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New laws in force relating to itemised payslips

Laura West
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From 6 April 2019, the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) (No 2) Order 2018 and Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 will come into force and introduce specific requirements in relation to...

Equality takes centre stage for employers

Alexandra Dean
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The #TimesUp campaign has captured headlines with its push for greater diversity and equality in Hollywood and the entertainment sector, but these shifting attitudes are mirrored in legislative changes in the UK which will affect employers in the coming...

Essex Police's anti-drink and drug campaign - the results are in

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Essex police carried out an anti-drink and drug campaign #DriveSafeDriveSober last summer during which 205 people were arrested and they recently reported another driver being convicted flowing form this last week.  The campaign highlighted how alcohol...

Tax return filing deadline rapidly approaching

Marc Dorsett
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If you listen to commercial radio you'll have heard the, fairly regular, adverts from HMRC regarding the 31 January filing deadline for the 2017/18 tax return. There are only 3 weeks from the date of writing in which to file your return online. The paper...

Car cloning - beware !

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The police are warning that criminal gangs are copying thousands of legitimate number plates who then drive getting speeding fines and congestion charges whilst using the cloned plates, it is then the innocent owner of the legitimate vehicle who is contacted...

An end to a marriage confirmed by text!

Steven Payne
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It is perhaps considered insensitive to end a relationship by text message. Yet, the introduction of a new regulation allowing Saudi women to be notified by text of their divorce should be hailed as a method of ending secret divorces. Under the male...

Christmas: a time for reconciliation or divorce?

Steven Payne
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Whilst divorce is perhaps antithetic to the values of Christmas, festive cheer is not always enough to save relationships in conflict. Following the initiative to modernise divorce, the introduction of online petitions has allowed 13 couples in England and...

Caught drug or drink driving - what you need to know

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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What do I need to do if charged with drink or drug drive during the Christmas and New Year period?   We all during the festive period enjoy spending time with family and friends leading every year to the police carrying out a targeted drink drive...

The cost of getting too close for comfort

Alexandra Dean
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Profits have taken a tumble at fashion retailer Ted Baker after staff made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against founder Ray Kelvin, who has now taken a voluntary leave of absence while investigations take place.  The news follows hard on the...

Setting the Christmas scene for a positive separation

Sarah Overy
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While attention is focused on the country’s divorce from the European Union, and what the New Year will bring from the Brexit bargaining table, many families will be facing up to break-up issues closer to home. Too often, the stress of trying to hold...

An early Christmas present for UK workers

Laura West
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The UK Government published its "Good Work Plan". While the changes it sets out are not insignificant, it is worth noting that it does not contain clear proposals on the most controversial recommendations made earlier this year: There is...

Failure to Prevent - the new rules explained

Marc Dorsett
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In April 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was given Royal Assent. It was primarily introduced to bring online the new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion and has been designed to tighten up several existing...

Self-employed or worker?

Laura West
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The latest developments in the gig economy row The number of companies being held to account by their employees/contract workers is growing. First, Deliveroo and Uber were put through the legal mill and their workers gained a slew of rights and...

That's my spot.

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Could you be breaking the law by parking outside your own house? We all want our own little bit of personal space – somewhere that we can call ours. In the city, though, that space comes at a premium, and parking spaces in particular can become hotly...

Thirteen 'rubberneckers' fined for taking pictures whilst driving!

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Following a crash on the A11 in Thetford, Norfolk there were 13 drivers who were caught by the police using their mobile phones to take photos of an overturned lorry. Clearly, this is something which constitutes a danger on the road and of course will lead...

Emergency worker assault

Laura West
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Are the NHS, the Fire Service and the Police doing all they can to protect first responders? It seems inconceivable to most of us that anyone would wantonly attack, injure or in any other way assault a nurse, fire officer or police officer. Yet every day...

A Self-Assessed Christmas

Marc Dorsett
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In case you aren't aware, Christmas is nearly upon us - just over a week in fact from the time of writing. All that merriment and good cheer to look forward to. Laughing children frolicking in the snow whilst the turkey cooks alongside crispy roast...

