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    This blog post relates to previous divorce laws. On 6 April 2022, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was implemented, heralding...
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    Following the landmark result of the referendum, interested parties may be inclined to capitalise or speculate on what comes next, but the immediate...
    Employees who take customer or client information when they leave their job might want to reconsider their actions following a recent warning from...
    Despite declaring a decision by the Supreme Court to allow his ex-wife to pursue a financial claim against him twenty years after they divorced,...
    Porter Dodson has been awarded the Investors in People Gold standard, joining the top 7% of accredited organisations across the UK who believe in...
    The provision of affordable housing has been a hot topic both in the media and Government for many years. Local Planning Authorities seek to control...
    When advising our clients about various disciplinary and performance issues, one of our first queries is likely to be about the employee’s terms of...
    The rather sad tale of equestrian lover Kristin Liden is a timely reminder of the precarious position of the so-called common law wife.
    Jane Morris gave up her career after she and her husband decided that she should stay at home and care for their three children. Her husband, Peter...
    This blog post relates to previous divorce laws. On 6 April 2022, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was implemented, heralding...
    From 1 April 2016, workers aged 25 and over are entitled to the National Living Wage, currently set at £7.20 per hour. It is, in effect, a new level...
    In just about every collaborative case handled, and the same is true for mediated cases, there comes a point where one or other of the parties, or...
    In February 2016, a woman won her legal battle to stop her partner’s share in their property passing to his estranged wife, but the matter did not...
    The Employment Tribunal has ruled that an employee at Starbucks was discriminated against on the ground of disability as a result of dyslexia. This...
    Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are becoming more popular as people plan ahead for a time when they may like or need assistance with their financial...
    The Royal Courts of Justice is set to hear a challenge against the legal ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships today, 19th...
    Judges from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have ruled that employers can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and webmail...
    It was announced in the Autumn budget last year that an additional Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge of 3% on the entire purchase price would be made...
    The Law Commission, which advises the government on reform, has carried out a scoping review of marriage law and concluded that it is outdated,...
    A well-known football player, in his mid 30s, has won a High Court ruling for a review of the child maintenance payments he had been ordered to pay...
    It is becoming increasingly common for employees not to have a fixed place of work. Many sales agents and home-based workers spend their time on the...
    The Supreme Court has today handed down two important Judgments. These send a clear message to all those involved in settling their financial...
    The average manager spends 20 working days each year dealing with absence issues; that’s one month out of twelve or just over 8% of working time. It...
    Porter Dodson, a UK Top 200 law firm, has today merged with the highly regarded local solicitors, Austen Whetham & Guest of South Street, Bridport.
    Most of us can say that at some point we’ve had a complaint about goods or services, relating to things such as retail companies, home improvement or...
    In the recent case of The British Waterways Board v Smith, the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that Mr Smith was fairly dismissed because of...
    The Government is consulting on the tax treatment of payments made to employees upon termination of their employment.
    A recent census by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 9% of people in the over 65 age bracket had divorced by 2011. Ten years...
    In addition to the current legislation regarding the calculation of holiday pay, there have been a number of recent court judgments on the topic.
    A Judge in the West Country has taken the unusual step of asking for help from the Press to trace a Somerset mother, who has gone on the run with her...
    Employers who do not guarantee staff any hours of work and prevent them from working for another employer will no longer be able to enforce such...
    Today, a judge in Northern Ireland has handed down an eagerly awaited judgment in relation to a row over a message supporting gay marriage to be iced...
    Over the last couple of weeks, we have fielded numerous calls and emails from worried business owners in respect of the emerging position over...
    Commercial lease break clauses continue to be a rich source of dispute and a challenging economic climate makes it easy to understand why. For...
    The Chancellor announced during the recent Budget that the government will review the uses of deeds of variation as these can currently be used to...
    Further to our earlier post on a former wife making financial claims years after divorcing her ex, five Supreme Court Justices have ruled that the...
    The press have widely reported the case of Wright, where a divorced wife was told by the court to get a job and not to expect her former husband, a...
    Last summer we were fortunate enough to see a wonderful array of family heirlooms when we hosted an antique valuation afternoon tea at Crowcombe...
    Coming up with an idea is only just the start for those venturing into new business. Turning that idea into trading reality involves time, energy,...
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    This time of year is particularly tough for businesses. A number of factors, including the inertia caused by the festive shutdown, can lead to a cash...
    This time last year I commented that the changes in lending rules in the Spring were likely to lead to a flurry of activity before the changes were...
    The Supreme Court is dealing with an appeal that could have far reaching consequences for people who divorced decades ago but did not deal with...
    The European Court of Justice (the ECJ) has ruled in the case of Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund (Case C-354/13) that obesity can constitute a...
    We recently commented on the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Bear Scotland v Fulton (“the EAT case”) which ruled that holiday pay should also...
    The Shared Parental Leave Regulations (“SPL Regulations”) provide parents with a new legal right that will allow them to share caring...
    The Chancellor’s announcement on Stamp Duty Land Tax levels is a positive and welcome move. I welcome the very short notice which meant that no-one...
