Year: 2021

Before you contest a will: timescales, costs and risks

Nobody wants to reach a point where they have to consider contesting a will but, unfortunately, many people find themselves in that position each and every year. It is important to remember that only a relatively small number of people are in a position to make a claim against a will under the Inheritance Act […]

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Facing up to whistleblowing in the workplace

Whilst business owners may feel wronged if an employee takes it upon themselves to leak their concerns about an employer’s activities, whistleblowing is very often a good indication that something is not quite right in the workplace. But do most businesses actually know what is meant by the term whistleblowing? And what is the correct […]

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vLex partners with ICLR to provide The Law Reports to Africa and the Caribbean

From December 2021, researchers across the Caribbean and Africa can access the official Law Reports of England and Wales on vLex following a pivotal partnership with the ICLR. These authoritative law reports can be accessed alongside vLex’s comprehensive collections of Caribbean case law, the largest collection of UK judgments, and collections of African case law. […]

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LEAP celebrate further technology innovation

This month LEAP celebrated over 800 law firms accessing the InfoTrack integration from within the legal practice productivity solution. That is nearly a third of the law firms that use LEAP software.   Traditionally it’s been conveyancing firms that have benefited from the two-way integration between systems. However, thanks to the ongoing development and progressive innovation […]

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Inheritance tax in Spain for British expats: a post-Brexit guide

Estimates put the number of British expats across the world at approximately 5.5 million people, nearly 1 in 10 of the entire UK population. One of the biggest expat communities has formed in Spain, with an expected 400 000 permanent residents living in the country. Indeed, Spain has been an enticing location for Brits who […]

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How can business owners better manage work-related stress?

Managing the mental wellbeing of employees is a matter of growing concern for many business owners, as the stress of the last 18 months has taken its toll on the workforce. The number of working days lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety has steadily increased since 2017, rising to 5 per cent in the latest Health […]

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Menopause at work – are women legally protected?

People suffering from chronic illness or disability in the workplace are generally safeguarded under UK employment law, but what about those going through the menopause which can have an equally as detrimental impact on its sufferers? In recent years we have seen some menopause tribunal cases and employers becoming aware of their legal obligations to […]

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Companies should work with the SFO to stamp out corruption

It has recently been revealed that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) may be investigating the communications giant O2 on the basis of potential breaches to the Bribery Act 2010. Reports in the media reveal that former executives offered kickbacks to customers which suggests that this investigation may well reveal long-standing dark corners of corruption within […]

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Can a person with dementia make a valid will?

Research from the NHS has shown there are more than 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia, and this number is set to increase with people living longer. With this in mind, it is likely that many people who have dementia will be seeking to handle their legal affairs surrounding the making of their […]

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Why is the pandemic resulting in an increase in divorce and separation?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on relationships. Citizens Advice reported that the pandemic has resulted in a 25% increase in views to its divorce page. Divorce enquiries and applications have been on the increase since the start of the pandemic and many divorce lawyers are predicting a continued upsurge in separations following […]

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