Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Welcome to Our Blog

Are you looking for high quality legal advice? You have come to the right place.

We regularly write about different legal topics and welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Latest Posts

When Should Child Contact be Supervised?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

What is supervised contact? In proceedings relating to child arrangements the welfare of the child must be the court’s paramount consideration. It is presumed that a relationship with each parent will be in the best interests of children. However,...

The Inheritance Tax Implications of Gifting

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

The inheritance tax due on your estate may be as much as 40%. This means a large chunk of your estate may be paid in tax and not pass to your family, friends or charity (whichever you would prefer). Whilst it would probably be a mistake to let a potential...

Business Assets and Divorce

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Divorce is seldom an easy process, but difficulties are compounded when there is a business or a company involved. There is no standard formula for calculating an appropriate financial provision upon divorce and the Court's approach is to calculate and...

Enforcement of an Order: What Happens If An Order Made By The Family Court is Ignored?

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

At the conclusion of family court proceedings, whether that concerns divorce, a financial remedy or children, a final order will be made by the court. This order may reflect an agreement that the parties themselves have reached between them, known as a...

What If My Partner Objects to Our Child Receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

With the COVID-19 vaccine being quickly rolled out across the UK, there are concerns among some about the long-term impact and side effects of the vaccine. As a result, some are reluctant to get the vaccine themselves or let their children be vaccinated. The...

Spending Christmas alone?

  • Posted

With last year leaving many people to celebrate Christmas in ways that they normally wouldn’t, some people may feel obliged to make up for lost time and have a ‘normal’ Christmas again. However, there are still some people out there who...

I have Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for someone, can I make gifts on their behalf?

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

Chances are, if you are reading this, you already know a little bit about LPAs. However, let's have a recap on what they are: An individual can put an LPA in place so that their appointed person(s) can make decisions on their behalf when they no longer...

Getting Engaged Over Christmas? Please Consider This.....

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

The festive period is the most popular time of year for marriage proposals, with Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve both popular choices. Christmas Day surpasses even Valentine's Day as the day that most proposals occur. If you are thinking of...

Can a will be changed following death?

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

On the face of it, you would probably assume that the answer is no. How could it be fair to change a person's last wishes? However, in some limited circumstances it may be possible to change a will after death. Before we get into the details of when...

Renting and repairs: My landlord won't fix the heating

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

If you are renting your home, it is your landlord’s responsibility to provide heating and hot water. When the heating or boiler fails through no fault of your own, your landlord must repair or replace the boiler or other equipment. Of course, how long...

Do I need permission to take my child abroad?

Dorjan Myrtja
  • Posted
  • Author

The details surrounding if you need permission from a partner / former partner to take your child abroad are not widely known.  Here we outline a few points and explain the main issues you could face if you try without permission.  The...

How cryptocurrency can fuel asset concealment in divorce

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

Divorce professionals are reporting that cryptocurrencies are fuelling a new trend of asset concealment when couples part.  For while offshore trusts and investments are well-known as tools used by the wealthy looking to hide assets, the increasing...

Arrangements for Children over Christmas & New Years

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

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...

A time for giving?

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

Companies reminded of need for safeguards on corporate gifting Companies and customers are set to miss another year of Christmas parties and corporate entertaining, following the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant. But with the expectation that...

Mistakes to avoid when negotiating a separation agreement

Dorjan Myrtja
  • Posted
  • Author

If you have decided to separate from your partner, there are certain practicalities that you will need to work out together. Even if you are unsure if you will divorce or dissolve your civil partnership , in the interim, you will need certainty about...

Storm Arwen: Who is responsible for damage and loss in commercial properties?

Justin Emerson
  • Posted
  • Author

With the UK recently hit by Storm Arwen, many businesses have suffered damage and loss. However, if a rented business premises has been damaged, who is responsible for making repairs? What if a premises is no longer fit for use? In this article, we look at...

