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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 death...

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...

Work Experience at Gepp Solicitors

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Each year, we offer work experience placements in our busy Chelmsford offices. A week’s vacation scheme at Gepp Solicitors will give the candidate a valuable insight into the legal profession before applying for jobs once they have have...

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...

Probate Fee Increase

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

Pothole misery who will cover the costs?

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

Unwanted gifts put to good use.

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

Buying from an online auction site - are you protected?

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

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

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

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 - What you need to know

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

'The only way is Chelmsford'

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

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

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

Probate Fees set to rise

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

Ex Army Officer CEO becomes Radio Star on Forces Radio

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

Is Brexit even more frustrating than first thought?

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

New trade mark rules simplify counterfeit challenges

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

Safer Internet Day - online bullying being tackled by the law

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

Gepp Solicitors signs the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge

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

Does your Will require a #10yearchallenge?

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

"New" smart motorway speed cameras

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

Domestic abuse bill to ban family court cross-examination

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

Minimum Wage Rates Due to Increase

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

New laws in force relating to itemised payslips

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From 6 April 2019, the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) (No 2) Order 2018 and Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 will come into force and introduce specific requirements in relation to...

Equality takes centre stage for employers

Alexandra Dean
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The #TimesUp campaign has captured headlines with its push for greater diversity and equality in Hollywood and the entertainment sector, but these shifting attitudes are mirrored in legislative changes in the UK which will affect employers in the coming...

Essex Police's anti-drink and drug campaign - the results are in

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Essex police carried out an anti-drink and drug campaign #DriveSafeDriveSober last summer during which 205 people were arrested and they recently reported another driver being convicted flowing form this last week.  The campaign highlighted how alcohol...

Tax return filing deadline rapidly approaching

Marc Dorsett
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If you listen to commercial radio you'll have heard the, fairly regular, adverts from HMRC regarding the 31 January filing deadline for the 2017/18 tax return. There are only 3 weeks from the date of writing in which to file your return online. The paper...

Car cloning - beware !

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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The police are warning that criminal gangs are copying thousands of legitimate number plates who then drive getting speeding fines and congestion charges whilst using the cloned plates, it is then the innocent owner of the legitimate vehicle who is contacted...

An end to a marriage confirmed by text!

Steven Payne
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It is perhaps considered insensitive to end a relationship by text message. Yet, the introduction of a new regulation allowing Saudi women to be notified by text of their divorce should be hailed as a method of ending secret divorces. Under the male...

Christmas: a time for reconciliation or divorce?

Steven Payne
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Whilst divorce is perhaps antithetic to the values of Christmas, festive cheer is not always enough to save relationships in conflict. Following the initiative to modernise divorce, the introduction of online petitions has allowed 13 couples in England and...

Caught drug or drink driving - what you need to know

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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What do I need to do if charged with drink or drug drive during the Christmas and New Year period?   We all during the festive period enjoy spending time with family and friends leading every year to the police carrying out a targeted drink drive...

The cost of getting too close for comfort

Alexandra Dean
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Profits have taken a tumble at fashion retailer Ted Baker after staff made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against founder Ray Kelvin, who has now taken a voluntary leave of absence while investigations take place.  The news follows hard on the...

Setting the Christmas scene for a positive separation

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While attention is focused on the country’s divorce from the European Union, and what the New Year will bring from the Brexit bargaining table, many families will be facing up to break-up issues closer to home. Too often, the stress of trying to hold...

An early Christmas present for UK workers

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The UK Government published its "Good Work Plan". While the changes it sets out are not insignificant, it is worth noting that it does not contain clear proposals on the most controversial recommendations made earlier this year: There is...

Failure to Prevent - the new rules explained

Marc Dorsett
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In April 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was given Royal Assent. It was primarily introduced to bring online the new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion and has been designed to tighten up several existing...

Self-employed or worker?

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The latest developments in the gig economy row The number of companies being held to account by their employees/contract workers is growing. First, Deliveroo and Uber were put through the legal mill and their workers gained a slew of rights and...

That's my spot.

Elizabeth Bradshaw
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Could you be breaking the law by parking outside your own house? We all want our own little bit of personal space – somewhere that we can call ours. In the city, though, that space comes at a premium, and parking spaces in particular can become hotly...