hewitsons Moorhead

Top Results

Resources

  • Choosing a Solicitor

    06.09.2017

    I am in the process of purchasing my first house and the estate agent has asked me for details of my solicitor who will be acting for me in the transaction. I have obtained several quotes from Solicitors all at varying prices. How do I choose what is right for me?

    Read More
  • No Will - Who Will Inherit?

    25.10.2017

    My brother has sadly passed away and it seems he has not left a Will. He has no children: who will inherit his house and other investments?

    Read More
  • Clearing Leaves

    08.11.2017

    It is that time of the year when I see that the leaves from my trees are falling onto the pavement outside. Am I responsible for clearing them to avoid any kind of risk to the public?

    Read More
  • Private Wealth Update October 2017

    Private Wealth Update October 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update September 2017

    Private Wealth Update September 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update August 2017

    Private Wealth Update August 2017

    Download
  • Agricultural Land

    02.11.2017

    I would love a larger garden and the farmer who owns the field next door has agreed to sell me half an acre so I can realise my dream. A friend told me I would need planning permission to add that land to my garden - is he right?

    Read More
  • Employment Law Update October 2017

    Employment Law Update October 2017

    Download
  • Hewitsons Firmwide Brochure

    Our Firm Brochure

    Download
  • Victorian House Auction

    19.10.2017

    I have bought a large Victorian house at auction and I'd like to develop it into three flats and then put those on the market. Will I need planning permission, or any other permissions?

    Read More
  • Listed Houses

    11.10.2017

    I have bought a listed house and I'm planning some renovations, including new windows. I recently applied for listed building consent to my local planning authority, but they have refused to grant it. What can I do?

    Read More
  • Private Wealth - Testimonials

    A list of recent testimonials about team members of the Private Wealth Team.

    Download
  • Leaky Water Supply

    11.02.2017

    One part of my front garden is permanently wet and I think there may be a serious leak in my water supply pipe underground. Who is responsible for the underground supply – is it my responsibility or the responsibility of my water company?

    Read More
  • Flooding Reassurances

    05.12.2016

    We have purchased our dream house. During the conveyancing process we were warned about localised flooding in the area, but understand that our house has not actually flooded itself. Now that Spring is here, and the risk of flooding over Winter is receding, is there any protection we can rely on and put in place before next Winter?

    Read More
  • Loft Conversion

    28.05.2016

    I would like to convert my loft into a couple of extra rooms. Will I need planning permission do to that?

    Read More
  • Agricultural Occupancy

    07.09.2016

    I am thinking of buying a property with an agricultural occupancy condition on it.  I want to keep chickens and sheep - but not as a commercial business. Is this sufficient for me to occupy the house? If not, what action can the council take against me?

    Read More
  • Honesty is the Best Policy

    29.12.2016

    Some years ago after my father passed away, my mother made a will that bequeathed her property to myself and my two brothers. She has recently remarried but says she has no plans to change her will. Does she need to renew her will now she has married again?

    Read More
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax

    17.03.2017

    I own a villa in Spain and I would like to buy a home for the first time in the UK. Will I be liable for the surcharge on Stamp Duty Land Tax when I buy?

    Read More
  • In a Tangle

    03.05.2017

    I have a very large garden and a plant that looks very like Japanese knotweed seems to have invaded the far end of the garden. I know this plant is a problem – what do I need to do?

    Read More
  • Living Together

    09.03.2017

    I'd like to live with my girlfriend. She is renting and I own my home, so it makes sense for her to move in with me. What are the risks? Do we need any kind of formal agreement?

    Read More
  • Renting on Scheme

    22.03.2017

    I bought a home with the Government's Help to Buy scheme a couple of years ago. I'm now planning to move in with my girlfriend and rent out my home. Are there any problems with this, if I let my mortgage lender know?

    Read More
  • Partner Moves In

    12.04.2017

    I own a property outright and my partner is now looking to move in. Am I able to add my partner to the property register?

    Read More
  • Home and Away

    19.04.2017

    I own a long lease apartment and am currently working away. Am I able to sub-let to somebody else whilst I am away?

    Read More
  • Things in Common

    26.04.2017

    I wish to buy a property with my partner, and our solicitor has asked whether we wish to own the property as tenants in common or as beneficial joint tenants. What is the material difference?

