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Not having your affairs in order before death can lead to increased costs for your estate

Sarah Whybrow
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Not having your affairs in order before death can lead to increased costs for your estate Gathering information from a deceased's family for probate is hugely important to solicitors but, unfortunately, many people die without putting their affairs in...

Are your trees an accident waiting to happen?

Olivia Phillips
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The case of Colar (1) and Singh (2) v Highways England serves as a reminder to farmers, landowners and public authorities of the importance of tree maintenance. Case Summary The claimants were injured in a collision when a tree fell from the central...

Can Employers Compel Employees to be Vaccinated Against Covid-19?

Josh Fresle
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As lockdown measures begin to ease and more and more employees begin returning to their workplace, many employers are considering whether they can introduce a requirement for their employees to be vaccinated. The Government is currently undertaking its plan...

What Is No-Fault Divorce & When Is It Coming To The UK?

Farhad Islam
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Under the current divorce law , the only way to get a divorce without a statutory delay is if one spouse not only initiates proceedings but alleges fault on behalf of the other. A no-fault divorce is a divorce procedure that does not...

Son looks to overturn first instance decision as family battle continues

Rebecca Callaghan
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A son looking to have his mother’s two wills reinstated had his case heard by the High Court last week. John Clitheroe, is looking to appeal the first instance decision that overturned his mother Jean Clitheroe’s two wills, after the judgment...

The 'Food versus Fuel' debate

Olivia Phillips
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New plans to build the UK's largest solar farm have reignited calls for a national debate on the future of the countryside. The proposed Sunnica energy farm situated on the Cambridge/Suffolk border will allow for four separate solar energy sites...

Death of a company's sole director and shareholder.

Josh Fresle
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The death of a company's sole director-shareholder can have a severe impact on the running of the company and leave the business in limbo with no one in place with the authority to operate it. In the event of the death of a sole director where there are...

Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn't pay?

Farhad Islam
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Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay? Under a child maintenance arrangement , child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If...

What is furlough fraud?

Alexandra Dean
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The government’s furlough schemes have offered essential support to both businesses and the self-employed in the UK during the ongoing pandemic. However, HMRC is now cracking down on instances of furlough fraud where a business or individual has...

A Prime reminder on Attorney responsibility

Clare Nichols
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Launched recently on Amazon Prime, the movie "I Care A Lot" stars Rosamund Pike as a callous and cold court appointed Guardian for members of society deemed to have lost capacity. Although highly dramatised, the movie shows Pike shamelessly...

Does getting married effect an existing Will?

Lisa Carter
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In simple words, yes ! When you marry, any Will you have in place is automatically revoked (cancelled) unless it was made in contemplation of the marriage taking place. If you do not then sign a new one, when you die the rules of intestacy will dictate...

Your rights in disciplinary and grievance procedures during coronavirus

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While many workplaces continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, employment law and the Acas Code of Practice concerning disciplinary and grievance procedures still apply. If you are facing disciplinary action or grievance procedures, you...

Jabs for Jobs

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Exploring whether employers can introduce mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. There are reports that some firms will be introducing a 'No Jab, No Job' policy, which would require all of their employees to have taken the vaccine against COVID-19. A...

Harassment hits hard at every level

Alexandra Dean
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When bullying or racism is involved, seniority and titles do not confer special protection  Bullying or racism may seem the fate of the underdog, but recent headlines have shown how it may affect anyone at any level, including royalty and...

Danny Carter invited to speak on BBC Essex Breakfast Show

Spencer Davis
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Earlier today Danny Carter from our Private Client Team was invited to speak on BBC Essex Breakfast Show about Lasting Power of Attorney (LPAs). This to many is a taboo subject, especially when approaching parents suggesting they hand over some of their...

Did the science teacher Dan Jewett have to sign a prenup?

Farhad Islam
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It is very likely that multi billionaire Ms Scott would have been advised by her lawyers to enter into a prenuptial agreement as she married for the second time. Her net worth is estimated to be in the region of $53bn having helped her first husband Jeff...

International Women's Day

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As around the world people celebrate International Women's Day, we virtually sat down with a few of our colleagues to talk about the steps that lead them to where they are today and what advice they would give to someone considering their...

Only weeks left to ensure you comply with new law requiring electrical installation safety tests to be carried out in private sector rented properties.

