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Dressed for the part?

What constitutes suitable clothing to wear for work can be a tricky question to answer. With the warm summer weather upon us, what dress code should employers adopt?

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Our Private Client teams

Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Private Client teams have seen continued organic growth and development in the last few months.

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£453m – a record divorce settlement

A British woman, 44, has secured a divorce settlement in the High Court of £435m from her 61-year-old husband who had built his £1bn fortune on the Russian energy market. She was awarded 41.5 per cent of the value of the marital assets.

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The much-reported ground rent scandal – what is at issue?

You may have seen reports about this in the press. Ground rents – the annual payments leaseholders make to the freeholder, the owner of the land - have in the past often been quite low. However, some developers -Taylor Wimpey amongst them - have begun selling houses as leasehold that traditionally would have been freehold, with clauses in the lease that allow the ground rent to rise dramatically over the years.

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Cybercrime and Law Firms

Cybercrime is now the most prevalent crime in the UK according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Law firms are proving to be an attractive target for cyber attacks as they often hold personal, business-critical and commercially-sensitive information.

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Increase in Probate Fees postponed

Ahead of the General Election on 8th June, the government postponed plans for a sharp rise in probate fees. Obtaining a grant of probate is the process by which someone is given authority to deal with the property, money and possessions of a person after they die. It is usually applied for by the executor of a Will or someone acting on their behalf.

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Is it time you reviewed your Will?

When was the last time you looked at your Will?

It’s easy to think that once you’ve drafted your Will, you can put it to one side and forget about it. That’s not always the case. In fact, there are several times throughout life when it makes sense to review a Will.

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Planning round-up with Salvatore Amico

We asked Salvatore Amico to sum up the current planning outlook, here’s what he had to say.

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The Dane End Lagoon and the SLADE Appeal

As experts in planning law, Salvatore Amico and his team work on a variety of cases for a wide range of clients. Residents of the tiny village of Dane End are particularly grateful for the skilful way that Salvatore fought their case and prevented a huge agricultural lagoon being built on their doorstep.

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The Housing white paper

The white paper, which is aptly entitled “Fixing our broken housing market”, looks at several ways in which the supply of new housing can be increased to meet the growing shortage of residential property. As the government freely admits, at least 250,000 new homes are needed every year to keep pace with demand.

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