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What is Legionnaires disease?

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Legionnaires' disease is a potentially fatal form of lung infection. It is normally contracted by inhaling small droplets of water that are suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. Legionella pneumophila is commonly found in natural water...

What are the most common types of neighbour disputes?

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Nobody wants to get into a dispute with their neighbour, but unfortunately arguments and claims between neighbours are not that uncommon. There are several different things that neighbours can get into a dispute over.  Here at Stephensons, we...

What does intermeddling mean as an executor?

Jordan Davies
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When dealing with the administration of an estate, there can be a variety of words, phrases and terminologies that you likely won’t have come across before. One of these is the term “intermeddling”. Intermeddling is something carried out...

Many LPAs likely to now be formally invalid - what does this mean for me?

Amy Dutton
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The recent case of TA v The Public Guardian [2023] EWCOP 63 , concerned a 92-year-old lady (‘KA’ and the protected person ‘P’) who resided in a care home and had three children, including TA (the appellant). In 2019, KA executed...

Employer duty to prevent sexual harassment

Adam Pennington
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What will the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 include? The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 received Royal Assent on 26th October 2023 and is due to come into force in October 2024. The legislation...

Recent changes to employment law and what they mean for employees and employers

Joanne Ribchester
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As we are heading through spring, the season brings with it updates to employment law which are due to take effect from April 2024 and beyond. Minimum wage increases The annual minimum wage increase took effect from 01 April 2024. This sees the...

CQC publishes final guidance on visiting and accompanying in care homes, hospitals, and hospices

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its final guidance for health and social care providers on 4 April 2024, which outlines what providers must do to make sure they respect the right of each person to receive visits and to be accompanied in care...

Company directors banned for abusing covid support scheme

Julie Hunter
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Though we are now four years on from the height of the covid pandemic, the Insolvency Service has been diligent in bringing justice to those directors who took advantage of government support schemes for their own financial gain. With 831 directors...

Can an executor dispute a Will?

Jordan Davies
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When appointing an executor, the testator (person who makes a Will) is choosing that person to action the contents of their Will and their role comes with a variety of duties that must be adhered to. An executor is required to action the terms of the...

Can a director be personally liable for a company's debt?

Julie Hunter
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When a company incurs a debt, it is only the company, as a discrete legal personality, which is liable to pay it. This means that the company’s owners, shareholders and directors are not personally liable to pay the debt, these individuals are...

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