Employer NICs on termination payments delayed again

Laura West
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The government's plan to make termination payments in excess of £30,000 subject to employer national insurance contributions (NICs) has been delayed for a second time and will now take effect from April 2020. The government has recently made...

Carols for Columbus!

Spencer Davis
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For the second year running the ‘Gepps Choir’ joined students from the Columbus School and College and entertained Christmas shoppers in the High Chelmer in Chelmsford. Whilst they were singing all the right notes ( but not necessarily in the...

Colchester boy steers mum to safety

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Ben Hedger an eight-year-old boy steered his car to safety whilst travelling at 60 mph when his mother suffered a seizure on the A120 Colchester in Essex just off the A12. When she initially blacked out in rush-hour traffic the vehicle hit the central...

Military Lawyers submit Armed Forces Covenant Pledge

Spencer Davis
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Gepp Solicitors have submitted their Armed Forces Covenant Pledge to the Ministry of Defence's East Anglian Regional Employer Engagement Director, Kristina Carrington.  She is now arranging for the Commander of Colchester Garrison, Lieutenant...

Press Release

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Gepp Solicitor Christmas Choir Staff at Gepp Solicitors in Chelmsford, are going to be sharing some 'Festive Cheer' on Wednesday 12th December 2018, as their Christmas Choir performs carols and well known Christmas jingles in the High Chelmer...

Keeping kids first helps minimise fallout from family breakdown

Sally Ward
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Gepp's family lawyers are supporting Resolution's campaign for a change in the law to reduce the fallout from divorce on children, after figures released today revealed the impact of conflict between separating parents. In a new poll, 79% of the...

House prices rise 1.9% in a market that remains a little 'subdued'

Spencer Davis
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According to a recent report published by the Nationwide Building society, squeezed budgets and uncertain economy is likely to continue to dampen the UK’s housing market. The national average house price is now £214,004, 0.3% increase in...

Bazaar raising money to for ageing scout centre

Spencer Davis
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Having been part of the local community for 250 years Gepp Solicitors were delighted to assist the 2nd Chelmsford Scout Group with a variety of raffle prizes for their Christmas Bazaar. In total an impressive £1,745.00 was raised on the day with...

Inheritance tax forms, is it time for a change?

Lily Measures
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Following a recent simplification review of Inheritance tax (IHT), the OTS (Office of Tax Simplification) said that the process is complex and old fashioned. During the review, over 3,500 people shared their opinions about IHT, which makes this particular...

New Public Rights of Way - Protecting your land

Susan Le-Sage
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Some landowners are more than happy to allow the public rights of access over their land, more often than not by means of well-trodden paths or bridleways taken for granted by the local community. For landowners though, this situation has the potential to...

New Parental Bereavement Leave for Employees

Laura West
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The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 is due to come into effect in 2020. The new legislation gives employees who lose a child under the age of 18 or a stillborn from 24 weeks of pregnancy, a day one right to two weeks leave. Subject to...

Taking the stress our of house moving

Spencer Davis
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It is nice to know that not all house moves are stressful, especially when grateful clients of Mrs Bakshi Dhanda, Head of our Residential Conveyancing Department take the time bake her team a cake and send it with a glowing testimonial! "Dear...

Gepp Solicitors sponsor unique 'Fine Cell Work' event

Spencer Davis
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Nicholas Charrington of Layer Marney Tower recently hosted a wonderful event promoting Fine Cell Work , a charity focused on working within the prison service to help break the cycle of reoffending. Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to build fulfilling...

Possible new fee structure for Grant of Probate

Charlotte Strutt
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On 5th November legislation was laid before Parliament to implement a new banded structure of fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate. The change has been hinted at since February 2017, with the initial plans having since been revised so that the fee will...

Military Lawyers Support The Poppy Appeal

Mike Cubbin
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Gepps Solicitors has been supporting active and retired service personnel with all of their legal needs for many years and, our military law experts have been on hand to help them whenever they need us.  In February 2017 Gepp Solicitors employed a...

What is a settlement agreement?

Alexandra Dean
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Employment disputes can be expensive and time-consuming to resolve, causing a lot of stress and hassle to both employers and employees if they are not handled correctly. However, in many cases, employment disputes can be resolved quickly in a way that works...

