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Employment law advice on coronavirus outbreak

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Paul Burton, Head of our Employment & HR team, has put together the following summary of advice for employers during the coronavirus outbreak. Including advice on SSP, termination, maternity, holiday accrual and qualification.

New measures to help self employed during coronavirus

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton explains what the new measures mean for self-employed workers during the coronavirus outbreak. What will self-employed workers get and how do they claim financial support during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Coronavirus help for self-employed

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton, head of our specialist employment team, explains:

  • What help is currently on offer for the self-employed during the coronavirus lockdown?
  • Why is it taking so long for the government to announce further help for the self employed?
  • When will the government announce the financial help for self-employed?
  • What is a self-employed worker?
  • How do I claim support as a self-employed worker?

Redundancy - alternative employment and trial periods

Kate Fretten
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A dismissal for redundancy is likely to be unfair unless the employer has considered whether there is suitable alternative employment within the business (or group). If suitable alternative employment is offered, it might be subject to a statutory 4 week...

Ban on evictions due to Coronavirus

William Bartley
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Can I be evicted during the coronavirus lockdown? Is there a ban on evictions during COVID 19 outbreak?

Will Bartley looks at the effects of the coronavirus lockdown on landlords and tenants, and explores the ban on evictions and rental arrears.

What is a furloughed worker

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs outlines the definition of a furloughed worker and examines the coronavirus job retention scheme.

Update for Employers on Coronavirus school closures

Chris Dobbs
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The following is general guidance which, to the best of our knowledge, is correct as at the time of publication. This constantly evolving area of law is being amended regularly. We will endeavour to update this guidance accordingly. Updated 20th Jan at...

Force majeure clauses and coronavirus COVID-19

Wayne Spolander
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Wayne Spolander is an associate solicitor in our corporate and commercial team. He recently advised the title sponsor of a large international sporting event about coronavirus and a force majeure clause in a six-figure sponsorship contract.In this article, he provides an overview of force majeure clauses in business contracts and touches on The legal definition of force majeureIs coronavirus a force majeure event? What is a force majeure clause? What if there is no force majeure clause? Practical advice for businesses dealing with coronavirus

Is dismissal for whistleblowing automatically unfair?

Paul Burton
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A dismissal will be automatically unfair if the main reason for the dismissal is the fact that the employee has 'blown the whistle' on malpractice. The Supreme Court has recently decided that an employer was liable for automatic unfair dismissal...

Coronavirus Employment Law Update

Chris Dobbs
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The following is general guidance which, to the best of our knowledge, is correct as at the time of publication. This constantly evolving area of law is being amended regularly. We will endeavor to update this guidance accordingly. Click here to read our...

Coronavirus Update

Chris Dobbs
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This article was updated on 11th March 2020 to include announcements made in the budget to help businesses deal with the effects of coronavirus. Click here to read the updated information . There has been an update since this information was...

Coronavirus advice for employers and businesses

Chris Dobbs
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Corona virus Advice for Employers and Businesses. The six main considerations for employers during the corona virus outbreak

A Guide to Easements

Oonagh McKinney
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Oonagh McKinney is partner and head of the commercial property team at Frettens.

In this article, she looks at what an easement is and how they are created. She also looks at enforceability and what you can do when an easement is breached, before examining some cases that have tested the law surrounding Easements.  

Trans-phobia or Philosophical Belief

Paul Burton
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In the high profile case of Forstater v CGD Europe, an employment tribunal has looked at whether the philosophical belief that humans cannot change sex is protected by the Equality Act 2010. The employee was a consultant charity worker. She tweeted extensively (in a private rather than work capacity) on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA).

No fault divorce

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When will no-fault divorce be introduced in the UK?

On 19 December 2019, the Queen’s Speech set out the new government’s legislative agenda for the first session of the new parliament. One of the Key Bills mentioned was the re-introduction of the ‘Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill’, outlined below.

What is the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill?

The bill will aim to reduce the conflict that arises during the divorce procedure and remove the requirement for Petitioners to make allegations about the Respondent’s conduct (adultery or behavior) and remove the requirement that if they cannot rely on conduct, they must have been separated for a period of at least two years.

What is no-fault divorce?

