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Convicted paedophile faces lengthy prison sentence after abducting and sexually assaulting young boy

By Paul Corrigan in Abuse Claims

Almost daily we are met with more and more headlines concerning the issue of sexual abuse amongst children, even here in East Lancashire. This week, the Lancashire Telegraph reported on a convicted paedophile from East Lancashire, who confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting and molesting an eight year old in Burnley. Somewhat worryingly, the Offender in… Read more »

Feb 12

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Discretion and bonuses – advice for employers

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

In the recent case of Patural v DB Services (UK) Limited [2015], the High Court considered whether a bank was in breach of contract in relation to express and implied terms including the duty to exercise its discretion rationally in awarding a trader a smaller annual bonus than other traders. Mr Patural was employed by… Read more »

Feb 12

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Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe brings in Judge to review historic sex abuse inquiries

By Paul Corrigan in Abuse Claims

Head of London’s Metropolitan Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has asked that a retired High Court Judge, Sir Richard Henriques review Scotland Yard’s criticised investigations in historic sexual abuse cases. Sir Hogan-Howe has brought in the former High Court judge to look into how recent inquiries, for example the inquiry into Lord Brammall and Lord Brittan… Read more »

Feb 11

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Court of Appeal decision on mental capacity to make Wills

By Kieran OConnor in Wills Trusts and Probate

The recent Court of Appeal judgement in Burns v. Burns [2016] represents the latest statement of the law with regard to mental capacity required to make a valid Will – and is a striking example of how a valid legal document can be made by a person with a failing memory or some degree of… Read more »

Feb 11

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Mandatory gender pay gap reporting to be introduced

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

Large businesses in the region are being warned that they need to prepare in advance of new legislation that is coming into force next month. The new rules require private and voluntary sector employers with at least 250 employees to publish information about their gender pay gap by 25 March 2016. The Office of National… Read more »

Feb 11

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Honesty is the best policy – especially when you’re a seller

By Charlotte Mills in Corporate Law

A recent case has highlighted that care must be taken when responding to any pre-contractual enquiries whether you’re selling your business or a property. The case involved the seller of three office buildings who provided replies to standard commercial property enquiries in which he stated there were no disputes outstanding, likely or in the past… Read more »

Feb 10

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Adverse weather strikes again! Employment law advice for business owners

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

The start of 2016 has seen adverse weather strike again. Not snow this time but rather unusually for this time of year significant amounts of rain and wind causing widespread flooding – particularly across Lancashire and Yorkshire. This adverse weather has caused serious devastation to homes, communities and businesses. Naturally this impacts on both employees… Read more »

Feb 09

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Tax demands from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – what do I do?

By Mark Skinner in Personal Insolvency

Nothing has the power to ruin a morning like seeing the manila envelope of the taxman on your doormat. Recent years have seen the Government crack down on what it considers to be ‘tax avoidance schemes’ – investment vehicles which are designed to produce tax advantages which are not intended by the law. Under the… Read more »

Feb 08

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Retail chain director hit with six year ban

By Ian Liddle in Corporate Insolvency

The former director of a Liverpool-headquartered fabric and furniture retail chain which collapsed into administration in 2013 has been banned from acting as a director for six years for failing to maintain adequate accounting records. The Bankrupt Shop, a retailer of fabric and furniture, traded from seven locations across the UK. It went into administration… Read more »

Feb 04

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More children are seeking help after sex abuse

By Paul Corrigan in Abuse Claims

Barnardo’s is a leading charity who work tirelessly to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people. They believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected – they support them and stand up for them to bring out the best in each and every child. In 2015, Barnardo’s helped 3,200… Read more »

Feb 03

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Top tips to protect against shareholder disputes

By Alex Singer in Corporate Law

There can often be a huge amount of work and thought that goes into starting a new business. However, a key area which people often fail to consider is what would happen if there was a falling out between the founders of the business. There is often the mentality of “it won’t happen to us”…. Read more »

Feb 01

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Division of financial assets on divorce – what to expect

By Nicola Rushton in Family / Divorce

The breakdown of any relationship is stressful and at times traumatic; none more so than when financial issues need to be resolved. Dealing with finances at such times can be tough and make the divorce process even more challenging. The key is to negotiate and ensure there is a fair and equal division between the… Read more »

Jan 29

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Can employers read their employees’ private messages at work?

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

The answer is yes.  Due to a recent decision in the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) which has held that a firm that read a workers Yahoo messenger chats sent whilst he was at work was within its rights. The Judge ruled that employers can read workers private messages sent via chat, software and… Read more »

Jan 28

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Change in burden of proof to help abuse victims

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Poppi Worthington collapsed with serious injuries at her home in Barrow, Cumbria in December 2012 and was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was 13 months old. The case received widespread media attention last week when a Family Court Judge ruled that the father of Poppi had sexually assaulted his daughter before… Read more »

Jan 27

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Child sex abuse victims failed by mental health services

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

The NSPCC have today released some startling figures which reveal that 95% of professionals working with the victims of child sex abuse believe that the mental health services available to help them overcome the effects of the abuse are inadequate. Child sex abuse can lead to long term psychiatric problems if not addressed immediately. In… Read more »

Jan 27

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