The starting point is that there is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee. So when asked to provide a reference, an employer can refuse to provide one, unless they are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Also, an employer must be…

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document that gives very strong permissions over someone’s life and wellbeing, therefore it is advisable that you seek legal help and advice from a solicitor when wanting to make a Power of Attorney to ensure that there can be no risk of abuse of the power given. By…

Many charities these days are struggling to recruit new trustees. People are busy and becoming a charity trustee comes with unique responsibilities. If your charity has identified a need for new trustees then the next step is to find potential trustees. Vacancies arise for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is because trustees have resigned,…

The basis on which stamp duty is charged has changed, in a move that will benefit most purchasers of property.  The old system applied a single rate of stamp duty based on the value of the purchase. This ‘single slab’ system led to some creative apportionments of the purchase price between the property itself (subject to stamp duty)…

With the launch of the Protocol for Applications for Consent to Assign or Sublet it seems an ideal time to touch upon the issues commonly surrounding ‘landlord’s consent’.  Most leases contain ‘qualified covenants’ whereby the tenant is only permitted to do something if the landlord has first given its consent. The Landlord and Tenant Act…

Happy New Year! It all seems so long ago now, but recapping briefly on events towards the end of 2014 Happy New Year!  It all seems so long ago now, but recapping briefly on events towards the end of 2014:-  READING LEGAL WALK In late September 2014 Barrett & Co took part in the Reading…

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are in the same employment and are doing the same or similar work, work rated as equivalent or work of equal value. An employer only has a defence against a…

A couple who were heartbroken when their £4 million ‘eco-home’ burnt to the ground when it was close to completion have won the right to full compensation for their loss from a construction company involved in the project. The couple sued the company for more than £3.5 million in damages after fire tore through the…

All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed to enhance efficiency in the disposal of financial remedy cases to be heard by…

Claims against dishonest executors have trebled in 12 months, according to the Law Gazette.  The increase in the number of claims is thought to result from the appointment of friends and family members as executors rather than professional executors such as solicitors. There are many reasons for using a professional executor, such as: They have…

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