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The Gender Pay Gap

Emma Simmonds
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Many of you will be familiar with the term the Gender Pay Gap. This is the difference in the average earnings of men and women. In order to reduce the size of the Gender Pay Gap the government has introduced the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap...

Human Rights Act Claims - Guidance Given

Matthew Montanaro
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When things go wrong with children being looked after or under the watchful eye of the state, damages claims can sometimes be brought for breaches of their Human Rights. What can go wrong? Often it is simply that the local authority has delayed so long in...

Sponsorship licences - what you need to know

Hazel Robbins
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Employers are currently struggling to recruit, unemployment rates are low, and in certain industries and sectors the ‘battle for talent’ is a real problem. Employers need to recruit to fill skills gaps in their organisations and some are...

It's that time again... Welcome to 2018!

Amy Edwards
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The first week back at work is always tough, but at least by now, you are getting over the post-holiday blues! I hope that everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are going well, and you have not delved into the box of chocolates just yet. Lots...

Employee, Worker or Self-Employed?

Emma Simmonds
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The distinction between workers and the self employed has caused vast confusion to employers and employees in 2017 and is likely to continue to do so in 2018.  We have seen a number of recent cases brought to Tribunal to clarify the status of an...

Brethertons to support mental health charity, Mind, in 2018

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Brethertons Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce its Charity of the Year 2018 as the mental health charity, Mind . ‘ Mind ’ is a national charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health issues. As one in...

The Christmas You Want

Liz Headley
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If this has been the year where a significant relationship has ended for you, you are probably approaching Christmas and New Year with some ambivalence. These mixed feelings are very normal and natural as you are probably facing circumstances that feel...

Arrears Recovery Company of the Year Award!

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At a glittering ceremony on the 30th November 2017 at the Supernova in London, we were delighted to fight off tough competition to win the Arrears Recovery Company of the Year award. The News on the Block Property Management Awards, which are now in their...

LPAs - Not an early inheritance or a licence to loot...

Daniel Boyle
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In anticipation of tonight’s ITV Tonight programme, Caroline Bielanska, former SFE CEO, and author and trainer for STEP, reaffirms the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and the safeguards people can put in place to ensure their LPAs are...

Why should I make a Will?

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Author: Richard Biddle Ever thought about making a Will but didn’t? Are you worried about making a Will and therefore don’t get around to it? You are not alone, as approximately 60% of people in England and Wales have not made a Will.  You...

Sweeping reforms sought by The Times

Katie Phillips
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I was interested to see on the front page of The Times recently that they are calling for an end to “unjust” and “outdated” divorce laws, and have started a campaign to modernise family law. One of the calls by The Times has...

Tribunal Fee Refunds

Emma Simmonds
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The day has come; the pilot scheme for Tribunal Fee Refunds has finished and has now been opened up to everyone. If you paid a Tribunal fee since the introduction in July 2013 then you can apply for a refund either online or by post. If you think you are...

Brethertons Annual Staff Conference

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On Tuesday 21st November, Brethertons held its first Annual Staff Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity for employees across all practice areas and all regional offices to come together to discuss strategy, customers and develop people engagement. ...

The Hot 100!

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We are delighted to announce that this year five Brethertonians have been named in the News on the Block Hot 100 list! News on the Block is a leading publication within the property management sector and its opinion holds great sway throughout the...

Brethertons Rated One of the Top Legal Service Providers

Shaun Jardine
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Brethertons Rated One of the Top Legal Service Providers in the West Midlands and Thames Valley Regions Leading legal services provider, Brethertons, is celebrating after being named as one of the top law firms in the central region by two leading industry...

Divorce increases to highest level since 2009

Rachel Adams
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Figures released in the news last week show that the number of divorces last year in England and Wales have increased to their highest level since 2009. It is believed that the reason for higher divorce levels is due to ‘household debt’ and...

Promotions of 11 lawyers

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Brethertons are delighted to announce the promotions of 11 of its lawyers.   Within Private Client Family Care, Matthew Montanaro has become a Senior Associate with both Joanne Soar and Anna Pugh appointed Associates, all based in Banbury. ...

Shortlisted as Arrears Recovery Company of the Year

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We are delighted to announce that Brethertons has been shortlisted for the ‘Arrears Recovery Company of The Year’ at the upcoming Property Management Awards , hosted by News on the Block . The Property Management Awards, which will take place...

Tribunal fees refund scheme commences

Kathryn Pickard
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Further to the Supreme Court’s decision in July 2017 that the Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) fees regime was unlawful, and the immediate abolition of the fees, the Government launched the opening stage of its ET fee refund scheme last week....

Workload wellbeing

Kathryn Pickard
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World Mental Health Day happens every year on the 10 October.  Its objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health care around the world.  We work to live (or live to work), so it is...

Shortlisted as Family Law Associate Solicitor of the Year

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We are delighted to announce that Gemma Kelsey , an associate within the Family department at Brethertons, has been shortlisted for ‘Family Law Associate Solicitor of the Year’ at the upcoming Family Law Awards . The family law awards, which...

Flexible Working

Emma Simmonds
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Flexible working is a term that strikes fear in many employers. June 2014 saw flexible working rights extended to all employees not just parents. This means that any employee (provided they are eligible) can make a formal or informal request to change their...

Latest gig economy decision - drivers are workers, not self-employed

Hazel Robbins
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Unless you have managed to escape to an exotic destination for the last few months (without the use of a taxi) you will have, at the least, heard the name “Uber” in the news. Uber was first in the public eye just over a year ago in relation to a...

The appointment of seven new Trainee Solicitors

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Following a rigorous selection process, we are delighted to announce the appointment of seven traineeships starting in September 2017. The training contracts have been awarded to three internal staff members; Sophie Forsyth, Emma Simmonds and Gulsabaah...

Teacher's Bias

Liz Headley
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Well it’s that time of year again when a lot of young people will be embarking on the next stage of their journey through the education system. Depending on their exam results, either GCSEs or A Levels, they will now have a better idea of what the near...

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