    Read More
  • Holiday Let Risks

    05.04.2017

    I would like to rent out the 'granny' flat in my house as a self-contained holiday let online through Air BnB. I think it will be popular with tourists as I live in central Cambridge. What are the risks?

    Read More
  • Am I Free to Go?

    29.04.2017

    I have fallen in love with a beautiful flat that's on the market. It seems to be freehold rather than leasehold and a friend of mine who's a solicitor said that could be problematical and I should think again. What issues could I face?

    Read More
  • Listing My Concerns

    03.05.2017

    I own a seventeenth-century Grade II listed cottage. It's very pretty, but there is an ugly modern workshop built next to the house and I would like to get rid of it. Am I right that I can demolish it as it's not part of the historic fabric?

    Read More
  • A Problem Shared

    10.05.2017

    I’ve viewed a house on the market in one of the villages that shares its driveway with a neighbour. I'm concerned how this will work and whether there are any pitfalls. Can you advise before I make an offer?

    Read More
  • Under the Hammer

    17.05.2017

    I've viewed a house that being sold at auction soon and I'm very interested in making a bid. How does this work? Are there any pitfalls?

    Read More
  • Agricultural Occupancy

    24.05.2017

    I'm thinking of buying a house with an agricultural occupancy condition on it. I work as a software developer but would be prepared to keep chickens and a few sheep too. Do I need to work full time in agriculture to live in the house?

    Read More
  • Rate Expectations

    31.05.2017

    I have converted my garage into an office for my online business, but a friend told me that I have to pay business rates on that part of my property. Is he right?

    Read More
  • Taking a Flyer

    08.06.2017

    I'm interested in buying a lovely terraced home that's on the market, but part of it seems to be held as a 'flying freehold'. Can you explain how this works? Could this be a problem?

    Read More
  • All Decked Out

    14.06.2017

    My neighbour is building a large area of raised decking in his garden.  This would be fine, except it's so high, when my neighbour stands on it he can see right over the boundary fence and that makes me uncomfortable. There seems to have been no planning application – does he need permission?

    Read More
  • Chains Need Glue

    21.06.2017

    I am thinking of selling my flat. What advantage is there in instructing an estate agent to sell the property for me, as opposed to selling it myself?

    Read More
  • House Extensions

    28.06.2017

    I am using a building company to build an extension to my house and they are very slow and often absent.  They have not been on site for a week. What can I do? If I have a contract with them, can I employ another builder?

    Read More
  • I’m Banking On It

    05.07.2017

    I'm interested in buying a beautiful house with a garden that runs down to the River Cam. What rights or responsibilities do I have in relation to the riverbank?

    Read More
  • Buying in Jersey

    19.07.2017

    I have just had a holiday on Jersey and loved it so much I would like to buy a second home there.  I understand that the Channel Islands' property market is not open to all.  Can you explain?

    Read More
  • It’s a Taxing Issue

    26.07.2017

    I understand that the rules for inheritance tax have changed. My father has recently passed away, he bequeathed his home to me and it has been valued at £450,000. Will I need to pay inheritance tax?

    Read More
  • Can I Guarantee It?

    02.08.2017

    My daughter wants to buy her first home. She has asked me to be a 'guarantor' on her rather large mortgage. I'm concerned about this — what are the risks?

    Read More
  • Am I Being Discriminated?

    09.08.2017

    I’d like to buy a leasehold flat in a retirement development, but I’ve been told I cannot as I am not yet 55 years old. Is this correct? Can they discriminate against me because of my age?

    Read More
  • Ownership Rights

    16.08.2017

    My boyfriend wants to move into my house, which I bought five years ago. I'm concerned that he may have a claim over the property if we separate at a later date. Can you advise me on this?

    Read More
  • Exchange of Contracts

    23.08.2017

    My house has been for sale and I recently accepted an offer of the asking price and took the house off the market in good faith. Today I find that the buyer claims he has found a problem and has reduced his offer. I'm irate — can he do this?

    Read More
  • Buying Problems

    29.08.2017

    I've read in the media that many new homes are leasehold and that this is giving owners problems with ground rent. I'd like to buy a new build house. What is the difference between leasehold and freehold? Why are ground rents causing an issue?