Alcohol sales in airports

Gemma Lee
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Alcohol sale is a multi-million pound business. Drinking and socialising is usually associated with having a good time and we tend to drink more when we are celebrating. However, morning drinking in airports, is facing a ban. An early morning drink in UK...

No Mystic Meg...

Marc Dorsett
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The Budget is over for another year and I thought I'd revisit the predictions from my last article. Did my crystal ball work or did it fail to connect to the spirit underworld? Judging from the title I think it's clear that the predictions were...

My family will know what to do when the time comes.....?

Gregory John
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One too many times we hear that those who have chosen to not put a Will in place do not because they believe their family or loved ones would have their best interests at heart once they die. However, by putting a Will in place it not only gives you peace...

Bankruptcy and your home

Justin Emerson
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Bankruptcy is only one of the options available to you if you are in financial difficulties.  Whether bankruptcy is right for you will depend upon a number of factors.  One factor you should consider carefully before proceeding with bankruptcy is...

Chancellor's anti-austerity spending spree has few surprises

Marc Dorsett
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An anti-austerity package of £30 billion of government spending was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, drawing on improved public finance projections to support a range of new initiatives.  Predicted growth for 2019 now stands...

Brotherly (and sisterly) love

Julie Flight
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Following a Supreme Court ruling and thousands of petitioners, it was announced a few weeks ago that the law will be changed to allow civil partnerships for mixed sex couples. Since this announcement by Theresa May there have been calls for the proposals...

Doodle diary

Gregory John
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While browsing the BBC News, I was really touched by the story of Gary Andrews and how he used a daily "doodle diary" to help him in his grief following the unexpected death of his wife. Mr Andrews shares pages of this diary on his social media...

Budget 2018 - crystal ball time

Marc Dorsett
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The Chancellor announced that the Budget for 2018 will be held on Monday 29 October, not the usual Wednesday. It's a Monday for the most obvious reason - the Wednesday is Halloween so Thursday's newspapers would be filled with all manner of horror...

Parents gifting to children in bid to reduce IHT on death

Alexandra Frumosu
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A recent report by Direct Line shows that, in an attempt to reduce inheritance tax, 1/5th of parents have made gifts to their children. The idea being that their estates would be reduced and the families will not have to pay inheritance tax on their death. ...

Straight couples will be allowed to enter civil partnerships

Sally Ward
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Before the introduction of civil partnerships and same sex marriages, it used to be the case that same sex couples were discriminated against by not being able to obtain legal recognition of their relationship their relationship in any way. Since...

Watching me watching you

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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How much authority do the police have when it comes to prediction algorithms? The film Minority Report raised a number of serious social issues, not least of which was – is it morally and ethically right for someone to be arrested and charged just...

Can't afford to get on the property ladder?

Bakshi Dhanda
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The price of properties, including ‘first-time homes’ can, at time, be out of proportion to the average income. To save for a deposit on your first home is now  taking a considerable length of time compared to previous years (especially...

Who is responsible when you get scammed: you or the bank?

Justin Emerson
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In the first six months of 2018, online scammers had a bit of a field day with UK customers’ bank accounts. In fact, they drained over £500million from British customers from January to June. So despite the advent of better firewalls, higher...

Are divorces on the decline?

Steven Payne
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Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales has hit a 45-year low. During 2017 for every 1,000 married men and women there were 8.4 divorces, representing the lowest...

Justice Secretary confirms plans to reduce conflict in divorce

Sally Ward
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What proposals is the government's consultation on divorce law reform likely to include? A new process to remove need for couples to have been separated or to allege ‘fault’ in order to obtain divorce Spouses would no longer be able to...

Superstar David Beckham escapes possible driving ban.

Connor Williams
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The former England captain has escaped conviction of speeding after being accused of driving at 59mph in a 40mph limit. The 43 year-old former footballer avoided points on his license that could have caused a disqualification from driving and a fine of up...

What checks and searches are needed when buying a house?

Bakshi Dhanda
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If you buy a toaster or a coat from a retailer and it doesn't quite feel right, you can usually go back to the place you bought them and ask for a refund. Unfortunately, the same principle does not apply to purchasing a property.   When you buy a...

