Dismissal for time off with dependants

Ellis v Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd.

Employees can be dismissed in connection with the right to take time off for dependants and will only be protected and able to claim that their dismissal was automatically unfair where they explain the reason for their absence as soon as reasonably practicable.

In this…

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New 'how to rent' guide published

A new 'how to rent' guide has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

This guide is for both tenants and landlords in the private rented sector to help them understand their rights and responsibilities. It provides a checklist and more detailed information on each stage…

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Charity Begins at Home

Would you like to be able to give a little more to charity under your Will, whilst leaving the same amount, if not more, to your children, family, friends and loved ones, and less to the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Since 6 April 2012 in many cases you can.


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Lasting Power of Attorney

People are living longer than ever but with this tendency comes a higher risk of mental incapacity due to strokes, dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

It is therefore important, particularly if you are elderly, that a family member, a trusted friend or a professional (such as a solicitor) can step in…

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PAYE Late Filing Penalties

Employers with fewer than 50 employees will not face automatic in-year penalties for late filing of real-time PAYE information until 6 March 2015, HMRC have announced.

The penalties will apply from 6 October 2014 for larger employers with 50 or more employees.

Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors Comment

There is some welcome…

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Divorce and Money

In the case of Shield v Shield [2014] EWCA Civ 1136, the Court of Appeal was called to decide upon the beneficial ownership of shares in a family company.

After 43 years of marriage the wife commenced divorce proceedings; the husband claimed that the large shareholding in the family business…

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Conciliation Before Employment Actions

In most cases before starting Employment Tribunal proceedings claimants must now submit details of their complaint to ACAS, where they will be offered the option of a one month pre-claim conciliation before they can lodge the claim with the tribunal.

Then, only if conciliation is unsuccessful can the claimant lodge…

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