Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cohabitation Rights Bill goes to Committee Stage

The Cohabitation Rights Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords on 12 December 2014 and has now passed through to the Committee Stage. The news was welcomed by many supporters who have long campaigned for this area … Continue reading

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Employment Tribunal fees – the saga continues

In February 2014 I blogged about how UNISON had failed to persuade the High Court to quash the Employment Tribunal fee regime that was introduced in July 2013. One of the main reasons for the failure of the original challenge, … Continue reading

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That’s VAT!

The VAT element of a commercial property transaction is important for all parties involved (buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and of course their respective solicitors) and it is critical for VAT to be addressed at the outset of every transaction and, … Continue reading

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In Confidence

Directors are trusted with a substantial amount of confidential information about their company. Information can be communicated and accessed in many different forms and it can therefore be difficult to control especially if a director leaves a company. So what … Continue reading

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Walking the tightrope with references

“It is a relevant circumstance that, in many cases an employee will stand no chance of getting another job, let alone a better job, unless he has been given a reference” The words above are those of Lord Slynn in … Continue reading

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Bowled over and battered Blacks’n’blue

Yorkshire County Cricket Club    7   –   0   Blacks Solicitors LLP History was made at a frosty Nethermoor Park on Tuesday when Blacks Solicitors took on County Champions, Yorkshire CCC in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.  A star filled line … Continue reading

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Implications of the New Stamp Duty Regime

The Stamp Duty regime for residential properties changed at midnight last night. The previous regime charged Stamp Duty at a fixed percentage for purchase prices falling within specified brackets. For example, a purchase price of £0 to £125,000 attracted Stamp … Continue reading

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Repair and maintenance of shared estate roads

Seeking contributions towards the maintenance of a shared estate road can be tricky, especially if the estate road owner is not in the habit of maintaining and repairing the road and recovering costs from the parties that benefit from a … Continue reading

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