Christmas miracle undermines confidence

Justin Emerson
  • Posted
  • Author

Privacy law protects intellectual property as well as celebrity secrets and royal correspondence A dispute which reached the High Court has highlighted the importance of maintaining commercial confidentiality to avoid sharing intellectual property ...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day Sale? The rules about returns

Michael Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

Shopping events are designed to whip us all into a frenzy. Many of us purchase goods at a substantial discount, but they might not be quite what we hoped for. Retailers will typically offer a return on goods which are unopened, unused or faulty. But what...

Solar panel owners awarded compensation due to misrepresentation.

Gemma Barker
  • Posted
  • Author

Ahead of the COP26 homeowners may be considering making the move to renewable energy to power their homes. However, caution should be taken when relying on a salespersons pitch, as they may overpromise and leave you with a product which underachieves. ...

Fireworks, bonfires and the law

Michael Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

If you are considering an at-home fireworks display or perhaps a bonfire, you need to be sure that you do not fall foul of the law. Rules concerning fireworks and bonfires are designed to keep us all safe and to prevent nuisance in the neighbourhood. In this...

Missed the paper tax return filing deadline?

Sarah Whybrow
  • Posted
  • Author

The deadline for completing and submitting your paper tax returns has now passed. Those registered for self-assessment had until 31st October to send in a paper return. However, all is not lost! You can still file your return online and will have until 31st...

Is it an offence to sleep in your vehicle whilst over the limit?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
  • Posted
  • Author

People often end up having too much to drink when they originally had the intention of having none or one and then driving home. When this happens, some may opt for sleeping in their car until they think they are safe to drive. However, in doing this, you...

When the same rules have different results

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

It is ten years since the ending of the national default retirement age, when age became one of the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. The Act was designed to safeguard people in the workplace against discrimination, harassment and...

Joint Bank Accounts and Lasting Power of Attorney

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

If you lose the mental capacity to make decisions regarding your health and welfare or property and financial affairs, who will make those decisions on your behalf? It's an important question and one that needs particular consideration in the context of...

Who will care for my children if I unexpectedly pass away?

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

We are often reluctant to talk about death therefore it's not a question that many people want to consider. We want to be there for our children for at least the entirety of their childhood and hopefully much longer. However, should the worst happen, you...

The difference between Executors and Trustees

Hollie Allcorn
  • Posted
  • Author

A question that clients commonly ask is whether there is a difference in the role between Executors and Trustees, and whether they can be the same people. In short, the Executor's role is to administer the estate under the terms of the Will and a...

Rishi says Relax

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

In a very welcome move for taxpayers, and advisers!, the Chancellor announced in his Budget a relaxation of the reporting window for disposals of UK residential property. Prior to 27th October 2021, the reporting window was 30 days from completion...

Gepp Solicitors sponsors the Essex Agricultural Society talk

Spencer Davis
  • Posted
  • Author

Last night Essex Agricultural Society hosted their first talk since the lockdown began. The talk was delivered by Essex Search and Rescue and Basics Essex. Essex Search and Rescue are on call 24/7/365 to search, rescue or recover missing vulnerable people....

Spotlight: Greg John

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

Spotlight:  Greg John You cover most areas of Private Client work; do you have any areas of speciality? I'm experienced at all areas of Private Client work , whether that be Wills, Probates, Trust work or Powers or Attorney. On the whole, this...

Possible changes to flexible working

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The Government is considering expanding the scope of flexible working requests, giving all employees the right to request flexible working from their first day. Since the pandemic has forced a majority of businesses to adapt to remote working, more...

Furlough at an end - what options do employers have?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Now that the furlough scheme has come to an end some employers may be wondering what options are available to them. It is important that employers are honest and transparent with their employees on decisions taken in respect of their employment. According...

Tesla to pay $137 million in damages for racial discrimination

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Electric car manufacturer, Tesla, have been ordered to pay $137 million to a worker for racial harassment. An employee of Tesla who worked as a lift operator from 2015 to 2016 in Fresno, California, has been awarded the equivalent of £101 million in...