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    Today’s ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that holiday pay should include overtime pay. This overturns the UK’s previous...
    In October 2014, The Times wrote an article on the subject of unregulated will-writing. It stated that a legal watchdog report warned that tens of...
    Family courts will presume that each parent will play a role in the life of their child as a result of the parental involvement provision which came...
    Since 1 October 2014, fathers and partners of an expectant mother are entitled to take unpaid time off work to accompany the expectant mother to...
    In England & Wales we operate two forms of conveyancing: one for property which is unregistered and the other where the property is registered with...
    In a recent ruling regarding financial settlement in a divorce case, Mr Justice Mostyn said that new relationships are a “fly in the ointment of...
    This blog post relates to previous divorce laws. On 6 April 2022, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was implemented, heralding...
    Having heard there would be a change to the law on 1st October governing the distribution of a person’s estate when they have died without a valid...
    With property prices in the south west remaining high in relation to salaries and more attractive mortgage deals only being available to those with a...
    If an Employment Tribunal member is apparently asleep for 15 – 20 seconds during a hearing and is observed drooling (though presumably drooling isn’t...
    With three-quarters of the UK population supporting charities over their lifetime, it’s easy to remember that there is a big difference between...
    Recent media coverage of the case of a child removed from hospital in Southampton and taken to Spain for medical treatment highlights how important...
    The recent High Court case of Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd v Hind (2014) has reconsidered the landowner’s duty to inspect trees on their land....
    The BBC has today reported on pressure to outlaw discrimination against employees on the grounds of tattoos. “Body art” is enjoying record levels of...
    Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) on property acquisitions is expensive. It is a tax which has not kept pace with inflation. The bands for SDLT have not...
    Landlords of residential properties, and their agents, who may have thought they were up to speed on the regulations governing registration of...
    As we commented in a previous blog post, chancel repair liability still continues to cause headaches for property lawyers and owners.
    The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment on a case which highlights falling rents following the recession. In the case of Barclays Wealth...
    Making a Will has never been more important. The “traditional” family unit of Mum, Dad and 2.4 children is now merely one of the myriad of family set...
    This week sees the second reading of a private member’s bill, the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, which was introduced by Baroness Deech earlier...
    Over the last few months there have been various legal developments relevant to medical practices. There are also other important changes on the...
    At Porter Dodson, we try to avoid bamboozling clients with legal jargon, but often get asked what is meant by the term “Caveat Emptor”. Translated...
    When thinking of making a Will, most of my clients assume that they can leave their estate to whomever they please and in any fashion they like....
    Until 6 April 2014 it had long been a cornerstone of a commercial landlord’s powers that, in the event of default in payment of rent, a landlord was...
    Questions and answers arising from the second in our series of Renewables seminars held across Somerset and Dorset. Additional questions and answers...
    The Telegraph reported this month that Family Law firms have seen “a surge of interest” in pre-nuptial agreements since the publication of the Law...
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ), in the case of British Gas v Lock, has held that holiday pay should not be limited to basic salary when the...
    In the landmark ruling of Clyde & Co v Bates van Winkelhof the Supreme Court has confirmed that a member of a limited liability partnership (LLP) is...
    This blog post relates to previous divorce laws. On 6 April 2022, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was implemented, heralding...
    When you are discussing the costs of buying a house or flat with your solicitor, he or she should mention searches. If you are getting a mortgage to...
    Written within the lecture notes of a nineteenth century lawyer named Abraham Lincoln are the words “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors...
    New applications for Child Maintenance are now being dealt with by the Child Maintenance Service. Existing cases using the Child Support Agency will...
    On Tuesday 6th May 2014 would-be claimants in the Employment Tribunal will first have to make contact with the arbitration service ACAS. This allows...
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    Obesity in the UK is a growing epidemic. The UK is the tenth fattest country in the world and one of the fattest in Europe with levels of obesity...
    Porter Dodson recently co-hosted a free Renewables seminar alongside Old Mill Accountants and Solar Systems in Somerset. The seminar provided an...
    As of 6 April 2014, it is no longer possible for an employer to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from its national insurance contribution. This is as...
    The Children and Families Act was given Royal Assent on 13th March 2014 meaning reforms will be introduced as part of the re-launched family court...
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    The Children and Families Bill awaits implementation shortly. We used to have “custody” and “access” of children on separation of parents. Then in...
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    The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, or TUPE, protects employees when they transfer from one employer to another...
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    This blog post relates to previous divorce laws. On 6 April 2022, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 was implemented, heralding...
    The European Commission has recently presented a new proposed framework agreement with the intention of driving the EU towards a low carbon economy....
    Plans for the world's first man-made, energy-generating lagoon were submitted for planning approval on 7th February 2014. Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon...
    With the rush of the 31 January deadline for tax self-assessment behind us for another year, business owners may well turn their thoughts to whether...
    The Law Commission has called for pre-nuptial agreements to be made legally binding in England and Wales. This recommendation follows a three year...
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