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The Government's Plan To Save Jobs Will Cost £40bn

Inbar Rabinovitz
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The Government's Plan to save jobs will likely cost up to £40 billion. The announced Job Retention Scheme has been a welcome reprieve to many employers and employees as many have been able to avoid redundancies in their midst as they place a...

Care Quality Commission Suspend Inspections Amid Coronavirus

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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As from the 16th March 2020 the CQC has suspended all inspections which cover care homes and NHS hospitals with immediate effect.  CQC had been under significant pressure from a number of directions including the Royal Colleges and the NHS...

25% Spike In Abuse Inquiries Since Lockdown

Filomena  Sterkaj
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One in ten London crimes involves domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has recorded a 25% jump in abuse inquiries since lockdown. There have been fears that domestic violence would increase due to the nationwide lockdown as victims of...

Coronavirus and Possession Proceedings - A Brief Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Susan Le-Sage
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On 25th March 2020, the Coronavirus Act 2020 ("the Act") came into force and implemented a wide range of measures to protect Tenants affected by the current coronavirus pandemic. The most pertinent points of the legislation can be found in Section...

Stranger Times Call For "Stranger Things"

Gregory John
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The current national lockdown does not appear to be ending anytime soon, as we continue to seek to protect the many heroes currently serving in the NHS. For those of you reading this in the NHS or classed as a key worker, please do check out our 50% off...

Key Worker FAQ: "Why Do I Need A Will or LPA?"

Lisa Carter
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We know that contacting a Solicitor about having a will is not an impulse buy. If we asked you for a list of the things that you need as a Key Worker you might come up with a list like this:  Hand sanitiser, facemask, bottled water, antiseptic wipes,...

Priority Court Matters: "What Will Happen To My Police Matter Now Courts Are Restricted?"

Gemma Lee
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being given advice as to how to keep the Court Service running during the effects of Covid 19. The worry being, that unnecessary Prosecutions at this time may overload a restricted Court. ' Lower Priority '...

Coronavirus Regulations

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The police are enforcing the new Coronavirus regulations which came into force on the 26th March 2020 which relate to helping ensure that people stay and home and avoid non-essential travel.  The police can instruct them to go home and potentially...

Self-Certification for Self-Isolation

Inbar Rabinovitz
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The current pandemic has, inevitably, put a lot of pressure on GP surgeries but, at the same time, has brought along quite a few changes in the systems that we have all come to know for sickness and absence process in the workplace. To date, employees have...

Speeding On Quieter Roads: Don't Do It

Peter Butterfield
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The coronavirus epidemic and the consequent lighter traffic is leading to some motorists exploiting quieter roads by driving at “highly excessive speeds” according to a recent report from the RAC. North Yorkshire Police has warned of an emerging...

Business Closure Enforcement

Gemma Lee
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Social Media has become full of posts about Covid 19. Some show human kindness and make light of a particularly low and strange time for the Economy. Other posts start a social war of opinion. One of the common themes is the implementations of the...

7 Things I've Learned About Myself This Week

Marc Dorsett
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I usually work from home one day a week so I thought the enforced home working would be a doddle.... However, after a few consecutive days of working where I live I have discovered a few things about myself I wasn't completely aware of before. I drink...

Payments During The Pandemic

Charlotte Strutt
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During this unprecedented time, the Commercial Property team at Gepp Solicitors has been receiving numerous enquiries from both Landlords and Tenants needing urgent advice as to how the situation with COVID-19 affects them. As we are all aware, the current...

Dog To Be Destroyed After Four Year Old Is Injured

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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In December 2019 a couple were prosecuted for a case involving owning a dog dangerously out of control which caused injury under the Dangerous Dogs Act s3 (1) where a four-year-old boy was injured.  Guilty pleas were entered by both owners and they...

Pregnancy, Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Working from Home

Inbar Rabinovitz
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There is a lot of uncertainty at this time around the workplace and pregnant women have been concluded to fall within the High Risk category group which means that most employers have asked their pregnant employees to work from home for at least the next 12...

Police Powers During Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

Gemma Lee
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The College of Policing has issued guidance to the Police Force in order to respond to Covid 19. The guidance splits the regulations into (1)Individuals, affecting movement and gatherings and (2) Premises and Business These powers relate to England and...