Licence to Will

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

It's probably a sign you've worked in Private Client for too long when, mid James Bond movie, your mind gets to thinking about whether James Bond has a Will. I think it's reasonable to assume that he would be obliged to given the frequency of the...

How much alcohol can you safely drink before driving?

Elizabeth Bradshaw
  • Posted
  • Author

As Autumn approaches and many reasons to gather, drink and celebrate come thick and fast, it’s also sadly the time where many will get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, which for some, results in fatalities.  As the leading...

Companies House rejects 800 company names: Guide to naming your business

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

When it comes to starting a business, one of the most challenging but interesting tasks you must carry out is finding the right name. However, many people do not realise that there are restrictions on what you can name your business . In the last two...

UK Right to work checks extended until 5 April 2022

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

The UK Home Office announced that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right-to-work checks have been extended until 5 April 2022.  This was following the positive feedback from companies on remote checks. All employers are required to complete a right to...

Sex discrimination claim receives almost £185,000 award

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

An estate agent has received an award of just under £185,000 in the Employment Tribunal following a claim of sex discrimination after her employer refused her request to go part-time so she could collect her baby from nursery. Alice Thompson attempted...

£30,000 awarded to pregnant worker following maternity discrimination and unfair dismissal claim

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The Employment Tribunal have awarded Mrs Shipp £30,000 after finding she was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against on grounds of maternity and sex. Source: ...

Leaving gifts to charity in your will

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

The International Day of Charity takes place annually on 5 September, but did you know that one of the best ways to support a charity is to leave them a gift in your will? Many charities in the UK rely on donations left behind by their supporters, and any...

SDLT increases after the end of this month

Sarah Whybrow
  • Posted
  • Author

During the pandemic buyers have been able to benefit from a residential property stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday and enjoy reduced tax rates. The SDLT holiday has been gradually reduced since inception with the first reduction applying after 30th June...

Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

When a couple makes the decision to divorce, the breakdown of the relationship can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, grandparents of any children of the relationship can suffer and even be prevented from seeing their grandchildren as often as...

Football Association Disciplinary Hearings

Elizabeth Bradshaw
  • Posted
  • Author

Gepp Solicitors was recently instructed to represent a young person at a Football Association (FA) disciplinary hearing in respect of a misconduct allegation. Gepps has undertaken other disciplinary hearings relating to allegations of misconduct by...

Changes to self-isolation rules: who is legally required to self-isolate and when?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

As of the 16th August, the requirements of self-isolation have changed. So, who will have to self-isolate if they come into contact with a positive case? Changes The Government's ever developing and (for the moment) easing of Covid-19 restrictions...

Pay cuts for remote workers

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

With remote working expected to stick around for a long time within many businesses, what impact will this have on an employee's terms of employment ? In the US, Google is considering implementing pay cuts for employees who choose to work remotely....

When are directors personally liable for bounce back loans?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Directors owe certain fiduciary duties to a company. Breaching these duties could result in significant penalties. If a director removes a bounce back loan from the company's account and uses it for personal expenses this will breach their fiduciary...

How private are work communications?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Have you ever stopped to wonder whether messages or emails you send to colleagues at work are truly private? Streaming platform and production company, Netflix, recently terminated three of its employees for criticising other employees on business messaging...

Date announced for TRS to go live for non-taxable trusts

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

HMRC have today confirmed that the Trust Registration Service for new express non-taxable trusts will go live for everyone at the beginning of September. Previously HMRC have been running an invite only beta event to test the system. Trust professionals...

The Landscape Recovery scheme and how to get involved

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The Landscape Recovery scheme is one of three new environmental land management schemes to be introduced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The scheme will support the restoration of landscapes and natural ecosystems through...

Getting to the root of the problem in boundary disputes

Michael Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

Householders spending more time at home and in their gardens during the Covid-19 pandemic is fuelling a rise in boundary disputes as infrequent niggles have translated into nagging complaints, with overhanging branches, encroaching tree roots and towering...

