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Government issues advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney

November 30th 2020
 

The government has provided brief but useful advice on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and how they can be used to help people who are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Michelle Hayes, Solicitor, provides an update. An LPA is a legal document that you can draw up when you’re fit and healthy authorising someone you choose to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer…

Employee copied confidential company files after resigning

November 25th 2020
 

A company has been granted a court order preventing a former employee from disclosing or using its confidential information, Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution reports. The company, Rentrack Ltd, collected ticket sales data for cinemas. One of its employees, Mr Green, was approached by a competitor and offered a job in June 2020. Before resigning, he bought a pay-as-you-go SIM card for a mobile phone and requested…

North West family businesses tell their stories to a global audience

November 24th 2020
 

A 24 hour, online global learning symposium event for family businesses was used to engage in peer to peer learning and knowledge transfer. Through the symposium a community of family businesses from across the world, engaged in peer to peer learning and the opportunity for sector specialists to transfer their own knowledge to new groups. This unique event was aimed to share informative and educational content, encourage connectivity and positively…

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Government launches plan to build 180,000 new homes

November 23rd 2020
 

The government has launched an £11.5 billion programme to build 180,000 new homes across the country over the next five years. Mandy Shum Conveyancer reports. It’s hoped that the move will unlock a further £38 billion in public and private investment in affordable housing. New homes will be made available from next year. Around half of the new homes will be available for affordable home ownership, helping more people to…

Helpful Guide Summarising Government Support for Businesses

November 20th 2020
 

Over the course of the year the government has responded to the devastating financial impact of Covid-19 on businesses with a number of packages of support to help businesses of all sizes. Ranging from support to help pay employees and business owners, to grants and loans and also tax deferral schemes, the packages of support are wide reaching. With the latest national lockdown, some of the support packages and measures…

Siblings overturn their mother’s Will after family dispute

November 19th 2020
 

Rebecca Armstrong Solicitor in our will claims team reports on this recent case. Four siblings have succeeded in overturning their mother’s Will after the court agreed that she had not fully understood its consequences when she signed it. The case pitted the mother’s first four children against her youngest child, the defendant. In 2004, the mother and her husband had executed mirror Wills, which meant that if the husband died…

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North West family businesses get ready to tell their stories to a global audience

November 18th 2020
 

In the first ever global family business event run by The Family Business Network, a number of North West family firms will feature amongst the impressive line-up. The Global Family Business Learning Symposium taking place next Thursday 19 November, is a new online event run by the Cumbria-headquartered organisation. The event has been designed to unite a community of family businesses from across the world as they engage in peer…

New plans to protect businesses against late payments

November 17th 2020
 

The government is considering new powers to give businesses more protection against late payments of invoices. Carly Davies Debt Recovery Manager provides an update. Figures provided by Pay UK show that £23.4 billion worth of late invoices are owed to small firms across Britain, impacting on their cash flow and ultimate survival. Small Business Minister Paul Scully has announced a new set of proposals to ensure these firms are paid…

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The third edition of our Agricultural Newsletter is now live

November 16th 2020
 

“Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. It’s been an odd year! Despite it all, our property and agricultural teams are busier than ever and we welcome our newly-qualified Emma Blamire to the team of solicitors. Tim Cartmell gave me some advice at that stage of my career – “keep learning until you die,” which was both characteristic and spot on. The icing to the cake is that both…

Business webinar to focus on working from home

November 16th 2020
 

The pros and cons of working from home will be the focus of a business webinar on Tuesday (November 17). With many businesses continuing to operate remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions, the NXT.V webinar will centre on how employers and employees are adapting to the changing work environment. The Working from Home vs The Workplace webinar will feature Carol Fish, Serious and Catastrophic Injury Solicitor at Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, and…

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