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Restaurants Are Being BANNED From Taking Tips

Alexandra Dean
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Reaching tipping point on gratuities... Restaurateurs and other hospitality sector businesses should not bank on Brexit delaying the Government’s plans for legislation designed to deal with tipping protocols.  In December last year the...

No Fault Divorce DROPPED by Parliament

Filomena  Sterkaj
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New laws to boost the rights of abuse victims, crack down on animal cruelty and introduce no-fault divorce could be axed after Parliament was suspended until the 14th October. The 12 bills that were going through at the time of Parliament's suspension...

Adele Files For Divorce

Steven Payne
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Megastar Adele has filed for divorce from husband Simon Konecki. She announced the couple's separation in April, stating that she would like privacy and that there would be no further comments. The pair are said to have split amicably. Adele  and...

Football Association Disciplinary Hearings

Peter Butterfield
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Peter Butterfield of this firm was recently instructed to represent a young person at a Football Association (FA) disciplinary hearing in respect of a misconduct allegation. Peter has undertaken other disciplinary hearings relating to allegations of...

So, Your Employer Wants To Take Money From Your Wages - Can They Do That?

Alexandra Dean
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Our employment team tackle the tricky subject... Recently, the issue of deduction from wages of employees has come to the forefront again as Costa employees in Essex have complained that a sum of £200 was deducted from their final payslip to cover...

Tax Scams Are So Archaic...

Marc Dorsett
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Tax scams are so archaic… Taxes have been around a very long time, probably before written records were kept. In the UK, for example, income tax was brought in by William Pitt the Younger in 1798 but there was a window tax from 1707 (yes, the more...

Work Experience at Gepp Solicitors

Spencer Davis
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My week’s vacation scheme at Gepp Solicitors... Completing a vacation scheme at Gepp Solicitors Chelmsford Office has been an excellent opportunity to gain some practical experience of the day-to-day operations that take place at a busy law firm,...

Dementia: Can You Plan For It?

Alexandra Frumosu
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Can you plan for Dementia?  Recently, the Office of National Statistics published a new report regarding the number of deaths attributed to Dementia which shows a dramatic increase in recent years. They confirmed that up to 12.8% of all deaths...

Ministry of Defence: Silver Awards 2019

Mike Cubbin
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Silver Awards 2019 We have just heard that we have been awarded a Ministry of Defence Silver Award this year for our support to veterans. Everybody at Gepp Solicitors is absolutely thrilled with the news, because it means that our desire to invest in the...

Feathering New Nests For Fledglings

Marc Dorsett
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Exam results have been released and new students know where they will be heading for university.  Following the relief of results day, the next big headache for parents is often the search for accommodation, whether for first-timers or returning...

DIY Tax Could End Up Costing You MORE

Marc Dorsett
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There are loads of books on the market to help you prepare your self-assessment tax return each year. There is even more information available online which will give you the answers you seek. However, whilst you may save a few pounds by doing it yourself...

Bulleting for a Will

Gregory John
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Created by Ryder Carroll, bullet journals have taken social media by storm, with over seven million people picking up their pens. Intended to help you live a more meaningful and productive life, bullet journals have seen millions of people successfully and...

Childcare During The Holidays: Bring Your Kid To Work Day?

Alexandra Dean
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Bring your kid to work day...? If you work full time in the UK, you are entitled to at least 28 days of paid annual leave, including the eight bank holidays. However, for parents of school-age children, the numbers don’t quite add up. First of...

At Gepps, We're "Talking The Market Up!"

Spencer Davis
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Celebrating a 40% increase on instructions! With tales of woe across the news about BREXIT and a falling pound, many estate agents and conveyancing solicitors alike are reporting a bit of a down turn in activity in the housing market. Whilst property prices...

Leaving Money To Charity In Your Will

Lisa Carter
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It seems that people in the UK are a charitable bunch. In fact, last year, just under £3 billion was donated to charity in wills, which is expected to rise to £3.4 billion by 2022. This figure means that 3.5% of all of the money left in estates...

Speeding again, Mr Partridge?

Roger Brice
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After being caught speeding (not for the first time) TV star Steve Coogan escaped a lengthy driving ban after arguing that his new series featuring his Alan Partridge character could not be filmed on public transport. Having been caught...

Hands-Free Ban?

Roger Brice
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Reported by the BBC this morning... Are hands-free devices going to be banned? Using a handheld phone while driving has been banned since 2003, but the Commons Transport Committee have said that using a hands-free device creates the " same risks of...