Two jab or not Two jab?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The recent lifting of Covid-19 restrictions marks the continuing return to a new normality as more people begin to venture outside, attend events and return to the workplace. This easing of restrictions has left many people asking the same question: can...

CGT changes looming??

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

I'm not one for usually reading online tabloid newspaper articles where it takes a half hour to get past the fluff but someone sent me a link to this story. If you can get through the ads and links to other stories, there is a potentially important topic...

Residential services charges - time limits and liability

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

A recent judgement by the Court of Appeal in the case of No 1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd has clarified vital points concerning the recovery of service charges and costs by landlords from tenants of long residential leases. ...

Commercial Rent Arrears - Proposed new legislation

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

On 16th June 2021, the Government confirmed that legislation would be introduced to "support the orderly resolution of rental payments accrued by commercial tenants during the pandemic". Essentially, this means that once the legislation is...

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Upon returning to work, you may want to continue breastfeeding and/or provide breast milk to your baby. In light of World Breastfeeding week (1st-7th August) this article highlights your legal rights of breastfeeding whilst at work. It is beneficial for you...

Dealing With A Hacked Facebook Account

Michael Callaghan
  • Posted
  • Author

What are your options when your Facebook account gets hacked? If a third party gets hold of a Facebook account held by individual or company, whether for innocent purposes or not, there are certain steps that need to be taken quickly to recover control of...

Sun glimmers on the horizon for leaseholders

Bakshi Dhanda
  • Posted
  • Author

Change is in sight for buyers of new leasehold properties, with the passage through Parliament of a bill that will see the ending of ground rent, but it will not help existing leaseholders struggling with onerous terms.   The Leasehold Reform...

Why digital nomads can be a headache for employers

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The easing of overseas travel restrictions is posing an unexpected headache for employers, who need to be on the look-out for potential digital nomads in their home-working workforce. The opportunity to be wholly mobile and work from anywhere, when an...

Law Society state it is wrong to increase fees when service is still subject to significant delays

Caitriona Rafferty
  • Posted
  • Author

Law Society state it is wrong to increase fees when service is still subject to significant delays Proposals published by the Ministry of Justice on 8th July suggest a flat fee of £273 for all applicants applying for a Grant of Probate. This is a...

Could digital LPAs speed registration up?

Clare Nichols
  • Posted
  • Author

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so. The current system requires LPA forms to be completed and submitted to the Office of the...

Have you been inspired by Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm Shop?

Callum Hall
  • Posted
  • Author

If you find yourself considering following in Clarkson's footsteps, whilst obtaining specialist planning advice is always recommended before initiating any change of use on your property, it is possible that planning permission may not be required...

Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will

Gregory John
  • Posted
  • Author

If you are thinking about writing a will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law and how to go about writing your own will. However, there are...

Trademarks and Service Marks

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Trademarks and service marks are similar mechanisms and therefore often confused. Trademarks are used to identify business products. They include words, logos, symbols, shapes, packaging and other devices which are intended to be used to identify and...

What are my Director Duties?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Under the Companies Act 2006, a director must: act within powers (section 171) You must act in accordance with the company’s constitution, and only exercise your powers for the purposes for which they were conferred. The company's...

High Net Worth Divorces

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Going through a divorce , the dissolution of a civil partnership or a separation can be extremely stressful and is likely to have a long-lasting impact on you and your family. This is particularly the case if you're going through a high net worth...

Domestic abuse cases on the rise during the football season

Farhad Islam
  • Posted
  • Author

Domestic abuse charities across the nation have been issuing warnings relating to the rise in domestic abuse cases happening linked to the current football matches. The rise in Domestic abuses cases have spiked by 61 per cent since the March 2020...

Calls for tenant farmers to prepare for the introduction of new succession rules to apply from 2024

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The Agriculture Act 2020 has recently introduced several changes in the agricultural sector . New rules relating to farm succession planning will apply from 1 September 2024; tenant farmers are being told to prepare in advance for the key changes. The most...

Government tackles late payments to small firms to protect jobs.

