Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Elder Abuse Within Care Home Settings

A care home can undoubtedly be a safe and nurturing environment, reducing the risks and isolation which independent living can bring to more vulnerable elderly people. A good care home should not be judged by its furnishings or décor (although often this can be important to many), but instead by the staff and the quality… Read more »

Whittaker’s Whimsies: April 2017

Employers are consistently put under pressure with the rules and regulations of employing members of staff. What’s wrong with using the word Easter? Can your HR Manager make the decision for you? Is dismissal the right or wrong answer? Our Senior Partner, Jonathan Whittaker, answers your questions on the latest news and employment law topics… Read more »

Leasehold Extension Explained

If you own a flat you will no doubt be paying ground rent or a yearly figure towards the leasehold for the property. Each leasehold has a set number of years and as this number decreases so does the value of the lease, making it harder to sell the property. You can look to extend… Read more »

Apprenticeship Reforms: What’s Next For Schools?

It’s no secret that the government has been working with employers to further increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England. The current apprenticeship reforms are designed to focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required for the workforce of the future. They also aim to give the employer more control over… Read more »

Inheritance Dispute: Ilott v The Blue Cross And Others, The Final Chapter

The long awaited judgment for the final instalment of the inheritance dispute case, originally named Ilott v Mitson, has been received marking a u-turn towards testamentary freedom. In other words, the liberty a person has to dispose of their estate in whatever way they choose. What has happened in this inheritance dispute case? The claim… Read more »

Should Holiday Pay Include Commision?

It’s the end of the line for British Gas who have been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in the long running, holiday pay and commission case of Lock v British Gas Trading. What has happened in the Lock v British Gas case? In 2012 Mr Lock issued a claim against British Gas… Read more »

Business Rates And Property Developments: Mixed News For Property Developers

For property developers it’s been a mixed bag of news with recent cases reflecting both positive and negative decisions for their industry. Business rates for property developers – the positive news: Following the recent business rates revaluation many businesses are reeling about the new rates they will have to pay from 1 April 2017. Developers… Read more »

What To Consider When Buying A New Build Property

When buying a new build property, you buy it off-plan. This means it usually isn’t built, in some cases building work hasn’t even begun. It is therefore important to find out what you are actually buying. Generally the building is sold as a structure with white-wash walls and basic kitchen and bathroom facilities. There is often… Read more »

Unregistered Land And Unclaimed Land: How To Register Or Claim It

Since the compulsory registration of land became a requirement under the Land Registration Act 1925, and later the Land Registration Act 2002, the presence of unclaimed or unregistered land in the UK has rapidly decreased. According to sources at the Land Registry more than 80% of land in England and Wales is now registered. Within… Read more »

Choosing A Care Home: A Step By Step Guide

Going into residential care is far from inevitable – statistics show that only 16% of those aged 85 or over live in a residential care setting*. For some it is a freely made choice to enter a residential care setting, bringing peace of mind and a respite from house bound isolation. For others it will… Read more »