    Read More
  • Employment Law Update September 2017

    Employment Law Update September 2017

    Download
  • Construction Law Update April 2017

    Construction Legal Update April 2017

    Download
  • Residential Property Update June 2017

    Residential Property Update June 2017

    Download
  • Employment Law Update August 2017

    The Employment Law Update for August 2017

    Download
  • Charities - The Fit and Proper Person Requirement for Charities

    The Finance Act 2010 introduced a definition - for tax purposes - of charities and other organisations entitled to UK charity tax reliefs. The definition includes a requirement that, in order to qualify, an organisation must satisfy the ‘management condition’.  For a charity to satisfy the management condition, its managers must all be ‘fit and proper persons’ - although there is no definition in the legislation of a ‘fit and proper person’.

    Download
  • Technology - Technology Licensing

    First question: "What is your commercial aim?" Second question: "What is the technology?" Patented inventions maybe – but what are those inventions? Secret know-how – but who needs it and why? Software – but what is it used for, by whom and how? Clever designs – but how are they or could they be protected?

    Download
  • Technology - Trading Online

    Trading online is different. But most businesses do it – whether by having a website as a "shop window", or by selling or otherwise providing goods, software (maybe as a service), digital content or services online.

    Download
  • Technology - Research & Development Contracts

    Research and development contracts take many forms, from straightforward consultancy or commissioned development agreements to agreements for collaborative research and development (R&D) involving many parties with diverse expertise and interests. We have extensive expertise in drafting, advising on and negotiating a broad range of such contracts.

    Download
  • Technology - Competition Laws: Traps for the Unwary

    The Treaty on European Union (or Maastricht Treaty) and Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) aim to create a single market with free movement of goods and services. In particular, the TFEU contains rules intended to prevent restriction or distortion of competition. These rules have force throughout the European Economic Area (EEA), not just the EU.

    Download
  • Agriculture, Food & Rural Business Update July 2017

    Agri, Food & Rural Business Update for July 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update July 2017

    The Private Wealth Legal update for July 2017.

    Download
  • Sports Law Update Feb 2017

    The February quarterly update from the sports law team.

    Download
  • Sports Law Update July 2017

    The July quarterly update from the Sports Law Team.

    Download
  • Construction Law Update July 2017

    The Construciton Law Update, released in July 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Trusts

    Trusts have been in existence since Roman times and are still widely used today for a variety of reasons. In simple terms, a trust is an arrangement under which a person (the Settlor) transfers assets to trustees who hold those assets for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Contentious Trusts and Probate

    Contentious Trust and Probate disputes are often complex and emotionally charged. Whether the estate is large or small, we appreciate that usually your primary objective will be to dispose of the dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. We actively promote dispute resolution methods such as Mediation and a good deal of the advisory work we do relates to how settlements might be structured so as to avoid costly court proceedings.

    Download
  • Employment Law Update July 2017

    Employment Law update for July 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update Jun 2017

    Private Wealth Update Jun 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update May 2017

    Private Wealth Update May 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update Apr 2017

    Private Wealth Update Apr 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update March 2017

    Private Wealth Update March 2017

    Download
  • Private Wealth Update January 2017

    Private Wealth Update January 2017

    Download
  • Employment Law Update June 2017

    Employment Law Update June 2017

    Download
  • Agriculture, Food & Rural Business Update June 2017

    Agricultural Law Update June 2017

    Download
  • Agriculture, Food & Rural Business Update March 2017

    Agricultural Law Update March 2017

    Download
  • Employment Law Update May 2017

    May 2017's Employment Law Update Covering: - Applicant with Asperger's subjected to disability discrimination - "On call" and "sleep-in" shifts may count for National Minimum Wage purposes - Gender Pay Gap information published on Government website - Government response to Committees' Report on high heels and dress codes in the workplace

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to sale of property held in Trust/Jointly

    The sale of land that is held in trust is far more common than one might imagine.

    Download
  • Employment Law Update April 2017

    Employment Law Update April 2017

    Download
  • Technology - The New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    The General Data Protection regulation (the ‘GDPR’) will introduce a number of changes, including an expanded territorial reach of its provisions, increased rights for data subjects and a re-balancing of the liability and risk attributed between data controllers and data processors.

    Download
  • Employment Law Update March 2017

    Employment Law Update March 2017

    Download
  • Employment Law Update February 2017

    Employment Law Update February 2017

    Download
  • Planning - Further Planning Reforms Proposed in Housing White Paper

    The Government has published a White Paper entitled “Fixing our broken housing market” aimed at encouraging the delivery of new homes and making housing more affordable. This article examines the proposals for reform of the planning process unveiled in the White Paper.

