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  • 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 It may seem outdated, but unmarried couples are not protected in law in the same way that married […]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 […]