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  • Christmas Tree Festival

    Christmas Tree Festival Hand Morgan & Owen were delighted to support St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival once again 2017.  This year’s tree had an “office window” theme, with silhouettes of different members of the firm hard at work!  It also included a replica of our distinctive green front door and various decorations created from letterheaded paper.  […]

  • Changing lives with every slice

    Changing lives with every slice On Friday 29th September, HMO staff took part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in support of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The grand total raised amounted to £155.62! Pictured above are our wonderful bakers along with their fabulous bakes! Left to Right; Sara-Jane Newell, Kayleigh Shakespeare, Jayne Thaker, Tyler […]

  • Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – September

    Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – September 2017   TRIBUNAL FEES At the end of July a landmark case in the Supreme Court ruled that the fee regime for Employment Tribunal claims was unlawful leaving the Government having to refund £32,000,000 worth of fees paid since the regime was implemented in 2013. The controversial […]

  • Best Foot Forward

    Best Foot Forward During the course 2017, two members of staff at Hand Morgan & Owen have taken part in the Macmillan Mighty Hike series to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  In July, Kristy Lomas walked 23.5 miles along the Jurassic Coast in a time of 11 hours 19 minutes, and this month Jennifer […]

  • Cupcake Day!

    Cupcake Day! On Monday 19th June, the staff at HMO took part in ‘Cupcake Day’ in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. From Salted Caramel and Pecan to Strawberry Cheesecake, our fabulous bakers did very well to produce such a wonderful variety of cakes for the occasion and in doing so raised a fantastic £61.00 for […]

  • HM0 Quarterly Bulletin – May 2017

    HMO Quarterly Bulletin – May 2017 Child Care Assistance On 28 April 2017 the Government’s new childcare scheme began potentially reducing child care costs for working families by up to £2000 per child per year. Employers may wish to point these workers to the Childcare Choice Website and its “Childcare Calculator” to check whether they […]

  • STOP PRESS – 21 April 2017

    STOP PRESS – 21 April 2017 Probate Court fee increase scrapped  The proposed plan to increase Probate Court fees on 1 May 2017 (with the introduction of a banded system, based on the net value of the estate at the date of death) has been cancelled. This means that the flat-rate fee of £155 for […]

  • Wife Refused a Divorce

    Wife Refused a Divorce  The recent case of Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182 made the headlines as the wife was refused a divorce.  The parties had been married for 37 years and the wife had filed a petition based on the husband’s unreasonable behaviour.  The husband did not want a divorce and defended […]

  • Flipping fun at the Pancake Race 2017!

    Flipping fun at the Pancake Race 2017! On February 28th, we saw HMO’s finest pancake flippers take part in the annual Pancake race in the Market Square. The event, held annually by the Borough Council, is hosted by the Mayor and attracts a large audience all watching to see who reigns victorious. HMO’s ‘Flipping Lawyers’ […]

  • Probate fees to increase significantly in May 2017

    Probate fees to increase significantly in May 2017 The Government has announced its intention to proceed with plans to increase probate fees and has confirmed that from May 2017, the fees structure will change to a banded system. This is despite an overwhelming rejection of the proposals by law firms, the Law Society and groups […]

  • Government has no plans for “no-fault” divorce

    Government has no plans for “no-fault” divorce The Government has confirmed to the House of Lords that it has no plans to reform divorce law although it is considering further reforms to the family justice system. Asked by Lord Pendry whether the government has any plans to review the fault-based divorce system, Lord Keen of […]

  • Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – January 2017

    Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – January 2017    AGE LIMITS FOR RECRUITMENT  An interesting Spanish case recently dealt with the issue of whether a maximum age of 35 years to be recruited to the Police Force was compatible with the Equal Treatment Framework Directive (a general framework for EU Members to establish equal […]

  • A Legal Christmas Tree!

