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Parents fighting infront of upset child
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Summer Holidays and Separated Parents

Summer holidays are usually an exciting, if not a…
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Contract Signature
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Removing Executors and Trustees

When a person dies, responsibility for the administration…
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Wedding Rings
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I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

So says the ABBA song and as we hit wedding season,…
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Empowering Innovation: Navigating Challenges in the Care Sector

Howes Percival’s healthcare sector team partnered…
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Allocation of Workers’ Tips: New Laws from 1 October 2024

Businesses will have slightly longer than originally…
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British County court London
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Alternative Dispute Resolution Is Becoming More Important Than Ever

The Ministry of Justice published official statistics…
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Howes Percival Estate Planning Tax Service
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Proposed Reforms to Inheritance Tax: Evaluating the Institute for Fiscal Studies' Suggestions

Earlier this week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies…
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Large Garden
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Capital Gains Tax – Selling part of your garden

Are you looking to sell part of your home’s garden…
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Immigration rule changes from 4 April 2024 – Key action points for employers

In one of the biggest shake-ups to the UK’s immigration…
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British One Pound Coins
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The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill

The new Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency…
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April Employment Changes 2024
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April 2024 Roundup: Key Employment Law Changes To Look Out For

Spring is finally in the air – and, with it, so are…
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Religious book
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Separated parents and religion

Religious beliefs are usually a belief in the divine…
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Payslips
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6 April 2024: New Employment Tribunal Compensation Limits

The Government has announced this year’s annual increase…
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Biodiversity
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Enhancing Our Environment - Implementation of biodiversity net gain (at last!)

From 12 February 2024, new planning applications for…
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Business Meeting around a table
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Fire and Rehire: Government Publishes Updated Code of Practice

The Government has published an updated code of practice…
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Land
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Is greater transparency required on contractual control agreements? The Government launches its consultation on contractual controls on land.

The government has launched its consultation along…
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Lemonds
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‘There’s nothing cloudy about this judgment’ says Aldi spokesperson

The High Court has found that Aldi's own-brand cloudy…
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Calculator
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Government Consultation: Should Fees be Re-Introduced in Employment Tribunals?

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation…
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Fraud Recovery
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ACAS Updates its Code of Practice on Flexible Working Requests

ACAS has updated its Code of Practice on Requests…
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Home office immigration
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Home Office announce automatic renewal of sponsor licences for 10 years

On 24 January 2024, the Home Office notified all UK…
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Home office immigration
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New penalties for failing to prevent illegal working will come into force from 13 February 2024

In the most substantial shake-up of civil penalties…
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Hotel Room hand opening the door
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VAT Treatment of serviced accommodation in the spotlight

When is a supply of land not (just) a supply of land?…
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UK and EU flag
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Updated EU Settlement Scheme guidance makes new concessions on reasonable grounds for late applications

The latest release to Home Office guidance on 16 January…
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Immigration Health Surcharge rises to come into force from 6 February 2024

Significant rises to the Immigration Health Surcharge…
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Influencer Marketing
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Working with influencers…what do I need to know?

Social media is a powerful tool and influencers are…
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Young male worker
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Seasonal workers and irregular hours workers – the new approach to holiday pay

Do you employ ‘seasonal’ workers or workers on flexible,…
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Father and newborn baby holding hards
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Proposed Changes to the Statutory Paternity Leave Regime

The draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations…
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Holiday marked on a calendar
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New Government Guidance on Calculating Holiday Pay and Entitlement

The Government has recently published new guidance…
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Lapton and credit card
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Out with the old, in with the new – time to clean up your debt recovery process

Having a good debt recovery process in place is vital…
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Business Meeting around a table
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Guide to Mediation

There is an increasing move in modern litigation for…
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Walking in street
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Timeline of a Typical Civil Claim

The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) govern the litigation…
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Group meeting
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What is Disclosure?

Each party to proceedings has a disclosure duty. Disclosure…
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Litigation
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Is Your Part 36 Offer a Genuine Attempt To Settle?

