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Should the Courts make a profit?

Richard Hopkin
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It has recently been proposed by the Ministry of Justice that Court fees could rise to £20,000.00.   Personal injury and clinical negligence claims would be excluded from the higher cap but fees for general applications will increase from...

Bicester and Banbury make the 'B-Triangle'

Michael Dibben
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Banbury and Bicester have been named as top hotspots for buyers of houses, according to a report  in The Times (‘Going for Growth’ - Bricks and Mortar, 31st July 2015). The two towns have for several years been on the outer edges of the...

The rules on taking children abroad - holidays and relocation

Sally Clark
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It might not be as simple as you think taking your children on holiday. Do not fall into the traps that many parents face when taking their children on a holiday abroad. What many parents don’t realise is that whether it is for a short period for a...

The Legal Profession Needs You (or certainly, Brethertons LLP does!)

Shaun Jardine
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The job market’s a competitive place, especially so in the legal sector where, each year, thousands of new graduates flood the market on the look-out for a training contract. But a successful law firm is not built upon a foundation of individual...

Have you made a choice? Or are you leaving things to chance?

Laura Stuart
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The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has launched a public awareness campaign to encourage people to plan for their and their families' futures. With the strapline “Choice not Chance” and a suite of rather uninspiring black & white posters and...

Online Dispute Resolution - The Future of Litigation?

Lorna Monks
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Resorting to the Courts to settle disputes is most people’s idea of a nightmare. The hassle, the expense, the stress… and all without any guarantee you’ll get the outcome you hope for. The news, then, that a special advisory group has...

LASPO 30 months on

Richard Hopkin
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As a result of Lord Jackson’s Civil Litigation Reforms the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 ( LASPO ) was implemented on the 1 April 2013. There were a number of fundamental changes in the way that the funding of litigation...

Protecting your Assets

Katherine Cereghino
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Protecting your Assets Last month the singer, Taylor Swift , made headlines with her stance against Apple Music regarding their policy for paying (or not!) singers for streaming their music.  This week, a photographer in the Midlands was surprised...

Want to disinherit your children? Take care!

Anji Arkell
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In the case of Ilott v. Mitson , Melita Jackson passed away leaving an estate worth £486,000. She left her entire estate to charity and excluded her daughter, Heather Ilott. Mrs Jackson had not had a relationship with her daughter since she had left...

'Feeling a Little Normal' Part 2

Jon Rees
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In the second of two blogs Jon Rees about the joint Physiotherapy Project between Brethertons and the National Spinal Injuries Centre Jon describes a recent visit to Stoke Mandeville.  It was simple: John and Dominic wanted to catch a bus in to...

Severing remote access for the long term sick - a word of caution

David Hodge
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The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals against direct and indirect discrimination.  Indirect discrimination occurs where a condition is applied which disadvantages a ‘protected’ group.  So what of cutting off email access to a...

Government postpones Care Act funding reforms

Lindsay Gutteridge
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Last week  The Department of Health announced that the proposed date (April 2016) for changes to the way care funding will be charged, will be delayed until 2020.  It was initially proposed that from April 2016, if you were contributing to the...

Helping SpecialEffect Level the Playing Field

Ken Norman
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I was delighted when in April the staff at Brethertons chose SpecialEffect as its Charity of the Year. The charity has a profound impact on the lives of the people it supports, helping disabled people play games, by providing and adapting technology. One...

'Feeling a Little Normal' Part 1

Jon Rees
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The Brethertons commitment to helping people who have suffered spinal cord injuries is well known. In the first of two blogs Jon Rees details a joint Physiotherapy Project between Brethertons and the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville...

Donatio Mortis Causa - no substitute for a Will

Holly Pearce
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On 9 June this year the Court of Appeal heard the case of King v The Chiltern Dog Rescue and others, which involved Redwings Horse Sanctuary a charity with a local centre. This evolved around the principle of “Donatio Mortis Causa”, in other...

Getting the best out of your employees

Amy Edwards
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We all know that last year Virgin introduced unlimited leave for all Virgin Management Staff which, is reported to be working well. Now, Virgin have gone one step further and introduced a full year’s shared parental leave for all employees with four...