No-fault divorce will allow parties to mutually agree that the marriage has broken down and issue divorce proceedings, without the need for blaming the Respondent for ending the marriage i.e. not having to rely on adultery or behaviour.

Guidance on Confidentiality or Non-disclosure Agreements

Kate Fretten
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The guidance discourages the habitual use of gagging clauses when settling discrimination claims. It suggests they are only used in specific circumstances such as a case where a worker does not want the details of their discrimination case to become public.

The guidance also advises employers to tailor the clause to the individual case rather than using a standard template. The guidance also suggests that employers might still need to investigate claims, which are settled to show they have taken steps to prevent discrimination in the workplace.

In-house workplace investigations and misconduct

Paul Burton
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Is a dismissal unfair if the employer changes an investigation report following advice from an in-house lawyer? Not in this case, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Dronsfield v The University of Reading.

What is the Renters' Reform Bill?

William Bartley
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The proposals for the UK Renters’ Reform Bill were announced during the Queen’s Speech in December 2019.Proposals included scrapping section 21 and a lifetime deposit scheme for tenants. Will Bartley explains all about it.

Purchasing a franchise

Karen Edwards
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What do you need to look out for in a franchise agreement? How does the franchise model work? What happens at the end of a franchise term? Karen Edwards gives an overview of legal considerations when purchasing a franchise.

Can you be fired for social media posts?

Chris Dobbs
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The incredible rise of social media in the last decade has caused difficulties in the workplace. Employment and HR Law has struggled to keep up with a raft of new cases, and employees and employers alike struggle for clarity on the issue. In his first...

What rights does an unmarried father have?

Andrew Stynes
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Andy Stynes, Family Lawwyer and Head of our Family Law Team in Christchurch, answers FAQs about unmarried fathers' rights. Does an unmarried father have parental responsibility? What custody rights do they have? How about 'Live with' and 'time with' rights? Or proof of paternity?

Evicting a tenant

William Bartley
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We understand that for the vast majority of residential lettings there are no problems when it comes to ending the tenancy agreement. It is common across the UK for landlords and tenants to agree to a termination date and for the tenant to move out without...

How to contest a will

Michelle Hayter
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Can you contest a will? Michelle Hayter talks about grounds for contesting a will, how long you have to contest a will, and who pays for contesting a will? Also whether you can contest a will after probate, and recommended solicitors for contesting a will in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

The Importance of having a properly drafted partnership agreement

Paulina Jastrzebska
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Commercial Solicitor Paulina Jastrzebska explains the importance of having a properly drafted partnership agreement , as well as what it should include. What is a partnership agreement? Partnerships are a set of personal and commercial relationships...

What is the Management Buyout Process?

Wayne Spolander
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What is the Management Buyout process and how does it work? Wayne Spolander, Corporate Solicitor in our Christchurch Office provides an overview of MBOs.

Funding your care home

Lee Young
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How does care home funding work? Who pays for residential care? How much does a care home cost? Lee Young, partner and solicitor from our Ringwood office, provides an introduction care funding.

Frettens recognised as an 'outstanding employer'

Matthew Fretten
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Frettens Solicitors have been awarded ‘outstanding employer’ status in an annual independent survey into employee engagement.

The survey was conducted by Best Companies, the research company behind the prestigious Sunday Times Awards.

Frettens Solicitors have offices in both Christchurch and Ringwood.

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and Commercial Properties

Charlotte Bunch
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Frettens' Christchurch-based Commercial Solicitor, Charlotte Bunch answers all of the most common questions about Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in Commercial Properties.

What are Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards? Who do they impact? When do MEES come into force? What are the exemptions?

A Guide to Overage Provisions on Land

Charlotte Bunch
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When deciding to sell a property or a piece of land , there are circumstances where you may want to consider selling property subject to Overage provisions . What is Overage? Overage gives you, as a seller, a second bite of the cherry.  As well as...

Business Come Dancing 2018

Oonagh McKinney
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Frettens were proud to take part in the Business Come Dancing annual fundraiser for Pavilion Dance South West, who teamed up with Bournemouth Hospital Charity to raise money for a mini MRI scanner. The black tie event was held at The Cumberland Hotel on...

Can a freeholder refuse to extend a lease?