Part 36 offers can provide parties to litigation significant…
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Calculator
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Legal Costs and Litigation Funding

Litigation can be a costly process but there are ways…
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Moving boxes
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What options does a landlord have where its former tenant's possessions are left at its property?

What options does a landlord have when a former tenant…
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2024 Coffee
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Employment Law Update: What to expect in 2024

Big Changes to Family Friendly Rights from 6 April…
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Autonomous Driving
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Commercial Law Update: Automated Vehicles Bill Introduced to Parliament

In anticipation of the first self-driving vehicles…
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UK Border
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UK Government introduces 5 point plan on immigration'

On 4 December, the government announced five new measures…
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Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill

Property experts Erica Gradus and Bill Trow discuss…
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JCT Update

JCT have launched a series of contract administration…
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UK Court
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Court mandated ADR – a step closer?

On 29 November 2023 the Court of Appeal handed down…
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New National Minimum Wage Rates to See Record Increases from 1 April 2024

The Government has now announced the minimum wage…
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Employee
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Government Announces Key Changes to Holidays for Irregular Workers, Working Time Records and TUPE Consultation

Following consultations earlier in the year, the Government…
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Construction Law
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"It's About Time"

Construction law expert Simon Franklin discusses the…
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Employment Tribunal Claims
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Right to Participate in Share Incentive Plan May Transfer Under TUPE

In the recent case of Ponticelli UK Ltd v Gallagher…
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Employment Contract
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Rehabilitation of Offenders: Changes to Employees’ Obligation to Declare Criminal Convictions

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022…
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Women at laptop
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What is the UK-US data bridge?

The UK-USA adequacy regulation came into force on…
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Payment
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Commercial Law Update: Government Announcement on Payment Practices Rules

Cash flow is essential to the survival of any business.…
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Tech Sector
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Ofcom Refers UK Cloud Infrastructure Market to CMA

Earlier this year Ofcom proposed to refer the UK cloud…
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Female Bus Driver
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Gendered Swear Words and the “All Reasonable Steps” Defence

The recent case of Fisher v London United Busways…
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Female Business Worker
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Worker Protection Bill Update

The House of Lords has recently revised the Worker…
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IT and Digital Commerce
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New ICO Guidance on Processing Workers’ Health Data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has…
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Gavel
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Duty to Make Reasonable Adjustments Where Employer Ought to Have Made Reasonable Enquiries

In the recent case of AECOM Ltd v Mallon [2023], the…
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Litigation
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The Powers of Attorney Bill

On 14th September 2023, the UK Parliament passed,…
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Construction
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Potential Diversification Opportunities: Government Proposals to expand Permitted Development Rights

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities…
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Landlord/tenant contract
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Landlords are warned to be vigilant over breaches which lead to criminal sanctions

In a recent case, Manchester City Council has secured…
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Howes Percival Class of 2023: A Reflection on our Training Contracts

Starting a training contract can be daunting, exciting…
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Residential Property
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Pitfalls for Residential Landlords: The Deposit

If you are a residential landlord who intends to use…
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Passport Immigration
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UK Government announce increase in fines for illegal working

Employing an illegal worker has always carried significant…
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Home office immigration
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Immigration Update July 2023

The expansion of the shortage occupation list and…
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Will Writing
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A Contract for Mutual Wills

Contentious probate solicitor Rachel Leatherland looks…
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Bride and Groom on bench
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The Effects of a Marriage after Execution of a Will and Marriage-Proofing a Will

Contentious probate solicitor Rachel Leatherland looks…
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Money
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UK Government Announces Significant Increase in Immigration Fees

On Thursday 13 July 2023, the UK government made a…
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Ashes
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Ashes: Who Has a Legal Right to Them?

Disputes over who should keep the ashes of a loved…
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Setting Aside a Default Judgement

A recent Court of Appeal case, FXF - v - (1) English…
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Upcoming Changes to Flexible Working Requests

Employees are set to have more rights in respect of…
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Electrician
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As a landlord can I retrofit my commercial property with a tenant in place?

