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The ‘gig’ economy – where are we now?

If you have had a takeaway delivered, or organised a private cab to give you a lift somewhere, you will have experienced the “gig” economy. According to the Chartered Institute for Professional Development, roughly 1.3 million people in the UK now work in the gig economy, where instead of a r....

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Neighbourhood Plans – your chance to have your say

Introduced under the Localism Act 2011, neighbourhood planning gives communities the right to have a say in shaping the development of their local area. In simple terms, Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan, and the policies contained within them are then used in the dete....

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Government proposals to limit the sale of newbuild leasehold homes

When you’re looking to buy a property, it’s not uncommon nowadays to find not just flats but also new-build houses for sale on a leasehold basis. With leasehold properties, buyers can have the option to buy the freehold - the land the property stands on - at some point. Leasehold property owners....

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The Green Belt – should we use it to solve the housing crisis?

The concept of a ‘green belt’ was first put forward by the Greater London Regional Planning Committee back in 1935 as a way of restricting urban growth. Their proposal was to provide “a reserve supply of public open spaces and of recreational areas and to establish a green belt or girdle of op....

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Wills – new proposals could see the advent of the email Will

An estimated 40 per cent of adults die each year in the UK without a Will. Sadly, this means that under the laws of intestacy which apply where no Will exists, a deceased’s estate could go to blood relations that they may not have been close to, rather than loved ones they would have chosen to be ....

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Domestic violence – not just a problem faced by women

It’s a sad fact of life that domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their social class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle. Much of the media coverage of domestic violence issues highlights the plight of women who find themselves on the receiving end of physical, psycholo....

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Boundary disputes – how to avoid crossing the line

Every year, neighbours find themselves falling out over boundary issues such as building works, fences, tree branches, leylandii hedges and shared access to property. Fierce battles are often waged over just a few inches of land, and can sometimes turn into prolonged and expensive legal disputes. ....

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Why every business should think about their social media policy

Social media plays an increasingly important part in all our lives, and Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging have also become part and parcel of modern business communications. This means it’s more important than ever that employers set out clearly what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour when....

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My Planning Application has been refused, what can I do?

It can come as a nasty blow to hear that your Planning Application has been refused, and you’ll be left wondering what your options are. Your local planning authority must provide reasons in writing as to why your application was turned down, so it’s worth going through these thoroughly to get a....

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We’re divorcing and don’t have any assets to divide, do I need to do anything?

Yes, you do. Even in situations where both spouses trust each other, and neither intends to make a financial claim against the other, there is always a risk that if one of the spouse’s financial circumstances were to change, then the other party might decide at that stage to make a financial claim....

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Declarations of Trust: What are they and when should you be making them

Declarations of Trust are used to set out the interests of parties where property is held by more than one person. A Declaration of Trust can for example be entered into by couples purchasing their first home or when a partner moves into an existing home, or when embarking on a joint business ventur....

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Delayed or missed diagnosis by a doctor – what can I do?

For the most part, doctors and health professionals do an excellent job and perform to high standards of care and treatment. However, on occasions patients can find that that their condition is misdiagnosed, or there is an unacceptable delay in getting the correct diagnosis and treatment in place. ....

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