Niki Adkins
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The value of a leasehold is affected by how many years are left on the lease. The shorter the remaining time, the less valuable it is to extend your lease . If you own, or are you considering buying a leasehold property, then you need to understand...

Paul Burton Shortlisted for Lawyer of the Year at Dorset Legal Awards

Matthew Fretten
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Paul Burton , the Head of our Employment Team has been shortlisted for ‘Lawyer of the Year’ at the prestigious Dorset Legal Awards , Sponsored by QuoStar . Paul was actually nominated for the award by two of his clients without his knowledge....

Transferring / assigning a commercial lease to someone else

Ben Cobb
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Tenants of commercial premises who want to dispose of their premises will usually have to obtain the consent of their landlord if they want to transfer (or ‘assign’) the lease to someone else. This also applies to underletting. Are...

Match Ball Sponsors at AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield

Sarah March-Paschal
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Frettens were extremely proud to sponsor the AFC Bournemouth match ball for their midweek Premier League game against Huddersfield on Wednesday 4 December. Pictured below at pitchside are  Sarah Nineham , Sarah March-Paschal and Ben Cobb ,...

Lease or Licence - What's the Difference?

Charlotte Bunch
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Owners (landlords) of commercial premises sometimes want to let to a tenant on a short term basis, but may be worried about creating a long-term arrangement, which would mean that the tenant cannot be removed if the landlord wants it. Basically, there are...

How to avoid a construction dispute

Michelle Hayter
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It is not unusual for disputes to arise in markets as competitively and financially demanding as construction and engineering. On even the best managed projects, commercial relationships can break down. Our Dispute Resolution Team are experienced in...

Selling your shares back to the company

Wayne Spolander
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For business owners that want to sell their shares in a private limited company (for example, because they want to retire, have had a dispute with other shareholders or wish to exit the business) selling those shares back to the company may be a good...

Frettens take to the floor in Business Come Dancing

Oonagh McKinney
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2018 marks the firm's 40th anniversary and Frettens have done a number of things to celebrate everything from 1978. As a grand finale to this, 10 of our team of solicitors are taking part in Business Come Dancing, performing a...

Is it too late to make an LPA when someone has dementia?

Julie Frampton
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We are often asked about LPA’s (Lasting Power of Attorneys) when a relative has lost the mental capacity to manage their affairs. Unfortunately in this situation, if there is no LPA in place already, an LPA can no longer be granted. There are ways to...

Frettens announce major growth in face of Brexit

Matthew Fretten
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Frettens Solicitors have announced dramatic growth in 2018 and have further plans to expand, despite the uncertainty surrounding the impact of current Brexit negotiations. Having opened a brand new office in the heart of Ringwood on 2nd July 2018, the firm...

Owning a share of the freehold - why do I have to pay leasehold fees?

Jennifer Smith
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A 'share of the freehold' is a phrase which appears countless times in sales particulars up and down the country. What does this mean? The usual leasehold relationship Most flats and apartments are leasehold, which means that you will have a...

What is an option agreement?

Ben Cobb
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With the demand for land on the increase, many landowners are starting to think about how to make their land work for them, and an option agreement is one way of doing this. Option agreement An option agreement is a contract that gives a party the right to...

I want to see my child - what are my parental rights?

Simon Immins
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When a child is born, the mother and the father automatically have parental responsibility (if they are married or named on the birth certificate). However, parental responsibility does not give an automatic right to contact. Contact between a child and the...

What is Due Diligence?

Karen Edwards
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It’s important! If you are thinking of buying a business or shares in a company, you will want to examine all aspects of it before committing yourself. A comprehensive financial and commercial appraisal Due diligence takes different forms depending...

Frettens celebrate 12 new recruits

Matthew Fretten
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Frettens Solicitors have announced dramatic growth in 2018 and further plans to expand. Having opened a brand new office in the heart of Ringwood in July 2018, the firm has recently employed a further 12 members of staff, showing that the business has no...

Another Stamp Duty attack on landlords?

Bernitta Russell
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Buy-to-let landlords and owners of holiday homes could face another stamp duty rate hike in the Autumn Budget to further curb the acquisition of second homes. It is rumoured that the Treasury is looking for fresh ways to raise money ahead of the Budget this...