Susanne Hinde explores the options for retrofitting…
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Registered Trademark
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Somebody is using my trade mark…help!

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find that somebody…
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Event security
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Martyn’s Law – how will it impact events, entertainment and hospitality venues?

In May, the government published the draft Terrorism…
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Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023

The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family…
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Homes Agreements
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Case Law Update: Restrictive Covenants

Two recent cases have dealt with different issues…
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Brain Puzzle
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Understanding Testamentary Capacity

In this article, we will explore and discuss the legal…
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Will Writing
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PETA Founder changes her will to make an unusual request

It has been reported that the founder of PETA – Ingrid…
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shopping on phone
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Legal Update: Major Changes in Consumer Law

This article focuses on how some of the changes proposed…
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copyright IP
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I’ve got a New Product - How Should I Protect it?

New, and particular new and inventive, products are…
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Death Certificate
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Declarations of Presumed Death – Can An Executor Apply?

In a recent case the Court had to decide whether a…
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Cyber Data
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ChatGPT 101: The Essential Guide for Contracts

Howes Percival’s commercial team explore and comment…
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Cottage Home
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Court Rejects Attempt to Establish a Right of Way Across Neighbour’s Track

The High Court have rejected an appeal by landowners…
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Lease Agreement
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The Building Safety Act 2022 and lease extensions – fixing a flaw?

By now, you should be somewhat aware of the Building…
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Government
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Government Announcements & Consultations: Changes to Working Time Regulations, TUPE Consultations and Non-Compete Clauses

The Government has announced several employment law…
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Missing person
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Claudia’s Law

When a family member or loved one goes missing the…
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Landlord_Restaurant
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It’s good to talk – Landlord and Tenant Relationships post COVID

Commercial Property expert Susanne Hinde looks at…
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Trade mark
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What is a trade mark?

Ever wondered what a trade mark is, or what the benefits…
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Howes Percival Money
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Updated Vento Bands 2023

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England…
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Thinking of allowing dogs into the workplace? We advise you to paws for thought

Howes Percival’s health and safety specialists have…
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Energy Efficiency Rating
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No Joke: You Must Comply with MEES by April 1st

The deadline for compliance with the Minimum Energy…
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Howes Percival Contract Handshake
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Preparing for a Smooth Transaction: From the Perspective of a Corporate Trainee

No deals are the same but there are common issues…
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Annual Leave On calendar
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Government Consultation on Holiday Entitlement: Harpur trust v Brazel

The Government has launched a consultation on the…
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Typing on laptop
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Online Safety - Removing the Harm

On 16 December 2022, the government published a guide…
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Phone Mast
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Amendments to the Electronic Communications Code become law

The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure…
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Fire Truck
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Building owners and managers - are you ready for the new Fire Safety Regulations?

New fire regulations, announced by the government,…
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Money
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National Living & Minimum Wage Increases Confirmed

The Government has now announced the minimum wage…
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Copyright
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Securing your intellectual property before sale or seeking investment

Intellectual property is arguably the most important…
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Office Christmas Party
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Office Christmas Parties: How to Avoid the HR Hangover

The office Christmas party can be a great way to boost…
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World Cup 2022
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The World Cup – Is it coming home (and are you working from home)?

After four long years of waiting, the FIFA World Cup…
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Dominoes property
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Protecting Your Interest When You Live Together and Buy Property

Senior Associate at Howes Percival, Gemma Evans, provides…
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Redundancies: Unfair for employers to decide on a selection pool of one employee without consulting on selection criteria first

In the recent case of Mogane v Bradford Teaching Hospitals…
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Architectural office desk construction project
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Health and Safety Guidance, Codes of Practice, Approved Codes of Practice and Standards – what are they and how does the law treat them?

Guidance, Codes of Practice, Approved Codes of Practice…
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POBs, BDMs and going MRO – our 5 minute guide to deciphering the Pubs Code

Introduced in 2016, the Pubs Code was intended to…
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Green tall trees
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ESG in Commercial Contracts – How to Get Started

ESG can be a daunting area for those trying to tackle…
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