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Changes announced to pre-paid funeral plans

From 29th July 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority…

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Copyright in Del Boy, a rather ‘cushty’ decision

The recent decision in Shazam Productions Ltd -v-…

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Older People's Shared Ownership: The Future of Retirement Living?

The problems faced by generation rent and first time…

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Not all changes to a Will are the result of undue influence

By far the largest cross-section of Wills and Probate…

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A new deal for renting: the end of assured shorthold tenancies

The government yesterday published its updated consultation…

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How long does it take to divorce?

Here Family Law expert, Caroline Eaton, provides a…

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Selling your care home? Here is what you need to know

If you are planning to sell your care home, or if…

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Extension of ban on exclusivity clauses

The government are proposing a widening of the ban…

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Protecting older and vulnerable adults from financial abuse

Financial abuse of older and vulnerable adults is…

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Testamentary capacity considerations in the light of Covid 19

Making a Will is a sensible approach to organising…

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Mediation - What is it and is it right for you?

With the Courts in England & Wales struggling with…

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No Fault Divorce – What has changed?

As of 6th April, No Fault Divorce became the only…

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New UK International Data Transfer Agreements

On 21 March 2022, new rules came into force regarding…

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Collaborative Law – What Is It And Is It Right For You?

With the Courts in England & Wales struggling with…

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Updated Vento Bands

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England…

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Private FDR – what is it and is it right for you?

With the Courts in England & Wales struggling with…

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Victimisation: What is a detriment?

In the recent case of Warburton v The Chief Constable…

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Witnessing a Will – avoiding the pitfalls

There are strict requirements for a Will to be validly…

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New case law on rents under the Electronic Communications Code

Two recent cases have looked at the issue that is…

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Is Now a Good Time to Divorce?

Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack…

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The Planning Reform Merry-Go-Round

Many planning professionals would no doubt subscribe…

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Is making provision for supported living a bad thing?

You would hope that the answer to the title question…

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Government to revoke compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for all frontline health and social care workers

Following consultation, the government has announced…

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Corporate Insolvency Statistics: January 2022

An update on Corporate Insolvency Statistics: January…

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Beneficial Ownership of Land: A step towards proactive anti-money laundering

As the world considers further sanctions against Russia,…

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Balancing the Grid: Electric vehicles get smart

In this article, we look at why these regulations…

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Insolvency Practitioners: Funding Recovery Claims

Here, the options available to Insolvency Practitioners…

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'No-contest' clauses in Wills

A “no contest” clause is a device that can be included…

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Agency Workers: No Direct Right to Apply for Vacancies at Hirer

In the case of Kocur v Angard Staffing Solution Ltd,…

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Updated guidance from the Competition and Markets Authority for care homes to comply with their consumer law obligations

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated…

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UK Health and Care Worker visa opened up to overseas care workers

With effect from 15th February 2022, and in line with…

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To Love, Cherish and Obey

In the final of a series of articles, Head of Family…

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Promising the earth – how proprietary estoppel claims affect farming families

In recent years we have seen an increasing number…

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Holiday Pay: Smith v Pimlico Plumbers Round 2

The Court of Appeal has given judgment in Smith v…

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Plugging in to the green revolution: Electric cars and the new charge point infrastructure regulations

Electric cars and the new charge point infrastructure…

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In Sickness and In Health

In the second of a series of articles, Head of Family…

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Challenging the Acts of Attorneys

As we get older, appointing a trusted person to act…

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What do the latest changes to permitted development rights mean for owners and operators of licensed premises?

Towards the end of 2021 the Government announced that…

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What to expect in Property in 2022

An expert insight into what you can expect in Property…

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Mutual Will or Mirror Will?

Here our experts discuss the difference between mirror…

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Can a stepchild claim against an Estate?

Here our experts review the Provision for Family and…

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Till Death Us Do Part

In the first of a series of articles, Head of Family…

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No Jab, No Company Sick Pay

In the last few days several major companies have…

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Restrictive Covenants – “Neighbourhood” not sufficient to identify benefiting land

The Court of Appeal in Bath Rugby Ltd v Greenwood…

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New Year, New Approach to Cladding Crisis - new guidance on fire assessments

This week saw the Housing Minister, Michael Gove,…

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Employment Law: What to Expect in 2022

2022 promises to be a very interesting year for employment…

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Weird and Wonderful Wills

A Will is a serious document – your last word on what…

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Unequal shares – treating children differently in your Will

Our experts discuss the steps you can take to avoid…

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Top tips for employers when recruiting

Employers are facing a challenging time at the moment…

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Taxing new residential developments: will it cure the cladding crisis?

In the Autumn Budget the Chancellor confirmed that…

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Does a divorce settlement survive a death?