TUPE: A change of emphasis

David Hodge
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Isn’t it always the way with employment law? Just when you think you’ve got to grips with some of the more complex issues, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) goes and moves the goalposts and the game changes!   The Transfer of...

The real way to reduce the legal cost of Clinical Negligence

Richard Hopkin
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The Government has recently identified the need for fixed costs in clinical negligence “low value” claims of up to £100,000.   This can be seen as another attempt to demonise the so called “compensation culture” and a...

Valuing pensions

Linda Jones
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How do I value my pensions on divorce? Pension sharing upon divorce or dissolution is an area that often causes the most animosity in any case given that pension capital can sometimes be the largest asset. How Pensions are valued The value of pension...

Settlement Agreements... what's the deal?

Manisha Chauhan
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You’ve been employed by Company X for 4 years. A year ago, a new manager came in and took the ropes and since then, you don’t see eye to eye. You’ve tried to meet with the manager to try and resolve matters but it’s got to the stage...

How will my children react to news of my divorce?

Liz Headley
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In my last blog post I looked at the ideal way in which parents should break the news of their divorce to their children. In this post I consider how children might react. There could be a whole range of reactions to the news of the split and if parents...

A grand day out!

Ken Norman
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Recently I had the honour of accompanying some of the therapists and nursing team from Sheffield’s Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre on a day trip with four of their patients. The mission was to give the patients some respite from the hospital...

Increases in National Minimum Wage

Debra Wetters
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The announcement in this week’s Budget of increases in the National Minimum Wage comes at a time when small businesses are already facing increased costs as a result of pensions auto-enrolment.  Businesses have already seen the withdrawal of...

Good news for property owners in this Summer's budget

Laura Stuart
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On 8 July, Chancellor George Osbourne announced the 2015 budget and among the headlines was a fairly hefty change to the Inheritance Tax (IHT) regulations which will affect increasing numbers of property owners as house prices continue to rise. And...

Pre-nuptial agreements: Are they necessary?

Georgina Nelson
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With the news of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s divorce hitting the headlines this week, the gossip columns are full of tales of woe from people going through a split that failed to sign a pre-nuptial agreement before their wedding. But what...

How the budget affects the corporate world

Katherine Cereghino
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Most of the talk before today’s budget was about the government’s expected welfare cuts but on behalf of Team Commercial here at Brethertons I want to focus on the measures that affect the corporate world. The headline grabbing policy...

Rent-a-room tax relief

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Blog b y James Attew,  Commercial Recoveries  Solicitor Coverage of George Osborne ’s Summer Budget of 2015 was largely dominated by the £12 billion of cuts made to the UK’s welfare budget. The Chancellor has...

An end to leaseholders relying on "restrictive" interpretation of residential leases

Roger Hardwick
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An end to leaseholders relying on "restrictive" interpretation of residential leases as Supreme Court hands down Arnold v Britton? The Supreme Court has handed down its long awaited judgment in the case of Arnold v Britton [2015] UKSC 36 where the...

Email scam costs home-buyer £46,000

Michael Dibben
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A London woman lost the deposit she had saved for her house purchase when she responded to an email from a scammer purporting to be her solicitor. When Vivian Gabb received an email that looked like it came from her solicitor handling her house purchase,...

Forget the Euro - Data is the new number one currency

Katherine Cereghino
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Last week, almost unheralded amidst all the press coverage of the Greek debt crisis, the European Commission issued a press release confirming the Ministers in the Justice Council had agreed, in principal, to the Commission’s proposals for new EU-wide...

Does your lawyer ask you why?

Yu-Chun Pan
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  Does your lawyer do exactly what you ask him or her to do without asking why? If your answer is yes, I strongly suggest you to find a new lawyer. You instruct a lawyer because you need his/her specialist knowledge to solve your problem. The first...

Clean Break - What is it? Do I need one? Why is it important?

Josh Russell
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There has been a lot of coverage in the news recently regarding divorcees coming back after several years of divorce to make financial claims against their ex-husband or wife. You may be familiar with the case of Dale Vince and his ex-wife Kathleen Wyatt. If...

