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  • 31

    Remember A Charity In Your Will Week, 2015

    There are numerous ways of giving to charity. However, only a few of us leave charities a gift in our Wills.

  • 19

    Hewitsons Help Drive Car Dealership Acquisition

    Hewitsons has acted for Northampton-based Perrys Group in their acquisition of Chesterfield-based GK Group Ltd.

  • 18

    Employees Beware Of What You Post On Facebook

    Social media is increasingly becoming a part of every day life and it is not uncommon to see posts that are “letting off steam” in respect of day to day annoyances.

  • 14

    Government Confirms Its Plans For Pensions Flexibility

    We previously looked here at the pensions flexibility announced in the Budget. Some changes took effect from 27 March 2014, others were due to take effect in April 2015, subject to consultation.

  • 10

    What’s The Damage?

    Kids Company closed its doors on 5 August, ending all its services and leaving rumours echoing through the sector. The charity’s founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, supporters and staff, the government, the Charity Commission and plenty of people in the sector have all had something to say, but it will be some time before the post mortem is complete and we have a good understanding as to the reasons for the sudden collapse.

July 2015

  • 27

    Can Your Will Be Ignored?? Ilott V Mitson

    According to various headlines this morning, the answer is yes! Unsurprisingly, the real answer is more complex.

  • 26

    Straying Animals And Fence Boundaries

    Straying animals can cause problems for owners and neighbouring landowners. The Animals Act 1971 imposes obligations on the ‘keeper’ of animals and gives rights to landowners in respect of straying animals. For domestic and farm animals the owner will be liable for damage caused and will have to compensate the landowner if he knew, or ought to have known, that the animal was likely to be dangerous and cause damage.

  • 20

    Delay To Care Funding

    It has been announced that the introduction of the cap on care costs, due to be brought in on 6 April 2016, has now been delayed until April 2020.

  • 19

    Non-resident Beware!

    The rules regarding sales of residential property by Non Residents changed with effect from the 6th April 2015. Previously non-UK residents could sell UK property and pay no tax on the gain made since they had acquired it.

  • 19

    Advice To New Graduates Seeking First Jobs

    Staff at Hewitsons who have been with the company since they graduated law school are offering advice to new graduates as they take their first steps towards their chosen careers. These employees, who have established positions within the law firm, have around 90 years combined work experience, with the majority of their working life being spent at Hewitsons.

  • 14

    Hewitsons Reappointed On Nfu Legal Panel

    Following an intensive six-month review that considered legal services, fee structures and commitment to the organisation and its members, alongside feedback from members and NFU staff, Hewitsons has been reappointed for a further three years as the NFU panel firm for Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

  • 12

    Sickness And Annual Leave - The Next Instalment

    For some time now, it has been clear that, when an employee is unable to take any or all of their 4 weeks minimum holiday entitlement given under the Working Time Directive in any holiday year, they must be permitted to carry it forward into, at the very least, the next holiday year.

  • 07

    Summer Budget 2015

    Changes to inheritance tax nil rate band The Summer Finance Bill 2015 will include provisions dealing with the following changes to the inheritance tax nil rate band.

  • 05

    Your Will – Do It Right

    With a national charity recently apologising for suggesting “you don’t have to see a solicitor” to make your Will, it is worth remembering why it is so important to speak to a proper solicitor when making your Will, and not to risk reliance on “service providers”.

  • 01

    Court Award

    Hewitsons’ Northampton Office has hosted the presentation of an award by The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.

June 2015

  • 30

    Hewitsons And Moorhead James Merge

    Hewitson Moorhead has brought together two highly respected firms that will be of substantial benefit to its clients and which will enable and accelerate significant growth for the newly merged firm.

  • 29

    Variations – A Taxing Question?

    On 19th March the Chancellor announced a review of Deeds of Variation to crackdown on tax avoidance. Carolyn Bagley, Partner at law firm Hewitsons, examines the usage of Variations and the case against abolition.

  • 29

    Last Chance Saloon To Re-claim Assets: Does Your Old Company Need Restoring?

    If you believe a company in which you have an interest might have dissolved whilst owning assets, you need to be aware of an important deadline, because if action is not taken soon the chance will be lost to re-claim the assets.

  • 28

    Court Of Appeal Case On Section 62 Lpa 1925

    Rights of way and other rights (easements) for the benefit of property can be created by express grant or impliedly, for example based on long use.

  • 27

    Hewitsons And Moorhead James To Merge

    Hewitson Moorhead will bring together two highly respected firms in a merger that will be of substantial benefit to its clients and which will enable and accelerate significant growth for the newly merged firm.

  • 24

    4th Money Laundering Directive Ushers In Tougher Rules.

    New rules agreed by the Council of Europe and endorsed by the European Parliament are being introduced under the fourth anti-money laundering directive.

  • 22

    Hewitsons Enters Dragon Boat Festival In Milton Keynes

    On Sunday, 21st June, a number of Hewitsons staff, family and friends took part in the Dragon Boat Festival to race and raise money for Age UK Milton Keynes.

  • 18

    Working Time

    If any of you have employees who have no fixed place of work, but instead their home is regarded as their "base" (for example some sales people), a recent opinion given by the Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of Justice will be of interest to you.

