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Nov 30 2017

Gig Economy Case Focuses on Holiday Pay

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The BBC has reported the latest legal decision to affect the so-called “gig economy”. This expression refers to working arrangements between parties in which one or both of the parties try to establish that the other is a self-employed independent contractor.

It is essential in a working relationship that proper consideration is given to the status of the worker. The consequences of getting it wrong can be far-reaching and expensive! The law recognises three working status being Employee, Worker and Self-Employed Contractor.

The scope of legal protection and entitlement varies greatly between each of the three categories. It is an employee who enjoys the highest degree of employment protection rights including the right to claim unfair dismissal, receive redundancy payments and maternity protection.

A self-employed contractor enjoys the least amount of protection and is unable to bring claims of unfair dismissal etc. However, an ever-increasing amount of employment protection entitlements are attaching…

Nov 27 2017

National Cohabitation Awareness Week

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Today marks the start of national Cohabitation Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness about the lack of rights that exist for unmarried couples who live together.

Led by Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters; the week will shine a spotlight on unmarried couples who are at risk of losing everything if the relationship breaks down.

Sophie Pincott, partner and family law solicitor at Peter Lynn and Partners, commented “There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing…

Oct 27 2017

Why a DIY Divorce Is Not a Good Idea

Philippa Buckland

Q:  I’ve heard the divorce forms are now more “user friendly”, so why should I use a solicitor instead of doing the divorce myself?

A:  Although the court forms have recently changed there are still many pitfalls and easy mistakes that can be made by those inexperienced in completing divorce petitions

Q: Such as?

A:  For example, there are five facts you can rely on to get your divorce.  No solicitor would ever advise you to use desertion, unless there were really exceptional circumstances, as it is a very technical legal definition, but the number of people using desertion as a result…

Oct 24 2017

Top Ten Tips When Buying a Business

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Top Ten Tips When Buying a Business

Making the decision to take the plunge and start your own business is an exciting time. For many, the best way to get started is to purchase an existing business from someone looking to sell who has developed their own existing foundations. Although this may give you access to an existing, thriving business, there are multiple considerations that need to be taken into account, if the process is to be smooth and successful! Here are our top ten tips …

  1. Have you taken the appropriate tax and accounting advice? Getting this wrong at…
Oct 5 2017

Cohabitation Agreements.

Sophie Pincott

More and more couples are living together without getting married and many people

believe that cohabiting couples have equivalent rights to married couples once they have lived together for a period of time (the myth of ‘common law marriage’).

However, this is not the case in England and Wales.

People who live together but do not marry never acquire the same rights and responsibilities as those who do get married, no matter how long they are together and regardless of whether or not they have children.

Nevertheless, if you own your own property, or are moving into a partner’s property, there are issues…

Oct 3 2017

Is A Prenuptial Agreement In Your Wedding Checklist?

Sophie Pincott

A pre-wedding checklist is essential and part of this checklist should be the consideration for a prenuptial agreement.

In today’s modern society, prenuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous.   Courts are beginning to recognise the importance of a parties’ autonomy and will consider prenuptial agreements when all the correct procedures are followed and conditions are met.

Prenuptial agreements enable you and your future spouse to agree what you want for the future before you get married.  As you and your spouse are entering into an agreement of how the assets will be split should the marriage end,…

Sep 28 2017

Local Solicitor Warns Changes To Powers Of Attorney May Leave Older And Vulnerable At Risk

  • Ian Walker from Peter Lynn and Partners issues warning following FCA’s call to turn lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) fully digital
  • Proposals would remove the need for a physical ‘wet signature’
  • Solicitors say this could lead to a drastic increase in cases of financial abuse

Local solicitor Ian Walker from Peter Lynn and Partners has joined fellow members of Solicitors for the Elderly in warning against proposals to turn the LPA registration process fully digital.

An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about their finances and property on…