Contracts of Employment

Amy Edwards
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There are many different types of contracts of employment, the most controversial being zero hours contracts.  The Conservatives have been true to their word and have now  made exclusivity in zero hours contracts illegal.  If you use casual...

New Government, new era...

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...But what’s changed in the world of employment law? With the General Election hype now over and the Conservative Party winning an overall majority, we take a look at some of the key manifesto pledges of the new Government that are likely to have an...

Writing Books for Children Workshop

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Do you love writing for children? Do you write for fun, write for the children you know or do you hope to be published one day? Whatever your ambitions, why not come along to this workshop to find out what makes for a great children’s book? Julia...

Even the Chancellor can struggle when it comes to selling

Katherine Cereghino
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In last week’s Mansion House speech, the chancellor George Osbourne announced, as many had expected, that the sale of the public’s stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland was on.  Many people are surprised it has taken this long but the truth...

What do Harry Potter, Pippi Longstocking and Paddington Bear all have in common?

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If you’re imagining a bespectacled boy with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead, a wild girl with red piglets who keeps a horse in the house, or a bear with a suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches, then you already have your answer.  All three...

Changes ahead for small businesses

Colin Witherall
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I’m often tasked by commercial customers of the firm to explain how the complexities of UK company law impact upon their business and its corporate governance. Seemingly contradictory rulings and arcane legislature can end up distracting them from...

Fit For Work Scheme - Could this resolve all your sickness problems?

Manisha Chauhan
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Fit for Work Scheme (FFW)  The Government has launched an occupational heath service whose sole purpose is to reduce the number of employees on long-term sickness absence. It was intended for this to be rolled out in May 2015…although this...

How do I break the news of our divorce to my children?

Liz Headley
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Every year no fewer than 240,000 children in the UK experience the separation of their parents - more than one in three of them before their sixteenth birthday. An often overlooked factor of any divorce is the physical and emotional impact the breakdown of a...

Pokemon does not have Life Lessons!

Shaun Jardine
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I recently gave a talk to a group of 6th Formers about what employers looked for in an employee. I shook hands with them all individually.  If they had a good firm handshake I directed them "right", if a cold clammy one...

All change... 3 must-read books for lawyers

Shaun Jardine
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This is a tough blog post for me to deal with. Not least because Simon White as a consummate lawyer keeps recommending books for me to read and they are invariably incredibly useful. The first book that I would recommend for anyone to read if they...

ERMA Murmers

Sarah Goodall
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I’m writing this on the train from London following an amazing night at News on the Block’s 2015 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards fondly known as the ERMAs .  This was the first time I have attended the awards so I was really...

SIA Awards

Sian Langford
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This evening, the Spinal Injuries Association is hosting the Rebuilding Lives Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people throughout the spinal cord injury community. This includes not only people who have suffered an injury but case...

Parental Responsibility: What does it mean and who is entitled to it?

Georgina Nelson
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I have many people asking me what is parental responsibility and do I have it? It can be a scary situation when you are separating or divorcing from the mother or father of your children. What does it mean for the children? What rights and responsibilities...

My SpecialEffect Addiction: Becky Frost

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As a new member of the Brethertons team, I remember my first day very clearly… I had the usual first-day-nerves and was being taken through the induction process by Karen in HR with 3 other new starters. To my mild dismay, we were asked to stand...

Right to Buy Scheme extended to Housing Association Tenants

Michael Dibben
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In the Queen’s Speech on 27 th May the Government announced its intention to introduce legislation giving 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their property at substantial discount. The original Right to Buy scheme introduced by...

The Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury

Jon Rees
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I am due to speak about the Guide to the Conduct of Serious Injury Cases this week at the Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Conference  - jointly organised by Headway - the brain injury association and the Spinal Injuries Association. My brief is...

Shock horror. Amazing survey leaves me thinking ....

Shaun Jardine
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So you want to work in the law....where do I plug you in? I am a great fan of legal services. I have to be it pays my mortgage. I also am a great fan of good people who work in the law... I have to be they deliver the service... which pays my...

Soothing Summer Headaches

Amy Edwards
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As the sun is finally beginning to shine, many people are beginning to make plans for the Summer months.  Likewise, businesses need to start preparing too – the Summer often throws up a number of headaches for employers, and the better prepared...