Buying A New or First Home?

Buying a new home, whether you are a first time or tenth time buyer, can be emotional and stressful but here are a few tips which will make the process a little easier. First, get your finances in order. Make sure you have a deposit (ideally at least 10%), mortgage offer (if required) and extra funds to cover legal fees, stamp duty land tax and a little bit extra to cover any additional or unexpected expenditure. Obviously, choose a property. There are many types of property out there whether it be a flat, maisonette, bungalow, terrace, semi-detached or detached house. To help decide, think about whether you want a freehold…

Written statements of particulars: Employers’ enhanced obligations with effect from 06 April 2020

Employers have long been subject to a legal obligation to provide employees with a written statement of particulars, detailing, amongst other things, the key terms of an employee’s employment. Previously, such written particulars must have been provided to employees within two months of commencing their employment and could be provided on a piecemeal basis, however the legal requirements and obligations on employers in this area are changing with effect from 06 April 2020. Employers should be aware of the three key changes set out below and should ensure that they are taking steps to prepare in readiness for the implementation of the new rules: The right to be provided with…

Family Court Hearings and the Coronavirus – what you need to know

On 19 March 2020 the most senior Family Court Judge in England and Wales issued new urgent Guidance in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic and how the Family Court will function during this unprecedented and challenging time. If you have a Court hearing in the Family Court then this Guidance will affect you and your case. If you are at all unsure about your position, please contact your representative and we will be happy to help. With immediate effect, most Court hearings will now take place ‘remotely’, i.e. over telephone, video or Skype without any personal attendance at a Court building. The vast majority of cases will be suitable…