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One in five employers planning redundancies this year, ACAS warns

A survey carried out by ACAS, an independent public body whose aim is to improve workplace relationships, has found that one in five employers are likely to carry out redundancies this year. For many... Read full article

One in five employers planning redundancies this year, ACAS warns

A survey carried out by ACAS, an independent public body whose aim is to improve workplace relationships, has found that one in five employers are likely to carry out redundancies this year. For many... Read full article

Pregnancy and work – what you need to know as an employer

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination All employees who are pregnant, including casual workers or agency workers,  have protection from pregnancy discrimination from the first day of their... Read full article

Is your Will out of date?

Do I need to update my Will? Nearly half of all Wills in the UK are likely to be out of date, according to new research by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). Lawyers advise that Wills should be... Read full article

Inheritance dispute – Court of Appeal overturns High Court decision

Farmer did have the capacity to change his Will after all – Court of Appeal overturns High Court decision A long running inheritance dispute has taken another turn after the Court of Appeal ruled... Read full article

Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud

Good news for victims of financial fraud – why your bank may now have to refund you by law An important court case, and a government promise to amend legislation so more victims are reimbursed... Read full article

Lasting Power of Attorney delays – What to do next

Lasting Power of Attorney delays – what to do if yours is caught in the backlog Lengthy hold-ups in the time it takes for powers of attorney to be registered with the government agency responsible... Read full article

Inheritance battle: A 16-acre field, a ‘lost’ Will and another farming family at loggerheads in the High Court

The bitter divide between three sisters and their mother and brother has been laid bare in the High Court amid allegations of child labour on the family dairy farm, harsh living conditions and being... Read full article

Does my business need a hybrid working policy?

The pandemic has changed attitudes towards different ways of working.  These days, employees are demanding more flexibility and hybrid working is seen by many as a key benefit when deciding to... Read full article

Gas safety certificates and Section 21 evictions – good news for residential landlords

In a welcome move for landlords, the Supreme Court has provided some long-awaited clarity on how late compliance with providing a gas safety certificate affects, or rather doesn’t, Section 21... Read full article

Online divorce – making sure you get the financial side right

Since ‘no-fault’ divorce was introduced last month (April 2022), there has been a 50% rise in the number of applications – many from couples who were waiting until they could end their... Read full article

Employment: Are non-compete, post termination restrictions enforceable?

It’s a common view that non-compete clauses, commonly used by employers to protect them if an employee leaves, are not worth the paper they are written on. However, if properly drafted and... Read full article

Putting off that Lasting Power of Attorney? Why now is the time for action

The number of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) registered last year plummeted sharply due, in all probability, to the effects of lockdowns, social distancing and shielding enforced throughout the... Read full article

Break clauses and vacant possession – important Court of Appeal judgement

The tenant may have stripped out the property taking everything from ceiling tiles to smoke alarms but, says the Court of Appeal, it had validly exercised a break clause terminating the lease and the... Read full article

Have you been left out of a Will? What to do next

The number of people disputing a loved one’s Will is rising fast with three in four people likely to experience an inheritance battle in their lifetime, according to a new survey. The current cost... Read full article

Further changes to right to work guidance – important information for employers

From tomorrow, 6 April 2022, a new system of online right to work checks will replace the temporary measures set up during the pandemic What does this mean for employers? From this date on, employers... Read full article

Thinking of divorce? The top ten tips to help you get the most from a free half hour session with our specialist lawyers

Here at Wards Solicitors, we know how overwhelming it can feel to contemplate separation and divorce, particularly when there are children involved. That’s one of the reasons we offer, where... Read full article

Understanding force majeure: Video

Richard Darbinian, Solicitor Associate in Wards’ Disputes team, looks at the meaning of force majeure provisions in contracts and examples in recent case law in this short, explanatory... Read full article

Do you want a ‘friendly’ divorce? How a collaborative lawyer can help

The singer Adele may be recently divorced but she remains on good terms with her former husband and father of their eight-year-old son. “Nothing bad happened,” she confessed recently in a... Read full article

Historic divorce law changes – what you need to know

At long last, the ‘no fault’ divorce bill will come into on 6 April – a move welcomed by everyone here in Wards Solicitors’ Family Law and Divorce team. It is the biggest shake-up of divorce... Read full article
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