Rules around using motorised scooters on roads and pavements to be reviewed

The government have announced that they are currently reviewing the law around e-scooters, a move encouraged after the death of a 35-year-old women on a London street whilst riding one. E-scooters are currently classed by the Department of Transport as ‘powered transporters’ which means that they are treated the same as motor vehicles. They are […]

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Top female bosses launch a campaign to close the gender pay gap

One hundred of the UK’s leading female business heads are launching an initiative #MeTooPay as they aim to close the gender pay gap in this country. Dame Minouche Shafik (Bank of England), Emma Walmsely (GlaxoSmihKline) and Dame Moya Greene (former Royal Mail chief) are all behind the campaign. The website aims to ‘share good and […]

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A great review received for our Private Client Department

We received this heart-warming review from a client after one of our solicitors, Ovid Busette, prepared their Will: “Being my first Will, I didn’t really know anything about them but it was all explained very well and in a friendly, efficient manner. It was made very easy for me and completed very quickly.”

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Government pledge to raise the National Living Wage

The Chancellor Sajid Javid, speaking at the Conservative party conference, has pledged to raise the National Living Wage from the current hourly rate of £8.21, to £10.50 by 2024. It is also proposed that the age of those eligible will be lowered to include workers aged 21; at present it stands at 25. Although this […]

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Over 112,000 workers leave paid employment to look after loved ones with dementia

As more and more people are affected by dementia, relatives are leaving their jobs to care for their loved ones. This is echoed in analysis of data from the Centre for Economics and Business Research which found that 112,000 workers left their employment last year to do this. The research also showed that over 147,000 […]

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For better, for worse – divorce rates slow

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that the number of divorce petitions in England and Wales from January to June, was down by 13% in comparison to this time last year. 28,144 petitions were received during this period, however the time it took from petition to decree absolute increased by three weeks.  

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Growth of house prices slows in July

The Office for National Statistic’s data has shown that the annual UK house price slowed to its lowest rate in July, since September 2012. The average house price is now £232,710 as house prices grew 0.7% in the period from January to July. Most of the UK has seen a decline and this is thought […]

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Thomas Cook staff take legal action against employer

The staff at Thomas Cook have prepared legal action against their employer, following the travel agent’s collapse. They have been told that they will not get their last salary at the usual time on Monday. This decision will affect 21,000 workers. If you have an employment issue that requires legal advice, please do call us. […]

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More people pay Inheritance Tax owing to rise in property prices

The rise in property prices, while tax-free allowances remain the same, has meant that more and more people are being subject to inheritance tax on their loved one’s estates. According to recent figures, £5.4bn was paid in inheritance tax last year, an increase of 3% on the previous year, and 28,000 estates were subject to […]

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An end to road rage?

Road rage can lead to accidents as drivers react erratically to the road and drive carelessly. With this in mind, the Chinese technology firm Huawei have patented a system that monitors drivers’ levels of stress and would then be able to slow down or even stop the car if the driver appears too disconcerted. The […]

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