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Managing allegations of historic abuse in the charity sector
16 March, 2017

In the last few years, and in particular since the launch of Operation Yewtree, media reports of allegations of historic abuse against children seem to have, sadly, become more frequent.  So much so, that it is now easy to associate these sorts of allegations as being made against specific individuals, such as those in the […]

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Why health and care lasting powers of attorney matter
15 March, 2017

Health and care lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) are becoming increasingly common and so it is important that healthcare professionals know what the document does and how this affects the relationship with the patient. An LPA gives authority to an attorney to make decisions on behalf of the patient. There are two types: financial decisions, […]

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Massive increases in Probate fees – The new model
9 March, 2017

The Government has just announced that probate fees will rise, in some cases by substantial amounts, with the stated aim of helping to fund the modernisation of the courts and tribunals service.  The changes are expected to take effect in May 2017 – as yet there is no exact date. What are probate fees?  When […]

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Build to Rent Consultation
6 March, 2017

Introduction Build to Rent (BTR) started in the 1920s and 1930s as insurance companies and other investors developed homes specifically for private rent, but it declined post-war thanks to rent controls and regulation.  The government wants planning policy to be recast to support BTR. The DCLG has therefore published a consultation paper seeking views on […]

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Stay cyber safe
2 March, 2017

Our society has obtained numerous benefits from technological advances such as the internet, modern forms of communication and data storage. However, these technologies have also been exploited by those who seek to unlawfully acquire our data, traditionally for financial gain, but also for political and ideological motivations. This type of unlawful activity is known as […]

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Do you own a leasehold flat? Don’t forget to pay the ground rent!
2 March, 2017
by: Cripps

If you are the owner of a leasehold flat you will be aware of the raft of obligations you have to comply with as tenant under the lease. They will vary from an obligation to pay a contribution towards the service charges to limitations as to what alterations you are permitted to undertake to the […]

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How to protect yourself from property fraud
2 March, 2017
by: Cripps

Property fraud occurs most commonly where fraudsters try to obtain legal ownership of your property or by raising money by mortgaging the property without the owner’s knowledge and disappearing without making repayments.  Land and buildings are usually the most valuable assets people own, it is important that property owners do all they can to ensure […]

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Designated Protected Areas – Updated HCA Guidance Note
16 February, 2017

The Homes and Communities Agency has issued an updated Guidance Note on Designated Protected Areas (DPAs). It does not mark any change in Government policy on DPAs but is a useful reminder. In this note, we mention the main points but please also see the Guidance Note.  Background Sections 300-302 of the Housing and Regeneration […]

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Who owns your LinkedIn connections?
15 February, 2017
by: Cripps

The answer to this is relatively straightforward for personal accounts which make no reference to employers, and corporate accounts which make no reference to employees. Unfortunately a resounding question mark still hovers above those connections collated in LinkedIn accounts that represent both the employee and the employer.   On creating a LinkedIn account an individual […]

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Fearful of being inflexible?
13 February, 2017

Employment expert Emma Saunders of law firm Cripps outlines the obligations of practice managers when it comes to requests for flexible working – and warns about the dangers of an unfair refusal.   Employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment can make a request for flexible working.   Their applications must be received in […]

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The Housing White Paper – not worth the wait?
9 February, 2017

With the accusation of ‘seven years of failure’ having been aimed at the Conservative Government by Labour, a high degree of anticipation and pressure falls on the ink that wets the pages of the Housing White Paper released on 7 February 2017.  Communities secretary, Sajid Javid believes that the ‘housing market in this country is […]

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Updated NHS terms and conditions for procuring goods and services
3 February, 2017

The Department of Health has updated the terms NHS bodies should use for buying in goods and services from commercial organisations, with or without a tender (see the link below).   The changes reflect the new provisions in the Public Contract Regulations 2015, which include prompt payment requirements and obligations to comply with environmental, social and […]

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All or none? Make sure you choose the right words.
23 January, 2017

The question before the High Court judge in the case of Dooba Developments Limited v McLagan Investments Limited was one of construction (interpretation). An agreement between the parties to sell a piece of land for development of, amongst other buildings, a retail superstore, was subject to four conditions. A clause in the agreement gave either […]

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