Monthly Archives: March 2011

Retirement dismissals: What now?

Whilst most employers will be aware that the default retirement age of 65 is to be abolished in April 2011 and that they will no longer be able to compulsorily retire employees, there is a general lack of understanding as … Continue reading

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Budget Changes: Reduction in Stamp Duty for Residential Property

Legislation will be introduced in the Finance Bill 2011 to provide a relief for buyers of residential property who purchase more than one dwelling from the same seller.  Under the current rules a buyer who buys multiple properties from the … Continue reading

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Government signals an end to squatters rights

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has today “locked the door” on squatters’ rights for good, by strengthening the Government’s advice to homeowners looking to protect their properties.  The Government will take steps in the New Year to make squatting a criminal … Continue reading

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Protecting your organisation against Employment Tribunal claims

Every day employers of all shapes and sizes are faced with often complicated employment issues when dealing with their staff.  With a minefield of ever-changing employment legislation, regulations and procedures, coping with employment problems can seem overwhelming. Blacks Solicitors LLP … Continue reading

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Employment Tribunal Reform

You may have read in the news recently that the Coalition Government is proposing to make it more difficult for employees to issue proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.  This is partly in response to the increasing number of Tribunal claims … Continue reading

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CSA to Start Charging Separating Parents

Maria Miller, the Government’s family spokesperson, has announced that the Child Support Agency will soon be charging for the services it provides.  At present, the Government estimates that it costs £460 million a year to fund the agency which currently … Continue reading

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Energy Performance Certificate Update

The Department of Communities and Local Government is bringing in a change to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirements, following the outcome of the consultation document.  In addition to the current requirements for an EPC, from 1st April 2011 an EPC … Continue reading

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