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Archive for September, 2016

Sep 16

Proper Planning Must Be Comprehensive

Many wills involve a degree of planning for Inheritance Tax (IHT) as well as just the appropriate division of the estate, but for any plan to be effective, it is...

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Sep 16

Social Workers Wield Great Power – But the Courts Are Watching!

Social workers can wield immense power over people's lives – but one case clearly shows how carefully their activities are regulated by the courts. A local authority was ordered to...

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Sep 16

Online 'Nazi' Slurs Bring Film Maker Libel Damages

The dangers of 'letting fly' on the Internet are legion and not sufficiently appreciated by some. Freedom of expression is not an absolute right, as one Internet blogger discovered to...

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Sep 16

Stamp Duty Land Tax and Second Properties – The Basics

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was brought in to replace the old 'stamp duty' and has been complex since its inception. Among the transactions subject to SDLT are residential property sales....

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Sep 16

Changes to Company Reporting Requirements

The annual return, a fixture of the company reporting cycle for decades, is being replaced by a simpler 'confirmation statement'. The main impact of the change is that the confirmation statement...

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Sep 16

Bank of Mum and Dad Lending Issues

A recent report that the 'bank of Mum and Dad' is one of the leading sources of finance for house purchase will come as no surprise to many – it...

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Sep 16

What Are Financial Needs?

When financial settlements are being made on divorce, one crucial aspect that is taken into account in deciding the structure and value of the settlement is the 'financial needs' of...

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Sep 16

Consumer Protection Regulations

Businesses that deal with the public are reminded that legislation will come into effect soon to give consumers better protection under the law than they currently have. The Consumer Rights Act...

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Sep 16

Out-Of-Date Family Trust Varied to Recognise Same-Sex Spouses

Family trusts often date back many years, and those who drafted them could not have been expected to foresee all the dramatic social changes that have happened since pen was...

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Sep 16

Tougher Rules on Illegal Working Now In Force

The Immigration Act 2016 contains a wide range of measures, including new rules intended to crack down on businesses that employ those who do not have permission to work in...

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Sep 16

Religion or Belief Discrimination – What Constitutes a Philosophical Belief?

When the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 were first introduced, employees were protected from discrimination by reason of any 'religion, religious belief or similar philosophical belief'. The wording...

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Sep 16

Homeworking and an Employer's Duties

Since 30 June 2014, all employees who have worked for their employer continuously for 26 weeks have the right to ask their employer if they can work flexibly. For many...

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Sep 16

E-cigarettes in the Workplace

Legislation under the Health Act 2006 that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in vehicles used for work does not cover the use of...

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Sep 16

Leasehold Details Can Prove Costly for Retirees

With an ageing population, purpose-built retirement properties are becoming more and more prevalent. It is important when considering the purchase of such a property to look very carefully at the...

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Sep 16

Raworths ranked in eight areas of Law

The latest edition of Legal 500, a well-respected national guide to law firms, has just been released and Raworths Solicitors are delighted to have been recommended in eight areas of...

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Sep 16

The rise and risk of social media

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp… all part of a day’s work? They are for many employees. Estimates show that Facebook alone has 1.44 billion monthly active users and that over 50%...

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Sep 16

Complaints Mount on Pension Liberation Advice

For some years now, pensions have been made increasingly flexible, and the Government recently introduced greater choice as to how savers can use their pension pots on retirement. The cornerstone of...

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Sep 16

Need Overcomes Equality Claim in Divorce Settlement

With new guidance having been issued regarding the interpretation of 'need' for the purpose of financial settlements on divorce, a recent case shows how the courts have been moving away...

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Sep 16

Roles Split When Stress Makes Attorney Unreliable

Appointing an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is normally a sensible precaution. The procedure allows one's financial affairs (and, if required, matters relating to health and welfare)...

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Sep 16

Video: Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2016

We are proud to support the Harrogate International Festival with sponsorship of the 2016 Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival. As part of this years' festival we produced a short video for the...

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Sep 16

Community Rejects Eyesore Wind Turbines

Wind farms can be seen for miles around and their visual impact on nearby heritage assets can frequently prove decisive in planning terms. That was certainly so in one case...

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Sep 16

Exceptional Cases Justify Experimental Care

In a unique decision, which will give hope to people who have family members being denied experimental treatments by the NHS on costs grounds, the NHS has been ordered to...

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