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

The overhaul of the Prompt Payment Code ( Code ) to crack down on delayed invoices owed to small businesses has come into force today.  This has come as good news as under the new reforms companies that have signed up to the PPC will be obliged to pay...

Domestic Abuse - how to recognise it in the workplace

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

The Covid 19 pandemic has resulted in new ways of working, with a significant increase in the numbers of people working from home.  For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and respite away from the abuser.  The...

Who is a Legal Parent and Who has Parental Responsibility?

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Parental responsibility means all of the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authorities that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law. This is enshrined in law by section 31 of the Children Act 1989. A person with...

Menopause - How it affects women in the work place

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

Menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic and the support provided to them at work might make all the difference in getting the best out of them and thereby minimising the risk of a range of potential claims.  Whilst, experiencing...

Is it legal to camp anywhere in the UK?

Callum Hall
  • Posted
  • Author

With travel restrictions prevailing in the UK, for many, travelling to their usual holiday destination may be impractical or even impossible. However, travelling around the UK is permitted, and with warmer weather and beautiful countryside, camping in...

Firing & Rehiring: Acas Report

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Acas have now published the report from their investigation into dismissal and re-engagement (otherwise known as " fire and rehire "). The recent flurry of media reports of large UK employers such as British Gas/Centrica implementing a strategy...

Applications are now open for landmark woodland creation scheme

Olivia Phillips
  • Posted
  • Author

The Forestry Commission announced that applications are now open (as of 9 June 2021) for the new multimillion tree planting scheme. The England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) has been established to generate opportunities and incentives for landowners and...

Surrogacy and the Law

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

Surrogacy is the process by which a child is carried through pregnancy by a woman who has entered into an arrangement before she started to carry the child, with the intention that at birth, the child and parental responsibility for that child will be...

Firing & Rehiring: is it legal?

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of significant implications for businesses and employees alike. Consequently, a vast number of employers have changed the terms and conditions that their employees are employed under. Naturally, not all...

Accepted a Job Offer That You No Longer Want? Here is What to Consider.

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

There are several reasons why you may want to decline a job offer once accepting. You may receive a better job offer or realise the position isn't actually as good as you thought. Or maybe when you spoke to your current employer they presented a...

Understanding whether the force may be with you

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

‘May the force be with you’ is usually the concern of Jedi knights heading to battle in Star Wars, rather than something that company directors look for.  But for those companies looking to claim that the coronavirus pandemic has given rise...

Companies must be on track for Covid-safe workplace

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Companies anticipating a return to the workplace in June, if the Government’s route map stays on track, should be planning how to protect workers and customers once the country is released from the current Covid-related restrictions.  Although...

Discrimination in the workplace and Pride Month

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

June is a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ + communities all around the world. Unfortunately, members of the LGBT community are subjected to, at some point in their lives, some form of discrimination.  This can be from subtle patronising to...

Same Sex Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

The breakdown of any relationship is always difficult and a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership is rarely painless. Same sex females are twice as likely to divorce than same sex males but there is no clear explanation as to why but in any...

What happens to debt after someone dies?

Gregory John
  • Posted
  • Author

When someone you love has passed away, the last thing you might be thinking about is debt. However,there are many misconceptions about debt and inheritance, and it is essential to understand your position. Many people believe that when a person dies,...

Figures showing sharp rise in multiple cases brought to Employment Tribunals.

Jemma Bennett
  • Posted
  • Author

According to the Ministry of Justice, it has seen an increase in single claims by 25% in October to December 2020 compared with the same period in 2019 and an 82% rise in multiple cases with 29,000 claims being received. The rising number of cases appear to...

Top 5 tips When Preparing Your Business for Sale

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Top 5 tips When Preparing Your Business for Sale Plan Plan Plan Plan in advance because it can take a long time, even several months, to sell your business. It is important not to rush and take the steps necessary to make the business an appealing...

How can unspent income from lockdown cut future inheritance tax bills?

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

Internet shopping may have boomed during lockdown, but many people have spent less money than they would have while the national lockdowns have been in place. Therefore, those with spare money have an unusual opportunity which allows them to make the...