Who Is Responsible For Getting Rid Of Mould In Rented Accommodation?

Justin Emerson
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A mouldy problem... By the end of 2021, a quarter of UK households will rent privately. That’s approximately 5.8 million households renting, due to the combination of soaring house prices and salaries remaining relatively static.  Anyone who has...

UNISON Case Confirms Minimum Annual Leave For All Workers

Alexandra Dean
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The recent case of Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON heard at the Court of Appeal clarified the legal position regarding the minimum annual leave entitlement for all workers. Currently, full time employees are entitled to 28 days' paid annual leave...

Medical Insurance: How Much Does It Cost Not To Have Insurance?

Justin Emerson
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We all sit dreaming whilst on our soggy morning commute, about getting away from it all. We imagine jetting off somewhere exotic; a place of endless sunshine, cocktails and relaxation. Or perhaps you’re more of an activity and adventure person...

Supermarket Giant Tesco to Shed 4,500 Staff

Alexandra Dean
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Supermarket giant Tesco to shed 4,500 staff Out of a total workforce of 340,000, the UK's largest grocer has reported that, in order to run their business more sustainably, they will be looking to make around 4,500 members of staff redundant from...

Professional Regulation: Using Social Media

Peter Butterfield
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Using social media... Such regulation involves professional bodies exercising regulatory functions to impose requirements, restrictions and to set standards in respect of a wide variety of professions including doctors, vets, solicitors and social workers...

Using Your Phone While Driving: Is The Law Changing?

Peter Butterfield
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The law relating to using a mobile phone whilst driving is well trodden, but a High Court decision published this week has shed greater light on the topic. People often ask, "What exactly does using a mobile phone while driving mean?" on the basis...

Investigations Into Armed Forces Personnel

Roger Brice
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This month, MPs proposed changes to how veterans and armed forces personnel are investigated. The main proposal is for a 10-year “ qualified statute of limitations ” to be introduced. This will protect veterans and serving armed forces...

When Can You Leave Your Children Home Alone?

Steven Payne
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So, when can you let your kids fend for themselves as you pop to the shops? If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with how long it takes to get your children ready to leave the house. Whether it’s setting up the pram for the baby,...

Reform Set To Cut Complexity Of Inheritance Tax

Lisa Carter
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Inheritance tax could be due an overhaul, and the proposed changes could have far-reaching implications for future estate tax planning. Sweeping reform of inheritance tax has been recommended to cut complexity of the so-called ‘death...

Supporting the Armed Forces Across Essex

Spencer Davis
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On the 24th of January 2019, Gepp Solicitors signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge , committing to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. Gepps association with the military goes back almost 200 years, to Thomas...

This Is Why You Need A Will

Lily Measures
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Recent statistics show that, shockingly, over 60% of adults in the UK do not currently have a Will. This is a very worrying figure, considering the problems that can potentially arise on death. Life is full of uncertainty and we can never tell what is...

Power Of Attorney: Why You Need An LPA (Even If You're Married)

Hollie Allcorn
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Being married doesn't give your spouse the right to manage your affairs… It is a common misconception that being married or in a civil partnership gives you the legal right to manage your spouse's affairs should they lose mental capacity. In...

Tax Trumps God

Marc Dorsett
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Tax is not avoidable, even through God... A bizarre tax case has been heard in Australia which centres around whether tax is actually payable as it goes "against God's will". A brother and sister refused to pay income tax to the Australian...

Potential Tax Changes Under The Next Tory PM

Marc Dorsett
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Unless you've been living in a cockerel's boot for the past few months, you'll be aware of the ongoing race to be the new Prime Minister. Now we have just two MP's on the shortlist, Messrs Johnson and Hunt. The choice for who tries to take...

Inheritance Tax on Lifetime Gifts: Could the System Be Simplified?

Lily Measures
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Inheritance tax on lifetime gifts , could the system be simplified? A recent review of the Inheritance Tax (IHT) system was made by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), particularly focusing on chargeable lifetime gifts. IHT applies primarily on...

Only For The Wealthy?

Reema Battu
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Home ownership isn't as far away as you might think. "The sheer scale of additional property wealth is an important driver of rising wealth gaps across Britain," says George Bangham, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation. Is this a sign...

Can You Ban Your Staff From Drinking During Work Hours?