Changes to income tax rules in the administration period

Marc Dorsett
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Back in February 2017 I considered the impact of the income tax changes on a deceased person's estate following Budget 2015.  It was a rollercoaster ride of the thrills and spills surrounding the income tax position for the administration period....

Are they the best choice?

Georgia Bolton
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One question I often encounter when dealing with clients is "what will happen to my money in the event that I am unable to look after it myself?" The importance of ensuring that this question is not only considered, but that you have put...

A quick guide for first time buyers

Bakshi Dhanda
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Buying a home is stressful, especially for first-time buyers, so it's wise to do some research to ensure that you familiarise yourself with the process. Conveyancing is the term that refers to the legal process of transferring one person's property...

When a parent wants to move away and take the children?

Steven Payne
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These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they’re overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip. There are plenty of reasons a parent might want to take their child abroad...

Finders Keepers?

Justin Emerson
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What’s the Law Regarding Things You Find? This issue is a common one. What does the law require you to do when you come across something that isn’t yours? For example, a £20 note on the street? Let’s look at the specifics. ...

Review launched into Victim compensation rules

Emilio Disco
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As a result of a review into the Criminal Injuries Compensations Scheme (CICS) reports in the media suggest that the government are going to improve the access a Victim has to compensation. The "same roof rule" is one which may be abandoned which...

When do you have to postpone a disciplinary hearing?

Laura West
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The law All employees are entitled to be accompanied by a trade union official or a colleague at any disciplinary or grievance hearing. You do not have to recognise a union and your employee doesn't need to be a member of it either. You also do...

Divorce Law Reforms

Sally Ward
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In my blog of 26 July 2018, I reported on calls for a reform of divorce law after Mrs Owens was forced to remain in a marriage that was not working because the grounds, that  she was unhappy, were insufficient for a divorce in England and Wales. ...

Ten out of ten isn't bad?

Charlotte Strutt
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Well it probably is when it means you came tenth out of ten, but if you're going to lose then why not do it well?! The imaginatively named 'Team Gepp' made its dodgeball debut last week at Jump Street Chelmsford's corporate event in...

When the end of summer spells the end of marriage

Steven Payne
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September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or university and parents back to work, but for many couples, the end of summer can spell the end of marriage . Lawyers often talk about ‘divorce day’ in January...

David Beckham fighting a speeding charge

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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It has been reported today that a lawyer on behalf of David Beckham is fighting his speeding charge in a scenario where it is accepted that he was driving the vehicle and going over the speed limit. The defence is said to be put forward is that there was a...

School exclusion policies in the dock...

Spencer Davis
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Pupil exclusions by schools have been hitting the headlines in the run up to the start of the new academic year and parents are being encouraged to find out where they stand if their children are the focus of disciplinary action at school. Figures1...

Can you read a number plate from 20m (65ft)?

Roger Brice
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In a report published by the BBC three police forces in England (Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands) are planning to test every motorist they stop in a bid to clamp down on drivers with defective eyesight. Officers can request an urgent revocation...

Farming in the long hot summer

Edward Worthy
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Many of us have enjoyed a blissful summer of warm days and balmy nights. Even those of us who dislike the heat have appreciated brighter skies and sunny weekends with the family. For farmers, though, the story is altogether different and the consequences of...

Constructive Dismissal: a guide

Laura West
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If you think you’re the victim of constructive dismissal, then you’re in the right place. We’ve put together a guide to tell you exactly what constructive dismissal is, and how you can deal with the consequences of what can be a very...

Are times changing?

Gregory John
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One thing I have noticed in my years of practice, especially when advising long term unmarried couples, is that you become increasingly aware of the flaws in the law we currently have when "marriage" becomes tax advice. However, is all this...

Price wars: How not to become a casualty

Justin Emerson
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Competition in retail is at an all-time high, with even the big names on the high street struggling under the endless weight of overhead-free online retail. Combine that with a consumer base that has a more discerning eye for a bargain and an ever-tightening...

Illegal Eviction: what is it and what are the consequences?

