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Storm damage: Who is responsible for damage and loss in commercial properties?

Storm damage: Who is responsible for damage and loss in commercial properties?

With the UK recently hit by Storm Arwen, many businesses have suffered damage and loss. However, if a rented business premises has been damaged, who is responsible for making repairs? What if a premises is no longer fit for use? In this article, we look at storm damage and commercial tenancies.

Menopause for thought – what do employers need to know?

Menopause for thought – what do employers need to know?

Women make up a significant portion of the workforce, so it is hardly surprising that gender equality in the workplace has become an important topic in recent decades.

Concern as LPA numbers decline despite launch of online service

Concern as LPA numbers decline despite launch of online service

Professionals working with the elderly and vulnerable are raising concerns over future safeguarding following a dramatic fall in the number of lasting powers of attorneys registered during the coronavirus pandemic.

Guide to naming your business

Guide to naming your business

When it comes to starting a business, one of the most challenging but interesting tasks you must carry out is finding the right name. However, many people do not realise that there are restrictions on what you can name your business.

Employment Law: Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Employment Law: Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Age discrimination claims to employment tribunals have risen steeply since the pandemic, and a recent case has highlighted the challenge for employers using a mandatory retirement age.  

Fireworks, bonfires and the law

Fireworks, bonfires and the law

If you are considering an at-home fireworks display or perhaps a bonfire, you need to be sure that you do not fall foul of the law. Rules concerning fireworks and bonfires are designed to keep us all safe and to prevent nuisance in the neighbourhood. In this article, we run through some key questions about fireworks, bonfires and the law.

Tips for surviving the festive season when separated/divorced

Tips for surviving the festive season when separated/divorced

We know that going through a divorce or separation can be stressful at the best of times, but over the festive season emotions can run very high, especially when there are children involved.

Why is Inheritance Tax Planning Important?

Why is Inheritance Tax Planning Important?

Research suggests that 70% of all UK household wealth is currently held by the over 50’s, otherwise known as the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation.  This means that over the next 30 years we will see the largest ever transfer of wealth, anticipated to be approximately £5.5tn passed down in inheritance.

Employee rights –  Compulsory Vaccinations Update September 2021

Employee rights – Compulsory Vaccinations Update September 2021

From 11 November 2021, all care home workers and anyone entering a care home must be fully vaccinated, unless they are medically exempt under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021.

Notice periods revert for residential landlords seeking possession

Notice periods revert for residential landlords seeking possession

October will see a major milestone in notice periods for residential tenancies where landlords are seeking possession, as they revert to pre-pandemic requirements.  But with fears of a tough winter, as gas prices soar and furlough support ends, landlords are being warned to check the latest guidance before taking action, as additional protections for tenants may need to be reinstated.     

Flexible working- what are my rights?

Flexible working- what are my rights?

A recent employment tribunal found in favour of a woman – a sales manager for a small estate agent in London, and a mum of one – whose request for more flexible working was refused by her employer.

Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?

Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?

 

When a couple makes the decision to divorce, the breakdown of the relationship can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, grandparents of any children of the relationship can suffer and even be prevented from seeing their grandchildren as often as they would like. However, there are certain actions grandparents can take to secure their relationship with their beloved grandchildren and in this article, we look at some of the solutions to a very sensitive legal problem.

Could Lasting Power of Attorneys go digital?

Could Lasting Power of Attorneys go digital?

A more straightforward digital system to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) could come into play, but experts say that it is vital that sufficient safeguards are in place to protect elderly and vulnerable people from abuse. In this article, we look at how the system might work, and the concerns for potential abuse of a digital process for setting up Lasting Power of Attorney.

Child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay?

Child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay?

Under a child maintenance arrangement, child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If this payment is not forthcoming, the receiving parent could launch a civil legal claim.