  • 18

    It’s Not Fair, It’s Commercial

    A distribution agreement case has emphasised that when the Courts are asked to interpret a commercial contract, unless the relationship defined by the contract is one to which the law itself requires the parties to act in good faith towards each other (eg employment law or partnership law) or where the parties expressly agree to vest duties of trust and confidence in each other in their dealings, the Courts are disinterested in whether the application of the contract terms is fair. They respect the original bargain.

  • 16

    Hewitsons Secures A Hat-trick Of Successes In The High Court

    Law firm Hewitsons has secured three consecutive judgements in High Court Judicial Reviews against plans for a new supermarket outside the town of Cinderford in Gloucestershire.

  • 16

    Don't Write Off Lost Profits

    If someone negligently damages your property, can you claim against him for losses you incur by not being able to use that property in your business as a result?

  • 15

    Hewitsons Announces New Partner

    Law firm Hewitsons has announced that Rebecca Austin has been promoted to Partner.

  • 14

    Cambridge Legal Walk

    Newly appointed Partner Rebecca Austin along with Lucinda Borwn, Partner, Amy Wallhead, Solicitor, Joe Taylor, Solicitor and trainee Solicitors Natasha Flint, Katherine Hague and Emily Walker will all particiapte in the 10km sponsored walk on 15th June to raise money for the Eastern Legal Support Trust.

  • 10

    New Charity Commission Guidance On Trustees’ Duties

    The Charity Commission aims to publish revised guidance in early July, substantially affecting the expectations on all charity trustees.

  • 10

    Boundary Disputes - Solicitors And Courts To Be Excluded

    “To hear those words “boundary dispute” is to fill a judge even of the most stalwart and amiable disposition with deep foreboding, since disputes between neighbours tend always to compel, as this one did, some unreasonable and extravagant behaviour which profits no one but the lawyers.”

  • 10

    Your Will - 6 Key Questions

    Farmers can waste thousands on Wills, because it’s easy to overlook non-tax questions crucial to the Wills’ effectiveness. Kipling’s “six honest serving men” questions can assist you.

  • 09

    The Car That Did Not Get Away

    Regrettably, there are occasions when customers don’t pay their suppliers and creditors have to resort to one of the available legal procedures to recover the money owed.

  • 08

    The Eat Case Of Basildon Academies - V - Amadi And Another

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case of Basildon Academies - v – Amadi and Another has reminded schools and other employers of the need to ensure that they have comprehensive policies in place.

May 2015

  • 21

    Hewitsons Appoints First Female Senior Partner

    Hewitsons has announced that Clare Colacicchi is to take on the role of Senior Partner from Charles Hewitson. Charles will provide continued support to the new senior team.



  • 18

    How Independent Is Your Expert?

    Evidence which consists of a witness’ opinion is generally inadmissible in court proceedings.

  • 17

    Who Will Look After You?

    With Mental Health Awareness Week last week (11th to 17th May) and Dementia Awareness Week starting this week (17th to 23rd May), Bernadette O’Reilly, a partner at Hewitsons, explains why it’s sensible to put plans in place now should the worst happen in the future.

  • 17

    Implied Term For Satisfactory Quality In Contract For Hire

    It’s important to remember that a contract usually does not only include the terms which it expressly sets out. It may also contain terms implied into it, including under statute. Depending on the type of contract, there could be an implied term that goods or materials supplied are of satisfactory quality or that services will be supplied with reasonable skill and care.

  • 14

    Cambridge News Education Awards 2015

    Hewitsons is delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Cambridge News Education Awards and in particular the Award for ''Contribution to the Local Community', something very close to our hearts. For more information on these awards and how to nominate, visit the Cambridge News website.

  • 12

    Chariots Of Fire 2015

    Today is the official launch of Chariots of Fire 2015 and this year all sponsorship monies raised from the charitable relay race will go to this year’s official charity East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

  • 07

    Hewitsons Walks For Justice In Northampton

    Hewitsons’ Managing Partner Colin Jones and the firm’s Head of Litigation and Under Sheriff of Northamptonshire Dominic Hopkins stepped out with High Court Judges, Circuit Judges and staff and students of Northampton University in support of the Midland Legal Support Trust (MLST) on the first Legal Walk arranged for Northampton.

April 2015

  • 29

    Meaning Of “establishment”: The Woolworths Case.

    Those employers who operate multiple sites can breathe a sigh of relief as a result of the ECJ's Judgment which has just been published on the meaning of "Establishment" for the purposes of the collective redundancy consultation processes.

  • 23

    Dwp Call For Evidence On Pension Debts

    As discussed here, a joint working group from the DWP and the Charity Finance Group have reviewed issues around pension shortfalls and the employer debt regime.

  • 19

    New Legislation For Control Of Horses

    The Control of Horses Act (CHA) 2015 comes into force on 26 May 2015. The CHA 2015 amends the Animals Act (AA) 1971 and is designed to enable local authorities and private landowners and occupiers to deal more effectively with fly-grazing horses.

  • 16

    Hewitsons Three Peaks Challenge

    On Saturday 18th April a team from Hewitsons will take on the three peaks in 24 hours challenge to start off this years Chariots of Fire fundraising.

  • 16

    The Deregulation Act 2015 - Impact On Landlords

    The Deregulation Act 2015 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and contains a number of changes to the law that will impact on landlords, particularly of residential property.

  • 06

    Changes To Employment Law

    As we have now become accustomed to the 5th and 6th, April will see a number of changes to employment legislation coming into effect.

March 2015

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