Justin Emerson
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Illegal eviction is a criminal offence. The law is very specific and solid in its procedures for eviction of any tenant who has an assured shorthold tenancy agreement, and tenants are covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 to ensure the processes...

Rise in self-harm amongst children

Sally Ward
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A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys said they had hurt themselves on purpose in the year prior to the questionnaire. The self-harm statistics are included in The Children's Society's annual Good Childhood Report,...

Parking: Your Questions Answered

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Knowing where you can and can’t park can be a little tricky. Get it right and you shouldn’t have any problems. Get it wrong and you face the dreaded ticket or, even worse, getting towed. To make things a little easier we've highlighted...

Bump in the night for Airbnb landlords

Justin Emerson
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Rule changes on short term lets could see part-time landlords hit by a new tax bill from next year if they let out their whole property. Homeowners can earn up to £7,500 per year tax free by renting a room to a lodger, but the rise of the sharing...

Getting sacked is no laughing matter...

Alexandra Dean
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Liverpudlian comedian Adam Rowe won the recent ‘Dave’s funniest joke of the fringe’ at the Edinburgh Festival with… "Working at the Jobcentre has to be a tense job - knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the...

Throwing a Christmas Fair? When do you need a Temporary Licence?

Gemma Lee
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You’ll be pleased to hear you can host a ton of activities without needing an official licence. However, for your peace of mind, we've broken down exactly what you need to know so even if you are doing a ‘one-off’ event, you won’t...

Worst case scenario?

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I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay Z at their On The Run Part II tour in June. As incredible as it was to see such a power couple take to the stage together, having the legal knowledge that I do had me thinking (albeit painfully)...

How to choose an Executor

Hollie Allcorn
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An Executor's role is to ascertain the assets you own, account to HMRC in respect of inheritance tax, income tax and capital gains tax, obtain a Grant of Probate, transfer or sell any property and then distribute your estate in accordance with your Will....

''How to avoid contractual disputes''

Michael Callaghan
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Parties often find themselves in contractual disputes with customers or third parties. Whilst to some degree this is unavoidable, there are a number of tips that can be used to either minimise the possibility of a contractual dispute arising or to ensure...

NFU and the new Rural Crime Reporting Line

Edward Worthy
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This week has seen some welcome news for farmers and rural businesses that continue to suffer at the hands of rural crime. As of today The NFU are spearheading a new service for farmers and the public to report rural crime to the national charity,...

Can you be dismissed when coming up to your two years' service?

Laura West
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Background Under UK employment law, the two year service requirement is a key milestone in an employment relationship. With some well-known exceptions, known as “automatic unfair dismissal”, it is only at this point that employees can bring...

IHT paid increases again in 2017/18

Marc Dorsett
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The Office of Statistics has recently released figures that show that the amount of inheritance tax paid by estates increased by a whopping 8% in 2017/18 over the previous year. This equates to £388m, which is not an inconsequential amount, and full...

Wills: Are you part of the majority?

Charlotte Strutt
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In an annually published report by Kings Court Trust, it has been confirmed that only approximately 45% of the adult population in the UK have a Will. While this is an increase of 6% compared to last year's figures, it still means that over half of...

How are businesses coping?

Alexandra Dean
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Now that GDPR has been in force for a number of months, we thought it was time to take a look at how it’s affecting businesses. Are companies struggling to keep up? What impact have the regulations had on digital services? Are we likely to see...

Maternity leave - your rights

Laura West
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Maternity leave is an important period for all working mums. It gives women an opportunity to prepare for the birth, then bond with and care for the child during the first days, weeks, and months of its life. Here, we take a look at what rights you have when...

How businesses are using Company Voluntary Agreements

Justin Emerson
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In recent months, there has been a growing interest in the way businesses are using a particular type of insolvency prevention procedure – known as a Company Voluntary Agreement – to reduce the amount they’re paying to landlords. Here, we...

Will a criminal conviction affect my employability?

Alexandra Dean
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If you have received a criminal conviction or caution in the past, you may be concerned about your future career prospects. You may be concerned as to whether employers have the right to retract a job offer if they find out about your past conviction or...

