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Gepp Are Sponsoring: Rotary Club Children's Choir Competition

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Every year, the Chelmsford Phoenix Rotary Club raise money for charity at the event. Gepp Solicitors are the proud sponsors of the Chelmsford and District Primary Schools Choir Competition, presented by the Chelmsford Phoenix Rotary Club. This year,...

Gepp Are Sponsoring: Rotary Club Children's Choir Competition

Spencer Davis
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Every year, the Chelmsford Phoenix Rotary Club raise money for charity at the event. Gepp Solicitors are the proud sponsors of the Chelmsford and District Primary Schools Choir Competition, presented by the Chelmsford Phoenix Rotary Club. This year,...

Drone Wars - What's the Latest Legislation on the Use of Drones?

Justin Emerson
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Drone wars – what’s the latest legislation on the use of drones? In December, Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second major air hub, was brought to a complete standstill for several days. There was no bomb threat or unpronounceable Icelandic...

Landlord Advice: Provide your Gas Safety Certificate

Michael Callaghan
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What you need to do..   A case was heard in February which confirmed that a landlord who has not complied with their obligation to provide a gas safety certificate to a Tenant before the start of their residential tenancy cannot later terminate that...

Gepp Solicitors Support CHESS

Spencer Davis
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Gepp Solicitors have been supporting local charity CHESS For the past 5 months, staff at Gepp Solicitors have been supporting CHESS (Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme), a charity tackling homelessness in and around Chelmsford and Essex. ...

End of Tax Year & Start of the Phishing Season

Marc Dorsett
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As the tax year ends, the phishing season begins. As we near the end of the tax year it's time for many people to consider how they utilise their ISA allowances, CGT annual exemptions and such like. It's also the perfect time of year for...

Brexit: Maddening but not frustrating when it comes to contracts

Neil Ashford
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Brexit may be maddening for business, communities and even the politicians in the thick of it, but in all the uncertainty, one thing seems certain, the UK’s exit from the European Union is no easy argument for ending a contract.   The ruling...

Who has the 'right to roam' over farmland?

Keri Constantatou
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The sheer number of footpaths that criss-cross this country is a fabulous reason for lovers of the outdoors to strap on their boots and get roaming, but what you need to remember is that those seemingly empty fields and miles and miles of tracks, pathways,...

The UK's 'most bashed bridge' is hit for 120th time

Roger Brice
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Last week, a HGV crashed into the Stuntney Road railway bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The incident was widely discussed on social media, with one main question in mind: Why does it keep happening? The bridge is, famously, just 2.7 metres high and has...

International Women's Day 2019

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March 8th 2019 is International Women's Day . This year, the campaign theme is #BalanceForBetter, following 2018's #PressForProgress. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century and the day is an opportunity to...

Legal update - High Court finds lease not frustrated by Brexit

Michael Callaghan
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On Wednesday 27th February 2019, the High Court held that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) lease of premises in Canary Wharf was not frustrated by Brexit. The EMA's main argument was that as an agency of the European Union, it was not...

Professional Negligence-PRO BONO work beware

Justin Emerson
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The recent decision in the Technological Construction Court of Burgess v. Lejonvarn [2018] EWHC 3166 (TCC) is a stark reminder of the fact that a professional may be held liable in negligence when providing services free of charge.  Professionals need...

Do we need to "Brexit-proof" our contracts?

Michael Callaghan
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At the beginning of February we asked whether Brexit was even more frustrating than first thought , and today we are considering whether contracts being entered into need to be "Brexit-proofed". Who knew there would be so much to think about when...

Probate Fee Increase

Hollie Allcorn
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Following the approval of the Grant of Probate Fee increase by a House of Commons Committee on 7th February, the vote will now be placed before the House of Commons where it is likely to be passed. A date has not yet been set for this vote, but if accepted,...

Pothole misery who will cover the costs?

Justin Emerson
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After a cold, wet winter, who is responsible if your vehicle is damaged by a pothole? Potholes. They’re the bane of every motorist, motorcyclist and cyclist in the land. They’ve even been known to claim the odd pedestrian or two, and it seems...

