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Renting property – Will the slow-down of the housing market have a knock-on effect for landlords and their tenants?

For years, homeowners have come to expect that their property value will increase. But headlines predicting a housing slump are backed by figures that show a sustained slow-down of activity in the housing market and a dip in the rate of growth for house prices too. But could that also have a knock-on effect for rental prices? And what is a ‘fair rent’ for the average property?

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The Hidden Disability: Mental Health at Work

Mental Health Awareness Week, 14th - 20th May 2018, is an opportunity for employers to revisit current practices and to see if their policy and culture match up to best practice.

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Child custody agreements - how to make disagreements over children less painful

No matter how acrimonious the break up, making the process as stress free as possible for the children should be the main priority. It will certainly be the family court’s main priority so it is in everyone’s interest to keep disagreements over children as calm as possible. How can you do that and get the best outcome for your children? Here is our five-point guide.

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Cheeki Rafiki yacht director cleared over sailor deaths

The director of a yacht management company responsible for 'Cheeki Rafiki' has been cleared of the manslaughter of four men who died when their vessel capsized in the Atlantic.

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How to delist a listed building or cottage

While listed buildings are often attractive, brimming with character and desirable purchases, they can come with potential headaches for the new owners.

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Understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold property

The Government has announced plans to tackle unfair leaseholder arrangements on new build properties, but in the meantime, as the Spring housing market gets into full swing, it’s worth understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold property.

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Employment law updates in 2018

2017 was a busy year in the world of Employment Law. Among the legal headlines were the removal of employment fees and the beginning of what was to become a national consultation on the pay gap between men and women.

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Dealing with employee theft

According to a poll commissioned by office-furniture supplier Kit Out My Office, more than two-thirds of UK office workers have admitted to stealing from their employers and colleagues at some time during their careers. With the cost of stolen items averaging at £12.50 and an estimated 15 million workers having confessed to employee theft, the cost to UK employers adds up to a whopping £190 million each year.

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Contact with your Children – how to settle your differences without going to court

Whether you are married or living together, splitting up can be an emotional time. If there are children involved, the feelings of hurt and anger can be magnified. However, this is the time when your children need you to be at your most level-headed.

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What does intestate mean for you?

October 2014 saw the biggest changes in probate law’s history come into effect. While the overhaul meant no real difference to those with minimal assets, for the partners of those who died without making a will and who have more assets, it meant significant change. The change gave a surviving spouse the right to a much bigger share of their deceased spouse’s estate than was previously the case.

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