Agricultural Workers’ Rights: What’s the Correct Level of Pay?

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Agricultural workers’ rights and pay in the agricultural sector can often leave many employers confused and unaware of the complex provisions. Keeping up to date with employment legislation can be vital to ensure you are not caught out. Particularly when the government typically introduces new legislation each spring. What Are Agricultural Workers’ Rights? Firstly, the… Read more »

Property in a Trust: Responsibilities and Considerations for Trustees

Taking care of property in a trust

Putting property in a Trust is a great way to safeguard the property and avoid a lengthy and costly probate process on death. For the trustees who hold the property, it is important to consider any potential risk factors, your obligations and the health and wellbeing of the beneficiary residing in the property. There is… Read more »

Do I Qualify for Business Property Relief?

Business Property Relief (BPR) provides relief from inheritance tax on the transfer of relevant business assets. It was established to provide the UK’s SME sector with some protection in the event of the death of the principal business owner. It aims to help businesses and beneficiaries to continue trading when faced with an inheritance tax… Read more »

How to Prevent and Resolve Disputes over Payments

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It doesn’t matter how busy your business is if customers are not paying for goods and services supplied in accordance with the agreed terms. After all, we all know that when it comes to business – cash is king. How can you take steps to minimise the risk of your business’ growth and profitability being… Read more »

Unauthorised Absence: Can Consistent No Shows be Classed as a Resignation?

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Katie Hodson, Employment Law & HR Group manager discusses unauthorised absence and outlines how employers can handle these through conducting reasonable investigations. My Employee Has Not Turned into Work for the Last Couple of Days with No Phone Call. Can I Presume That He Has Resigned and Process Him as a Leaver? Unfortunately, no you… Read more »

What Are the Differences Between Deputies and Attorneys?

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Associate, Genevieve Powrie, discusses the differences between deputies and attorneys, including their roles, duties, costs and timescales. Duties of a Deputy A Deputy is an individual appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the finances of – or make health and welfare decisions for – someone who is unable to make decisions for themselves…. Read more »

Distributing Assets on Divorce – Long Marriage vs Short Marriage

distributing assets on divorce -how is this decided in long vs short marriages?

One of the factors taken into account by the Court when distributing assets on divorce is the length of time that the parties were married. Cheryl Haywood, Family Law Associate, discusses the differences between distributing assets in short term and long term marriages. For reference, a marriage is considered to be short if it lasts… Read more »

Succession Planning: Make the Most out of Your Legacy

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Research by Brewin Dolphin revealed that 47% of UK adults have never discussed passing on their legacy, while the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that only 12% of firms make it to a 3rd generation*. Unfortunately, by not taking professional advice on your succession planning, your family may pay out more inheritance tax on… Read more »