Gemma Barker
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Gone are the days of liquid pub lunches and business meetings over a pint. A growing trend sees big insurance firms banning their employees from drinking during working hours. Lloyds and the London Metal Exchange are amongst those firms which are putting...

Surrogacy in the UK: New Legislation & Regulation

Steven Payne
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The current system is noted as needing reformation and greater clarity. It’s an area of family law that isn’t often discussed in public. Indeed, many people incorrectly think that it’s still illegal in this country. But surrogacy is...

Is Change Coming to APR and BPR?

Alexandra Frumosu
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Agricultural Property Relief ( APR ) and Business Property Relief ( BPR ) are set to undergo changes.. For many years, rumours have been going around that Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR) will be...

The Chelmsford Legal Walk 2019

Spencer Davis
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Gepps Brollies at the ready... Last night, team Gepps headed out office a few minutes early to make their way to the Chelmsford #LegalWalk. It's an 8km sponsored walk around the local area to raise money for local legal advice services, run by...

Driving Myths: What Can I Do While Driving?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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"What can I do when I get behind the wheel?" There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to driving. Here are a few that might suprise you.. 1. Eating Although it is no t a specific offence to eat whilst you drive, as with many of the...

Using A Mobile Phone While Driving (Don't Do a 'David')

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Don't do a David... David Beckham recently received a six month driving ban after he was caught using his mobile phone whilst driving in London.  As he already had six points on his licence, the additional points he received for this offence led...

Running (then walking) In The Rain...

Spencer Davis
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A bit of drizzle never hurt anyone... On Wednesday evening, the Gepp Solicitors team braved the rain, drizzle and grey skies to participate in the Race4Business. Steven Payne, Georgia Bolton, Jodie Vella, Samantha Gilmore, Gregory John, Susan Le-Sage all...

MP's Want to Let Councils Have More Power to Fine Drivers

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Would this scheme work in Essex? The Transport Committee in a report recently have stated that police forces, due to reduced numbers and stretched resources, cannot properly and effectively enforce traffic laws. Their recommendation is that these powers...

Chelmsford's New Bridge Linking Parks is Officially Opened

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Chelmsford's new bridge in the city centre. For eager High Chelmer shoppers, F45 gym-goers and for those visiting Essex County Cricket and of course, Gepp Solicitors, the new bridge is a welcome new addition to the local area! After approximately...

How to Protect Your Digital Copyright When Selling Online

Michael Callaghan
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How can you protect your online creative business on Etsy or similar platform... The internet has provided a unique selling platform for craftspeople, artists and makers. Whether it’s personalised jewellery, one-off paintings or quirky...

32 Miles East: June 2019

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On Thursday night, Gepp Solicitors hosted our 32 Miles East event. This is a relatively new event in the local area for young professionals to come together in a casual setting and meet new connections. It's relaxed, so you can chat about anything from...

A Rocky Road to Freedom of Expression

Alexandra Dean
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Two recent tribunal claims highlight the challenge for employers in safely navigating personal expression by employees in the workplace.   A hospital nurse who discussed her Christian views with patients, offering a bible to one and advising...

D-DAY: The 75th Anniversary

Mike Cubbin
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Today is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.. As a firm that has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and who is proud if its historic and current linkages with the Forces, we thought that we would share a part of our history about how the last member of the Gepp...

LGBTQ+ Rights At Work

Alexandra Dean
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June is Pride month, when the LGBTQ+ community celebrates with a series of events. It’s a joyful and fun time, but it’s also a protest - there are still battles to be fought, especially when it comes to discrimination in the workplace. Nobody...

The Most Expensive Burger You Might Ever Have

Roger Brice
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Fancy a burger? We have all, at some point, bought food from a drive-thru. We think nothing of grabbing a cup of coffee whilst in our car but it is worth noting that motorists who use the drive-thru to get their burger, fries and shake might be...

It's Not Just Your Car That Needs Fluids...

Roger Brice
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Pop a bottle of water in the side door... Now the weather seems to be hotting up, most drivers take steps to check their cars oil level, coolant  and  windscreen wash before setting off on a long journey. But what about the driver? Being...

Off They Go...

Spencer Davis
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Gepp Solicitors' very own Gregory John donned his lycra, pumped up his tyres and joined 40 other riders for the Savills 50 mile sponsored bike ride around central Essex. Setting off at 1pm from Savills Chelmsford office, they headed off towards Little...

