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Japanese knotweed – the growing area of case law

The effect of Japanese knotweed on property has been well documented over recent years with images of the plant growing through concrete foundations and destabilised buildings. Knotweed is a highly invasive and fast spreading weed. It is extremely difficult to eradicate and normally requires specialist treatment. Another case appeared in the media this week announcing that Network Rail has lost an appeal over damages awarded […]

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When is it too hot to work? – your rights

As temperatures across England and Wales soar this week, so do many workers levels of discomfort. But can you get a day off work? Many employees believe there is a maximum workplace temperature set by the law which, once reached in the summer, means they’re entitled to be sent home from work. Unfortunately this is not the case – yet. The Trades Union Congress wants […]

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Claim a power of attorney refund

The Office of the Public Guardian has announced a scheme to allow applicants to claim part of their application fee back if they applied to register a power of attorney between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. This scheme applies to Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney in England and Wales. Who can claim a refund? You can make a claim […]

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Online divorce – a new era?

Last month, as part of a £1bn modernisation programme, the UK’s Ministry of Justice rolled out digital divorce across England and Wales, meaning that couples can now apply for a divorce from the comfort of their own living room. But is this really the best way? The scheme enables couples to apply for an uncontested divorce digitally via smart forms, and completely removes the need […]

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Land Transaction Tax replaces Stamp Duty in Wales

From April 1 the Welsh Assembly Government introduced its own Land Transaction Tax (LTT) replacing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). This means that England, Scotland and Wales each have their own separate regime for taxing the acquisition of land.  LTT is the first tax introduced by a Welsh Government in almost 800 years. What is Land Transaction Tax (LTT)? Like SDLT, LTT will be payable […]

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The Taylor Review – Government Response

This month, the UK Goverrnment published its long awaited response to Good Work, the Taylor Review’s independent report into modern working practices. That report, published in July 2017, made numerous proposals with the aim of securing fair and decent work for all. It covers many kinds of modern work – agencies, zero hours, contractors and the online gig economy. The government have set an intention […]

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Employment rights when it snows

If snow affects your ability to get to work, it can raise a number of questions! So, if you’re an employee, what are your rights? Will I be in trouble if I can’t make it in? If you cannot attend work, you are not automatically entitled to be paid. Your employer might be able to make you take unpaid leave, holiday days or work flexible […]

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The problem with leasehold properties

Recently we have dealt with a number of clients who have purchased the freehold title to their property. The problem with leasehold properties is that every year the cost of the freehold will increase and as the term of the lease diminishes even further, the price will escalate quite dramatically. The only way to combat this is to purchase the freehold as soon as possible, […]

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Cohabitation – don’t come a cropper!

Moving in with your partner or buying a house together, when you are not yet married needs a little extra thought before proceeding. From a legal point of view, there are a few things to consider. Living together as a couple before marriage is now quite common, but unmarried couples must appreciate that they are not protected by the law in the same way as […]

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The GDPR – Part 2

Accountability The GDPR introduces the concept of accountability.  Governance under the GDPR must be transparent. Data controllers and processors must put in place comprehensive but proportionate systems of governance. Good practice tools such as privacy impact assessments and privacy by design are mandatory in some circumstances. Applying these methods helps to minimise the risk of data breaches. This is likely to mean more policies and […]

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