Pre-nuptial agreements & Post-nuptial agreements

  • Posted

The topic of ‘should we get a Pre-nup’ can be sometimes quite an upsetting thing to consider for some couples, as ultimately, you are creating a plan of what would happen if your relationship were to cease. However, it is something that is...

Devil in the detail for residential landlords

Susan Le-Sage
  • Posted
  • Author

Residential landlords are under pressure to keep on top of a raft of new legislation and guidelines this year, including many protections for tenants extended by the government during the pandemic.  They include a continuing hold on evictions, the new...

Marriage breakdowns could head for their own lockdown

Wendy Parks
  • Posted
  • Author

The easing of lockdown may have been the catalyst for the announcement by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife that they were heading for divorce and separate lives, with data from Google showing a surge in searches for divorce guidance as restrictions were...

7 Steps To Help Someone With Dementia

Hollie Allcorn
  • Posted
  • Author

How can you help someone with dementia? It's the start of Dementia Action Week 2021 it is important to remember that every 3 seconds someone is diagnosed with dementia and there are now more than 920,000 people living with dementia in the UK. ...

Power of Attorney & protecting the rights of people with dementia

Lisa Carter
  • Posted
  • Author

Dementia Action Week runs 17th - 23rd May 2021 and is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. When a person receives a dementia diagnosis, this doesn’t automatically...

The Change is Nearly Upon Us- New Solicitors and the SQE Route.

James Chalkley
  • Posted
  • Author

After several years in the pipeline, September 2021 finally sees the rollout of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). For people wishing to qualify as a solicitor, this new route into the profession replaces the previous Legal Practice Course (LPC). Under...

ACAS Report on the Costs of Workplace Conflict

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

A new report published by ACAS estimates that the cost of workplace conflict to UK organisations is around £28.5 billion a year. ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) are an independent public body that offer free and impartial...

Key Considerations for a settlement agreement

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

A settlement agreement will be tailored to the specific circumstances of the employee, but there are key considerations for all settlement agreements to ensure the proposed deal is covered and we have highlighted the main ones below. 1. Scope of settlement:...

Flexible Working: Your Questions Answered

Alexandra Dean
  • Posted
  • Author

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the way we work and live has been forever changed. Many people have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home, including avoiding a commute, setting their own hours and taking care of their children. Employers can...

Brexit: A brief look at effects on businesses

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

The UK's separation from the EU plays host to a number of potential changes that businesses should carefully consider to ensure their contracts retain their desired effect. Contracts It is important to consider how your contract may be impacted by...

I Think My Employee is taking Advantage of Covid-19

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

Exploring what can be done if you think your employee is lying about Covid-19 Exposure and/or Symptoms With the ever changing rules around Covid-19, it can be difficult for employers to navigate what should be done if an employee says they are required to...

The Chancery Lane Project: Environmentally Friendly Contract Clauses

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

What is the Chancery Lane Project? The Chancery Lane Project (TCLP) is the name given to the group of lawyers and legal professionals helping to combat climate change with contractual clauses. TCLP is a collaborative project comprised of 700 legal...

Did Princess Leia owe Revan-ue & Customs?

Marc Dorsett
  • Posted
  • Author

There is a lot to Star Wars. There are a few films that everyone knows of (of which 2 are excellent, 2 ok and 5 awful) but also a much wider universe. The lore of the Star Wars universe (canon and non-canon - thanks to Disney) is vast. I was asked to write...

Health and Safety Detriment Protection to Extend to 'Workers'

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

An employee is someone who works under the terms of an employment contract.  In comparison,  the definition of a worker is wider and includes any individual who works for a business, whether under an employment contract or other type of contract...

Covid-19 Return to Work Guidance

Josh Fresle
  • Posted
  • Author

With businesses working to reopen, even if just partially, employers must ensure that they carefully plan for return to the workplace. At the time of writing, government guidance states that individuals should continue to work from home "if you...

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

Sarah Whybrow
  • Posted
  • Author

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