Charlotte Strutt
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There are only weeks left for rural landlords to ensure they comply with a new law requiring electrical installation safety tests to be carried out in private sector rented properties. In the summer of 2020, the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private...

Is it too soon for me to make a Will?

Caitriona Rafferty
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Is it too soon for me to make a Will? Across the UK around 54% of adults do not have a Will and the likelihood is many of these adults may believe it is too soon for them to think about drafting a Will, particularly if they are not married or are...

SDLT Holiday Extended - officially (Budget2021)

Marc Dorsett
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SDLT Holiday Extended - officially (Budget2021) There had been lots of reports in the press recently about an expected extension to the SDLT holiday. This was balanced by many reports saying it wouldn't be. It is now official that the current...

Registered LPAs can now be viewed online

Hollie Allcorn
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Registered LPAs can now be viewed online If you have a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) that was registered on or after 17th July 2020 you can now choose to share the document online with third party institutions, such as banks and utility companies. ...

Are you involved in a family farming partnership, where nothing has been reduced to writing over the years?

Olivia Phillips
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Are you involved in a family farming partnership, where nothing has been reduced to writing over the years? If so, the Court of Appeal has just provided some welcome clarification on a number of grey areas. In Procter v Procter and others [2021] the Court...

Do You Need a Power of Attorney?

Lisa Carter
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Do You Need a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is a document which quite simply grants another person, of your choosing, the ability to 'stand in your shoes'. They will then be able to act on your behalf in relation to financial and...

Spotlight: Chantelle Bradley

Clare Nichols
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Spotlight: Chantelle Bradley   How long have you been a Solicitor? I qualified in January 2017, however everyday can be a learning curve with each client's personal circumstances and their requirements being different to the last.   ...

Are you the landlord under a telecommunications mast tenancy agreement entered into before 28th December 2017?

Edward Worthy
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Are you the landlord under a telecommunications mast tenancy agreement entered into before 28th December 2017? If so, you may be interested to know that the Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the case of Cornerstone Telecommunications...

Will the stamp duty land tax holiday be extended?

Marc Dorsett
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Will the stamp duty land tax holiday be extended? If you are in the process of buying a property, you may have considered whether you will be able to take advantage of the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday, allowing you to save up to £15,000 on your...

What to do before Budget 2021

Marc Dorsett
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What to do before Budget 2021 Unless you've been living in a cockerel's boot, you'll be aware that there is a Budget coming on 3rd March. There is ample speculation about what may be in it but we aren't going to consider that here in any...

New rights and the beginning of the end of leasehold

Bakshi Dhanda
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New rights and the beginning of the end of leasehold  Leasehold property owners are set for important changes in the coming months, with the Government’s plans to grant new rights on lease extensions and the ending of ground rent.  It is...

Bereavement Standard campaign gathers momentum

Alexandra Frumosu
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Bereavement Standard campaign gathers momentum #BereavementStandardcampaign Campaigners have brought to the attention of parliament the lack of cross-department communication when someone dies. The campaigners are seeking the creation and implementation of...

What happens if I miss my speed awareness course?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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What happens if I miss my speed awareness course? There are many reasons that you may end up missing your speed awareness course, such as work, illness or generally just forgetting. In the instance that you do not attend your course, you will need to...

Are you looking after your commercial tenants' rent deposits?

Charlotte Strutt
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Are you looking after your commercial tenants' rent deposits? In recent years it has become standard practice for a landlord to ask a tenant to pay a rent deposit when taking on a new lease and this is only set to continue as COVID-19 continues to have...

What happens to my loved one's bank accounts when they die?

Marc Dorsett
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What happens to my loved one's bank accounts when they die? A personal representative (PR) is responsible for managing the estate of someone who has died and this includes notifying their bank of the death and providing the bank with the documentation...

Updated guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic for deputies and attorneys.

Sarah Whybrow
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Since the announcement of another National Lockdown on 4th January, the Office of Public Guardian (OPG) has provided updated guidance for all deputies and attorneys. These guidelines are in the best interest of all parties.  The role and...

Employment guidance during Coronavirus lockdown 3.0

Gemma Barker
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As we continue with the current national lockdown we look at the rules relating to employment. The rules for England state that "you may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home". But can employer's force employees...

A quick guide to succession planning for your farming estate

Danny Carter
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A quick guide to succession planning for your farming estate Succession planning is an essential part of running a family farm business. Effectively planning for the future allows you to protect your assets, safeguard your business, ensure continuity and...