    A Legal Christmas Tree! Hand Morgan & Owen were pleased to support St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival, which took place from 30th November-4th December.  Our tree incorporated a number of different and inventive legally-themed decorations, including crackers made from mock Deeds and Conveyances, festive inkwells, sparkling law books and the scales of justice attached to […]

  • Statistics Show Average Age for Separating Couples Is Rising

    Statistics Show Average Age for Separating Couples Is Rising The latest divorce statistics show that the average age of divorcees is continuing to rise with 40-49 the most common age group separating. The office of national statistics figures show that there were 111,169 divorces in 2014, around a 3% decrease compared with the previous year […]

  • Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – October 2016

    Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – October 2016 EMPLOYING YOUNGER WORKERS ACAS has produced an excellent publication for those who are looking to employ under 18s. Some headline points include; • Young workers should not normally work at night – there are some exceptions • Young workers should not work more than 8 hours a […]

  • What behaviour amounts to harassment?

    What behaviour amounts to harassment? The breakdown of any relationship is difficult and it is not uncommon for a party to feel harassed or threatened by their former partner. In some cases it is appropriate for an order to be sought preventing further harassment or threats or indeed physical abuse. This is known as a […]

  • Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – June 2016

    HMO Employment Bulletin – June 2016   THE NATIONAL LIVING WAGE From 1 April 2016 the National Living Wage came in to effect. In reality this is not a great deal more than an adjustment of existing provisions for the National Minimum Wage. From the 1 April there will be five Minimum Wage rates; • […]

  • Happy Retirement!

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    Happy Retirement! 31st March 2016 saw the retirement of secretary Claire Whitehall after 36 years with the firm. Although very sorry to see her leave, staff celebrated with her on her last day when she was presented with cards and presents from her friends at the Stafford office. Partner Patrick Farrington described it as the […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – March 2016

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – March 2016   Holiday Pay There are now two time limitations upon a worker bringing a claim for a short payment of holiday pay. The first limits the shortfall to that which has occurred for up to a two year period. The second limitation in time is that it is […]

  • Adverse Possession of Land

    Adverse Possession of Land The law to be applied to squatters rights depends upon the age of the squatters claim. A squatter has to prove a period of possession. If the period expires before the 13 October 2003 that period will be 12 years. Disputes as to whether or not adverse possession has been obtained […]

  • No Fault Divorce Bill

    No Fault Divorce Bill to receive second reading in January 2016 The No Fault Divorce Bill is to receive a second reading on 22nd January 2016. At present, under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA), irretrievable breakdown is the sole ground for a divorce and the following 5 facts constitute reasons for irretrievable breakdown: The […]

  • Support for St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival

    Support for St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival Hand Morgan & Owen was pleased to support one of Stafford’s festive events by sponsoring a tree to be decorated by Katharine House Hospice.  The four day festival was a huge success, attracting many people and supporting local businesses.

  • Employment Bulletin Winter 2015

    Employment Bulletin Winter 2015   As the Christmas period beckons the Employment Team at Hand Morgan & Owen continue their tradition of putting a dampener on the festive period by warning of the risks and pitfalls of Christmas activities.  Decorations These raise a number of health and safety issues that employers should be careful of.  Lights […]

  • New Test on Private Parking Fines

    New Test on Private Parking Fines Fish fryer, Barry Beavis, challenged a fine levied by the owners of a private car park when he overstayed his welcome by 1 hour. The penalty was £85 which he declined to pay. Remarkably for such a small amount, the case ended up in the Supreme Court. Although the […]

  • Residential Property Possession: Changes to the Section 21 Regime

    Residential Property Possession: Changes to the Section 21 Regime The writer has long been an advocate of the Section 21 route for possession of rented residential property for his Landlord clients. The Section 21 route involves possession on the grounds of expiry of the original term of a tenancy or, in the case of a […]

  • Settlement Agreements

    Settlement Agreements Historically known as a compromise agreement, a settlement agreement is a contract between an employer and employee that settles claims that the employee may have arising out of their employment or its termination. The employee agrees to give up their rights to bring proceedings against their employer, usually in exchange for a payment […]

  • Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – September 2015

    Hand Morgan & Owen Employment Bulletin – September 2015 TUPE The interpretation of the Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment Regulations continues.  Two developments took our eye. For an employee to be protected upon a “service provision change” the Regulations require him to be “assigned” to an organised grouping of resources or employees.  It has […]