Unwanted gifts put to good use.

Spencer Davis
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On returning to the office following our Christmas celebrations, many of our staff and Partners found that they were in receipt of presents that were unsuitable or that they just would not use, so they were delighted to be able to donate them to Farleigh...

Buying from an online auction site - are you protected?

Justin Emerson
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If there’s one place you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a bargain, it’s an online auction site. Ebay is now one of the world’s biggest buying and selling portals, with millions of transactions taking place every year. It’s...

An explanation of the reality behind 'squatter's rights'

Michael Callaghan
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What is adverse possession?  If you are a property owner, one of the biggest worries is that ‘squatters’ will move into a vacant property and take up residency. If they are not removed quickly then there is the possibility that they can...

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 - What you need to know

Michael Callaghan
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If you live in a rented property, or rent a property out, it is likely that you have heard that there was due to be a shake-up in the types and levels of fees that can be charged in relation to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. The Tenant Fees Act 2019 was made...

'The only way is Chelmsford'

Spencer Davis
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Having been in Chelmsford looking after our clients for over 250 years we always knew it’s the place to be, both to live and to work. In last week’s Sunday Times in an article entitled ‘Going Places’ , Chelmsford was described as...

How will you declare your love this Valentine's Day?

Georgia Bolton
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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I've done my Will, Why not do yours too? Valentine's Day has been celebrated as early as the 14th Century and has grown over the years with many of us buying flowers, chocolates or even proposing. But nothing...

Probate Fees set to rise

Georgia Bolton
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Probate Fees set to rise after being approved by House of Commons committee With a vote of nine to eight it would seem the UK government's plan to introduce the new banded probate fees is becoming a reality. Yesterday, the House of Commons Delegate...

Ex Army Officer CEO becomes Radio Star on Forces Radio

Mike Cubbin
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Our CEO, Mike Cubbin, was interviewed by British Forces Radio this week.  The firm signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge in Colchester Garrison Headquarters on the 24th January formalising its intent to support members of the Armed Forces...

Is Brexit even more frustrating than first thought?

Michael Callaghan
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A High Court battle between the European Medicines Agency (the EMA) and Canary Wharf Group has taken place in January 2019 which has the ability to make Brexit a frustrating event for even more reasons than it might already be thought to be by some. In...

New trade mark rules simplify counterfeit challenges

Justin Emerson
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A branding challenge toppled the golden arches when a small Irish fast food company managed to block the international McDonald's food chain from trademarking the terms Big Mac and Mc throughout Europe. The European Union Intellectual Property Office...

Safer Internet Day - online bullying being tackled by the law

Michael Callaghan
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Cyber-security is one of those topics that just won’t go away, especially as technology becomes more and more embroiled in our everyday lives. For adults, it’s easier to spot scams, avoid advertising pressure on social media sites, and to ignore...

Gepp Solicitors signs the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge

Mike Cubbin
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On Thursday 24th January 2019 Gepp Solicitors signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge committing to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community.  The signing ceremony took place at the home of 16 Air Assault Brigade,...

Does your Will require a #10yearchallenge?

Gregory John
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I am not normally one to jump onto a social media trend, but as we have entered into 2019, a huge number of people have taken to various social media platforms and started to post "then and now" pictures and stories of themselves from 10 years ago....

"New" smart motorway speed cameras

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Over the last week there have been a number of social media posts stating that overhead speed cameras on stretches of the M1 and M25 have been activated to try and catch out speeding motorists. Anyone caught on these cameras breaking the speed limit will...

Domestic abuse bill to ban family court cross-examination

Sally Ward
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Nearly two years after the government pledged to end the cross-examination of domestic violence victims by their alleged abusive ex-partners in the family courts, it has finally unveiled a draft bill to end the controversial practice. The landmark bill will...

Minimum Wage Rates Due to Increase

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The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates are expected to increase as of April 2019. Why does it matter? The National Living Wage (applicable for workers aged 25 and over) will increase by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21 with effect from 1 April 2019. NMW...

New laws in force relating to itemised payslips

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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

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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,...