MOT's Extended By 6 Months

Gemma Lee
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Vehicles due an MOT test on or after 30 March will automatically be granted six-month extensions in order to limit visits to testing centres during the coronavirus epidemic, the Department of Transport (DfT) has announced. The Government have published...

Help For The Self-Employed

Marc Dorsett
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Further help to the self-employed, if you qualify... The Government has announced a raft of measures in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The latest announcement, depending on when you read this, relates to help for the self-employed. The package only...

Disney+ Offers Both An Escape - But Also A Slice Of Reality

Gregory John
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As a Private Client solicitor, writing any type of blog or update is not always an easy task at the best of times, with our subject matter not always top of people's priority list. In this current national climate we all face, this task is not any...

Update For Tax Due 31 July 2020

Marc Dorsett
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Further to my blog on 24th March , HMRC have now confirmed that the deferral of the payment on account due by 31st July 2020 can be deferred by everyone. There is no longer the stipulation that you had to be self-employed so will apply to individuals,...

How Will The Coronavirus Affect Our Child Arrangements?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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The country is in the middle of a Public Health crisis on an unprecedented scale. Parental responsibility for a child who is the subject of a Child Arrangements Order made by the Family Court rests with the child’s parents and not with the...

Can I Still Work During The Lockdown?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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On Monday 23 March 2020, the Government has announced that we should all stay at home at all times except for going to medical appointments, buying supplies, undertaking one form of exercise per day, or those that have to travel to and from work, if...

Countdown To Contract Changes For Employers

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Employers are on countdown for new requirements on employment contracts.  From April, the statutory requirements around statements of particulars are changing and being extended to include all workers, not just employees.  It means that anyone...

The Pick of the Crop...

Edward Worthy
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A farmer in Suffolk has been overwhelmed with the response to his ‘cries for help’ following the recent decline in cross border migrant workers.   Woodbridge farmer Bruce Kerr told the BBC that put out a call for help to pick his asparagus...

Flocked Off The Back Of a Lorry...

Edward Worthy
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Police in North Yorkshire have seized a vehicle containing 70 sheep. 67 sheep and 3 rams to be precise. They were believed to have been stolen from the Northamptonshire or Lincolnshire area.   According to the NFU Mutual, livestock rustling has...

The Virus and Tax Deferrals

Marc Dorsett
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The World is currently going through a difficult period at the moment, to put it very mildly. As at the time of writing, the majority of the Country is on lockdown and who knows what the daily Government broadcast will bring today. A couple of the measures...

Gepps Quiz Answers

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Have you seen our quiz on social media? Gepp Solicitors have been open for business since 1768 and will continue to help individuals and businesses with all their legal requirements for generations to come. During the coming months, we will be working...

Pub Takeaway's During Coronavirus: The Legal Side

Gemma Lee
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Now that Pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs are now closed under Government advice many have faced the dilemma of offering a takeaway service. On 17th March the Government granted authority for pubs and restaurants to operate as a hot food takeaway during...

Recent 20mph Speed Limit Changes for Central London

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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New 20mph speed limits now apply to more roads in Central London. The reduced speed limit areas have been implemented alongside existing 20mph zones within Transport for London's (TfL) road network. The extra 9km of road, within the Congestion Charging...

Twelve Angry Men....

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The 1957 film ‘Twelve Angry Men’ tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In today’s courts, jurors are still made up of 12...

Coronavirus: Can I Cancel or Postpone AGMs and Other General Meetings

Jemma Bennett
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Can I cancel or Postpone AGMs and other general meetings The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has already had a significant effect on business around the country and world. The government has now advised that further measures to reduce the rate and...

IR35 Changes: Postponed

Jemma Bennett
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IR35 Changes Postpostponed Initially, the changes were set to come into play on the 5th April 2020. Due to the effects of COVID-19 and the immense pressure businesses are currently under, the Government has announced that the extension of IR35 to...

The 2020 Budget: £30billion For Coronavirus

Natasha  Kendall
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The New chancellor promises to support individuals and business as country tackles coronavirus threat. Business rate cuts, cash grants for small enterprises and support for both employees and employers on sick pay were among the emergency announcements...

Will Pavement Parking Be Banned?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Pavement parking might be banned in England, the Department for Transport has stated. In London, the ban already exists. In the rest of England, only lorries are currently banned from parking on the pavement. The government want to open a consultation...

