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Information required for Contract of Employment

So, you wish to advertise a post or role, or have interviewed candidates and wish to offer somebody employment… and have an idea as to the terms of employment including pay and hours of work. In our previous post we set out the importance of recording the contractual arrangements. We also highlighted the fact that …

The Potential Downside of DIY Estate Administration

It is becoming more common for personal representatives to try and administer estates without seeking legal advice. The amount of information freely available on-line leads people to believe it is a case of simply filling in the relevant forms, and that if they do the work themselves they will save thousands of pounds in fees. …

Warning about DIY wills

A DIY will could end up costing you a fortune, according to an article in the Daily Mail. Cheap wills, the article says, have led to a surge in court cases where people fight over their loved one’s estate, Ben Wilkinson writes. Low-cost online and DIY wills could result in your estate disappearing thanks to …

Probate delays

The saga of the delays in obtaining grants of probate continues, now with the added highlight of the closure of Birmingham District Probate Registry. Rumoured to have a backlog of over five weeks of applications, it will nevertheless close on 30th August and all the work will be redistributed to the other, already over-burdened, District …

Executors and Costs

The recent case of Perry v Neupert [2019] EWHC 2275 is a salutary lesson to all executors, particularly those dealing with complex estates and cross-jurisdictional matters. The case involved the estate of an Israeli national resident but not domiciled in England. Under his Will he appointed a Swiss lawyer as the sole executor of his …

Consultation on preventing ill-health related job losses

The Government is consulting on preventing ill-health related job losses. There is currently a joint Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Work and Pensions consultation looking at measures to help those who are disabled or have long-term health conditions remain in work. The suggestion is that there should be a right for …

National Road Victim Month – August 2019

Although August is a month where children celebrate their school holidays and we can appreciate some British sunshine (with a bit of luck!)… it has been proven that during August there is an increased risk of road traffic accidents. In fact, in the UK five people die every day on the roads. That is why …

Rural Properties & Rural Businesses

While many in the UK’s countryside will be looking forward to the 12th of August, really not so glorious if you’re a red grouse, those with business in mind are likely to be more focused on 31st October. With a new British Prime Minister and Ladbrokes’s odds of a ‘no deal’ Brexit now 6/4 those …

Injury Prevention Day – 21 August 2019

This year’s Injury Prevention Day falls on 21 August 2019. The event is promoted by APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) which currently has 4,600 members. Coole Bevis LLP’s Parisa Costigan is one such member, being a Senior Litigator member of the organisation. This an independent not for profit organisation which provides accreditations for specialist …

Terms and Conditions of Employment

As a business it is important that you have a record of your contractual arrangements, preferably in writing. In respect of your employees you should set out their terms of employment in writing; indeed, a failure to do so may result in a breach of the employee’s statutory rights as set out in the Employment …

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