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Police and Crime Bill

Police and Crime Bill It is reported that the police and crime bill, if enacted, may see the greatest extension of police powers in our times. Concerns have been raised about curtailments to the right to peaceful protest. New powers would allow the...

Watch out for rocketing Land Registry fees!

Watch out for rocketing Land Registry fees! For the first time since 2009 HM Land Registry fees will increase. From 31 January 2022 fees for first registrations and for the registration of transfers, leases and mortgages of property will increase by 11%...

Landlord and tenant

Landlord and tenant – shops / offices / hospitality venues – rent arrears A Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill was introduced on 9 November 2021 ring-fencing rent debt built up by businesses which had been forced to close during the pandemic...

Religion and belief - discrimination?

Religion and belief – discrimination? In 2018 ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) published new guidance to help employers ensure that they are aware of the risks and numerous pitfalls associated with this area of equality law....

Employers - compulsory retirement - take care!

Employers – compulsory retirement – take care! Did you know that a policy for a compulsory retirement age may be unlawful?  Do take care with your policies and how you deal with retiring staff. However a compulsory retirement policy can...

Barder - Events/Setting Aside Final Orders

Barder - Events/Setting Aside Final Orders In 1987 in the case of Barder v Barder the court allowed an appeal outside of the usual 21 day time limit to set aside a final order in financial matters following a divorce on the basis that a “new...

Mortgage approval figures above forecasted numbers

Mortgage approval figures above forecasted numbers Latest  mortgage approval figures released by the Bank of England  show that 66,964 mortgages were approved in November of last year - above the forecasted number of 65,400. Consumer...

Non-Molestation orders

Non-Molestation orders A non-molestation order is an order made by a Family Court judge prohibiting a person from using or threatening violence against another or communicating with a named person or entering an area where the other person may be. It...

WE HAVE PASSED

WE HAVE PASSED Annual legal aid review We are delighted to announce that our criminal team have passed another annual legal aid review with flying colours. If you have a case in the police station, magistrates or crown court and require legally...

How do you react if one of your staff refuses

          How do you react if one of your staff refuses to sit near an unvaccinated colleague? Firstly establish the reason why the person has chosen not to have the vaccine eg do they have a medical...
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