EAS Food & Farming Day 2019

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Gepp Solicitors are once again, proud stewards at the Essex Agricultural Society 's Food and Farming Day. This year marks the 12th year in a row that the EAS have hosted this popular event.  Children from around the county enjoy a day learning...

7 Steps To Help Someone With Dementia

Hollie Allcorn
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How can you help someone with dementia? As we reach the end of Dementia Action Week 2019 it is important to remember that every 3 seconds someone is diagnosed with dementia and there are now 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Alzheimer’s...

Selling Privately-Owned Companies: It's All In The Planning

Alexandra Dean
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When it comes to selling privately-owned companies, it’s all in the planning... For the shareholding directors of many privately-owned companies, the end-game is focused on selling up before moving on to new ventures or sometimes retirement. But many...

Working Longer, For Less: The Change In Pension Ages

Alexandra Dean
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Working longer, for less... Not only are we all working longer hours, but we’re also staying in work for longer too. The pension age has just risen yet again, and this time women are taking the hit as the state pension age raises from 60 to 66 in...

Peddling for the Taverners....

Spencer Davis
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Savills Chelmsford and invited guests will be taking part in their first charity cycling event on Thursday 30 May in support of the Lords Taverners in Essex. The Lord's Taverners is national charity with many well-known faces from the world of sports...

What Can Debt Enforcement Companies Really Do?

Michael Callaghan
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Debt collection is a term that strikes terror into business owners and individuals alike. The image of burly men banging on the door and taking away all your worldly goods hasn’t been helped over the years by the media’s portrayal of debt...

SDLT: Have You Paid The Right Amount?

Lily Measures
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If you have recently purchased a residential property, it is highly likely that you would have paid Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). However, many people fail to consider whether the amount they are paying is correct and potentially miss the chance to a claim a...

Farmers storm Castle Hedingham...

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CLA AGM Farmers and land owners from across Essex descended on Castle Hedingham yesterday for the County Land Owners and Business Association (CLA) annual general meeting. After the formalities of the morning were completed the guests were treated...

Essex Young Farmers Show 2019: Are You Attending?

Spencer Davis
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As per tradition... This Sunday, Gepp Solicitors will be at the Essex Young Farmers Show. Gepp Solicitors have supported the farming and rural community since the original partnership was formed back in 1768, and it is always a pleasure to enjoy the...

Even Celebrities Face The Law...

Roger Brice
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Just last week, David Beckham was banned from driving for six months.  The football star is no stranger to penalty points, having already amassed 6 due to speeding offences previously. On Thursday, District Judge Catherine Moore handed him another six...

6 Simple Ways To Reduce Inheritance Tax

Georgia Bolton
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As Benjamin Franklin said, the only things certain in life are death and taxes... With the Nil Rate Band (NRB) currently frozen at £325,000 until 2020/21 and the Residence Nil Rate Band only available to individuals who meet the government's...

Universal Wealth Preservation - Have You Been Affected?

Hollie Allcorn
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Universal Wealth Preservation - have you been affected? Thousands of people are now concerned that they were incorrectly advised in relation to the Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney that were drafted by Ipswich-based Universal Wealth...

How Tolerant Are Speed Cameras?

Roger Brice
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How far over the limit before you get a fine? Speed cameras are usually obvious - but a lot of us still miss them at times, or they end up hidden behind a tree branch or bush. If you go over the speed limit without realising, how far over it can you really...

Retail Failures: Where Does It Leave the Customer?

Michael Callaghan
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What happens when stores go into administration.... The last thing that anyone expected was that high street giant Debenhams could shut its doors on so many of its stores. It does go to prove, though, that the British high street is undergoing major...

Call-out Fees: How Much Should You Pay?

Justin Emerson
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How much SHOULD you be paying? When you’ve got a burst pipe that’s sending water cascading down through the ceiling light fitting and ruining your carpets, you need a plumber quickly. The same happens if your gas boiler decides to fail just as...

Are we all a bit Notre Dame?

Gregory John
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The importance of having preparations in place... Like most people around the world, I was shocked and upset earlier this week by the scenes coming from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. For me, Paris is one of my favourite cities and I believe that the...

Lawnet Challenge 2019

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Each year LawNet arranges a Challenge event for LawNet members. Previous events include the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, Helvellyn, Snowdon and the Peak District hill walking weekends. LawNet members find it an excellent opportunity to network in a more...

