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28/09/2011

Temporary Agency Workers Regulations 2011

The Temporary Agency Workers Regulations 2011 (“the Regulations”) come into force on 1st October 2011. The primary aim of the Regulations is to provide for equal treatment of temporary agency workers compared with directly engaged workers. The majority of the protection takes effect once the agency worker has been placed with the same hirer in the same job for 12 calendar weeks (or part week).

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04/07/2011

Retirement is an emotive subject for many reasons – people are living longer, they generally have less disposable retirement income and their properties are worth less. Many of us, and the writer speaks from experience, having had children a little later in life, now face up to £27,000 in university fees, which may keep us working longer than planned. Improved health and longevity make the whole issue a very big part of 21st century life.

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There is a new activity to be added to the list of potentially irritating things property owners can do to upset their neighbours and that is to excavate a basement (or two). This article explores in general terms one of the key issues that arises when such works are planned, namely, the application of the Party Wall etc Act 1996 (the Act) and the rights and obligations of the person carrying out the works (the building owner) and their neighbours (the adjoining owner).

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Until the widely reported case of Imerman v Tchenguiz at the end of 2010, the law on self-help in divorce was fairly clear – or so we all thought. The so-called Hildebrand ‘rules’ (after the case of Hildebrand v Hildebrand) in 1992 were widely understood to mean:

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08/04/2011

In the Autumn edition of GDnews, we ran an article on estates agents’ commission and the High Court judgment of May 2010 in Glentree Estates Limited, Beauchamp Estates Limited and Savills L & P Limited v Favermead Limited which rejected a claim by estate agents for commission on the sale of a £50m property in Kensington Palace Gardens.

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A number of people think that having a shareholders’ agreement for a family company can be an indication of mistrust between the parties at the outset. This is not so. Whether the agreement is between husband and wife, parents and children, or siblings, or wider family, it is a smart and successful business tool which can cover a diverse range of issues that ensure business succession, strategy, management and financing in an efficient manner, as well as managing difficult situations should these unfortunately arise.

Firm News

Following the success of our Christmas Hampers for The Connection, we decided to support people getting back into work for our Spring campaign. We have chosen three charities who provide mentoring, training and support for people looking for work: Dress for Success (www.dressforsuccess.org), helping women returning to the workplace; Waltz (www.waltzprogrammes.org), helping young people find their first job; and The Connection (www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk), mainly helping men.

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07/03/2011

Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) on the purchase of residential properties where the price is £1m or more will be charged at the new rate of 5% (previously 4%) with effect from 6 April 2011. This means on a purchase of a property for £1,000,000 the SDLT payable will be £50,000 on or after 6 April 2011 whereas now it would be £40,000.

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