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Paternity leave - what do you need to know?

Studies have shown that shared parental leave is not being widely used by fathers. Here, Lloyd Clarke looks at what is putting dads off daycare and addresses the issues of discrimination which employers need to be wary of. Paid paternity leave of two weeks...

To buy-to-let or not to buy-to-let?

To buy-to-let or not to buy-to-let, that is a very difficult question. Particularly since the changes to stamp duty came into force. Here Nick Attwell explores the affects the charges are having on the rental market – and explains why this might be...

IR35 tax changes and the NHS

Last month we urged the public sector not to take a blanket approach to new IR35 tax changes for contractors. Here Lloyd Clarke looks at why the NHS has performed an across the board U-turn on the IR35 status of its contractors. Public sector organisations...

Property Development and a Minority Government

Both of the mainstream political parties have put the increase of housing supply as a key manifesto pledge. Here, Nick Attwell, senior partner, highlights the need for initiatives to boost housing supply. Whilst there were record numbers of homes under...

Residential Property Market is Sluggish

The residential real estate market remains very sluggish resulting presumably from the uncertainty that surrounds a minority Government and Brexit. Here, Nick Attwell, senior partner, highlights the reasons. Top-end residential in London is very slow and...

Overseas Property Investment to Continue

Following Brexit and the recent general election, there has been some uncertainty in the UK market. In this post, Nick Attwell, senior partner with particular expertise in property law, reassures that the market is desirable to investors overseas. Overseas...

Elderly care and the "dementia tax" - a minority Government

The Conservative Government dropped the so called “dementia tax” from the Queen’s Speech. Here, Nick Attwell, senior partner, explains what it is and how your property is counted. The “dementia tax” was a proposal which would...

Bank Redundancies and the Art of the Deal - How we can get you the best Severance Package

With non-stop commentary from several big banks warning of the threat Brexit poses to the financial sector in the City, horror stories of bullying and poor treatment of staff remaining rife at top banks and further rounds of restructuring taking place across...

What is a codicil and how does it work?

The term ‘codicil’ is commonly used in the legal world but what does it mean and is it the correct option for you? Laura Harrington-Rutterford, who oversees our private client department, explains. It is highly recommended that you review your...

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: WHAT THE VARIOUS PARTIES ARE PROPOSING IN RELATION TO HOUSING

Housing is undoubtedly one of the biggest issues in the 2017 general election. Ahead of 8th June, Will Oakes takes a look at what the various parties are proposing to win round the voters. It's a basic function of government to ensure everyone has a...

Deliveroo rethinks contracts

In December 2016, we wrote a blog on the Deliveroo couriers who were taking legal steps to gain Union recognition and workers’ rights following Uber’s ruling. This month, Deliveroo has overhauled their contracts, and Lloyd Clarke highlights the...

General Election 2017: What the various parties are proposing in relation to employment law

During any general election, campaigns are constructed around a series of promises designed to appeal to voters. Ahead of 8th June, Lloyd Clarke takes a look at what the various parties are proposing in relation to employment law. Following the publication...

Team takes part in Midnight Walk for Charity

On Saturday 20th May, five Attwells staff members took part in the Midnight Walk 2017 in Ipswich. Ami Humphreys, Laura Baldry, Laura Catania, Roma Smieszalska and Tanya Warnes took part in the walk covering twelve miles for St Elizabeth Hospice. In...

Change to Inheritance Tax with the launch of the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB)

In April, a major change to Inheritance Tax (IHT) came into effect with the launch of the Residence Nil Rate Band. But while this change looks to benefit many, there are loopholes which could see others lose out. The only way to ensure you profit from the...

Court Success: Attwells' client resists rent increase and recovers full costs

Attwells have recently acted on behalf of The Chancellors Group of Estate Agents Limited, successfully helping them to resist a proposed increase in the rent for their Bicester offices.   The firm acted for its client in unopposed Landlord and Tenant...

Court defeat for couple bidding to keep dog at gated estate with no-pets policy

A London couple have lost a legal battle to keep their pet dog in a gated community flat which has a strict no-pets policy, claiming that they weren’t made aware of the terms pre-purchase. Our property litigation expert, Will Oakes, explores the case...

We are celebrating two promotions!

We are pleased to announce that both David Bullock and Lloyd Clarke, previously working as senior solicitors, have been promoted to associates this month following a successful 12 months with us. David Bullock, 32, joined the practice in 2012 and is our...

Gender pay gap reporting: What is it?

As of 6th April 2017, it is now a legal requirement for all UK companies with 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gaps. Lloyd Clarke, associate and head of our employment law department, highlights the change. With the new legislation, all...

Are you paying your employees correctly?

Analysis of Government data has revealed that up to 20,000 nursery workers are being paid below the National Living Wage in England. Here, Lloyd Clarke, who has a particular specialism in this sector, talks exploitation and fair pay.   Department for...

Business rates: changes from the Spring Budget

After the recent uproar over the business rates reform, the chancellor is now under mounting pressure to send some relief in the direction of those hit hardest by the recent revaluations. David Bullock explores the changes and relief measures introduced in...
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