Legal Rights of an Unmarried Couple

Hollie Allcorn
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There is a common misconception that unmarried couples have the same protection as those who have legally tied the knot due to the "common law spouse" rules. However, this is not the case, as evidenced by last month's landmark ruling that...

The Icing On The Cake...

Spencer Davis
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A huge thank you to Chelmsford College students and Catering Manager Hilary. Pictured is Spencer Davis, presenting of a certificate of appreciation to Hilary Hicks Hospitality and Catering Manager at Chelmsford College. Hilary and her wonderful team of...

World Book Day: 'The Way We Worked'

Natasha  Kendall
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 " A thoroughly good read for anyone interested in Chemsford's history and development in the last 250 years, or who had ancestors who worked for the firm " - Essex Family Historian March 5th 2020- otherwise known as World Book Day. ...

William Shatner Finalises Divorce

Filomena  Sterkaj
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It has been reported that a financial settlement in divorce has been reached between William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth.  In his seven decades of television, William Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the...

The Best of Both Worlds: Operational and Ceremonial

Mike Cubbin
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On Thursday 27th February we were privileged to jointly sponsor a talk at the Essex Agricultural Society with Strutt & Parker by Lt Col (Retd) Giles Stibbe OBE, the Director of the Household Cavalry Foundation talk to us about the Household Cavalry...

How To Successfully Appeal Against A Dangerous Dog Destruction Order

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Sometimes, the normal dog loving owner can get caught in what is often a one off unfortunate scenario. The ' Dangerous Dog Act 1991 ' was introduced to deal with essentially a narrow area of, for example, dogs being used as...

Should a Car Wash be Licensed?

Gemma Lee
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Licensing is a vast subject, and one that most only associate with the sale of alcohol or gambling. Most of us pay a visit to the local car wash each week to have our cars cleaned; businesses provide a conveyer belt service of immaculately washed cars...

Weatherspoons Introduce A Two Drink Limit On Those With Children

Gemma Lee
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Parents were being told that if they visited a JD Wetherspoon pub with children they were restricted to two alcoholic drinks only. JD Wetherspoon who have 683 pubs across the UK said the policy was to limit the amount of time children were on the premises....

Multiple Dwellings Relief: Time To Get Your Skates On...

Marc Dorsett
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It has now been confirmed that any late claim for Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) cannot be made by claiming overpayment relief. Often MDR is overlooked by a purchaser as the rules are complex and this leads to claims not being made at the point of...

CGT Payment Is Changing: What You Need To Know

Marc Dorsett
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Capital Gains Tax payment for UK property sales is changing. The deadlines for paying Capital Gains Tax after selling a residential property are changing in April. From 6th April 2020, if you’re a UK resident and sell a residential property in...

Employee Social Media Posts: Are They Really Private?

Peter Butterfield
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A recent decision of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service highlights the need for professionals regulated by a supervisory body to take great care when posting on their private social media accounts. The Tribunal Service is the fitness to...

Bitcoin Ruled As Property

Natasha  Kendall
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 “I consider that cryptoassets such as Bitcoin are property“, Bryan J concludes in his judgment in  AA v Persons Unknown . Cryptocurrency growth has seen both investors and fraudsters attracted to the blockchain technology, but...

DIY Divorce: What Does It Really Mean?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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What you need to know about 'DIY Divorce' from our Family Law solicitor Filomena Sterkaj... There are many misconceptions about online divorce. I am often asked by clients whether a Solicitor is mandatory in their case or, can they just...

IR35 Changes 2020: Is Your Business Ready?

Jemma Bennett
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From 5 April 2020, the IR35 regime currently applicable to public authorities will be extended to all medium and large private sector entities. A review will be undertaken in February to gather evidence from affected individuals and businesses in order to...

Christmas Choir Success

Spencer Davis
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Last week, we were delighted to present a cheque to the Columbus School and College with funds raised by our Christmas choir. Just before Christmas the Gepps Choir, singing in collaboration with the students from this wonderful Special Educational Needs...

Primary School Choir Competition started in full voice...

Spencer Davis
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For the third year running Gepp Solicitors have supported the Chelmsford Phoenix Rotary Club’s Primary Schools Choir Competition. Last night saw the first of three heats where four schools, Wentworth Primary School (Maldon), Mildmay Junior School,...

