty on employers to take effective steps to prevent sexual harassment.  The report has also recommended an increase in compensation levels for victims where this duty has been breached.*

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Calling all employers with over 250 staff – have you published your Gender Pay Gap?

27/03/2018

Organisations that have not yet published their gender pay gap information by the deadline next week could face unlimited fines.

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Highlights from the Spring Statement 2018

14/03/2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, presented his first Spring Statement to the nation that would provide an update on existing announcements, the health of the economy and a report of progress on budget forecasts. All major tax and spending changes will now be made once a year at the Autumn Budget.

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£17,000 Cost Order against Employer

12/03/2018

*Author: Matthew Kilgannon*

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Clarity on parity for agency workers

08/03/2018

Specialist employment law Partner, Matthew Kilgannon, discusses last month’s first Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision on parity of terms for Agency workers.

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New Licensing Requirements for HMOs

06/03/2018

*Author: Caroline Walton*

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Powers of Attorney: Registration Fee Refunds

05/03/2018

*Author: Megan Lawless*

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The Trusts Registration Service

05/03/2018

*Author: Joanna Pashley*

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Chocolates, Flowers and Pre-Nups

12/02/2018

This week is national marriage week and whilst it may not necessarily be in some people’s diaries, Wednesday, 14th February is a time when many couples' thoughts turn to marriage.   Family law Partner, Richard Middlehurst, explains why, if you are contemplating marriage, you should think about a Pre-Nuptial agreement. 

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Endersby and Coote v Astrosoccer 4 U Ltd

06/02/2018

*Author: Nigel Cook*

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SAW (SW) 2010 Limited –v- Wilson & Another

06/02/2018

*Author: Nigel Cook*

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Director's Duties in the New Age

06/02/2018

*Author: Chris Millar*

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