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5 employment law changes to expect in 2019

Increase in the National Minimum Wage Having been announced as part of the 2018 Budget, both the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase on 1st April 2019. The minimum hourly rates will increase as follows (grouped by age category): 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) […]

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The pitfalls of a DIY divorce   Recently updated !

The first month of the New Year is reportedly the most popular time of year to file for divorce and the PGM family team always see a rise in new cases after the festive season. We also see increasing numbers of people approaching us following attempts to keep the cost down with a DIY divorce. Without specialist legal advice you can get things very wrong […]

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What are Grandparents’ rights?

It’s the time of year when unfortunately, we see a rise in divorce cases. In amongst the angst between separating couples, the grandparents involvement in a child’s life can be momentarily, if not altogether, forgotten about. Grandparents bring so many important qualities to a relationship with their grandchildren, the value of which should not be underestimated. However, grandparents’ rights are often over-looked when a relationship […]

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The office Christmas party – beware the employment law pitfalls!

It’s that time of year again! Companies are gearing up for the annual office Christmas party. This is traditionally a time when employees are at their most relaxed; especially if there is a little alcohol involved. However, amongst all the merriment, potentially difficult issues can arise for employers. 1.Employers can be held liable for discrimination occurring outside the workplace. It is important that all employees […]

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Government to “clamp down” on leasehold mis-selling

The Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government James Brokenshire has written to the Competition and Markets Authority and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in an effort to tackle issues with the leasehold market. Official figures point to approximately 100,000 tenants trapped in “exploitative and unfair” leasehold arrangements, with home owners suffering a ‘Double Clause’ in the worst cases. This amounts to ground rent […]

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What is the difference between civil partnerships and marriage?

The House of Commons has overwhelmingly backed a plan to fast-track the introduction of civil partnerships for straight couples. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 as a segregated form of union for same-sex couples, but campaigners called for them to be offered as a choice for all couples following the introduction of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland. Theresa May announces that straight couples will […]

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What the Large Print Giveth, the Small Print Taketh Away

Starting and running a business can be very exciting and challenging. Being an entrepreneur and your own boss is seen by many as an attractive goal. It can also be extremely rewarding. However, there is another, much more mundane, if not downright boring, analysis of starting and running a business. That is to see the process for what it is, a series of legal contracts. […]

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Japanese Knotweed and the new development

Building land is at a premium. Developers are, therefore, turning to sites which have been previously used for other purposes. Some of these have a legacy infestation of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. This extremely invasive and hardy plant can cause serious damage to the structure of a property, and even more damage to its value. When buying a property, purchasers have, to some extent, some […]

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Knotweed and the case of the disappearing weed killer?

Japanese Knotweed is a blight on many areas of the country. It is highly invasive and spreads via a complex root system which travels long distances underground. Recent research by Swansea University has shown that even after three years of optimal treatment it is never completely killed, but the above ground growth can be curtailed. Despite this, the root system remains viable. The research demonstrated […]

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The case of the disappearing Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed has again been in the news recently. As usual it is not good news. For the benefit of the very few of you who may not know the background, Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant introduced into the UK. It is very common in many parts of the country, including South Wales. The problem is that when land has Knotweed growing upon it, […]

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