SDLT: Saving You Thousands

Marc Dorsett
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer is not going to be happy… For almost a year now Gepp Solicitors have been successfully providing a bespoke Stamp Duty Land Tax saving service. You will note the word ‘ service ’ and not ‘ scheme...

NDAs Should Not Be Used To Silence Sexual Harassment Claims

Inbar Rabinovitz
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NDAs are, literally, Non-Disclosure Agreements. They are very frequently used in business or employment to ensure that a party (or both parties) does not make certain information about the employer / business public. This could be because it is a company...

Storm Ciara - What Happens With My Work?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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"What happens if I can't get to work during Storm Ciara?" It looks as though the UK is currently being hit by quite a storm, and this happens every once in a while in our English weather. But, how does this affect your work schedule and...

Darth Vader may be Luke's father, but is he his Legal Guardian?

Gregory John
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As a Star Wars fan, I can still remember the first time I saw the shocking moment in The Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader utters those famous words - "No, I am your father" . It has become an iconic, if not misquoted scene in movie history. ...

IKEA To Close Coventry Store: Redundancies Are Coming

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Ikea has announced that this Summer 2020 it will be closing one of its large stores in Coventry which means that there are currently 352 members of staff that are at risk of redundancy and are undergoing consultation. The closure has been announced as a...

Working with CHESS in 2019

Spencer Davis
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At Gepp Solicitors, it's not just about providing excellent legal services to the people and businesses from across Essex, it's also about us helping to improve the lives of those in our community. Our staff often pool their coins together in the...

Lords Taverners Quiz Night: Team Gepp-ardy!

Natasha  Kendall
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Challenging questions, to help disadvantaged and disabled children across Essex Team ‘ Gepp-ardy’ captained by Managing Partner, Lisa Carter romped home to win the Essex Lord’s Taverners 2020 Quiz last Friday evening at the Cloud FM...

What Every Trustee Should Know About The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive In 3 Minutes

Marc Dorsett
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What Every Trustee Should Know About 5MLD In 3 Minutes 5MLD is here. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint) this is not another Simon Cowell thrown together Boy Band destined to conquer teenage hearts and the Charts. It is the Fifth...

Social Media Comments Result In Alastair Stewart's Resignation

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Alastair Stewart, the ITV News presenter has announced this week his resignation from ITV following a "… misjudgement which [he] regret[s] …" as he said in his statement. Many are disappointed to see the presenter leave, as he had...

Universal Wealth Preservation - An Update

Hollie Allcorn
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Universal Wealth Preservation - an Update Following our article on 3rd May 2019 , we have subsequently been contacted by several former clients of Universal Wealth Preservation who require assistance with the situation they find themselves in following the...

LPAs and Dementia: Control Over the Uncontrollable

Lisa Carter
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According to stats provided by the Alzheimer's Society, one in ten dementia patients spends over a month in hospital after being admitted. Caused by damage to the brain by diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia is often characterised by...

A New Type of Royalty Lined Up by Royal Couple

Justin Emerson
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Prince Harry and Meghan are stepping back from royal duties, but it may be royalties that see them through in their new life. Before announcing their desire to spend time out of the spotlight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex applied to register the brand...

Employer Offers Extra Annual Leave to Non-Smoking Employees

Inbar Rabinovitz
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KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon has decided to compensate its employees that do not smoke with 4 additional leave days' per annum. This is based on a rough estimation that if a smoker takes just one smoking break a day, at 10 minutes a...

CGT Changes From April 2020 Won't Be Flushed Away...

Marc Dorsett
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George Osborne loved residential property when he was Chancellor. More specifically, he loved making taxes more complicated and expensive for residential property owners, mainly landlords or people with more than one property. When he was still in office,...

Increased Statutory Legacy Still Falls Short?

Gregory John
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News has broken this week that there has been a change to the statutory legacy that a spouse will receive when someone dies without a Will. Under the current rules of intestacy, should a spouse die leaving a surviving spouse and children, the current...

E-Scooters Favoured by Commuters Are NOT Legal

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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E-scooters have risen in popularity over the past couple of years as a quick method to and from the train statin in the morning.  But if you were planning to pop to the pub after work and then jump on your e-scooter home, think again. The first person...

