What happens when two or more people die in uncertain circumstances?

We often hear that we are living in a society where many are living to an older age. Couples divorce or separate, some remarry and the family tree is often much more complicated than in years gone by.   As a result, if insufficient consideration to regular estate planning is not given, this can result in … Continue reading What happens when two or more people die in uncertain circumstances?

Maternity employment rights

Maternity employment rights  I have been in my current job for five years and I recently found out I am pregnant, what are my rights as an employee?  You are not required to inform your employer of your pregnancy until the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth. However, you will not be able … Continue reading Maternity employment rights

Guidance for Directors – Issuing Shares

ISSUING SHARES As part of our series, Guidance for Directors, please find below a quick summary outlining key legislation governing this area of Company Law and the process that the board of directors of private or unlisted public companies should go through in order to issue new shares in a company. For the purposes of … Continue reading Guidance for Directors – Issuing Shares

Holiday and Travel claims

We are now well into the holiday season when travel is often at the forefront of our minds and we are getting excited about the prospect of journeying away for some deserved rest and relaxation. Sadly however problems can arise associated with holidays abroad.  These can include, for example, the common occurrence of Noro Virus … Continue reading Holiday and Travel claims

Case Analysis: Avoid a dispute and use a solicitor to make a Will

In the last few weeks the case involving a retired wealthy BA pilot, Chris Burgess has been reported in the media.  I can’t help but read this case and feel that had his mother, Mrs Freda Burgess, sought professional independent advice, litigation could have been avoided. In 2012, Jim Burgess (a former solicitor and Judge) … Continue reading Case Analysis: Avoid a dispute and use a solicitor to make a Will

Shared Ownership could be that helping hand to get on the property ladder

If you are a first time buyer and looking to purchase a property, Shared Ownership is a scheme that will allow you to do so if you cannot afford to buy on the open market. Shared Ownership gives first time buyers and those that do not currently own a home the opportunity to purchase a … Continue reading Shared Ownership could be that helping hand to get on the property ladder

The Purpose of a Settlement Agreement

The Purpose of a Settlement Agreement In employment law, a settlement agreement is an agreement whereby a current or former employee or worker agrees to waive or settle a claim (or, all possible claims) against the employer in return for a payment, usually on termination of employment. Statutory requirements for a settlement agreement The agreement … Continue reading The Purpose of a Settlement Agreement

Employment Tribunal Delays

The Law Society Gazette referring to a survey by the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has highlighted delays in the Employment Tribunal where delays of several months are occurring and there are problems securing replies to phone calls and letters. The problems with delay have been exacerbated by the reversal by the Supreme Court in July 2017 … Continue reading Employment Tribunal Delays

Powers of Attorney or Deputyship Orders – why do I need them?

At a time when we are growing to a greater age than ever before, the benefit of having Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) is increasingly important, not just because of the greater numbers living with dementia but because they also make day to day living easier for those living with physical infirmities such as a … Continue reading Powers of Attorney or Deputyship Orders – why do I need them?

Contractual terms- Letters of Intent & Implied Terms

Some thoughts regarding contractual terms: Letters of intent When trying to conclude a commercial deal it is tempting for the parties to use a ‘letter of intent’ to cover the points on which they cannot agree. A letter of intent is a temporary binding or non-binding agreement before formal negotiations are concluded. Typically letters of … Continue reading Contractual terms- Letters of Intent & Implied Terms