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Valentine's Fallout

Liz Headley
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Well it’s the morning of February 15th and you might be basking in the afterglow of a very romantic, loving evening where you were showered with compliments, good food and other gifts. You might be in a right old ‘strop’ because your...

RED January

Iftakhar Ahmed
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It's been just over a week since I finished RED January and surprisingly, I feel like I could do another month of running every day. The effect that exercising has had on me is nothing short of incredible - I feel energised and motivated to continue....

Gender Pay Gap update

Emma Simmonds
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The Gender Pay Gap has caused controversy among many and has been the topic of countless debates. It seems that the inequality in pay may be down to more than just direct discrimination, but due to a lack of salary increases for part time workers. Research...

Help to Buy ISA: Frequently Asked Questions

Lisa Mehta
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What is a Help to Buy ISA? It is a scheme released by the Government to assist first time buyers in getting onto the property ladder. A first time buyer can save money into the ISA and the government will boost the savings in the ISA by 25% on completion...

Clinical Negligence Scandal

Jon Rees
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NHS Federation spokespeople grabbed headlines today seeking to curtail people’s ability to recover compensation where they have been injured as a result of clinical negligence. Here are some of the points being raised: £64bn worth of ‘in...

What is a Transfer of Equity?

Sharon Invernizzi
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A transfer of equity or transfer of title is when someone is added or removed from the title to a property. There can be a number of reasons why someone may wish to undertake a transfer of equity of their property. For instance, they may wish to...

The ET fee claims process

Kathryn Pickard
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Last Friday the employment team received remittance advice from HM Courts and Tribunals Service regarding our first application for Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) fee reimbursement.  The online reimbursement application process is quick and...

Help to Buy: Shared Ownership - What does it mean? Who can help?

Pasqualina Marcucci
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“Shared Ownership” is one of HM Government’s Help to Buy schemes. It is designed to help prospective purchasers who are unable to afford a mortgage for 100% of the property value. It instead offers the purchaser an opportunity to purchase a...

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

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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. ...

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