SDLT holiday blues?

Marc Dorsett
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Yesterday afternoon, 1st February 2021, MPs discussed the extension of the SDLT holiday which is due to end on 31st March 2021. The discussion was prompted after a petition reached the required 100,000 votes for it to be tabled before MPs. Many viewpoints...

What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

Farhad Islam
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What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends? Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated. If you have been living with a partner, but you are not married, the...

2019/20 tax return deadline "extension"

Marc Dorsett
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2019/20 tax return deadline "extension" HMRC announced today that those who would usually submit a Self-Assessment tax return would not be given a late filing penalty for submitting their 2019/20 tax return after the usual 31st of January...

When beliefs extend beyond Veganuary

Alexandra Dean
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When beliefs extend beyond Veganuary   Record numbers signed up to ditch meat during January for the Veganuary Challenge, but even when burgers are back on the menu, employers need to keep an eye on safeguarding ethical beliefs for vegans who make it a...

Quick guide to Self-Assessment tax returns and coronavirus schemes

Marc Dorsett
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Quick guide to Self-Assessment tax returns and coronavirus schemes The coronavirus outbreak has had an unprecedented impact on businesses and individuals. If you are self-employed, you may be concerned about paying your Self Assessment tax bill due on 31...

Avoiding a turkey of a Christmas when the family gets together

Steven Payne
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Avoiding a turkey of a Christmas when the family gets together   With the pandemic putting relationships under pressure and divorce rates recording their biggest percentage rise since 1972, family professionals and support groups are encouraging...

Police forces are rolling out a 'next-generation' handheld camera that can read number plates from 750 metres away, day and night.

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Police forces are rolling out a 'next-generation' handheld camera that can read number plates from 750 metres away, day and night.   A number of Police forces are currently trialling the  LTI 20/20 TruCam II Speed Enforcement Laser with...

Divorce Day... What is it?

Steven Payne
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The new year often starts with Friends, Family and New Years Resolutions, but for many couples, the new year also brings with it, the desire to begin the new year separated.  With Christmas traditions being different amongst each household, one that...

we are continually looking at ways of working 'greener

Spencer Davis
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After 253 years of being at the forefront of law in Essex, we are continually looking at ways of working ‘greener’. Sadly the legal profession will never be fully paperless, we think it will be more paper-light! Over the last 4 years we have...

Redundancy, the right way - Avoiding Redundancies - Step 1

Jemma Bennett
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At Gepp Solicitors will be providing helpful tips and guides for employers who are having to consider redundancy.   Are there other options that you can consider instead of redundancy to save costs?  Of course, sometimes, it makes...

Will there be tax increases following succession planning changes for farmers in the Spring?

Alexandra Frumosu
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Will there be tax increases following succession planning changes for farmers in the Spring? If you have a farming business, and you're thinking about one day passing it on and keeping it in the family, you may have given a passing thought to the...

If you're a director who has a relaxed and informal approach to financial record keeping, you might not feel so relaxed after reading this.....

Jemma Bennett
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A recent judgment in the High Court has confirmed that directors who do not maintain accurate company financial records do so at their own risk. By way of background, WOW Internet Limited entered liquidation in July 2014 and steps were taken to dissolve the...

Stress-testing before celebrating a virtual office Christmas

Alexandra Dean
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Christmas traditionally brings a round of festive celebrations for customers and employees , but with current Covid-19 restrictions, companies are having to re-think drinks and dinners for customers and learn how to stage a virtual staff party. Plans that...

Why Big Brother needs to watch out when it comes to employee monitoring

Alexandra Dean
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The ‘Big Brother’ surveillance scenario envisaged by George Orwell has long since become reality.  The ability to watch citizens outlined in the futuristic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four , published in 1949, is now firmly fact not...

Planning for employing overseas workers in 2021

Alexandra Dean
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Planning for employing overseas workers in 2021 If you employ workers from overseas, or you plan to in the future, you will need to understand the changes to the immigration system coming into play from January 1 st , 2021. As of this date, a new...

The main Black Friday sales start today.

Spencer Davis
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Did you know …. The main Black Friday sales start today. Black Friday and Cyber Monday were original aimed at the US shopping market following their Thanks Giving celebrations with Black Friday being mainly in-store shopping and Cyber Monday being...

