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Garden wars – dealing with neighbour disputes

By Rachel Harrison in Uncategorized

When disputes arise between you and your neighbours it can be a particularly stressful and unpleasant time. Examples of problems can include: arguments over where the correct boundary to your property lies, issues over access and rights of way or anti-social behaviour. Unfortunately, unless carefully managed, a dispute with your neighbour can lead to expensive… Read more »

Nov 21

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Settlement Agreements: Protecting your business

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Wish to avoid wasted management time; protracted formal processes; the risk of employment claims and compensation, defence costs and adverse publicity? Yes? A Settlement (Compromise) Agreements may be the answer. Settlement Agreements used to be called Compromise Agreements and are used to contractually agree the exit of an Employee or Worker from employment with a… Read more »

Nov 20

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Local councillor urges traffic calming measures to be introduced

By Laura Murphy in Personal Injury

A Local Councillor has told the Lancashire Telegraph of his pleas to Lancashire County Council to install a zebra crossing opposite St Augustine’s RC High School in Billington and for the speed limit to be reduced following an accident in which he was the pedestrian victim on 17th October. Injuries of the utmost severity were… Read more »

Nov 20

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Are solicitors necessary in drawing up a will?

By Rachel Conroy in Wills Trusts and Probate

We probably all realise that we need to make a Will to make sure that our money and property passes to our nearest and dearest, but is it really necessary to see a Solicitor and pay their fees or can we just make a Will using a form from the internet or simply write out… Read more »

Nov 19

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The perils of zero hour contracts

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Zero hours contracts have historically been used in retail and the care industry as they can provide a benefit to businesses when managing fluctuations in demand. However it is the Government’s view that over the last few years and during the recent recession, these have been exploited by businesses. Further to a Government consultation, the… Read more »

Nov 19

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Organised child sex abuse is widespread in England

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

MPs have today reported that organised child sex abuse is widespread in England. They base this on the findings of Professor Alexis Jay whose report brought into the public domain the abuse of 1400 children in the Rotherham area between 1997 and 2013. In previous blogs I have criticised the repeated reports that are published… Read more »

Nov 18

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ACAS early conciliation – points to consider for the employer

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

ACAS Early Conciliation became mandatory in May of this year. This now means that before an individual can lodge most claims in the Employment Tribunal, they must first contact ACAS by completing an online form or by telephone. An ACAS officer will then contact the individual to obtain some initial information and to see if… Read more »

Nov 18

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How could proposed inhertence tax changes affect you?

By Rachel Conroy in Wills Trusts and Probate

With the next General Election looming the Prime Minister, David Cameron has stated once more that he would like to increase the Inheritance Tax threshold to £1 million. As the percentage of Estates that pays Inheritance Tax is in single figures this proposal would not affect many estates but those it did affect would have… Read more »

Nov 17

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Settlement agreements – an employees perspective

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Employees

We have seen a recent influx of Employee clients needing legal advice, assistance and support upon receipt of a settlement (compromise) agreement from their Employer. Being issued with a settlement (compromise) agreement can be a worrying and stressful time for an Employee and their family as they find themselves suddenly facing an imminent unplanned exit… Read more »

Nov 14

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Legal aid restrictions overturned in claim against police

By Nicole Bridgman in Action Against the Police

A High Court decision has overturned restrictions imposed as a result of government cuts as an attempt to deny access to Legal Aid to a woman suing the police for false imprisonment was defeated. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) are focused on reducing spending in the Courts. The recent… Read more »

Nov 14

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Parents denied legal aid may be allowed funding from another source

By Angharad Bentley in Family / Divorce

Parents the length of England and Wales are feeling the cuts to legal aid brought about in April 2013. Presently, legal aid is only available in very limited circumstances for parents and is, in most cases, subject to means testing. Since the cuts a great deal of parents find themselves appearing in person at court,… Read more »

Nov 13

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Sex abuse success in East Lancashire

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

East Lancashire today claim to be winning the war on gang groomers. As a child abuse Lawyer based in East Lancashire I would certainly agree that the “Engage” initiative set up in 2006 has been a huge success. The towns of East Lancashire are remarkably similar to Rochdale and Rotherham, places that have both reached… Read more »

Nov 12

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Claimants continue to come forward in relation to Stone Cross School

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Over the last 5 years, our abuse claims lawyers have seen a steady stream of new cases involving Stone Cross School. Stone Cross was an educational establishment on the border of Lancashire and Cumbria where pupils with difficulties from the Lancashire area were often sent in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The council run… Read more »

Nov 11

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Employment handbooks – what employers should consider

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

Implementing and maintaining an up-to-date employee handbook is an essential asset for any employer as it represents the business’ core values and sets out what is expected of employees. Despite this, some employers fail to recognise the importance of an employee handbook. Why are employee handbooks important? An employee handbook sets out what is expected… Read more »

Nov 10

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Coffey report attracts the lack of publicity it deserved

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

In a blog prior to the release of Ann Coffey’s report into the aftermath of child abuse in Rochdale and other areas I express my scepticism about yet another report into abuse. I was always dubious about how useful a report could be which was instigated and funded by Greater Manchester Police when part of… Read more »

Nov 07

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