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Independent Legal Advice Personal Guarantees and Indulgence Clauses

The High Court has recently held that amendments made to a loan agreement (extending the term and allowing interest to be rolled up on indulgence clause contained within a guarantee. Facts Investec Bank Plc (lender) entered into three loan agreements...

European Court back Holiday Pay

European Court backs Claim for 13 years' Holiday Pay...Potentially Huge Ramifications for Employers of Contractors. This week the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that self-employed individuals can, if later found to be workers, claim...

Landmark ruling on outsourced workers due - will "Joint Employers" status be 'the new black?'

In a continuation of the recent trend for litigation surrounding increased workers’ rights relating to the ‘Gig Economy’, a group of 75 ‘outsourced’ workers are now bringing an Employment Tribunal claim in an attempt to gain...

The Budget: What next for the UK property market?

The Chancellor today announced plans to abolished stamp duty for first time buyers and pledged a £44bn investment to help the growth of the UK property market. Public commentators and the media have been forecasting for weeks, predicting today’s...

Interest Rate Rise - Why you should not Panic

Today the Bank of England have, for the first time in ten years, increased the interest rate. The interest rate has doubled from 0.25%, set in July 2007 to 0.50%, reversing the post Brexit cut in August 2017. This will mainly affect property owners with...

How can Attwells Protect You From Being Gazumped

For most home buyers, finding the house of their dreams is an exciting experience, and a time filled with hope and anticipation. You may have agreed a price and have your mortgage offer in place, However, this does not mean your dream home is yours. What...

Living Together Agreements

Recently in the media, we’ve heard the term ‘generation rent’ being used to describe the consumer habits of the millennials. From houses to smart phones, it would appear that generation Z prefers renting to buying.  However, with the...

How do I prevent property fraud?

How do I prevent property fraud? With HM Land Registry winning the Government's annual award for 'Excellence in Raising Fraud Awareness', property fraud is in the spotlight. Fraud is the most common crime in the UK, and property fraud is an...

New Temporary Classes

From Next Week, a New Temporary Class of Permitted Development Will Become Available to Developers and Property Investors. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016, came into force on 6th April 2016. It...

New Temporary Classes

From Next Week, a New Temporary Class of Permitted Development Will Become Available to Developers and Property Investors. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016, came into force on 6th April 2016. It...

Property Legal Experts Supporting Suffolk

Nick Attwell, managing director of Attwells Solicitors, popped along to present the Salvation Army Saints U14 with their new away kit yesterday, with Captain Archie, gratefully receiving the donation on behalf of his club. The team, who play in Division 2...

Am I entitled to extra holiday pay?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that voluntary overtime pay, call-out allowances, out-of-hours payments and mileage allowances should all be considered when calculating holiday pay. This latest ruling builds on previous cases which have...

the power of attorney system

Warnings today by retired judge, Denzil Lush, have cast doubts on the lack of safeguarding within the Power of Attorney system. Mr Lush, who was a judge in the Court of Protection for twenty years, claimed that they have a devastating effect of family...

Stamp Duty News

Warnings have been made today by the London School of Economics, who have released their findings concerning the effect stamp duty land tax is having on the property market. SDLT is payable if you purchase a house worth over £125,000 or £150,000...

Adult Social Care

Earlier this week a report on adult social care by Christies and Co identified the three critical issues facing social care. Funding, staffing and bed blocking were all highlighted as challenges faced by Care Providers in 2017. Additional factors such as the...

Our ET review

Lord Reed, one of the seven Judges hearing the case in the Supreme Court recognised the fact that UNISON’s view of the Employment Tribunal (‘ET’) Fees as unfair is supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He stated:- ...

Attwells Solicitors Growing Up - 10 Year Celebration

By Nick Attwell 10 years ago, today proud parents Nick and Will gave birth with the able assistance of midwives Lisa and Laura to little baby Attwells Solicitors. A difficult birth as Will and I fought a High Court injunction to demerge. During its infancy...

Are you entitled to full pay if you are asleep on the job?

It’s not as straightforward as it sounds, which might explain why this has formed the cornerstone of an argument that has had care providers in a spin. Now a landmark ruling has held that, in some instances, care workers who carry out “sleep...

Temporary light industrial to residential

Temporary light industrial to residential permitted development rights come into force on 1 st October 2017   The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 introduced a new permitted development...

Employment Tribunal Fees Binned - What now

Employment Tribunal Fees Binned – What now? The Government have been forced to abandon Employment Tribunal fees with immediate effect, following the ruling from the Supreme Court today. The Court found in favour of  the trade union group...
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