Good Divorce Week takes place from 30 November to 4 December 2020.

Filomena  Sterkaj
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Good Divorce Week takes place from 30 November to 4 December 2020. During the awareness week, Resolution is relaunching its public facing Code of Practice which promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family...

The new immigration rules: deadlines you need to know

Alexandra Dean
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The UK’s new immigration system will come into effect on 1st January 2021 and will apply to both EU citizens and non-EU citizens. This means that citizens of EU member states (with the exception of Ireland) who want to move to the UK on or after 1st...

Kate Garraway's Story Demonstrates the Need for Lasting Powers of Attorney

Caitriona Rafferty
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Good Morning Britain's presenter, Kate Garraway, last week opened up about her financial worries as her husband Derek remains in hospital. Derek Garraway was diagnosed with coronavirus in March this year which has left him hospitalised ever since. As a...

Universal Wealth Preservation - 2 years on

Hollie Allcorn
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2 years since company director Steven Long was sent to prison, we continue to be contacted by former clients of the now collapsed Universal Wealth Preservation (UWP). We have been successful in collapsing trusts naming UWP as trustees and removing UWP from...

Support Bubbles and Childcare Bubbles

Filomena  Sterkaj
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It has now been one week since England went into the second lockdown as a result of the continued pandemic. The second lockdown is slightly less restrictive than the first lockdown which we all experienced earlier this year. The government has allowed for...

Divorce down on the farm...

Filomena  Sterkaj
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Farmers or those married to a farmer do not need a specific farming divorce lawyer but they do need a good lawyer with experience of the particular issues that arise during a farming divorce. Gepp Solicitors have been serving the rural community of Essex...

Can My Employer Force Me to go Back to Work?

Alexandra Dean
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The Government says that now is the right time to go back to work. Amid concerns that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has turned our city centres into ‘ghost towns’, businesses are being encouraged to reopen their...

Can I get out of a commercial lease early?

Charlotte Strutt
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COVID-19 has had a significant impact on almost every business in the UK. For many businesses, it means they no longer require their business premises, or can no longer afford it. There are many other reasons, not directly related to COVID-19, that you may...

Redundancy, the right way. An Employer's Guide.

Jemma Bennett
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As we head into a second lockdown, we know the substantial financial impact this will have on businesses and, the retention of their staff.  Whilst the Government has extended the Job Retention Scheme for a further month, they have confirmed that this...

A new wave of lockdown - what does it mean for High Street retailers?

Charlotte Strutt
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In a pre-Covid world a retail tenant's primary concern was the effect that online shopping would have on the foot fall within the high street. However, post-Covid retail tenants may be facing new concerns not only with regard to the payment of rent but...

Getting creative with Wills

Clare Nichols
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It's probably fair to say that thinking about sitting down and writing a Will can be a bit of a daunting and depressing prospect. Never more so than when the world feels upside down and everything is a bit uncertain. At Gepp Solicitors we understand...

Farm succession planning is not always easy

Alexandra Frumosu
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Testamentary decisions can be difficult under normal circumstances with people finding it challenging to discuss the topic because of family tensions and disagreements. Add a farm into the mix and it's a perfect storm. One solution is putting in place a...

New Tier 2 restrictions - the impact on child arrangements

Filomena  Sterkaj
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From midnight on Friday 16th October 2020, Tier 2 restrictions came into effect in Essex and numerous other areas across the country. Tier 2 restrictions mean that people cannot meet other households socially indoors - whether at home or at other venues...

Renewing telecoms agreements - further guidance

Charlotte Strutt
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Following our September article ('4G or not 4G? That is the question…'), the case of Vodafone Ltd v Hanover Capital Ltd heard by the County Court (sitting in the Upper Tribunal) has offered new help for landlords in what was the first decision...

Who said tax doesn't need to be taxing?

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Well our recently promoted Tax Director says so. The Partners of Gepp Solicitors are delighted to announce Marc Dorsett’s promotion to Tax Director. Marc advises on many aspects of tax for our private and commercial clients including… ...

How can a business avoid the top three most common mistakes in a redundancy process?

Alexandra Dean
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Here at Gepp, we appreciate that sometimes businesses have to make the tough decisions of making redundancies in the workplace in order to save costs. We know that it is not easy and we did write about some of the ways that the business is affected by more...