    Download
  • Employment Law Update January 2017

    Employment Law Update January 2017

    Download
  • Residential Property - Is Capital Gains Tax Relevant to You Residential Property Transaction?

    It is often assumed that Capital Gains Tax does not apply to the majority of Residential Property transactions because of the Private Residence Relief exemption. However, there are a number of potential traps and the purpose of this Guide is to help identify whether CGT may, in fact, be relevant in your case.

    Download
  • Employment Law Update December 2016

    Employment Law Update December 2016

    Download
  • Employment Law Update November 2016

    Employment Law Update November 2016

    Download
  • Corporate - Services for the Footwear Industry

    Hewitsons (operating as Hewitson Moorhead in London) is recognised for having been a leading provider of legal services for more than 150 years. We are a substantial, client centred law firm providing a broad range of legal services to businesses, individuals and institutions and with a strong heritage of acting for the footwear industry.

    Download
  • Employment Law Update October 2016

    Employment Law Update October 2016

    Download
  • Education - Hewitsons' Schools Service

    Hewitsons’ schools service provides access to solicitors with the educational experience required to deliver high quality and sensible legal advice.

    Download
  • Real Estate - Guide to SDLT1 & SDLT4

    A guide to Land Transaction returns

    Download
  • Private Wealth - The Consequences of not having a Will

    The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014, which came into force on 1 October 2014, has made significant changes to the law of intestacy – the rules which apply when a person dies without leaving a Will.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Why make a Will?

    A Will is a legal document that sets out what you want to happen to your property after your death. It is important to make a Will for a number of reasons.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - When Someone Dies

    The death of a relation or close friend presents a new set of practical problems at a time when the family may be least able to cope. This leaflet is written to provide guidance to those who will be involved in the period after someone dies.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Trustees' Duties

    Trustees look after money and other assets on behalf of other people (the beneficiaries). The Trustees are trusted to make sure that the money they are looking after is used in the way intended by the person who gave it to them. The trust document sets out what they can and cannot do with the money and how they can use it to help the beneficiaries. The general law (legislation and case law) also controls what Trustees can and cannot do.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Trust Administration

    Trusts can provide flexible solutions to tax and family issues. Whether it is protection for vulnerable individuals or tax planning measures, we will work alongside you to find answers that meet your needs, and those of your family, in the long term.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - A Guide to Statutory Wills

    A Will made on behalf of someone who lacks the necessary capacity to do so themselves. This is known as testamentary capacity. A statutory will can only be made by making an application to the Court of Protection. When considering this note, you may also find it helpful to consider at the same time our related Information Sheet on the Court of Protection.

    Download
  • Visiting a Notary Public - Notes for Clients

    Notes for Clients Visiting a Notary Public.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Living Wills

    A Living Will is not a Will at all. Rather it is a statement setting out what should happen if you become incapable of making your own healthcare decisions. It is also known as an advance (medical) decision or advance directive.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Lasting Powers of Attorney

    A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document enabling an adult with the requisite level of understanding (the Donor) to choose another person or persons (the Attorney or Attorneys) to make decisions on his behalf.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Inheritance Tax & Tax Planning - A Guide

    In principle, the value of an individual’s estate on death (together with the value of any gifts made in the previous seven years) is subject to Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) at the rate of 40%. In practice, there are a number of exemptions and reliefs from IHT which mean that, by sensible planning, IHT payable on the value of assets at death and lifetime gifts can be greatly reduced.

    Download
  • Private Wealth

    Hewitsons is a leading law firm operating UK wide and internationally, long established and respected as a leader in its service areas. The firm has 49 partners, of whom eight are in Private Wealth, with offices in Cambridge, Northampton, Milton Keynes and London.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Planning for Pig & Poultry

    Practical advice on how to maximise the chances of success when planning for pig and poultry units.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Deeds of Variation

    A deed of variation is a document which changes the destination of gifts left by someone who has died. The gifts may have been left in a Will or under the intestacy rules (which apply when someone dies without leaving a Will).