English law (oddly perhaps) provides that marriage…

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New Code for Commercial Lockdown Rent Arrears

Whilst many businesses are now back to trading at…

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Government to introduce compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for all frontline health and social care workers

Following consultation, the government has now announced…

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Predatory Marriage

Last month The Guardian highlighted again the case…

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Giving reasons – help for adult claimants in 1975 Act claims

Adult children can face an uphill struggle when it…

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Forgery in Wills – Rainey v Weller

The Courts have long made it clear that they will…

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COVID-19 and RIDDOR - Guidance update

Since the start of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic…

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Letter Before Action or Statutory Demand? … That is the question!

When pursuing a debt, it’s not always clear whether…

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Are you being served? The importance of correspondence addresses at Companies House

Every person who is a director or secretary of a UK…

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The Forfeiture Act 1982 – applications to prevent a benefit

The recent conviction of 66 year-old Penelope Jackson…

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M&A and investments: do you need to obtain advance clearance from the Secretary of State?

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (the…

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Claims for Provision by Adult Children

Over recent years the Courts have seen an increase…

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Widow recovers money from brother-in-law in Estate claim

The High Court has adjusted an inheritance to make…

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Can you leave your children out of your Will?

It is a long-established principle of English law…

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Court of Appeal rules on success fee in Estate claim

The Court of Appeal has in the last few days ruled…

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Share Buybacks: A Cautionary Tale

Share buybacks are a popular and effective way for…

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Testamentary Capacity and Delusional Beliefs

There has been some discussion in recent years about…

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COVID-19 medical exemptions from vaccination and NHS COVID Pass

On 1 October 2021, the Department of Health and Social…

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Insolvency: Changes to Temporary Measures on Winding Up - Greater Opportunity for Debt Collection

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (“CIGA…

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Employee Ownership

In this article we consider employee ownership in…

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Brexit-proof your commercial contracts

From the Covid-19 pandemic to the Suez Canal blockage…

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Trade Mark Offences – new sentencing guidelines published

The Sentencing Council has published new guidelines…

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Compulsory Covid-19 vaccination: Temporary medical exemptions for care home staff

From 15 September 2021, for a temporary period, people…

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A clean break? What to watch out for when exercising a break clause

Landlords and tenants often include break clauses…

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Do you have contract playbooks in your business?

Brigitta Naunton, a Director in Howes Percival's Corporate…

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Seven top tips to think about before selling your business or company

If you’re considering selling your business / company,…

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Failure to furlough employee renders redundancy dismissal unfair

Laura Brown, Director in the employment team, comments…

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Self-isolation rules changed for those who are double jabbed close contacts

The change in self-isolation rules coincides with…

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Operational Guidance for care homes on mandatory vaccination released

Care homes will need to keep vaccination records of…

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How to future proof your contracts and adapt to the ‘new normal’

Covid-19 has challenged us to create better and more…

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Proving Discrimination Claims in the Employment Tribunal

In Royal Mail Group Ltd v Efobi (2021) the Supreme…

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Masks in the workplace – what leisure and tourism employers need to consider

With a variety of organisations (including Waterstones,…

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Care home workers required to be fully vaccinated from 11 November 2021

From 11 November 2021, care home workers in a CQC-registered…

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The New Telecommunications Code – 5 Key Points for Landowners

The ‘new’ telecommunications code may not be so new…

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Cladding and commercial property: Asset or liability?

In this article, we turn our attention to the challenges…

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Consent Order vs Separation Agreement

Recording your financial agreements following a separation…

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Cladding Crisis: The merry-go-round of buck passing

In our last article, we summarised the effects of…

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Masks in the workplace – What will you do?

With a variety of organisations (including Waterstones,…

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Flat broke: counting the cost of combustible cladding

All homeowners face unexpected bills but the costs…

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Work from home guidance removed from Monday 19 July 2021

On 12 July 2021, the Prime Minister announced that…

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Bribery Act – Where are we ten years on?

With the 1st of July marking the tenth anniversary…

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Can I pay child maintenance upfront rather than monthly?

Family law expert, Melanie Westwood, considers the…

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Building on Natural Advantages in Business

It is a great time to be a logistics business in our…

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No Fault Divorce - An Update

Head of Family Law at Howes Percival, Justine Flack…

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Spotlight on the Fire Safety Act 2021

Owners and managers of multiple occupancy residential…

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Domestic Abuse – the Court’s Approach to Children Proceedings

Family law expert, Sophie Key considers the recent…

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Between a shock and a hard place

With the transport sector being the largest contributor…

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Food for Thought – your intellectual property is worth protecting

In the food and drink industry, you may think that…

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Divorce & Pensions - the implications of applying for your Decree Absolute

Amy Walpole, Partner at Howes Percival and Family…

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Special occasion contact- top tips

Father's Day is fast approaching and whilst many separated…

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