Shareholder Disputes

Justin Emerson
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Disputes between Directors are commonplace.  However, those disputes can lead to real difficulties where the Directors are also Shareholders.  A stalemate can occur which prevents the company from running day to day.  That scenario can be...

Court rules woman "must stay married"

Sally Ward
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Tini Owens (66) petitioned for divorce from her husband on the grounds that her husband had behaved unreasonable and the 40-year marriage had broken down irretrievably. Unusually, the petition was defended by her husband Hugh (78) and the divorce was denied....

Finding solutions for children should be the new focus

Sally Ward
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The Family Court judges have a new leader from 18th July 2018. Sir Andrew McFarlane is  the new President, ie the leading judge for all family courts. When Sir Andrew was a barrister, his specialism was the law relating to children. For more than 7...

Working temperatures - when is it too hot to work?

Laura West
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The summer of 2018 is already being compared with the long, hot scorcher of 1976. Records have been broken across the UK, the words ‘hose-pipe ban’ are being whispered, and we’re all suffering from sleep deprivation due to night-time...

Civil partnership or cohabit - which is better?

Steven Payne
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Not everyone wants to get married in a church or registry office. For many cohabiting couples, a civil partnership is far more attractive – it moves away from the idea of women being the ‘property’ of their husbands and is infinitely more...

Landlords - what's your legal status when dealing with rent arrears?

Justin Emerson
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It’s every landlord’s nightmare. For whatever reason, your tenants have stopped paying the rent and are now in arrears. If you rely on their rent to cover the mortgage costs of the property, this can be a worrying time. Even if the property is...

Vicarious Liability

Laura West
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In a case against Barclays Bank PLC brought by 126 Claimants (who were either applicants for employment or employees of the Bank) it was alleged that they had been sexually assaulted by a doctor who was carrying out a medical assessment and examination on...

Pass me the invisible ink James...

Alexandra Dean
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Mention spies and you may think of James Bond scaling a building in the dead of night, but when it comes to commercial espionage it’s more likely to be Jim in product development, who has a new job with a competitor, or a cyber specialist sitting a...

The Yorkshire 3-Peaks Challenge - Harder than a walk in the park!

Mike Cubbin
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On Saturday 14th July a team from Gepp Solicitors undertook the Yorkshire 3-Peaks Challenge to raise money for Columbus School and College in Chelmsford, Essex.  They help children and young people aged from 3-19 with profound and multiple learning...

Do you have a problem with Japanese Knotweed?

Justin Emerson
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In the recent landmark cases of Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited and Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited, it was decided by the Court that an individual can bring a claim for actionable private nuisance if they have Japanese Knotweed...

'Incapacity crisis'

Charlotte Strutt
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A recent study has indicated that as a country, the number of people likely to lose capacity is dramatically more than the number of people who are prepared for such a situation. Figures have demonstrated that in the 11 years between 2005/6...

Court Ruling Means All's Fair in Love and Civil Partnerships

Marc Dorsett
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A heterosexual couple have recently been successful in their appeal to the Supreme Court to allow civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples.  Currently in the UK, only same-sex couples have a choice between marriage and entering into a civil...

Forgive us our trespassers

Michael Callaghan
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It is the time of year when land owners will particularly experience problems with groups of travellers who will turn up on agricultural land and involve the land owner in considering its options as to how to regain possession of the land as quickly as...

Try to avoid penalties this July

Marc Dorsett
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Even if you are not a sports fan, to many, the World Cup with the excitement of penalty shootouts  and the  thrill of Centre Court at Wimbledon, are likely considered to be more enjoyable events of July than thinking about your income tax! Once...

Challenging staff to make a difference to others

Mike Cubbin
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Gepp Solicitors is taking part in the LawNet Challenge this year on 14 July 2018 which will see 6 of us attempting the Yorkshire 3-Peaks Challenge.  The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.  It...

A Paralegal's survival guide

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What is a Paralegal? This is a question that I am often asked and one that until recently, I found quite difficult to answer. In short, a Paralegal is what I would describe as a cross between a Legal Secretary and a Trainee Solicitor. Being a Paralegal at...