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Applications now open for refunds of Employment Tribunal fees

Applications now open for refunds of Employment Tribunal fees

In July of this year, we reported that the Supreme Court had ruled that the fee regime for taking cases to an employment tribunal was unlawful. As a result of this case, the Government has now launched a scheme for refunding employment tribunal fees paid which is now open to all Claimants and Respondents who paid fees since their inception in 2013. This follows a short pilot scheme in which around 1000 people were individually contacted and asked to apply for a refund. Anyone eligible for a refund can apply at: www.gov.uk/employment-tribunals/refund-tribunal-fees. As... Read full article

Looking after Children in Care and protecting them from abuse by carers

Looking after Children in Care and protecting them from abuse by carers

In a recent ruling which reverses previous practice, children who are placed in foster care and then abused by those carers can now bring a claim for damages against the Local Authority who ‘employ’ these foster carers. Clearly such a claim could never put right the pain and suffering caused to a child in care but Local Authorities will now be held to account for the wilful wrongdoing of their employees where this causes harm to a child in their care. For children who are suffering or have suffered abuse by foster carers this means for the first time that... Read full article

Inheritance Tax - Getting your head around the new rules

Inheritance Tax - Getting your head around the new rules

In the words of Benjamin Franklin ‘nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes’.  Figures released from HMRC show a record £5.1 billion (up 9% on the previous year) collected from Inheritance Tax receipts in the year ending May 2017.  This shows an area of increasing revenue for the Government. It is no longer correct to assume that Inheritance Tax only affects the very rich, with house prices increasing in many areas in the UK and Inheritance Tax thresholds frozen since 2010, many more families are now finding their estates... Read full article

Inheritance Tax - The Main Residence Nil Rate Band and what it means to you....

Inheritance Tax - The Main Residence Nil Rate Band and what it means to you....

In April 2017, the Government brought in to force the Main Residence Nil Rate Band. In its run up, it had caused quite a stir in the media with headlines such as: “There’s no dodging death but inheritance tax relief could save £1m” – The Guardian 01/04/2017." “Update your Will or lose this £70,000 inheritance tax perk” – The Telegraph 25/03/2017." Here are the basic facts on how the new relief works and how it can affect the overall inheritance tax bill for your estate. What is it? The Main... Read full article

Consent Orders...Revisited?

Consent Orders...Revisited?

When parties reach agreement in respect of financial arrangements arising from divorce they enter into a Consent order to provide clarity as to the agreement reached and to provide the parties with certainty that the arrangements agreed form a full and final settlement of all financial claims arising out of their marriage. However, in a recent case that has come before the Supreme Court Birch and Birch (2017) UKSC53 a decision has been made that certain circumstances could allow parties to revisit the agreements made. This could lead to a lack of certainty for divorcing... Read full article

Should potential Inheritance be taken into consideration in financial settlement upon divorce?

Should potential Inheritance be taken into consideration in financial settlement upon divorce?

…a case which is currently being heard within the Court of Appeal raises this very question. The parties in this case are Hossam Radwan and Hayat Alireza who were married for 14 years and have three children. Husband is a former Goldman Sachs banker and wife has been a home maker throughout the marriage. In 2015, the High Court dealt with financial settlement and accepted that the husband should pay his wife a lump sum of £2million with the right to remain in the family home until the death of her father. This was on the basis that the Court accepted... Read full article

Investigation into Tragic Bus Crash in Coventry Completed

Investigation into Tragic Bus Crash in Coventry Completed

The police have now completed their 18-month investigation into the tragic accident, where a bus driver crashed into the Sainsbury’s in Coventry city centre killing two people and injuring others. The bus driver has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. Our Personal Injury team have successfully represented one of the injured passengers in this incident who suffered a haematoma and other injuries, which were caused by the impact of the accident. Compensation was obtained for the injuries our client sustained and we are pleased to say... Read full article

Ian Paterson update - sentence appealed

Ian Paterson update - sentence appealed

Ian Paterson, the disgraced breast surgeon who was jailed for carrying out unnecessary cancer operations, recently appealed his 15 year jail sentence. In April 2017 Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent. Mr Paterson appealed this decision last week and the three Appeal Court Judges increased his jail term from 15 years to 20 years. The Judges held that the original sentence had been lenient and the Jurors also convicted Mr Paterson of 3 further wounding charges. At the original trial, the Jury and public were made aware that Mr Paterson... Read full article

NHS Admin Blunder

NHS Admin Blunder

According to a report by a BBC health correspondent on 27th June 2017, more than 1700 patients have been put at risk due to an NHS administrative blunder. These patients may have been harmed due to the fact that thousands of patient records in England were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number may rise beyond 1700 patients as only two thirds of the 700,000 sets of notes found had been checked. This could include cancer test results not having been passed on to GPs. The National Audit Office also said that there were serious questions to answer about the handling of... Read full article

Government to consult on new build market selling properties as leasehold

Government to consult on new build market selling properties as leasehold

Following the BBCs announcement that the Government were consulting on the new build market selling properties as leasehold and not freehold we can confirm that we would always advise our clients of their obligations under a leasehold property. Normally leases relate to flats as there are ‘common’ areas which are maintained jointly.  This is normally done by a managing agent or management company and each flat owner pays a service charge to cover the costs. However, some house builders are selling their properties under 99 or 125 year leases. ... Read full article

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