Illegal workers: What to do about Civil penalties from the Home Office

Alexandra Dean
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If you are an employer concerned about illegal workers in your business, you are not alone. Many employers fall foul of the UK immigration rules each year, causing difficulties for their business, not least because of the fine that you might face and indeed...

Planning to Avert Disaster

Gregory John
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I, like many others, have recently watched the Netflix documentary David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. If you have not yet seen it, I would urge you to do so, especially as it has the potential to be life changing. Without giving too much away, the...

5 common reasons marriages end in divorce

Steven Payne
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Money. As finances are becoming more stretched for so many households, one of the top reasons couples seek marriage counselling is financial issues. Infidelity . Across history extramarital affairs have ended countless marriages. However infidelity is...

Hairdresser wins an Employment Tribunal case determining that she is a worker and not self-employed

Alexandra Dean
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Meghan Gorman from Lancashire worked as a hairdresser for 6 years for Terence Paul, a Manchester City Centre salon that closed in 2019. During her employment, Meghan was under a contract that deemed her self-employed and not employed by the salon. This...

From Australia to Essex - This brilliant mum launched her own successful bouncy business

Alexandra Dean
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Kimberlee Perry is the founder of trampoline fitness company Bounce. In a recent interview with The BBC's weekly The Boss series, she told her story. Kimberlee is an Australian native but has moved to London when she was 18. Back in 2014, when she...

How can a business avoid the top three most common mistakes in a redundancy process?

Alexandra Dean
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Here at Gepp, we appreciate that sometimes businesses have to make the tough decisions of making redundancies in the workplace in order to save costs. We know that it is not easy and we did write about some of the ways that the business is affected ...

Virus transmission spike is matched by divorce advice spike

Steven Payne
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There are concerns that the latest spike in coronavirus transmissions may see more relationships taking a hit, after a surge in divorce enquiries following the nationwide lockdown.   Back to school traditionally sees a peak in petitions for...

COVID 19 - Commercial Landlords - Will you get lucky in Michaelmas?

Susan Le-Sage
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September 29th is rent quarter day, and no doubt commercial landlords throughout the UK will be watching their bank accounts closely to see whether they will be lucky enough to be paid by their tenants, or whether they will once again be subject to...

New Job Support Scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Alexandra Dean
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As we suspected, the Furlough scheme will not be extended and will be coming to an end on 31 October 2020. There is still enough uncertainty around which means that we do not have a clear idea of what the landscape will look like for companies and...

Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) recommending initiating rent reviews by Michaelmas

Charlotte Strutt
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In light of the looming end of the EU transition period, the TFA has suggested that tenant farmers should be pro-active in the face of the potential disruption to the agricultural markets and consider initiating a rent review by Michaelmas (29th...

More female applicants respond to changed job adverts

Alexandra Dean
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Last month, Thames Water have admitted on Twitter that they have seen a surge of applications from female candidates to their jobs from 8% to a massive 46% of applicants for a new role advertised. How? They attributed it to removing 'masculine' words...

Can Employment Tribunal Fees be re-introduced?

Alexandra Dean
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It is now a well-known fact that the Employment Tribunal fees were abolished in 2017 after a challenge run by the Trade Union, Unison, reached the Court of Appeal which determined that the 2013 scheme was unlawful. As a result, the Ministry of Justice had to...

Like a scene out of 'A Few Good Men'

Spencer Davis
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Gepp Solicitors have been looking after Military Personnel for over 250 years and continue to do so today under the direction of our Senior Partner, Roger Brice.  Below is an extract from one of the many glowing testimonials from his clients...  ...

New penalties for breaching the rules

Roger Brice
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In light of changes in the data regarding the Pandemic further changes have been made to the guidance issued specifically to Restaurants, Pubs bars and takeaway services. Government guidance is under constant review and with pressure now on business owners...

"Kanye" understand your Will?

Gregory John
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Kanye West is never far from the headlines and, dependent on your views of him, you might consider this a good or bad thing. Although his music may not be to my taste, I cannot dispute how talented he is musically and often feel that this is often lost in...

To break or not to break

Gemma Barker
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This is the the question many commercial tenants will be asking themselves during the on-going Covid-19 crisis. Government closures, furlough and working from home has left many businesses with empty commercial premises and consequently commercial...

COVID 19 - Possession Proceedings - we have lift off!

Susan Le-Sage
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September 21st is the first day that Landlords can start to take action following the lifting of the 6 month stay on possession proceedings imposed by the Government at the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. It is expected that the number...