Zara Tindall Banned From Driving

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Zara Tindall, the Queen's granddaughter, has recently fallen foul of the 'totting up' provisions after being caught driving at a speed of 91 mph on a 70 mph road. As such, this offence took her to 12 points on her driving licence meaning she was...

Mixed Sex Couples Can Now Become Civil Partners

Sally Ward
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Mixed-sex couples can now become civil partners. Previously, the law only allowed same-sex couples to be civil partners. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who won a legal battle for the right to heterosexual civil partnerships, were among the first...

New Year's Resolutions

Sally Ward
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Going through a divorce or separation is difficult. Emotions are high and even if two people agree, the changes can be overwhelming and stressful. All too often it is tempting to get into tit for tat arguments that lead nowhere. So why not make a few...

Christmas Drink Driving: What You Need To Know

Roger Brice
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Enjoying a drink of Bailey's with family and friends is a tradition this time of year, but it's easy to get carried away with an extra drink or two, and then drive home. Our criminal defence solicitors will remain on call throughout the Christmas...

Christmas Rush: Licensing Advice For Premises

Gemma Lee
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Christmas, is office party time, which inevitably will involve alcohol. Therefore, it will be the premises and staffs responsibility to ensure you comply with the laws in accommodating your local office party. Excessive drinking is a problem at this time of...

Arrangements for Children over Christmas & New Years

Filomena  Sterkaj
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Our top tips for dealing with separations and children during the Christmas and New Year period... The festive period can be a difficult time for separated parents. If you have not agreed on the child arrangements as yet, time is running out. If disputes...

When Can Opposite-Sex Couples Be Able To Register A Civil Partnership?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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We have had a few questions recently from curious clients about when opposite-sex couples will be able to register a civil partnership . Opposite-sex couples will be able to register civil partnerships in England and Wales from 31 December 2019 ,...

The High Court: Non Party Costs

Gemma Lee
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The High Court has rules that non-party costs orders can be issued under the Licensing Act but rules of natural justice must apply. In the case of Aldemir v Cornwall Council [2019] EWHC 2407 (Admin) Mr Justice Swift considered the question of whether...

U18 Gambling in Pubs: Tougher Action Required

Gemma Lee
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The Gambling Commission has called for pub industry to take better action to prevent under 18s accessing gaming machines in pubs. This follows a review of pubs in England and Wales that has shown that 84% of them are failing to prevent under...

Oldham Nightclub Loses Licence

Gemma Lee
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The owner of Vibez 924 in Oldham has lost his appeal to have the premises licence re-instated following a three-day court hearing. Oldham's Licensing Panel originally revoked the licence in February after following a request for review by the police. ...

Company Christmas Parties: How To Avoid Issues

Alexandra Dean
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Avoiding a cracker of a hangover from the company Christmas party... As the clock ticks down to Christmas party time, companies need to avoid the event becoming the wrong sort of cracker.  Any company-organised office party, whether in or out of...

TFL Ban Uber: What Now?

Gemma Lee
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London's transport authority told Uber it would not extend its licence to operate in the London. Uber have indicated that they will appeal the decision made by Transport for London. London's Transport Agency first revoked Uber's Private Hire...

Wills Discovered in Lloyds Bank Vault

Alexandra Frumosu
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Wills discovered in Lloyds Bank vault The Financial Times reported recently that Lloyds Bank has discovered approximately 9,000 Wills in storage that they did not know they had  As a result, many estates may have been distributed incorrectly and not...

How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced?

Filomena  Sterkaj
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I often meet clients who have an assumption that they can get a "quick divorce" - In England and Wales there is no such thing as a “quick divorce”. The time it takes a Court to process a divorce application can vary depending on the...

ERS Silver Award Goes To.... Gepps!

Roger Brice
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  Gepp Solicitors Senior Partner Roger Brice and CEO Mike Cubbin we on parade last night in Cambridge to receive the much converted  Ministry of Defence Silver Award  for our firms support to the armed forces. As previously posted, Gepp...

"Team Geppardy!" Supporting 2 Charity Quiz Nights!

Natasha  Kendall
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Team ‘Geppardy’ for the win... Last night we fielded two teams of quizzers at separate charity quiz nights across Essex. Coming a well-deserved fourth place was Bakshi Dhanda , Partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing and members of her...