    Download
  • Private Wealth - A Guide to Court of Protection

    The Court of Protection is a specialist Court set up to deal with issues relating to people who lack the capacity to make decisions themselves. It has the power to appoint a Deputy on their behalf. The Deputy can then take the decisions the person who lacks capacity is unable to make.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Attorney Responsibilities - Property and Financial Affairs

    A legal document where a person (the Donor) has given authority to you (the Attorney) to make decisions on their behalf about their property and financial affairs. They were introduced in October 2007 by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the MCA).

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Attorney Responsibilities - Health and Welfare

    A legal document where a person (the Donor) has given authority to you (the Attorney) to make decisions on their behalf about their health and welfare. They were introduced in October 2007 by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the MCA).

    Download
  • Technology - Can your business afford to lose its identity?

    Most businesses have a name, symbol or logo that differentiates them or their products or services from those of their competitors and which their clients or customers can identify them by. This is called a trade mark. However, not all businesses have taken steps to register their trade marks, and this can be a costly mistake.

    Download
  • Sports

    Our sports team has a long-established record of advising sports-related organisations including lottery distributors, sports administrators, national governing bodies, sports clubs, charities and trusts.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Q & A’s - Information supplied about residential property

    During virtually all RP transactions information about the property being sold will be supplied by the seller. Nowadays this is usually in the form of the Law Society’s Property Information Form and Leasehold Information Form. However, it also includes replies to either standard form enquiries or specific enquiries raised on behalf of the buyer. These Q & A’s aim to provide information about how to approach providing such information and what happens if the information turns out to be wrong.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Leases of Residential Property

    If you own a leasehold residential property it is useful to have some basic understanding of what your rights and responsibilities as leaseholder are. That is the purpose of these answers to FAQ’s. However they provide general guidance only and are not to be treated as legal advice relevant to particular circumstances.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Help to Buy

    Help to Buy is a Government-backed scheme aimed at facilitating home ownership by providing financial assistance to buyers who would otherwise struggle to raise the deposit required to purchase their own home.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to Selling Residential Property

    20 or 30 years ago it was common for leases of flats to be granted for a term of 99 or 125 years. These leases are effectively “wasting assets”, which means that their value decreases as each year of the term passes. The issue of whether to extend the term of the lease therefore becomes increasingly important. This guide seeks to explain both the legal and practical implications of this issue and to give guidance on the ways to extend a flat lease.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to Planning Considerations for Residential Properties

    This Guide summarises some of the key planning issues relevant to residential properties. It also deals with the need for listed building and conservation area consents and indicates where expert advice from our planning team may be necessary.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to newbuild warranties and architects’ certificates for residential properties

    Any newly built (and most recently converted) residential properties will require either a Newbuild Warranty (“NW”) or Architect’s Certificate (“AC”) if they are to be freely saleable or acceptable as security for a mortgage loan. This guide aims to explain the differences between NWs and ACs and the inadequacies in the way ACs are presently used, as highlighted by a recent case: Hunt and Other -v- Optima (Cambridge) Limited of 2014.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to Jointly Owned Property

    When property is owned by more than one person it is held by them “in trust”. The property is treated as being held by the owners temporarily (whilst they use and enjoy it for whatever purposes they agree) and on the basis that they will ultimately sell it and share the proceeds between them. Since 1996 all such trusts have been known as “Trusts of Land” and the courts have unrestricted powers to resolve any disputes relating to such trusts.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to Extending the Term of a Flat Lease

    20 or 30 years ago it was common for leases of flats to be granted for a term of 99 or 125 years. These leases are effectively “wasting assets”, which means that their value decreases as each year of the term passes. The issue of whether to extend the term of the lease therefore becomes increasingly important. This guide seeks to explain both the legal and practical implications of this issue and to give guidance on the ways to extend a flat lease.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Guide to Chancel Repair Liability

    This Guide updates our previous Guides to CRL and reflects the position after 13 October 2013. This is the date by which CRL was to be registered against properties if future buyers of those properties were to be bound by it. It also sets out the policy that we have adopted to CRL as a consequence.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Guide to Buying Residential Property

    It can avoid disappointment and wasted expenses if you have already been told how much you can borrow and on what terms. Most lenders and financial advisors are happy to offer guidance and even an “agreement in principle” if asked.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Exclusivity Agreements

    In markets such as Cambridge and London, the imbalance between supply and demand for desirable residential properties has resulted in Exclusivity Agreements becoming commonplace. Usually they are a tool to enable a Seller to obtain early commitment from a Buyer in circumstances where there are a number of interested or competing buyers (and the Seller is in a position to dictate terms when agreeing to sell). However, buyers can also insist on an Exclusivity Agreement or the parties can mutually agree to enter in to one.

