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New guidelines to tackle late payment problem

The problems small firms face with late payments from larger businesses is being tackled in a new set of guidelines put forward by the government. Hundreds of large firms have signed the Prompt Payment Code but many of them don’t always meet the standards required. Overdue invoices have been....

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Views sought on changes to Inheritance Tax regulations

The Government is seeking views on its plans to alter some Inheritance Tax (IHT) regulations in April. The Government is seeking views on its plans to alter some Inheritance Tax (IHT) regulations in April. The changes will increase the IHT-exempt amount that a person living in the UK can trans....

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Thousands reserve a home using Help to Buy scheme

Four thousand people reserved a home through the Help to Buy scheme in the two months since it came into effect in April. Four thousand people reserved a home through the Help to Buy scheme in the two months since it came into effect in April. The Home Builders Federation is delighted with the....

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Cleaning company granted injunction to protect its business

A cleaning company has been granted an interim injunction preventing former franchisees from competing with it until disputed issues can be dealt with in court. The company made the move to block two franchisees from competing for the same business in Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire. The....

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Mother of sex offender compensated for unfair dismissal

A teaching assistant who was sacked because she wanted to remain in contact with her sex offender son has been awarded £28,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal. A teaching assistant who was sacked because she wanted to remain in contact with her sex offender son has been awarded £28,000 in ....

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Charitable giving in a will

Giving a gift in your will to a charity is a popular way to give away a share of your estate to causes which you care about. To some charities legacies are almost essential for their survival. Charitable giving in a will Giving a gift in your will to a charity is a popular way to give away a s....

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Delighting clients yet again

A delighted client of our Medical Negligence team has sent a large bouquet of flowers to Sarah Wealleans, a rising star, in the team. Her client was pleased not only because of the result but the way in which Sarah handled the case. ....

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Public ‘at risk’ as will writing remains unregulated

The Law Society says the Government decision not to regulate will writing puts the public at risk of being exploited by unqualified and unscrupulous practitioners. The Law Society says the Government decision not to regulate will writing puts the public at risk of being exploited by unqualified a....

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Surgical line left in woman’s heart after operation

A woman has received £55,000 compensation after a surgeon left a venous line in her heart when she was a child. The woman was born with a congenital heart disease. She had open heart surgery in 1982, 1988 and 1993 at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 2009, during cardiac investigations it was ....

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Divorcing husband cannot protect assets in his companies

The Supreme Court has delivered a landmark ruling that divorcing husbands cannot protect their assets by signing them over to companies – a practice described as a “cheat’s charter” by some lawyers. The Supreme Court has delivered a landmark ruling that divorcing husbands cannot protect t....

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Woman awarded £700,000 after operation went wrong

A woman has been awarded £700,000 compensation after an operation to remove a varicose vein went wrong. During the operation, the surgeon hooked out the common peroneal nerve rather than a varicose vein when operating on her left knee. The nerve was torn away. A plastic surgeon tried to....

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Hospital admits failings which led to the death of woman

Madeline Seibert, Partner in the Medical Negligence Department represents family at Inquest heard yesterday. The family of a woman who was left to fall onto her face in hospital, despite being admitted for a head injury, heard about the 'serious failings’ in her care at an inquest yesterday.  ....

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