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Our solicitors and lawyers regularly write about different legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. Below you will find links to the latest articles from across the firm. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

Support for first time buyers

Kimberley Parr
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With the cost of living increase being at an all-time high (at its highest rate in 40 years) stepping on the property ladder as a first time buyer may seem more daunting than ever. For many first buyers, it is possible they will pay less in monthly...

Nearly 6.5 million people waiting for hospital treatment in England

Sarah Masters
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Latest NHS figures show that a record high of nearly 6.5 million people in England are waiting for hospital treatment. The demand for hospital treatment has increased significantly in the past two years as a result of the backlog caused by the...

Inheritance tax receipts reach record high

Rachel Haywood
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Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts have reached record highs this year and in its latest tax receipt data published on 23rd June 2022, HMRC said that the high relates to a combination of larger wealth transfers made during the pandemic and rising values in...

Long covid found to be a disability by employment tribunal

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A recent study by the Department of Health and Social Care reports that over two million people in England may have had long covid. For any of those people whose employment was affected, a recent ruling within the Scottish employment tribunal will be...

Can I claim for an injury or illness whilst on holiday?

Pauline Smith
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After a difficult two years, the world is opening up again, and UK holidaymakers are venturing abroad again in their thousands. Despite news channels currently painting a bleak picture of travel chaos, this isn’t deterring those of us who have missed...

Magistrates given greater sentencing powers

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The Criminal Bar Association recently commented upon news that the number of cases waiting to be heard across the Magistrates' and Crown Courts stood at 432,899 in February 2022. This backlog was in part due to the pandemic but also down to...

Dangerous driving could now lead to a life sentence

Paul Loughlin
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The consequences of dangerous and careless driving are often profound. Just one moment of madness behind the wheel can inflict a lifetime of harm and suffering. Until now, where injury was caused (irrelevant of the extent of that injury) as a result...

Changes in sentencing guidelines for dangerous driving offences

Martin Haisley
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On 10th May 2022, the government announced it was bringing forward changes to driving penalties to meet its longstanding commitment to ensure the courts have the powers they need to deal with offences involving death by dangerous driving and death by ...

How is no-fault eviction ban going to affect tenants and landlords in England?

Sophie Chilstone
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‘No-fault eviction’ or Section 21 rules currently enable a landlord to evict a tenant from their property without any reason.  If the landlord decides at the end of the tenant’s fixed term that they no longer wish to let to that...

Government announce plans to limit impact of future strikes

Philip Richardson
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There are many that will see this proposed change in the law as a long overdue solution to a decades old problem - a way to plug the gaps left by striking workers and ensure some continuity of service. At the same time, there is a balancing act the...

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