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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

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Blog by Katherine Cereghino, Team Commercial 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...

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

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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...

FFW - 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...

Is your iceberg melting and what can you do about it?

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Guest Blog by Sally Dyson of www.firmsense.co.uk I’ve just emerged from two days’ of total law firm immersion at Legalex – The National Legal Exhibition and Conference. There, Shaun Jardine , CEO of Brethertons LLP gave an...

Movers and Shakers

Michael Dibben
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This week, Partner and Head of Conveyancing at Brethertons , Mike Dibben is quoted in the Sunday Times Home supplement (10 May 2015) on the topic of moving house, more specifically: what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour when...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day - 15 May 2015

Jon Rees
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The Spinal Injuries Association is running its own social media campaign #mymilestone to highlight spinal awareness all this week. Check in on the SIA website  and on Twitter for a glimpse of some of the incredible stories of the milestones that...

A Devoted Dance Detester Divulges

Ken Norman
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Last year my colleague Brian Auld entered Strictly Banbury which, as the name suggests, is a local dancing competition in the same vain as the hit BBC One Series, Strictly Come Dancing . Brian loved the experience, scooped the “Most Improved...

What Do You Want to Know?

Shaun Jardine
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When new starters join us at Brethertons like many organisations we have our own induction process.  We have had many new starters comment on how great their induction process was at Brethertons. The aim of our induction process is not only to welcome...

How my interview with Jeremy Clarkson went viral

Ken Norman
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In my spare time I help fundraise for The Lido in my home town of Chipping Norton. I got involved back in 2003 when our local authority announced they were to close this much loved facility. Spurred on by an angry community (no pitchforks were involved), I...

We Should All Become Yosser Hughes

Shaun Jardine
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As I wrote this title I realised that possibly two thirds of those reading this would have no idea what I was talking about and a third would instantly know and smile…old Yosser . It was like the reaction I had the other day when I closed a meeting...

Happy New Financial Year!

Shaun Jardine
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I hope it is a successful one for everyone. This week has been a historic one for Brethertons. We have seen the retirement of Richard Pell; our Senior Partner and the last solicitor to hold the title. I wish Richard well in his retirement. At Richards...

We are watching you!

Shaun Jardine
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From time to time I blog about some of the letters that I receive from candidates wanting to join my firm. I hate it when letters are not addressed properly, or contain typographical errors. It is unfortunate as the lack of attention often lands them on the...

A Day in the Life of a Legal Apprentice: Edward Arnold

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09:00 I’ve been at work for around half an hour now, and I’ve already finished my first cup of tea! I check my diary and emails for anything urgent that’s cropped up overnight, and prioritise my workload. I get the ‘quick...

Getting divorced? Protect yourself with a Financial Court Order

Dominic Wisdom
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A high profile case in the Supreme Court has hit the headlines this week. The case (Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC14) highlights the importance of getting your finances in order when going through divorce. 22 years after their divorce in 1992 and following a...

The countdown is on

Amy Edwards
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In a little under 3 weeks, on 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) comes into force. The idea behind SPL is that both parents can share up to 50 weeks of the mother’s maternity leave after the child is born. You should start taking steps now to...

Being stuck and unable to afford it

Jon Rees
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My oldest son recently became the proud owner of an iPad. The arrangement was Mum and Dad would buy it; oldest son would pay us back using birthday money and pocket money he will earn. I asked him this morning how he would feel if he discovered the price...

So you want to be a Lawyer?

Shaun Jardine
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Law has for generations been one of the attractive professions for many young people. It usually ranks along side Medicine and Accountancy. Historically, the route into law used to be obtaining a law degree or some other kind of degree, attending law school...

SIA Forward Magazine

Jon Rees
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At Brethertons we are obviously very proud of our connections with the Spinal Injuries Association.  I was moved to write this short blog having read this month’s Forward magazine which really does make excellent reading.  Forward is the...

Who wants a training contract?

Shaun Jardine
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The other day I spoke at a university about mediation and the role that it has to play in today’s legal world.  For those of you that don’t know, I am passionate about mediation and undertake a dozen or so mediations every year. At the end...

Make sure you get all the benefits to which you are entitled

Jon Rees
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In a spinal cord injury claim, where liability is denied and we cannot secure an interim payment quickly, it is frustrating if we cannot do more to help our clients on a practical level. True enough many of our clients are helped by the team in the hospital...

I wear a penguin suit

Shaun Jardine
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It’s true and in fact there is a photograph of me below addressing a conference wearing it. Am I some kind of freaky cross‑dresser? I hear you asking yourself.  Well, that’s quite a personal question and I won’t tell you what I...

Periodic Payments and why Judgment is Essential

Jon Rees
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A spinal cord injury compensation case we settled recently for more than £11million, highlights a point of considerable significance to claimants who settle their claims on a periodic payments basis. Jon Rees, Partner and Head of the Spinal Injury Team...

Don't Wait for a Heart Attack Until You Read this Book

Shaun Jardine
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As I am 6ft 4” and weigh over 18 stone, this isn’t necessarily a confession. I am, however, a great fan of the Harvard Business School Professor, David Maister.  David has written numerous books over the years and has a huge library of his...

Burn's Night

Alison McCormack
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Being a proud Scot, this weekend I’ll be celebrating Burn’s Night in the usual way, with the holy trinity of haggis, neeps and tatties and plenty of Single Malt! It’s a celebration which comes at just the right time: Christmas is long...

My top 6 interview faux pas

Shaun Jardine
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I have sat through quite a few interviews in my career. I can say with hand on heart probably only, say, a dozen have been truly really earth shatteringly memorable – interviews where at the end I have thought I must get that person to join my...

New Beginnings: The Next Chapter

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Guilt, anger, grief… Whether you’ve been married for two years or twenty, the emotions experienced after the break up of a relationship can be intense. We all know it’s good to talk, but to whom? Your family are caught in the middle, you...

Stamp Duty Changes

Michael Dibben
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The basis on which stamp duty land tax is charged has been changed in a move that will benefit most purchasers of property. The old system applied a single rate of stamp duty land tax, based on the whole of the consideration paid for the property. Because...

Talking Stress, Pressure and Wellbeing

Alison Goldney
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Every week, it seems, there are reports of NHS budget cuts and deficits that ultimately lead to reductions in staff and resources. That in turn increases the pressure on existing staff ultimately resulting in low morale and sickness in the NHS. And that was...

Success for Brethertons LLP as they are recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

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The team here at Brethertons is celebrating today after being recognised at the fourth Top in 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham. The Top 100 List,...

The Home Front: Accommodation Issues Post-Discharge After Spinal Cord Injury

Jon Rees
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Jon Rees is Partner and heads the Spinal Injuries team at Brethertons Solicitors. Brethertons is a SIA Gold Corporate Partner and proud sponsor of SIA peer support officers Paul Rhodes (West Midlands) and John Leonard (East of England). The level of...