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Can an ex-spouse claim against an estate?

Michelle Hayter
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Michelle Hayter is a partner and head of Frettens' specialist dispute resolution team .  A specialist in dealing with contentious wills and probate , she is recommended in the Legal 500 , an independent guide to the legal sector, for her work...

Can tenants be evicted over Christmas?

William Bartley
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What is the Christmas evictions truce? Can tenants be evicted in a local lockdown? What are the dates of the Christmas evictions ban? What are the exceptions to the truce? Specialist Landlord and tenant solicitor Will Bartley provides the answers. 

What is the legal definition of disability?

Paul Burton
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Head of our employment & HR team, Paul Burton summarises a recent case that examined mental health, the legal definition of disability and dismissal.

Unfair dismissal for Some Other Substantial Reason SOSR

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For a dismissal to be fair, an employer needs to have a potentially fair reason to dismiss - such as misconduct, redundancy or 'some other substantial reason' (SOSR) - and the decision to dismiss must be within the range of reasonable responses. 

Can WhatsApp be monitored by an employer?

Chris Dobbs
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How and when can an employer monitor employees WhatsApp messages. Chris Dobbs looks at a recent case where an employer used whatsapp messages in a discuplinary procedure.

Homeworking: The legalities and the practicalities

Chris Dobbs
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Will WFH continue after lockdown? Can you monitor remote employees? How do you write a working from home policy? Chris Dobbs, Employment Solicitor answers your questions.

How will the coronavirus job support scheme work?

Paul Burton
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Paul Burton looks at the chancellor's winter economy plan, including the coronavirus job support scheme, viable jobs, pay as you grow and the VAT changes. 

what is the new furlough scheme?

Paul Burton
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What is the new furlough scheme? How will it work, who is eligible and how long will the coronavirus job support scheme run for?

Conveyancing: How much does it cost?

Kym Gaisford
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How much does it cost to buy a house? Our specialist solicitors explain how conveyancing legal fees are calculated, and what you need to pay for when buying a house.

Guide to selling a business

Karen Edwards
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While every business sale is different, there are three main parts to the process. An overview of each of the three sections is offered below. Preparation. Structure, and the legal process.

Working from home policies: 9 points to consider

Chris Dobbs
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Specialist Employment and HR solicitor, Chris Dobbs offers the 9 points that all HR managers and business owners should consider when writing a working from home policy.

Writing a working from home policy

Chris Dobbs
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Should every business have a working from home policy? What should be included? Chris Dobbs, Employment & HR Law specialist examines an increasingly important topic.

What is constructive dismissal and the final straw doctrine?

Paul Burton
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A constructive dismissal takes place when an employee resigns in response to a fundamental breach of contract on the part of the employer. Paul Burton, specialist employment and HR lawyer examines a recent case and looks at the final straw doctrine.

Unfair dismissal, gross misconduct and homophobia

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs looks at a recent case concerning homophobia, gross misconduct, unfair dismissals and the use of anonymous evidence.

Changes to eviction law and notice periods

William Bartley
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Announcement of the extension of ban on evictions being progressed by the Courts to 20th September 2020; as well as the extension of notice period for both Section 21 and Section 8 to 6 months from 3 months effective from now.

What is a retention of title clause?

Lauren Smallwood
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Sometimes referred to as a ‘romalpa clause’ or a ‘reservation of title clause’, a retention of title clause is a clause within a contract that allows a seller to retain the legal title to goods that have been sold and delivered to a buyer

Can an employer monitor working from home?

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs, solicitor in our specialist employment & HR team, offers a comprehensive guide to remote monitoring of employees working from home.

Divorce - what am I entitled to?

Louisa Knight
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Divorce - what am I entitled to?

One of the first things we are often asked by clients considering divorce, is ‘what am I entitled to?’ or ‘who gets what?’

What is continuity of employment?

Chris Dobbs
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Only employees with two years’ continuous service have the right not to be unfairly dismissed. This qualifying period is measured to the day - so it is important to be clear about precisely when an employee started work.

Marital status discrimination in the workplace

Chris Dobbs
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One of the least often claimed grounds of discrimination is marriage and civil partnership. Prejudice against married people is hardly widespread and there are few circumstances in which an employer might treat an employee less favourably because they were married.

TUPE: Can employees' terms and conditions change?

Paul Burton
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The Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (known as TUPE) provide that an employee’s terms and conditions cannot be changed because of the transfer of their employment from one employer to another.

What are the penalties for employing someone who doesn't have the right to work in the UK?

Paul Burton
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Doing so knowingly is a criminal offence and inadvertently employing someone who is working illegally can lead to a civil penalty of up to £20,000 for an employer who has not carried out a proper documentation check.

Frettens move to the cloud

Lewis Barr
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Frettens have completed a complete overhaul of their IT systems, in order to provide their team with greater flexibility and their clients with a faster, more efficient service.

Sexual discrimination and football talk at work

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In a 44-page judgment released last month, an Employment Tribunal dismissed a claim that an employer discriminated against the only female member of its leadership team by talking about football all the time.