  • Interesting Statistics about Moving Costs

    Interesting Statistics about Moving Costs The recent study by the Post Office Money and the Centre for Economics and Business Research provided interesting statistics regarding moving costs: Cost of conveyancing In real terms, solicitors are earning less now than they did ten years ago from conveyancing, with average fees increasing by 36.5 per cent – […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – June 2015

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – June 2015 Employment Tribunal Fees The Government has announced a much awaited review of the introduction of Tribunal fees.  The review is to consider how successful the introduction of fees has been achieving its original objectives; (a)      Financial; to transfer a proportion of the costs from the tax payer to […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – April 2015

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – April 2015  This Bulletin is devoted to the criminalisation of enforced subject access requests.  This is an important matter for you as an employer when it comes to interviewing job applicants and monitoring existing employees in sensitive positions.  Step out of line and you are liable to face criminal charges. […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – January 2015

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – January 2015 Overtime and Holiday Pay. In November the EAT made a ruling in the cases of Bear Scotland v Fulton, Hertel (UK) Limited v Wood and Amec v Law on the use of overtime in calculating an employees holiday pay. The Appeals Tribunal confirmed that non guaranteed overtime, as […]

  • Majority of 16-54 year olds do not have a Will

    The Majority of 16-54 year olds do not have a Will Government to receive nearly £6bn from avoidable inheritance tax by 2018 Research by the Law Society has revealed that 73 per cent of 16-54 year olds do not have a will while 64 per cent of people aged over 55 have a written will. […]

  • Setting up Home with your Partner

    SETTING UP HOME WITH YOUR PARTNER Moving in with your partner or buying a house together can seem like an exciting prospect. Few couples realise how risky their situation can be from a legal point of view. It may seem outdated, but unmarried couples are not protected in law in the same way that married […]

  • New Intestacy Rules 2014

    NEW INTESTACY RULES 2014 The Intestacy Rules are the set of rules which are followed if a person does not make a will. If you die without making a will, you are said to die intestate. Changes to these rules came into force on the 1st October 2014 by way of the newly enacted Inheritance […]

  • Buying your First Home

    Buying your First Home – All you need to know! Getting a foot on the property ladder can be difficult as it is a massive investment. Once you have taken those initial steps to owning your own home it can be very rewarding and for most people it is their biggest financial commitment. First things […]

  • Stamp Duty Land Tax

    Stamp Duty Land Tax Stamp Duty Land Tax is a tax paid when buying a house above a certain value and is collected by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Your solicitor will usually prepare a financial statement before completion of your house purchase, and collect the stamp duty payment from you before paying this money […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – October 2014

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – October 2014   The National Mimimum Wage. From 1 October 2014 the National Minimum Wage rates have increased as follows; The adult rate from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour. The rate for 18 – 20 year olds from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour. The rate for 16 – 17 year […]

  • The Right to Manage

    The Right to Manage   For more than 10 years, leaseholders fulfilling certain criteria have been able to exercise a right to manage their residential block of flats. Where owners of the flats are unhappy with the way that the block is being run by their Landlord or managing agent, following a fixed set of […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – June 2014

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – June 2014 The World Cup. As many will be aware the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil between Thursday 12 June 2014 and Sunday 13 July 2014. The tournament can generate a variety of problems for employers who will face the following issues during this period; Requests for […]

  • HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – March 2014

    HMO Quarterly Employment Bulletin – March 2014 This bulletin covers the changes brought in to TUPE by new regulations. These regulations came into effect on 31 January 2014 and update 2006 regulations.staff party is to boost morale and foster team spirit, if not handled properly the reverse affect can be achieved and an employer exposed […]

  • Live Music and Other Deregulation

    Live Music and Other Deregulation The Licensing Act 2003 which came into force in 2005 created a concept of regulated entertainment. Schedule 1 of that Act listed the activities which required licensing and for which a Premises Licence had to be sought. Some smaller venues fell shy of the cost and bureaucracy of applying for […]