Government Close 'Loophole' That Allows People To Use Phone Whilst Driving

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Don't touch that phone… There are plans afoot to close a legal loophole that has allowed drivers who use mobile phones to film or take photographs to escape prosecution. Whilst it is illegal for drivers to call or text on hand-held...

Asda To Be Sued Over New Employment Contracts... But Can Your Employer Change Yours?

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Can your employer change your work contract? Our team answer your questions... Duncan Carson was an Asda employee who worked from 6am to midday as a baker in one of the chain's stores. Those times suited him as he was used to working mornings and he had...

All The Right Answers...

Natasha  Kendall
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All the right answers, but not necessarily in the right order! Team ‘ Gepp-ardy’ joined a hall full of quizzers to support City of Chelmsford MENCAP at their annual fundraising quiz night at St Cedds School Chelmsford. A challenging yet fun...

Grant of Probate Delays Improving

Hollie Allcorn
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HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have confirmed that the Grant of Probate application timescale should be back to the normal 10-day turn around for solicitors within the next few weeks. Since the spring, it has been taking up to 3 months for Grants...

Multiple Occupation Licensing: Landlords Feel The Heat

Justin Emerson
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Landlords who have not responded to legislation introduced last year to protect tenants in multiple occupancy properties are facing massive fines .  The latest involved a property in Lincoln, where landlord Julie Churchill was...

Holiday Pay Ruling Hits Schools and Colleges

Inbar Rabinovitz
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Holiday pay for those who work only part of the year and have no contractually set hours should not be calculated on a pro rata basis, under a judgement that will affect many in the education sector.  The Court of Appeal has ruled in  The Harper...

Pennies For Poppies

Mike Cubbin
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Gepp Solicitors has been associated with the Armed Forces in one form or another for most of its history.  Partners of the firm were founder members of the local Yeomanry during the Napoleonic Wars and members of the firm served their country in both...

"My Time At Gepps as an Apprentice"

Natasha  Kendall
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Wondering what it's like to work at Gepps? Our IT Apprentice Lewis shares his experience... It’s a very nerve-wracking experience when you jump into the deep end of a law firm with no prior experience in any place of work other than in a kitchen...

No Increase to Probate Fees!

Clare Nichols
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Probate Fees 2019 and 2020 update. Following proposals last November to increase probate fees, this week Justice Secretary Robert Buckland abolished the planned increases. Probate fees are currently: £215 for individuals £155 if applications...

"not-spots" to become "rural hot-spots"

Keri Constantatou
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Poor phone coverage in rural communities has been a hot topic in recent years. It affects not only domestic users but more importantly, rural businesses. Well now it appears there might be ‘clearer signals’ on the horizon for mobile phone users...

Electric Fences - What's The Buzz?

Keri Constantatou
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If you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside, you may have your own land, animals or buildings outside your home. Rural estates tend to be bigger than their urban counterparts, meaning there is a much larger area to secure and a different array...

Second Marriage: Writing A New Will

Caitriona Rafferty
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With the modern-day family set up becoming more diverse, particularly with a rise in second marriages, disputes over estates are increasing. The case of John and Marjorie Scarle is an ever so telling story of this. In August this year this case attracted...

A New Speed Limit For Motorways?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The Secretary for Transport, Grant Shapps, has said that the issue of increasing motorway speed limits should be examined as more electric cars take to the roads. These newer, greener vehicles could see motorway speed limits increase to 80mph . The issue...

EAS - Supporting The Rural Community For Over 150 Years ​

Edward Worthy
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150 years supporting the rural community in Essex Founded in 1858, the Essex Agricultural Society (EAS) has been supporting and serving the rural community in Essex for over 150 years. With a membership network of over 600, EAS promote agriculture and...

Effective Representation Of Teachers Before The Professional Conduct Panel Of The Teaching Regulation Agency

Peter Butterfield
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Effective representation of Teachers before the professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency. There have been a number of panel outcomes in respect of teacher misconduct from last month that serve to illustrate important factors when...

Gepps Clients Hit The Target

Spencer Davis
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Gepp Solicitors' rural team hosted an event for a mix of clients, surveyors, accountants and financial advisers on Friday 20th September at Fennes Shooting School in Bocking , Essex. The mix of novices and experience shots all had a marvellous day...

Restaurants Are Being BANNED From Taking Tips

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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...