Legal Blog

Has anyone ever said 'without prejudice' when talking to you?

Did you know what they meant? A conversation or written reservation ‘without prejudice’ means it isn’t an admission and/or cannot otherwise be used against someone in future dealings or litigation with any legal effect. The purpose of...

Lasting Power of Attorney - Do you need one?

A Court of Protection Judge recently queried  the need to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). He had presided over many cases where LPA’s had gone wrong but those cases are very few in number compared to the number of LPA’s created and...

Cheap or home made Will - is it worth taking the risk?

Would you believe that the making of a Will is still governed by fairly ancient legislation – section 9 Wills Act 1837. Section 9 provides that the Will: must be in writing must be signed by the person making the Will or by another person in their...

Prepare for the Debt Pre-Action Protocol

  If you are a creditor trying to collect a debt you may be frustrated by the new Pre-Action Protocol which extends the time available to a debtor between the demand for payment and the point at which the creditor can issue Court proceedings. ...

How to collect money owed

If you are owed money by an individual or sole trader then the process for collection of money has changed with effect from 1 st October 2017 when the new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims was introduced.   The Protocol applies to all...

Are you ready for the minimum wage rise?

It is not long now until the governments latest wage increases must be implemented – 1 st April 2018.   The National Living Wage (NLW) will rise to £7.83 per hour   The adult National Minimum Wage (NMW) payable to...

Need help evicting a Tenant?

Evicting Tenants can cause major headaches for Landlords. Tenants with substantial rent arrears can undermine investments and cash flow and one simple mistake during the eviction process can lead to delays in repossessing a property with resulting financial...

Government climb down on Employment Tribunal Fees

Did you know that since the Ministry of Justice abolished Tribunal fees the number of Tribunals claims and therefore employees seeking justice has increased by 64%.   Now employees and job applicants are taking advantage of those employers who...

THE JOYS OF DISCLOSURE

You may have noticed in the last couple of weeks the papers, radio and TV becoming a little bit excited about failures in Disclosure in criminal cases.  I set out below what the fuss is all about. You may have heard of the injustices perpetrated upon a...

Leaving your job? Watch out for the Taxman!

On 6 th April 2018 changes will be made to the tax treatment of payment in lieu of notice (PILON). How will this effect you? A payment in lieu of notice (PILON) is money given to an employee when their employment is terminated by the employer without...
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