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Securing the right settlement agreement: the facts

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Problems at work can be stressful and difficult to deal with, and sometimes the best solution is a parting of the ways.  Settlement agreements are a tool that can be used to help end an employment relationship in a mutually acceptable way. Formerly...

How a technique from Ancient Greece resolves disputes

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As a recent all-party report on Alternative Dispute Resolution points out, mediation is not a new way of resolving disputes; it has an illustrious past and was widely used in Ancient Greece. The word ‘mediate’ is commonly used to describe a...

How Power of Attorney helps families manage their finances

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We’re often approached by worried family members asking how they can help their aging parents manage their finances and formalise their wishes regarding future medical care. While it’s good news that we’re all living longer, elderly people...

Why we all have to be ultra-careful online

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Following several recent incidents where criminals have hacked into e-mail accounts and diverted large payments, Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime, has advised people buying and selling properties to exercise...

Are workers being denied justice by court fees?

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It seems clear that the increase in fees for court users could potentially be denying workers their rights. The introduction in July 2013 of issue fees and hearing fees for claimants in employment tribunals has led to a drop of almost 70% in the number of...

Claiming for package holiday accidents or injuries

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With the holiday season approaching, many of us are looking forward to our package holiday in the sun.  Sadly, holidays sometimes turn out to be less than perfect; accidents can happen anywhere and at any time and ruin your break. If you are unlucky...

Could UK red tape close your local take-away?

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In the run-up to the Brexit vote on 23 rd June, we’re hearing a lot of talk about EU regulation. Brussels red tape, we’re often told by the Vote Leave campaign, is seriously interfering with the way we do business, adding layers of tedious...

Do not let debts drag your business down

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Chasing up slow payers and debtors can be a real nightmare for any business. It’s been estimated that the figure for unpaid or outstanding invoices in the UK is currently a staggering £55bn. There can be few situations worse than finding out that...

Will showed willing

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As we approach the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it’s interesting to reflect on the terms of his famous Will. The best-known and often-quoted passage from that document concerns his bequest to his wife of his “second best bed”....

Probate fees could be set for a major hike

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You could be forgiven for having missed the launch of the government’s consultation on probate fees, coming as it did on the day that David Cameron announced his deal with the EU.  What is proposed is a staggering rise in the fees payable for a...

The National, Minimum or Living Wage: Confused?

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We can all be forgiven for being in a quandary about what’s happening to wage rates this year. All three of these terms are currently in use and you’ll often see them widely quoted in the media. With changes in the law due in 2016, here’s...

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

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What the SBEE Act 2015 means for your business Introduced in March 2015, the Federation of Small Businesses heralded this piece of legislation as “a landmark”. Although the word ‘small’ appears in the title, it introduced...

LPAs are a safeguard for individuals and businesses

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Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are becoming much more widely used – and so they deserve to  be. They can be written to cover both financial matters and health care provision and give the donor the satisfaction of knowing that plans are in place...

Why all businesses need to have a social media policy in place

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A recent case heard before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has highlighted the sometimes grey area surrounding an employee’s right to privacy when accessing social media during company time. In this case, involving a company in Romania, an...

Employment Law - What will change in 2016?

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With the Christmas and New Year festivities now a distant memory for most of us, what changes can employers expect to see this year?  Here’s a flavour of what’s to come. New National Living Wage Applicable to employees aged 25 and over,...

Happy holidays?

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With the Christmas and the New Year public holidays fast approaching, many employees will be planning to take extended breaks over the festive period. With Boxing Day falling on a Saturday this year, Monday 28 th December has been designated as a...

Calling in sick: what employers need to know

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While most time off sick is entirely genuine and usually short in duration, (this time of the year we can all suffer from ‘festive fatigue’, ‘man flu’ and all the usual minor ailments), some cases are more complex to deal with and...

How to ensure that your recruitment process is legal and honest

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Recruiting staff can mark a turning point in the fortunes of your business. New employees can bring fresh ideas, new talent and additional expertise that will help contribute to the future success of your enterprise. There are some simple steps that can...

Remembrance Day - a reminder of the debt we owe

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All over the world, people will shortly be gathering together to mark the sacrifice of life made not only in the First and Second World Wars but every conflict since. At services in our own towns and villages, we will stand in thoughtful silence to remember...

What to do if your employer offers you a settlement agreement

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With so many of us spending so much of our time at work, it’s inevitable that sometimes things just don’t work out and difficult situations arise. Workplace problems can cause conflict, be stressful to deal with, and ultimately lead to a parting...

How to prepare for care

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The good news is that we’re all living longer. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that at least one woman in three aged 60 in England and Wales will reach 90, as will 20% of men aged 60. So it will come as no surprise that it’s...

Why executing a Lasting Power of Attorney NOW makes sense

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By 2025, the Alzheimer’s Society predicts that more than 1 million people in the UK will suffer from dementia. One in five people over 85 already suffer from it. The advice from charities caring for the elderly is that everyone should plan ahead for a...

Is there a 'compensation culture'?

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We read a lot in the press about our so-called ‘compensation culture’, how compensation is paid out for any old accident, that the numbers of claims is spiralling out of control, all of which is causing insurance premiums to rise. How true is...

Employing Staff - What small businesses owners need to know

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Once the time comes to stop being a one-man band and to recruit others into your business, you assume the exciting but slightly nerve-racking status of an employer.  Whilst taking on staff creates more scope for business growth, it brings with it a...

Business Premises - Should you lease or buy?

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When you’re setting up in business, you need to start from a base. Whilst many new enterprises begin as someone’s brain child operating from a spare bedroom, there comes a moment in the development of any business when you need to think about...

Why Terms and Conditions matter to your business

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When setting up a business, it can seem as if there’s a never-ending list of things to do. One of the tasks that should be at the top of that list is getting your Terms and Conditions written. They form the basis of the contract you have with your...

Choosing the right structure for your new business

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There’s a lot to think about when you’re starting out in business and it’s important to get the basics right from the outset.  One decision that you will need to take surrounds the structure for your business. This will define your...

Setting up and starting out

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If you’re a budding entrepreneur who’s thinking about starting out on your own, you’ll certainly be in good company. The number of business start-ups continues to rise year-on-year with 581,173 new businesses registered at Companies House...

Congratulations

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Congratulations to our newest member of the team Michaela McDonald who has attained a 2:1 LLB Law (Hons) degree at Liverpool John Moores University. She has graduated on the 15th July and is now a Bachelor of Law with Honours. Well done Michaela for all...

GoodLuck

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Sedgwick Legal Ltd want to wish Daniel Rouke good luck for the future in his new job.  ...

CongratulationsMark

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Well done to Mark Owen from all at Sedgwick Legal Ltd who has studied Law at degree level achieving a Certificate in Legal Studies as part of his degree. Since graduating, Mark has registered with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers with the aim of...

What does the election result mean for employers?

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Now that the dust is beginning to settle following the election, it will be interesting to see if the Conservatives will honour their manifesto pledges over the next few years.  Issues they campaigned on that will have implications for employers...

Welcome to our new Website

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The team here at Sedgwick Legal are delighted to announce the launch of our new website. We hope that visitors will find the site easy to use, informative and engaging. Please do check it out and if you would like to learn any more about the legal services...