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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 0175 321 6399.

Ofsted inspectors to record evidence using body cameras when visiting unregistered schools

Emily Hill
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From February 2020 until April 2020, Ofsted are piloting body-worn video cameras in all suspected unregistered illegal schools in order to protect their inspectors, seize evidence and increase prosecutions. Ofsted have repeatedly called on the...

What is sexsomnia?

Correna Platt
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Recently there have been a number of cases in the press of male defendants going to trial charged with a serious sexual assault which they claim that they have committed whilst they were asleep. This condition is known as sexsomnia. Sleep related sexual...

How to choose a personal injury solicitor

Shahina Sakeria
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Whilst there is no legal requirement to instruct a solicitor to handle your claim, there are a number of factors which can affect the success of your case and the amount of compensation you are awarded which you would need to consider before making a...

Importing or exporting goods after Brexit

Alison Marriott
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The UK’s departure from the EU brings about a period of uncertainty for many UK businesses, as they try to plan for and adapt to the possible changes. At 11pm on January 31st 2020 the UK entered a transition period which is due to last until the...

Court of Protection case highlights the need for mental capacity assessments on an issue specific basis

Sophie Maloney
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In a recent case, the Vice President of the Court of Protection, Hayden J, reminded us of the importance of the presumption of capacity and the requirement for proper assessment of mental capacity on an issue-specific basis. Everyone is assumed to have...

What are my obligations as an employer when it comes to absence management?

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We commenced this month with National Sickie Day, the first Monday of every February and statistically the day that employers are likely to record the most employee absences throughout the year. Absences recorded on National Sickie Day face the...

Homebuyers and owners warned that Japanese Knotwood is spreading as a result of flooding

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In December last year it was reported that England had had its fifth wettest autumn on record. Following these reports prospective buyers are being warned to be extra vigilant when looking to purchase a property that is close to a watercourse or has...

Upcoming changes to IR35 checks

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The IR35 tax legislation gives HMRC the power to challenge the status of contractors and aims to tackle tax avoidance by freelance contractors and the companies who appoint them. The responsibility has always been on the contractors themselves to prove...

What duties do healthcare providers owe to their service users under the Equality Act 2010?

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Healthcare providers owe duties to service users under the Equality Act 2010 where the service user has a 'protected characteristic'. Protected characteristics include: age, gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and maternity,...

Potholes - the plague of the road user

Pauline Smith
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Did you know that councils in the United Kingdom receive a complaint about a pothole on average every 46 seconds? And that a staggering 700,000 complaints about them were made up to August 2019? And councils are taking this problem very seriously. In...

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