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Parental alienation: what to do if you think your ex is turning your child against you.

A growing number of parents caught in the crossfire of a relationship breakdown are citing parental alienation – where they feel their child is being turned against them by the other parent – as... Read full article

End of self-isolation rules – how will these changes impact employers?

The Government has confirmed that from tomorrow, 24 February 2022, the requirement to self-isolate following a positive Covid test will end. Whilst this is the approach the Government has taken,... Read full article

Why you need a Lasting Power of Attorney

It is an unfortunate reality that dementia is on the rise with cases set to triple worldwide by 2050, according to a new study by The Lancet public health journal. In the UK alone, 209,600 people... Read full article

Landlords: how will the new ‘levelling-up’ rules affect you?

A new set of standards and obligations for private sector landlords in England has been unveiled by the government as part of its ‘levelling-up’ strategy. Housing secretary, Michael Gove, says... Read full article

Owed money by an insolvent company? Here’s what to do next.

As the number of companies entering into an insolvency process soars, the chances of your business being caught in the crossfire is now higher than ever before. The latest figures from the Insolvency... Read full article

Free Wills and Probate advice sessions

Free Drop-in Wills and Probate Advice Service Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX 10am-12 noon on the first Thursday of each month. Come and see one of our experienced team to discuss your... Read full article

How do I make sure my digital assets don’t die with me?

Just how to pass on your digital assets when you die has long been fraught with problems – particularly because many third-party providers don’t make it easy. That’s why it’s welcome news... Read full article

National accredited award for Wills and Probate Solicitor Samantha Hosken

Solicitor Associate Samantha Hoskins has been recognised with a national accredited award for expertise in supporting older and vulnerable people. Wills and Probate specialist Samantha has received... Read full article

How will the new Highway Code rules affect you? We look at some of the key points.

Major changes to the Highway Code aimed at better protecting the most vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists are now in force. The new rules follow a major government consultation of... Read full article

‘Sexually predatory’ manager who won case for unfair dismissal not entitled to compensation

A senior manager fired for sexually harassing up to ten junior female colleagues has won his case for unfair dismissal because his employer did not follow the correct disciplinary procedures, a... Read full article

Violently abusing a partner then inheriting their estate – why the law may soon stop this unfairness

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to look at a loophole in the law which allows convicted domestic abusers to inherit from their victims. It follows a meeting with Tom Guha whose mother Roma,... Read full article

Can employers reduce sick pay for their unvaccinated staff?

As two major companies in the South West announce a cut in sick pay for unvaccinated workers, employers considering a similar move are being urged to tread carefully. Wessex Water, which employs more... Read full article

Commercial property and asbestos – what you need to know

If you are thinking of buying or renting a commercial property built before 2000, it’s still vital to check for the presence of asbestos and determine who is responsible for managing it. This is... Read full article

Sacking of employee who raised safety concerns during lockdown was unlawful, Tribunal finds

A great result for Wards’ Employment Team, on behalf of a client who was sacked after raising safety concerns about working during lockdown.  The Tribunal concluded that our client’s dismissal... Read full article

Pension providers gain new powers to halt suspicious transfers

New rules aimed at stopping the rising number of pension transfer scams – in which people can lose their entire life savings – are now in force. Between 2017 and 2020, the Financial Conduct... Read full article

Ten tips for a smooth and amicable divorce

It’s never going to be easy but divorce doesn’t have to be a battlefield.  As part of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2021, we explain what you can do to ensure your break-up is as pain... Read full article

Had an accident at work? What to do and how to claim compensation

The number of accidents in the workplace looks set to rise as employees previously furloughed or working from home return to offices, factories, retail and hospitality outlets and construction sites... Read full article

Are you a silver splitter? Make sure you get the later life divorce settlement you want.

Bill and Melinda Gates decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage, actor Colin Firth and Livia Giuggilo lasted 22 years while entrepreneur Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott called it a day at 25... Read full article

Female same-sex parents and parental responsibility

The number of same-sex couples who jointly raise and parent a child together is rising. In 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics, there were 212,000 same-sex families in the UK, up by... Read full article

What happens to our family business if we divorce?

Getting divorced is hard enough but when there is a business involved, it can make the split even more complicated and painful. In England and Wales, businesses are considered as matrimonial assets... Read full article
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