Why a simple will might not be enough!

Having a will in place is essential. Even by having in place a simple Will it enables you to do such things as choose your executors, the  guardians of any minor children surviving you and importantly to avoid the rules…

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave is the right afforded to parents to take time off following the birth or adoption of a child after a period of Maternity Leave has ended. The Government guidance confirms that to be eligible to take Shared…

Increase to Basic Award

With effect from 6 April 2018, The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 increased the rates for statutory redundancy pay, the basic award for unfair dismissal and the compensatory award for unfair dismissal as follows:- Statutory Redundancy Pay The…

The end of the ‘meal ticket’ for life?

The Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Waggott v Waggott is a warning to any party who is considering appealing a decision relating to maintenance. This case highlights the risks associated with litigation and how appealing a court’s…

Gender Pay Gap Reporting deadline

It has been reported that more than 1500 companies have failed to report their gender pay gap figures in accordance with the deadline earlier this month. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission will now investigate these failures and could take…

Break clauses: how to avoid the traps

A large number of my clients are commercial tenants and following the financial earthquake that shook the nation in 2008, commercial tenants are adopting a more cautious approach by taking shorter leases. Almost every client of mine also insists on…

Q: My father has been diagnosed with aggressive Alzheimers Disease and my mum is struggling to cope with their finances as she has not dealt with them before. They never made any Powers of Attorney or Lasting Powers of Attorney and my friend says Social Services will have to deal with matters – is this correct?

A: Although it is wise to make a Lasting Power of Attorney when you have full mental capacity so that if capacity is lost (such as in your father’s case it seems) there is someone appointed to look after their…