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Empty Properties
Empty Properties

As many of you will know, from 1 April 2013, the government has made changes to council tax discounts and exemptions that can be applied to empty properties. In general, each local authority has...

New help for people who have to manage an account for someone else
New help for people who have to manage an account for someone else

People who need to manage a bank or building society account for someone else as a result of that person’s lack of physical or mental capacity will now be supported by a new guidance framework...

Budget 2013 - Key Points
Budget 2013 - Key Points

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has unveiled his Budget for 2013.  We list below the key points of the Government's 2013 Budget: Personal Taxation The individual personal...

Do you have a Social Media Policy?

The growing use of social media has raised questions about whether employees who post political or religious views on Facebook can be found to have brought their employer into disrepute. In Smith v...

Terminology

Where an employee is in receipt of private health insurance, an employer might find themselves on the wrong side of a claim for breach of contract where that employee is dismissed. The success or...

Employment Law Changes - April 2013

Employment law is a fast-moving and changing area, which can make it difficult, particularly for the small employer, to keep up to date with changes. In general, the Department for Business,...

Mother of disabled boy sues Queen's Hospital

The mother of a disabled baby is seeking medical negligence compensation from the Queen's Hospital in Romford, the BBC reported. Emma Morgan is accusing staff at the hospital of failing to...

The Green Deal

We provide an overeview of the Green Deal, the new government scheme set up to help property owners improve the energy efficiency of their proerties.  What is the Green Deal? The Green...

Care home fees. Are you eligible for a refund? Time is running out!

Pardoes are urging families to double check any care home fees that have been paid for elderly relatives, as claims for refunds for fees paid incorrectly must be made by 31 March 2013....

Squatting in a residential building set to become a criminal offence

As of 1 September 2012 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 created a new criminal offence of squatting in a residential building. The new offence is committed when a...