10 Rules For Viewing A Property

Bakshi Dhanda
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Did you know, that most of us spend less than a single hour viewing a home? A house purchase will tie us to a mortgage for decades, and may well be the place where we raise our children. But despite this, we aren't diligent enough in our house...

Section 21 Changes: No Fault Eviction Scrapped

Justin Emerson
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Just over 6 months ago, Theresa May pledged £2 billion pounds towards council housing across the UK. The Prime Minister has said that people who live in social housing should feel proud of their homes, and that the “stigma” attached to...

Changes to the Leasehold System - How Do They Affect You?

Tina Marwa
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Do these changes affect you? After the release of the latest committee report into the housing industry and developers’ use of leasehold agreements, many landlords are concerned that the government’s response could impact their businesses. ...

What Is The Legal Status Of Roadside Tributes?

Peter Butterfield
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Roadside memorials to those who have died in traffic accidents are an increasingly popular way to pay tribute to the deceased. However, those involved in creating tributes, and the authorities responsible for local infrastructure often have differing needs,...

No Fault Divorce Legislation

Filomena  Sterkaj
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Legislation for no-fault divorce will be introduced as 'soon as parliamentary time becomes available'. Currently, there is no such thing as a no fault divorce. The only ground for divorce, is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and to...

High Easter Point To Point, a galloping success...

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Saturday saw the return of the ever popular High Easter Point to Point.  Gepp Solicitors have for many years supported this great family day out and this year was no exception. Along with Essex based rural land agent Whirledge and Knott...

Mayor's Charity Race Night

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In March, Gepp Solicitors were the main sponsors of the Chelmsford Mayor's Charity Race Night at Grimsby Town Hall. The event was hosted by Madam Mayor in aid of her charities: The Dementia Ward at Broomfield Hospital is a cause close to...

Record Breaking Divorce Settlement

Sally Ward
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The record breaking divorce settlement.. The world's richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and his wife MacKenzie have agreed a record-breaking divorce settlement of at least $35bn (£27bn). The divorce deal dwarfs a previous $3.8bn record set in...

Phoenix Rotary Club Children's Choir Competition Final

Spencer Davis
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Gepp Solicitors are proud to have supported for the second year running the Chelmsford and District Primary Schools Choir Competition 2019. Organised by the Chelmsford Phoenix Rotary Club, the heats and final were held at Kind Edward VI School in...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act

Filomena  Sterkaj
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The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act comes into force on 26 May 2019. The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March 2019, becoming the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and...

Stress Awareness Month

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This month, it's Stress Awareness Month. We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help us to take action, feel more energised and produce better results, but becoming overwhelmed by stress...

"What Happens If I Ask To See My Medical Records?"

Justin Emerson
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I’ll make a note of that...  We all trust our doctors to have our best intentions at heart, and to make sure we get the care and treatment we need. Doctors have always taken detailed notes of each patient’s health history, medical...

Taking Pictures Without the Owner's Consent

Justin Emerson
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Happy snapping.... We’ve turned into a nation of photographers. Not only do we constantly have access to a camera these days, thanks to smartphones that come complete with highly advanced camera technology built in, but we love snapping away too....

Probate Fee Increase Delayed

Hollie Allcorn
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The probate fee increase has been delayed... The Probate Registry have confirmed on 27th March that the new fee increase will not be introduced on 1st April as previously expected. The proposed fees will only come into force by an Order once they have...

When an Easter Egg Hunt Could Land You In Hot Water...

Justin Emerson
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When an Easter Egg hunt could land you in hot water.... A recent campaign by Cadbury that encourages people to go treasure hunting, has highlighted a problem that landowners across the country are facing – illegal metal detecting. It may seem like...

When Does Hugging Become Unacceptable Behaviour?

Alexandra Dean
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Physical contact in the workplace is a very high-profile topic among bosses, workers, and HR departments at the moment. On the back of two very public controversies, where men in positions of power got a little bit too ‘touchy-feely’ with their...

Buying With Friends: Yay or Nay?

Alexandra Frumosu
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Buying with friends- yay or nay? With house prices increasing over the past decade, more and more people find it difficult to get on the property ladder. Because of this, a new trend is shaping up - co-buying with friends. But is this a good idea? Some...

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...

Case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd

Michael Callaghan
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The case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd was decided in December 2018 by The Supreme Court in London. The dispute involved a business which occupied part of larger premises under a lease. They were a protected tenant under the Landlord...

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...