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Power of attorney solicitor Stuart Bradford of Coles Miller

Get help in Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia friendly solicitors Coles Miller are supporting Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21 May 2016) through their work with local action groups.

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Catharine Geddes

What would Brexit mean for employment law?

It is now only a matter of weeks until the UK will vote on whether to remain in the EU. As no other member state has ever left the EU, it is unclear exactly what will happen if there is a majority vote in favour of Britain leaving.

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Trevor Sterling of Moore Blatch solicitors

Effectiveness of whilstleblowing policies back in the spotlight after Dame Janet Smith Review

Following the findings of the Dame Janet Smith Review, lawyers at Moore Blatch are urging employers to consider the effectiveness of their own organisation's whistleblowing policy.

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Patent attorney, Simon Robinson of Barker Brettell, and Heather Williams, tax partner at Mazars, with the Trunki case whose owners, Magmatic, recently lost a high profile court case to protect the original design of its product.

Local businesses warned to get professional patent advice in light of Trunki case

The Poole office of international accountancy and business advisory firm, Mazars, has highlighted the recent court case involving the children's ride-on suitcases, Trunki, to draw attention to the importance of gaining professional advice when filing registered designs.

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Peter Livingstone - Battens Solicitors.

Astronomical increase in cost of probate fees

Solicitors at Dorset law firm Battens have warned of a 'new form of inheritance tax' which could see the Government increase probate fees by a giant 12,900%.

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Edward Adamson

Not just any contract, a Marks and Spencer contract

Just before the Christmas spending rush, Marks and Spencer received the outcome of their appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to their lease of their Paddington Basin offices (Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and another [2015] UKSC 72).

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Tamara Rundle of Moore Blatch solicitors

Private sector landlords face new sanctions under Immigration Act

Landlords need to be aware of new sanctions introduced under the Immigration Act 2014. Under the new rules landlords that fail to check a tenant's immigration status before renting property could face a penalty charge of £3,000 per tenant.

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Catharine Geddes, Partner at Lester Aldridge

Too sick to work?

Whether it's because it's cold, you have a cold, or the post-Christmas finances are causing a headache, the first Monday in February is dubbed 'National Sickie Day', with an estimated 350,000 Brits taking a sick day. The top reason for sickness absence on the day is apparently the weather, followed closely by workers simply not feeling well, and trailing in third place is a hangover.

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Clinical negligence solicitor David Simpson of Coles Miller Solicitors LLP

£825,000 Compensation For Cauda Equina Victims

Coles Miller medical negligence solicitors have secured compensation totalling £825,000 for two patients left with permanent disabling symptoms restricting mobility because of alleged failings by two GPs and two NHS Trusts.

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Alex Bilionis

Who will have the last word?

Establishing the terms and conditions to be incorporated into a contract is important for various reasons and is often the source of some disagreement between contracting parties, as they each seek to have their own terms regulate the arrangement. Are your contracting processes effectively incorporating your standard terms into your contracts or is your business exposed to a greater level of risk than you realise?

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William Fox Bregman

Small firms 'priced out of justice' due to soaring court fees

A Dorset solicitor is warning that soaring civil court fees are pricing small businesses out of justice. William Fox Bregman, a Partner with Ellis Jones Solicitors, says increasingly banks and other big businesses are being let off the hook. He has cited the case of five clients who have decided not to claim for the mis-selling of financial products and warned that proposed reforms are "punitive and unworkable."

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Solicitors issue Wills warning

Burton and Dyson Solicitors say that people are increasingly putting themselves and their loved ones at risk through not having a Will. It is estimated that two thirds of us have not made a Will and believe their next of kin will automatically receive their assets.

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