Stand Up To Bullying

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Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace – A Guide For Employers By Our Employment Law Expert, Anna Bunning June 21st was National Stand Up To Bullying Day. For some of us, bullying is something associated with the school playground and has little impact on our working lives. Unfortunately, many employees suffer bullying and harassment at work, causing extreme distress and work related stress. So what is bullying and harassment at…

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Estate Agents Forum A Success

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As part of our initiative to work closer with estate agents, our Estate Agents Forum has proved a huge success with local agents. The 2 hour session covers topics such as searches and money laundering and also includes a walkthrough of a conveyancing transaction from start to finish. “The session has proved immensely popular with the local Bridgnorth agents” says Director, Jonathan Ritson. “The aim was for us to provide…

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Lasting Power of Attorney Fees Are Reduced

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  It is not often that something actually goes down in price, however that is what has happened to the fee payable for registering a Lasting Power of Attorney – an LPA. An LPA gives relatives or carers the authority to handle property and financial affairs, and health and welfare issues on behalf of a loved one. Anyone with an ageing relative or one who due to illness mat lose…

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Probate Fees Set To Rise

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The Government has confirmed that it plans to proceed with proposals to make changes to probate fees in England and Wales. This will see the fee payable on making an application for probate changing from being a flat fee to a banded system where the fee is dependent on the value of the estate. This is likely to result in a significant increase in the fee payable for a large…

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Budget 2017

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Chancellor, Philip Hammond delivered his first budget speech today. Key measures include: Business Rates – £1,000.00 discount for pubs with rateable value of less than £100,000.00. £50.00 per month cap on increases for small businesses no longer eligible for small business relief. £300 million discretionary fund. National Insurance – Class 4 contributions to increase to 10% in April 2018 and 11% in 2019. Class 2 contributions to be abolished in…

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Terms and Conditions on Your Invoices by Rob Andrews

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I am still surprised by the number of times I hear business owners say that because their terms and conditions are on their company invoices this means that they can rely on them in the event of a dispute. This view can quite often be wrong, and prove costly. Invoices are most often issued after a contract has been formed.  If that is the first time your customer sees them,…

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Discount Scheme for Rugby Club

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As part of our sponsorship deal with Bridgnorth Rugby Club, we’re pleased to be able to offer club members a 15% discount on our legal fees*! The great thing about the scheme is that club members can elect to take the discount themselves or for an equivalent sum to be donated to club funds. It’s actually a brilliant way to help and support the club. The discount applies to all of our…

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Article 50 Brexit Appeal

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On 24th January the Supreme Court issued a judgement, by a majority of 8 to 3 to the effect that an Act of Parliament is required to authorise ministers to give notice to the European Union of the UK’s decision to withdraw from it. The decision was given on appeal by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union against a decision of the High Court in proceedings brought…

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Warning to Shropshire Land Owners – Protect Your Property!

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Historically, all land in England and Wales was unregistered. Solicitors would transfer property from one owner to the other by amending and creating deeds by hand. Land owners retained a bundle of documents and title deeds to prove their ownership, if there was a lender involved they would retain the title deeds as security. As this system was risky due to loss and destruction of deeds the Land Registry was…

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Merry Christmas!

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We’d like to wish all of our clients and connections, friends and followers a very Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year. Instead of sending Christmas cards this year we will be donating a #ReverseAdvent  hamper to our friends at Bridgnorth Food Bank. Our Christmas opening hours are as follows: Friday 23rd December closed at 1pm Tuesday 3rd January open at 9am. Seasons Greetings to you all!