Tips for companies to avoid accidental 'furlough fraud'

Alexandra Dean
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We wrote previously about the increased powers that HMRC are expected to have in investigating and going after any company who is found to have misused the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the "Scheme") and this can be found  HERE ...

Can your boss spy on you whilst you are working from home?

Alexandra Dean
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Now that we have all settled in quite comfortably to working from home (whether we have embraced the pyjamas, latest loungewear or seeking some normalcy with smart-casual attire), the question arises as to how employers can continue to monitor the...

Checking that all your T&Cs match up to the 'new normal'

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Companies should prioritise risk management in their approach to business and review their third-party relationships and contracts as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  While the degree of disruption to supplies and staffing has settled since its...

Can my employer let other colleagues know about my redundancy before I know?

Alexandra Dean
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Let's put this one really simply - you are allowed to feel aggrieved if your employer has told some of your colleagues that you are being made redundant before you have officially found out about it. No one can tell you otherwise on that. ...

Will The Furlough Scheme be extended - unlikely

Alexandra Dean
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Furlough Scheme extension appears unlikely as the new Kickstart Scheme comes into effect As of 1 September 2020, the Government's Kickstart Scheme has come into play. Under the Kickstart Scheme, employers will receive grants of £1,500 to provide...

6 different clients -same great message on jobs well done!

Spencer Davis
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Below are just a few of the many great testimonials received by Gepp Solicitors over recent weeks. Rebecca in our Dispute Resolution Team… “Thank you, as ever, for your continued efforts, you go above and beyond, and that is my comfort...

4G or not 4G? That is the question...

Charlotte Strutt
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The rural community's commitment to making sure that the UK's communication network is as effective and widespread as possible should not be taken advantage of when agreeing terms of a telecoms lease. Since the introduction of The Electronic...

Another Win Against Discrimination: Asian Royal Mail Employee Wins Race Discrimination Claim

Alexandra Dean
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Recently, Mr Rizwan Shah, succeeded in a race discrimination claim against his employer - Royal Mail - and received a compensation payment of £30,000. Race Discrimination has been very clearly against the law since the Race Relations Act 1965, which...

Lenders Are Playing Safe: Less Mortgage Deals

Bakshi Dhanda
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It seems that lenders are being far stricter about who they lend to amid fears of defaults. In March of this year, there were 779 mortgage deals offering 90% Loan to Value (LTV). For first time buyers, it was a great market. Now, there are only 60. Due...

(Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Settlement Agreements

Alexandra Dean
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Settlement Agreements may sound a little bit like an ambiguous idea that no one really understands. At the same time, it is another word that is making itself comfortable in our daily vocabulary like redundancy, especially because the two seem to be...

Furlough and Maternity / Paternity Leave

Alexandra Dean
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The deadline for placing employees on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("Furlough Scheme") has long passed. As of 10 June 2020 and we are all familiar with the Furlough Scheme and indeed the changes that are regularly taking...

High Time for Employment Services - ACAS Services received calls at up to THREE times their usual rate

Alexandra Dean
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We are under no illusion that the current climate is difficult for everyone - individuals and businesses are facing a very uncertain future as they try to muddle their way through and ideally come out of the Coronavirus crisis and unavoidable recession as...

Will The Furlough Scheme Be Extended Again?

Alexandra Dean
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The furlough scheme, or as it is formally known - the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, is currently set to continue until 31 October 2020. We provided some information about it  here . However, looking elsewhere in Europe, is it possible that the...

Let's Talk About How Redundancy Affects Businesses

Alexandra Dean
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We wrote at length about the burning questions relating to redundancy that employees have when facing the process and how they can handle it . At the same time, we know that companies want to undertake the processes in the easiest and simplest way possible...

EAT Determines: Reasonable Adjustments Made by Employers Can Include An Undertaking And Refer to Potential Compensation

Alexandra Dean
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In a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT"), it was determined that a reasonable adjustment under Section 20 of the Equality Act 2020 could include an undertaking by an employer to an employee of a certain condition and,...

Will The Novelty Of Home-Working Well And Truly Wear Off?

Alexandra Dean
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There is no doubt that the current pandemic has forced the world to move forward with flexible and remote working, a conversation that has been in the works for a while and has been moved up a few notches due to the situation where employees have simply had...