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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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Catharine Geddes, Partner at Lester Aldridge

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

As many employers are aware, the National Minimum Wage increases on 1 October each year, and this year sees the biggest increases for seven years. The adult rate (for those 21 and over) will increase by 3% to £6.70 per hour; the development rate (ages 18 to 20) rises from £5.13 per hour to £5.30; young workers (aged 16 to 17) see an increase to £3.87 per hour; and apprentices see the biggest rise of 20%, taking them from £2.73 per hour to £3.30.

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L-R  - partners Simon Rhodes from Trethowans, Mark Daniels from Dickinson Manser Chris Whiteley, managing partner of Trethowans and Gary Pick senior partner of Dickinson Manser

Two leading Southern law firms officially become one

Two of the south's leading law firms officially became one on Thursday 1st October 2015 Trethowans, which has offices in Southampton and Salisbury, merged with Poole-based Dickinson Manser to create one of the largest legal practices in the region.

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Alex Bilionis

Mastering mitigation

Mastering mitigation If you are claiming damages for breach of contract, you must show that you have taken reasonable steps to mitigate your loss. However, is it possible to "over-mitigate" your losses and thereby reduce the liability of the breaching party to pay damages?

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Tracey Parsons

How to avoid the agony in 'Divorce September'

Family law solicitors at Coles Miller are facing one of their busiest months with divorce enquiries expected to surge in September. September is the second busiest month of the year for divorce and separation, exceeded only by January.

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Legal Aid is still available at Letchers Solicitors

Legal Aid is not dead

Despite what you may read in the papers and online, Legal Aid has not died but is severely restricted, and Letchers Solicitors are still able to offer Legal Aid.

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Simon Kenny of Moore Blatch

Skilled-worker immigration cap to affect Hampshire employers

June's allocation of restricted Tier 2 visas, which allow entry of skilled migrant workers into the UK has been reached this month and could potentially affect Hampshire businesses that rely on this workforce warns head of immigration, Simon Kenny of Moore Blatch.

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