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Jun 18

Online divorce – a new digital era

This month a new online divorce system is being rolled out across England and Wales. Following a testing phase last year, online divorce is now an option for many people...

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Apr 18

Looking for fair solutions in farm succession

In succession planning for farmers, I am often asked to comment on the fairness of the distribution of assets between the farming child or children and the non-farming children. In...

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Mar 18

How mediation can help resolve a dispute

When dealing with complex rural based disputes, whether of a property, family or commercial nature, the question of whether the case should be mediated is an important consideration that should...

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Jan 18

Businesses need to prepare for changes in data protection laws

New data protection laws (GDPR) will be introduced this May and businesses in the region will need to adapt and plan resource around it. The mismanagement of data can already...

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Dec 17

An Employer’s Guide to Christmas

Christmas can present a myriad of challenges for employers and finding the right balance between playing Santa and Scrooge can be difficult. As the festive season gets underway, here’s some...

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Nov 17

Why managed succession to the family business makes financial sense

The saying “rags to riches to rags in three generations” is not lacking in truth and it is often the case that the obvious exit for the owners of successful...

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Oct 17

Are you buying, selling or leasing a commercial property?

Get the ‘Heads of Terms’ right! If you’re involved in a commercial property transaction then it’s advisable to have proper Heads of Terms (HOTS) in place from the outset. These...

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May 17

Holiday Pay – Sunshine on a Rainy Day

So the clouds have finally parted for employers with the Employment Appeal Tribunal shedding light on how far back in time a worker is able to claim unlawful deductions from...

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Apr 17

In pursuit of testamentary freedom

It is generally acknowledged that by writing a Will you are ensuring that your wishes will be respected following your death, however this isn’t always the case. Following a decade...

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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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Aug 16

Judgment day, make them pay

Recovering debts quickly, efficiently and in the most time effective way is essential for you and your business. In these uncertain times debts can quickly mount up, get out of...

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Jul 16

The Bank of Mum and Dad

It’s the perfect bank with low interest rates and flexible repayment terms – it’s the Bank of Mum and Dad! It is estimated that in 2016 this ‘bank’ will lend (or...

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Jul 16

Disputed rights of way – A practical guide

Disputed rights of way are a common cause of friction between rural land owners. I am often asked to advise when a right of way is being interfered with or...

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Jun 16

Important Legal Changes for Companies

Since 6 April 2016, most companies and LLPs are required to hold a specific register of ‘People with Significant Control’, a PSC Register. There is now an obligation to take...

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May 16

Beware Not Declaring Gifts!

A recent appeal considered by the Tax Tribunal has highlighted the importance of the disclosure of lifetime gifts made by deceased individuals. Robert Hutchings died in October 2009, leaving an...

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Apr 16

Additional nil rate band

In line with their election promise, the Government has introduced legislation providing for an additional “residence” inheritance tax-free or nil rate allowance. The allowance will be in addition to the...

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Apr 16

Wind Farm Investment? 10 Things You Might Want to Know…

Many landowners presume that the most difficult part of a wind farm business is the initial set-up.  In particular, securing planning permission, sourcing the infrastructure and entering into numerous supply...

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Apr 16

Forget Me Not

Remember McKelvey v HMRC, back in 2008?  Section 11 Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (IHTA) was put under the spotlight when a successful claim was made using the relief. The deceased...

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Apr 16

Five simple ways to protect your business!

There is no way of ensuring that you will never have to deal with a serious employee issue or face a tribunal claim.  There are, however, steps you can take...

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Mar 16

It’s all Down to the Planning!

The demand for new homes and the call for development sites provide a real opportunity for landowners with suitably placed land. Developers and builders are very active and options and...

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Mar 16

Succession Planning – The Top Tips

Succession planning for land and business owners is complex. As well as a multitude of family considerations there are numerous legal and other issues. It is far from a checklist...

