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State Pension - Are you missing out?

06 Aug 2020

Thousands of married women, widows and divorcees are being short-changed on their state pension. The basic pension pays £134.25 per week, anyone on less than £80.45 could be missing out. It is not always widely known that married women, widows and divorcees can receive a pension rate…

Family/Divorce

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Agriculture Bill - altering the landlord and tenant relationship

05 Aug 2020

The proposed Agriculture Bill is set to make substantial changes to British farming. The proposals which were originally introduced to the House of Commons back on 16 January 2020 are now being scrutinised in the House of Lords with the intention that they will receive Royal Assent and become law next…

Commercial Property

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Restricting exit payments in the public sector

04 Aug 2020

As most public sector organisations will be aware, the Government has been considering a cap on public sector exit payments of £95,000 since 2015. In April 2019, the government launched a further consultation on draft Regulations to introduce the cap and the consultation closed on 3 July 2019. The…

Public Sector

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Video witnessed Wills to be made legal

30 Jul 2020

The government is introducing temporary legislation in September to allow the witnessing of Wills in England and Wales by video conferencing software such as Facetime, Zoom and Skype. Any Will witnessed by video technology will be valid, on the proviso that the quality of the sound and video was…

Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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The HSE Have Published The Annual Fatality Statistics For 2019/2020

30 Jul 2020

On the 1st July 2020, the HSE released the annual figures for 2019/20 for workplace fatal injuries reportable under RIDDOR and falling within their jurisdiction as enforcement authority. The figures as yet are provisional and will be finalised in July 2021. What are the Key trends shown by the…

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It's a knockout

30 Jul 2020

What duty is owed to a person voluntarily involved in a fun recreational activity, by the organisers of that activity? This was the main question in a case where Forbes recently successfully acted for the operators of a fun activity centre, where participants carried out activities on various large…

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Tree Root Subsidence Claims

30 Jul 2020

During the previous months of lockdown we have understandably noticed a delay in the progression of tree root related subsidence claims. However, as we come out of the lockdown and head towards the autumnal months we would expect to see an increase in claims activity. Historically, the dryer late Spring…

Insurance

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