    Download
  • Residential Property - Building Surveys & Inspections

    Thinking of buying a property? You should always have your own independent survey of any buildings and property which you are hoping to buy. This should be carried out by a firm of qualified Chartered Surveyors prior to exchange of Contracts.

    Download
  • Real Estate - Committed to Commercial Property

    Owning or leasing commercial property brings with it not only many advantages but also numerous liabilities which constantly change with updates in legislation. There are many continuing day to day obligations which result from energy performance ratings, ownership or occupation.

    Download
  • Corporate - Insolvency and Corporate Recovery

    Adverse economic or supply conditions, management failures or unforeseen events can push businesses over the brink. Those affected need solicitors who can help them understand the implications of the situation and guide them through a complex legal environment. With our knowledge and experience, we can help.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Executorship

    Whether you are appointed Executor under someone’s Will or as an Administrator where there is no Will, your duties can be extensive. It is your job to administer the Will (or deal with the intestacy if there is no Will) according to its provisions and the current laws and regulations in place.

    Download
  • Corporate - Directors' Duties in a Deteriorating Trading Position

    In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever that company directors are aware of their duties in relation to the running of the company, so that they do not run the risk of committing an offence or incurring personal liability.

    Download
  • Corporate Restructuring & Group Reorganisations

    Whether assisting a publicly quoted client on the restructuring of its property portfolio or advising a family owned company on the division and allocation of its assets for succession planning, our solicitors are able to deliver on all legal aspects in a prompt and cost effective manner.

    Download
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide

    The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 received Royal Assent on 26th July 2007, and is expected to come into force on 6th April, 2008 (apart from the provisions relating to deaths in custody and publicity orders).

    Download
  • Corporate & Commercial

    Hewitsons is a substantial and progressive UK law firm with a reputation for excellence in serving the needs of a regional, national and international client base, ranging from major corporations and institutions to individual private clients. Hewitsons has offices in Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Northampton and London, from which its teams provide a well-tailored and co-ordinated service to clients.

    Download
  • Corporate Finance

    Whether you require corporate advice once in your life or regularly, you need a firm who are not only highly skilled in the law but pragmatic, commercial, dependable and passionate about that they do. We provide a full legal advice on a wide range of corporate issues, from the start-up of small business to flotations and substantial acquisitions and disposals.

    Download
  • Corporate - Commercial Agreements

    Whether in a standard form or tailored to your particular business needs, contracts are an essential aspect of managing risk. They are also a valuable tool in the development of strong and successful relationships, providing clarity and therefore confidence where it is needed.

    Download
  • Private Wealth - Self Assessment

    Self-assessment transfers to the taxpayer the responsibility for ensuring you pay the correct Income and Capital Gains Tax.

    Download
  • Corporate - Pensions

    We have a specialist pensions team of long-standing that provides a specialist, comprehensive service. The operation of occupational pension schemes involves a complex mix of case law, statute, revenue practice and regulatory requirements. We have the skills required to provide proactive and practical advice that is accessible and affordable.

    Download
  • Hewitsons' Complaints Procedure

    We try to make every effort to meet our clients’ needs and expectations. However, should we fail to do so in any respect and a client wishes to make a formal complaint, this guide sets out the procedure to be followed.

    Download
  • A Brief Guide to Mediation

    Mediation is assisted negotiation. It is a procedure in which the parties to a dispute agree to invite a neutral person (a mediator) to assist them in finding a basis – terms - on which the case can be settled, so as to avoid formal proceedings or a trial. The process is voluntary and confidential and is conducted on a “without prejudice” basis. The parties control whether a settlement is reached and the terms of any compromise.

    Download
  • Disputes & Litigation - Effective Enforcement: how to turn your judgement into cash

    The conclusion of a successful claim for recovery of a debt through the Civil Courts is a sealed court judgment that obliges the judgment debtor to pay within a set time limit – usually fourteen days. The question is, what steps can a judgment creditor take if the judgment debtor fails to pay?