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Feb 16

Your Digital Legacy

Have you thought about what will happen to your digital legacy when you die?  You might have prepared a Will to deal with your investments and property, but have you...

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Dec 15

Parking Fine Judgment Opens Door for Penalty Clause Changes

The Supreme Court in the recent case of ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis has significantly departed from the previously well-established law relating to contractual penalty clauses. A penalty clause is a...

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Nov 15

The Top 10 Most Common Disputes Relating to Wills

Jonathan Mortimer, Head of Dispute Resolution at Raworths, has listed the most frequently seen disputes relating to wills and the administration of estates based upon his experience in the field....

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Oct 15

Important Changes to Companies’ Administration

A series of changes that will affect all companies are coming into force as a result of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. The new legislation intends to...

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Sep 15

Travelling to Work is Work!

This was a headline on the front page of a newspaper recently that would no doubt have grabbed all workers’ attention!  The headline relates to a recent European case in...

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Aug 15

Collaborative Divorce – Like Finding Hens’ Teeth?

Separation or divorce is nearly always distressing, challenging and, invariably, sad.  The resulting change, emotion, financial realities and the needs of children often mean that rational thought and common sense...

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Jul 15

The end of ‘Revenge Evictions’ – is it going to be harder to evict a residential tenant?

Although the UK’s private residential rental market is relatively unregulated compared with other major European countries, all too often it can seem that the tenant holds the trump cards given...

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Jun 15

Can I Contest a Relative’s Will Successfully

I frequently meet individuals following a death in the family who wish to contest a relative’s will.  They usually feel extremely aggrieved by the provision or lack of it which...

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May 15

When to pop the alternative question?

When to pop the question "Will you marry me?" weighs heavily on the minds of many fiancés-to-be but the timing of the request to dissolve any marriage or civil partnership...

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Apr 15

Farming Divorces – Five Things Worth Knowing

All farmers know that life is stressful and that there is rarely enough time or money to achieve all you want.  Add that to the everyday stresses of married life...

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Mar 15

Shared Parental Leave – Will it Really Change Things?

The arrival of a baby is an exciting but challenging time.  There are sleepless nights, nappy changing and a crying baby to deal with.  A mother can now share all...

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Mar 15

Agricultural Employment Contracts: Protection is better than cure!

Farmers and agricultural businesses are often more used to dealing with and adapting to vast swathes of legislation than many regular commercial businesses. Employment legislation and its impact on rural...

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Feb 15

Spousal Maintenance – Till death do us part – or is it?

The thorny issue of Spousal Maintenance often provokes heated debate during financial proceedings on divorce. However it isn’t only a concern for headline-grabbing celebrities and multi-millionaires, it is a reality...

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Jan 15

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Shared Parental Pay (SPP)

The twin rights to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Shared Parental Pay (SPP) were born in December 2014 and have been crying for attention ever since! Babies born on or...

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Dec 14

Farming partnership disputes – Why are they so common?

Of all of the types of business ownership disputes which I come across, ones relating to farms are usually the hardest to resolve. Sometimes the basis of the dispute can...

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Dec 14

Happy New Year? The Dos and Donts of D(ivorce)-Day

The New Year brings with it a fresh start – a clean slate.  Often this is an opportunity to tackle an unhappy marriage. For those people, Christmas is a period...

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Nov 14

Overtime and Holiday Pay – Recent Developments

On 4 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) handed down its decision in Bear Scotland Ltd v. Fulton (and conjoined cases) which confirmed that non-guaranteed overtime should be taken into account when...

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Oct 14

Divorce and Family Pets

Unfortunately when relationships break down, both for married and non-married couples, this leads to a division of the parties’ jointly-owned assets and a restructuring of the time that any children...

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Aug 14

Employment Law – Dress Code

Will your Dress Code stand up to Scrutiny? There’s an old joke in the employment law and HR world which goes something along the lines of, “Someone told me to...

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Aug 14

The Good Divorce – Rare as Hen’s Teeth?

