Law Updates

Public Procurement Law Update

15th September 2014

The procurement regime has undergone widespread modification as a result of three recent  European Directives. The Directives came into force...

Obtaining Charging Orders

23rd May 2013

With the recent change in rules, creditors can now obtain a Charging Order against a debtors' property with much more ease, even...

Holidays lost to sickness

2nd November 2012

In October 1998 the Working Time Regulations (WTRs) come into force introducing for the very first time in the United...

French Taxes Update

11th October 2012

Following the appointment of new French President François Hollande in May 2012 the French Government has made a number of...

French taxes are changing

9th July 2012

Following the appointment of new French President François Hollande in May 2012 the French Government is in the throws of...

Changes regarding protection of tenants’ deposits following the Localism Act 2011

21st June 2012

Landlords and their agents should be aware that when provisions of the Localism Act 2011 were brought into force that...

Working and living together – pitfalls for unwary cohabitants

14th June 2012

The recent case of Geary v Rankine [2012]  further highlights the potential financial disadvantage a cohabitant may face if he...

NHS criticised for its heavy handed approach in disciplining nursing staff working with vulnerable groups

21st February 2012

In the recently reported case of Crawford v Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust  [2012], an NHS employer dismissed two...

French holiday home and French succession laws

18th November 2011

We are currently considering purchasing a holiday home in France. My husband John has 2 children from a previous marriage...

Preventing Wills being contested

15th July 2010

It is always worth remembering that where someone who is elderly and/or in poor health has a Will professionally drawn...

Fathers to get six months of paternity leave

2nd February 2010

The Government’s recent announcement on 28th January 2010 confirmed an extension of paternity leave to fathers which will take effect...

Sickness on Holiday – Replacement Leave

30th October 2009

Most employers would consider it unavoidable bad luck if the annual leave of one of their workers was marred by...

Discretionary Trusts and The Change Of The Income Tax Rate From 40% To 50% With Effect From 5 April 2010

30th September 2009

Introduction The change in income tax rates which will be effective in the tax year 2010/2011 make it imperative to consider...

The default retirement age of 65 remains lawful…for now!

29th September 2009

The High Court has just handed down its decision in the high profile Heyday case ruling that, subject to the...

Government to scrap the Sick Note

23rd June 2009

The Government has announced plans to replace the current ‘sick note’ used by GPs with a new ‘fit note’. The ’fit...

Latest Judgement On Splitting A Family Business After Divorce

12th March 2009

Although only a first instance Judgment in the High Court, any owner of a business going through a divorce or...

Implications of New Planning Act 2008

10th February 2009

Under the newly-created Planning Act 2008 a new body called the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) - made up of experts...

Dealing with Estate Administration in France

4th February 2009

Having to deal with the administration of an estate after you have lost a relative can be challenging. It can...

Energy Performance Certificates [EPCs] – what do they mean to Landlords?

29th January 2009

From the 1st October 2008 ALL Landlords renting out their properties MUST ensure that they have obtained an Energy Performance...