Article Category: Insight & Opinion

New intestacy rules when there is no valid will in place

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill was recently introduced into the House of Lords to look at reforming and simplifying the distribution of an estate through intestacy in England and Wales. In particular, the bill proposes that a surviving spouse will automatically inherit the estate of an intestate person, who dies without leaving children, without… Read more »

National minimum wage to increase from 1 October 2013

From Tuesday, 1 October 2013 the national minimum wage makes its annual increases. The new rates will be: 21 years and over, increases from £6.19 to £6.31; 18 – 20 years, increases from £4.98 to £5.03; 16 – 17 years, increases from £3.68 to £3.72; Apprentice rate (under 19 or in the first year of apprenticeship)… Read more »

When a trustee is personally liable…

A case currently proceeding through the High Court, highlights the importance of understanding your duties as trustee and the obligations that the role involves. As reported in The Telegraph, Richard Bonham Christie set up a trust 30 years ago for the benefit of his son. However, his son Peter, now aged 32, is taking action… Read more »

A conversation for co-habitees when everything is rosy

Quite often we see clients who choose to live together rather than getting married. The number of couples who are living together has doubled since 1996 and is now approximately 5.9 million, representing a significant 11.7% of the population. In some cases people choose to have a religious ceremony but not a legal ceremony. In… Read more »

Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision on partner status

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down its decision in the case of Williamson and Soden Solicitors v Briars. Mr Briars was remunerated by way of a minimum guaranteed amount plus a further small percentage of the profit of the firm. Williamson and Soden appealed against a ruling that Mr Briars was an employee and… Read more »

5 common excuses for not making a will

When it comes to decisions that you may think are a long way in the future – we tend to put them off, or make excuses: ‘there’s plenty of time’ or ‘it’s too complex’. It is natural to fear death and we don’t like to think about it, however, the harsh reality is that it… Read more »

Think twice before airing your dirty linen in public

Court cases can quite often involve allegations of impropriety or misconduct. Whether these are justified or not, this can have a damaging effect on your company or you personally if you are named in the proceedings. If the allegations about you or your company are untrue, some people might wrongly assume that they can bring… Read more »

Post termination conduct by an employee

Can a Claimant’s behaviour, after the termination of employment, impact on a tribunal claim? The simple answer is, yes it can.  This is confirmed in the recent case of Cumbria County Council v Bates where the Claimant’s conduct following the termination of his employment could affect the amount of compensation he was entitled to receive…. Read more »

Difficult conditions set to continue for some law firms

The extent to which law firms are experiencing difficult trading conditions has been highlighted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for some time now, something the industry as a whole recognises. The fact that firms in financial difficulties are ‘increasingly turning to non-mainstream lenders’, according to the SRA’s recent announcement, serves to highlight this trend…. Read more »

Child Support Agency rolls out new gross income scheme to more families

We have previously provided an update about how the Child Support Agency (CSA) is changing the way it calculates child maintenance. Click here to see ‘The CSA pilots new gross income scheme’ article. Until the end of July this new calculation only applied to families with four or more children. From Monday, 29 July 2013 the new gross… Read more »