    Download
  • Disputes & Litigation

    When disputes occur, clients want solicitors who are straightforward with them about the case, who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder to fight their corner, and who will find creative solutions where they exist. We have built our reputation on this approach. We always add responsiveness, diligence and hard work to the mix, along with intelligence and an understanding of the commercial realities of a dispute. For individuals, institutions or businesses, an understanding of cost is always key.

    Download
  • Disputes & Litigation - Debt Recovery & Litigation

    The aim of our Debt Services Unit is to supply a cost effective debt recovery solution to owner managed businesses, high profile national and international companies, public bodies and institutions. ur team specialise in the recovery of overdue debts and commercial litigation resulting from debtor/creditor agreements. We seek to recover all sums due, including costs and interest, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

    Download
  • Corporate - Bringing on board a business solicitor

    Having a commercial solicitor on the board as a nonexecutive director can be very helpful for a company. An example of this is the work of Richard Ingram, head of the Hewitsons corporate team in Northampton and a director of several companies.

    Download
  • Employment - Spotlight on Business Immigration within the UK

    Where an employer within the UK wishes to recruit an individual from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), it is important that it is alive to business immigration issues. For the unwary, business immigration is a potential minefield, given the repercussions of non-compliance.

    Download
  • Employment - Workplace Pensions from 2012

    Since we previously reported on the new requirements for pension provision being introduced in 2012, the Government has published the findings of its independent review.

    Download
  • Employment - Redundancy

    There are many challenges which businesses face on a day to day basis. Whether in “good times” or “bad”, employers need to ensure that the workforce they have reflects their current and anticipated needs. A business faced with the situation that they are over staffed or have a requirement to cut costs generally may decide that redundancies need to take place.

    Download
  • Employment

    Our expertise in employment matters is formidable. We have a large specialist team working across the full spectrum of employment law, from recruitment to termination, from employment tribunal claims to enforcing restrictive covenants.

    Download
  • Employment Law Services to Businesses: Fixed Fee Retainers

    Hewitsons are not your average law firm and we are proud to be different. We fully understand that every business and its needs differ and we therefore do not offer a branded “one size fits all” employment law retainer pack. Instead, we tailor our retainer packages to suit your business needs.

    Download
  • Employment - Compensation and other Financial Limits

    Compensation and other Financial Limits

    Download
  • Employment - Pensions Auto-Enrolment: Employment Law FAQs

    Employment Law FAQs

    Download
  • Employment - Accountability and the Modern Slavery Act

    The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires certain UK businesses to publish an annual statement on the steps taken to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their business and supply chains. Organisations with a financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016 will be the first required to make such a statement.

    Download
  • Education

    Hewitsons has a proud history of acting on behalf of many organisations and individuals who are active in the field of education. Such clients include independent and academy schools, universities, further education colleges, education charities and parents.

    Download
  • Education - Employment Services

    Hewitsons’ employment Solicitors have a proud history of acting on behalf of many organisations who are active in the field of education, from traditional independent schools to the more modern academies, colleges to national charities, all dedicated to providing high quality education.

    Download
  • Disputes & Litigation - Litigation Costs & Funding options

    The legal costs incurred by a party to litigation usually comprise solicitors’ and counsel’s fees, court fees and payments to third parties (‘disbursements’, such as expert’s fees). Each party is primarily responsible for their own costs, but if successful some costs may be recoverable from the other side.

    Download
  • Construction

    The Construction team at Hewitsons has a leading reputation for advice in regard to construction projects UK wide and related matters. From dispute resolution to advice on the procurement of commercial, residential and infrastructure projects, the team has won plaudits for its effective and pragmatic approach to meeting the objectives of clients.

    Download
  • Charities - Tax Efficient Giving to Charity

    For centuries charities have played a significant and privileged role in society and their importance is recognised in the favourable tax treatment they enjoy. Tax relief for gifts to charity is significant and benefits both the donor and the charities.

    Download
  • Charities - Charity Property Service

    Property concerns for charities are different for each charity and different from those of businesses. We therefore have a specific property service for charities. We understand the charity sector and our service is designed to support you in achieving your objectives, so your charity continues to make a real impact.

    Download
  • Charities - Grant Making Charities

    We have a comprehensive service for grant-making charities which, as well as covering areas common to all charities, is tailored specifically for those whose main business is grant-making. We know their needs and aims are different to other charities and our service is designed to ensure these charities are effective and making a real impact with their beneficiaries.