Is there such a thing as a good divorce? Or is this as much a myth as ‘hen’s teeth’? Some couples realise that the relationship isn’t working and they are...

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Jul 14

Is it All-Change for Trust Law?

The directors and shareholders of private companies and the beneficiaries of trusts may be required to be named in a centrally-held, publicly-accessible register. In February 2014, the European Parliament passed...

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Jul 14

Why I Never Promise to be Exclusive

Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the symptoms of a booming property market are riding roughshod over the normal conveyancing process leaving chaos and havoc in their wake. Farmland...

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Jun 14

How Recent Changes in Business Law Could Affect You

On 13 June 2014, changes came into force which alter the way businesses deal with consumers. The Distance Selling Regulations 2000 are being replaced by the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation...

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Jun 14

Avoid Snapping Under the New Flexible Working Regime

New legislation comes into force on 30 June 2014. This expands, and allegedly simplifies, the current right to request flexible working. To bend with the times employers need to know...

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Jun 14

World Cup Dream or Disciplinary Nightmare?

The current England team carries very low expectations into this year’s football World Cup, but what can you expect from your workforce during the tournament? Absenteeism / Leaving Early As...

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Jun 14

The Living Together Labyrinth

The last thing on your mind when you start living together is what will happen if you separate. It may not be romantic but it is vital that you understand...

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May 14

Commercial Rent Arrears – All Change

On 6 April 2014 landlords of commercial premises lost one of the most important and flexible weapons in their armoury. Prior to this change, the common law remedy of distress...

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Apr 14

Ostrich farmers? Why Sticking your Head in the Sand just won’t do!

Last week’s Industry Eye column dealt with the importance of making provision for your family if you have a farming business. I qualified as a mediator nearly twenty years ago...

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Apr 14

More Change ahead for Employment Law

For many years we have sympathised with employers who have found that taking on staff is an increasingly risky business.  The breadth of potential claims has widened out of recognition...

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Mar 14

The Cohabitation Conundrum

It may not be romantic but it is vital that you know your legal rights when you start living with another person.  The number of unmarried couples living together has...

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Feb 14

Not-so-Small Claims in the Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court has previously been a venue for claims of £5,000 or less to be resolved quicker, at less cost and more informally for Claimants. As a result...

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Jan 14

Farewell to CSA

A Gradual Farewell to the Child Support Agency Most people are only too aware of the problems encountered by the Child Support Agency (CSA). In an attempt to redress this,...

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Jan 14

Divorce and the Family Farm

Splitting up the Farm - how Divorce can impact on Farm Viability According to the Office of National Statistics, 42% of all marriages end in divorce.  Farmers are certainly not...

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Dec 13

Zero-hours workers are not employees, right?…Wrong!

Ask a lawyer and the answer is frustratingly likely to be a resounding ‘maybe’. No guaranteed hours is no guarantee of non-employee status. A well-drafted contract is a step in...

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Nov 13

Can my business walk away from its lease early?

Many tenants like to include what is called a break clause in their lease.  Such a clause provides tenants with flexibility since they can either allow the lease to run...

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Oct 13

Are your business’s standard terms and conditions worth the paper they’re written on?

As the economy continues to show signs of recovery there is a growing feeling of optimism amongst businesses of all sizes.  However, it is crucial that businesses do not overlook...

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Aug 13

Zero-hours Contracts, Zero Liability?

Condemned by the press as draconian and employer-biased, zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) offer no guarantee of work and may prevent the worker from working elsewhere. Rumour has it they offer no...

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May 13

New Employee Status ‘Employee Shareholder’

It has recently been announced that the government intends to implement the new "employee shareholder" employment status on 1 September 2013. This means that in consideration of the individual becoming...

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May 13

Employment Tribunal Fees

Fees will be introduced in Employment Tribunals for the first time.  The government is working towards an implementation date of the end of July 2013.  A claimant will be required...

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