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Worker or self-employed? A drive to determine status

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Uber , a company which allows users to book and pay for a cab through a smartphone app, is reportedly defending claims in the Employment Tribunal made by drivers who consider that they are workers for Uber. Uber considers these drivers are...

It's Official - there's lying and then there's LYING

Katherine Cereghino
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A judgement issued by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom last week has confirmed that, in relation to insurance claims at least, there really are two kinds of lies.   The question before the court was whether an insurance company could refuse to...

Should Separated Parents be Friends for the Sake of their Kids?

Liz Headley
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If separated parents try to maintain an overly friendly relationship with each other it can be very confusing for the children, especially the younger ones.    If the kids have been given a clear, firm message that Mummy and Daddy no longer love...

New Appointments at Brethertons Solicitors

Shaun Jardine
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As part of their vision to become the ‘legal firm of the future’, Brethertons is delighted to announce four new partners within the firm. Interestingly, three of the partners are non-lawyers – an innovation allowed under the firm’s...

We're All Going on a Summer Holiday...

Liz Headley
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If you’re as ancient as me you will remember Cliff Richard extolling the joys of a Summer holiday – “fun and laughter for a week or two” - well, for some couples the very idea of spending two long weeks together with their children...

Achieving Success in Clinical Negligence Claims

Richard Hopkin
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Successfully obtaining judgement against a hospital/GP practice/dentist regarding alleged injury caused by clinical negligence is a difficult and complex process. Often the NHS or representatives of GP and dental practices will dispute liability and...

Maintaining Strong Family Links after Divorce

Liz Headley
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One of the sad repercussions of family breakdown is the potential dismantling of the extended family. If children predominantly live with one parent it can sometimes be difficult for the non resident parent to find the time and opportunity to make sure a...

Wills - a jargon-busting guide

Sofia Galic
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If I had a pound for every time a customer asked me to explain what a ‘Beneficiary’ or a ‘Trustee’ was or what ‘Executor’ meant…well….let’s just say I wouldn’t need to play the lottery on a weekly...

Move Quickly to Preserve Evidence in Spinal Injuries Cases - it could be decisive

Jon Rees
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The Spinal Injuries Association’s advises patients to interview more than one solicitor in order to make an informed decision about who they instruct. It should be a given that the solicitor contacted via the Spinal Injuries Association Manual will...

Future Enterprises held up by the Big Mac

Katherine Cereghino
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In 2010 a Singapore company, Future Enterprises, registered a European-wide trademark for its product ‘MacCoffee’ but this week that trade mark has been removed from the register following a successful court application by McDonalds. This...

Popular Rugby Solicitor Retires

Suzie Upson
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This month Jeffery Glenn Partner in our Private Client team will be retiring. Jeff’s legal career began in 1973 and saw him become Managing Partner at Hodsons before the merger with Brethertons in 2010. He has seen many changes in Rugby over...

The Serious Injury Guide - Common Sense Best Practice

Jon Rees
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The ‘Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury’ sets out the best practice agreed between those experienced in representing claimants, and defendants’ insurers. It is specifically for cases where the potential value of the...

The Hidden Wounds of Domestic Abuse

Liz Headley
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Recently,  Linda Jones brought our attention to Operation Encompass; a scheme whereby schools are informed if there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a child’s home to which the child has been witness. This feels like a big step...

Talented Young Musicians to Play in Bicester

Suzie Upson
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Music lovers are in for a treat at the Bicester Proms on 9th July, which is being sponsored by local businesses including ourselves. The event is being put on by the Council and held at the historic Bicester Heritage site in celebration of the Queen’s...

Supreme Court holds that Tenant's Human Rights were not Breached

David Richards
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The case - McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC28. The Supreme Court was asked to reinterpret Section 21(4) of the Housing Act 1988, which provides that a Court shall make a Possession Order where proper Notice has been served, to be subject to a...

Helping children through their parents' separation

Liz Headley
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Some interesting news has recently appeared on the BBC website about how “a leading public health expert” has expressed a view that UK parents should receive government funded lessons on parenting children.  Divorce through the eyes of a...

Making a difference in Africa

Suzie Upson
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We were happy to hear from our friends in Sierra Leone recently, about a Brethertons sponsored project.   Earlier this year Brethertons sponsored the construction of a two classroom school and toilet block at the Good News Pentecostal Community School...

Brethertons Sponsors at 33rd Annual Guttmann Meeting

Jon Rees
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The 33rd Guttmann Meeting was held at the Lion Quays Hotel, Oswestry recently, sponsored by Brethertons. This year the Midland Centre For Spinal Cord Injuries were hosting – celebrating 50 years as a specialist centre assisting people with spinal cord...

Data Protection at Property Management Unwrapped 2016

Claire Halle-Smith
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What a superb event the Property Unwrapped Conference was last weekend! My first time attending as a recently joined ‘Brethertonian’. I was so impressed with both the firm for putting on such an event but also with the uptake. More than 140...

Your questions answered on the new PSC Register

Brian Auld
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PSC Register – what’s that? PSC stands for ‘persons of significant control’ and it represents changes in corporate law that affect your business. From 6 April 2016, almost every company operating in the UK is required to keep a...

Buying or Selling a Business - It's all about you!

Katherine Cereghino
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Last weekend I was speaking at our Property Management Unwrapped conference about selling and buying businesses so this blog is a departure for me as it is a personal reflection on those processes. Someone can sell a business for a variety of reasons;...

Verification of academic documents

Alistair Spencer
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A common request I have in my capacity as a Notary Public is for the notarisation of academic certificates.  Often this relates to an individual emigrating and taking up a job abroad. The process for verification of an academic certificate involves, at...

RICS Service Charge Residential Management Code, 3rd Edition

Sioban Calcott
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As all of you Residential Property Managers and Landlords will be aware, as of course will some lessees and/or occupiers of residential leasehold properties, the above came into effect on the 1 June 2016. Effective management is key to successful...

Commercial Landlords beware!

David Richards
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Relief from Forfeiture can be successful after 14 months delay Forfeiture of commercial properties can seem far more straightforward than those of residential. In particular, the ability to use peaceable re-entry means that landlords can evict...

Twin Town Diary - Monday

Rosie Gladden
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The Finish Written by Rosie ‘Rally Driver’ Gladden Monday 30th May 2016 Another early start after Sunday night’s party! Throughout the journey, we were reeling at a certain team member who lost some points in the previous days and were...

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