Legal advice for self employed hairdressers

Chris Dobbs
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Chris Dobbs, specialist employment law solicitor, examines an important ruling for self-employed hairdressers in the case of Megan Gorman.

What's the difference between unfair and wrongful dismissal

Paul Burton
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An employee dismissed without notice will often claim both unfair and wrongful dismissal. These are two distinct claims.

What is unfair dismissal?

Unfair dismissal is concerned with the reasonableness of the employer’s decision to dismiss the employee.

What is wrongful dismissal?

Wrongful dismissal is a contractual claim centred around whether the employer was entitled to dismiss the employee without giving the full contractual notice required. That in turn depends on whether or not the employee was actually guilty of gross misconduct.

What first time buyers need to know

Sophie Pope
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Who is a first time buyer? Are first time buyers exempt from stamp duty? Will first time buyers need a bigger deposit? Sophie Pope explains. 

Can I refuse to return to work from furlough

Chris Dobbs
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Understandably, a lot of people are still concerned about the coronavirus and whether returning to work is safe. Chris Dobbs, employment law & HR specialist answers your questions.

Does the stamp duty holiday apply to buy to let property

Sarah March-Paschal
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary stamp duty holiday in last week’s summer statement.

The announcement has been welcomed by many, as homebuyers are set to save thousands in Stamp Duty Land Tax.

Returning to work from furlough Q and A

Chris Dobbs
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As the government starts to wind down the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, many businesses are taking advantage of the flexibility in lock down rules and staffing options to reopen.

What is the flexible Furlough Scheme?

Paul Burton
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What is the flexible furlough scheme and how will it work? An employment law expert gives an overview.

Why were there so many redundancies announced in early July

Chris Dobbs
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On 1st July, the BBC reported that coronavirus led to UK companies cutting 12,000 jobs in just two days. These job losses, the article claimed, were largely in high street retailers and, particularly badly hit by the pandemic, the aviation industry.

Many large companies, including H&M, Boots, and John Lewis announced redundancies in early July too.

Chris Dobbs, employment & HR specialist, looks at why so many redundancies are being announced at this time, and how the timing ties in to the furlough scheme.

Do you need permission to run an Airbnb?

Anna Curtis
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With the increase in Airbnb hosting in seaside towns like Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, Anna Curtis answers your most frequently-asked questions, including planning, restrictive covenants and mortgages.

When will the coronavirus ban on evictions end?

William Bartley
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It would appear the government will not be extending the ban on evictions currently in place due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Lord Greenhalgh, of the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, confirmed that “the courts will begin to process possession cases again” from 24th August. He was speaking in response to parliamentary questions on Wednesday 1st June.

Shareholders' Agreements An Overview

Wayne Spolander
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A Shareholders’ Agreement is a written document between two or more shareholders in a private limited company.

It records the terms and conditions on which that company shall carry out business, and how the shareholders shall exercise their rights in relation to the company.

Buying and selling a home during coronavirus

Jennifer Smith
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The property market seems to be moving very quickly since COVID-19 lockdown measures were eased.

However, many clients are wary of exchanging contracts for fear of what could happen if their sale or purchase were to be affected by coronavirus.

These concerns are amplified when a client’s sale forms part of a property chain.

Jennifer Smith, one of our bright, friendly  lawyers in our conveyancing team, answers some of the most common questions she’s been receiving about buying or selling a home during coronavirus.

When will no fault divorce become law in the UK

Simon Immins
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The ‘Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill’, often commonly referred to as the ‘No-fault Divorce Bill’ was first introduced in June 2019.

It has seen delays to it’s progression into law thanks to Brexit, elections and the coronavirus pandemic, and entered the parliamentary process on 7th January 2020.

It was announced on 17th June that it will now pass to the House of Lords to consider an amendment, and will then receive Royal Assent.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole property market

Clare Hallett
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Are we seeing a recovery in the local property market?

Clare Hallett is Partner in Frettens’ Residential Conveyancing Partner. With years of experience in both residential and commercial property, she’s seen a lot of ups and downs.

Here, she provides her thoughts on the local property market, how it has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and how businesses are dealing with the challenges they face.

Extension to ban on evictions due to coronavirus

William Bartley
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Evictions from social or private rented accommodation are now suspended until at least 23rd August.

The government also announced that new court rules will ensure vulnerable renters will be protected when the suspension of evictions ends.

NEWS FLASH: More details on changes to CJRS and SEIS announced

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The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has just provided more detail regarding the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that he announced a couple of weeks ago. Contributions The changes to the contributions by the government and employers are...

NEWS FLASH: CJRS extended to end of October

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Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, has just announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will carry on as it is now until the end of July and will then be extended to the end of October with changes, including employees being able to be brought back to work...

HMRC open portal for CJRS

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HMRC has opened its portal for employers to claim under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) this morning.  Paul Burton went on to the website early this morning and it appeared to be working, although he could not test it...