    Download
  • Charities - Charity Corporate Service

    Large or complex charities often consider themselves to be corporate organisations and arguably many more should do likewise. The Hewitsons Charities team understands both the charity and corporate worlds, together with the principles and practices each can learn from the other. We can assist you in matching your objectives to commercial realities within the charitable sector's legal and regulatory framework.

    Download
  • Charities - Charities Health Check Employment

    A busy and successful charity will have many demanding The demands of running a charity can often mean that introducing employment contracts and appropriate policies and keeping them up to date can easily fall to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.

    Download
  • Charities - Charities Health Check - Governance, Compliance & Risk Management

    A busy and successful charity will have many demanding challenges and activities. A vital part of protecting this continued success is strong governance and risk management. A great way of supporting this is to have a regular health check.

    Download
  • Charities - Charities, Education and Social Enterprise

    We cater for all kinds of charities and community benefitting organisations: we are privileged to act for around 400 different charities, educational organisations, institutions and social enterprises. Charities and similar organisations are as diverse as the needs they seek to address and so our service is also broad and flexible in its delivery. Virtually any legal need for any charity or non-profit organisation is provided for.

    Download
  • Banking & Finance Information Sheet

    Expertise in the areas of banking and finance lies at the heart of much of the commercial work undertaken by the firm. Whether it be a commercial property transaction requiring bank funding or a large scale corporate refinancing, our teams of expert finance lawyers based in each of our three offices offer informed and practical advice.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Rural Renewables

    Our Rural Renewable Team has considerable experience and expertise in dealing with renewable energy schemes for farmers and rural landowners.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Planning

    Our planning team has considerable expertise in dealing with rural planning matters. Our understanding of the issues affecting farmers, rural businesses and rural property owners means we are able to provide top quality and practical advice on a whole range of rural planning matters from agricultural buildings and farm workers dwellings to renewable energy schemes and major development proposals.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Pig & Poultry

    We offer specialist legal advice to pig and poultry businesses. We have advised clients from all over the country on issues arising from these highly regulated industries, including those starting up in business as well as those who are well established with substantial enterprises.

    Download
  • Agriculture - National Planning Policy Framework

    The Government published its long awaited final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (‘NPPF’) on 27 March 2012. The Framework immediately replaces over a thousand pages of existing national guidance with around fifty and will guide the preparation of Local Plans and the determination of planning applications.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Localism Bill

    The Localism Bill provides for extended time limits for enforcing ‘deliberately concealed’ breaches of planning control.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Inheritance Tax Relief & Agricultural Assets

    Agricultural Property Relief (APR) and Business Property Relief (BPR) reduce the value of an asset by either 50% or 100% for Inheritance Tax purposes. Therefore if an asset qualifies for 100% relief it could be tax free.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Holiday Lets

    A recent Court of Appeal decision has held that the use of a property for holiday letting may be materially different in character from use as a dwelling house. In some circumstances, holiday lettings will constitute a commercial use for which planning permission will be required. This could have far reaching consequences for anyone who is considering temporarily letting a property and is worth bearing in mind as the holiday season approaches.

    Download
  • Agriculture - High Speed Rail

    Phase one of the HS2 route between London and Birmingham has been approved and is expected to be operational from 2026. The scheme is to be brought forward by way of a hybrid bill, which is currently planned to be introduced to Parliament in late 2013.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Farming Partnership Agreements

    Although many farming businesses are carried on in partnership, it is quite often the case that the partners have not entered into a written Partnership Agreement, or if they have, that the Partnership Agreement is old and out of date.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Environment

    The importance of environmental law seems to increase each year, as the full impact of our actions on the environment becomes more evident. Potential environmental liability has become a central issue in property transactions and corporate life.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Climate Change in the Planning Environment

    The planning environment is changing all around us. The effects may well be radical, but the difficulty we are all facing is that we can not be sure what the impacts are likely to be. It is therefore difficult to know how to prepare. A first and important step is to be aware of the nature of the changes and how the approach is changing as policy and legislation develops. This article aims, very briefly, to outline some of the major areas of interest.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Cleantech

    From wind farms to residential energy microgeneration projects, our CleanTech Group provides specialist advice to developers, energy generators, land and property owners, manufacturers and suppliers of related technologies as well as others engaged in the fast developing energy sector.

    Download
  • Agriculture - Assets of Community Value

    Under a new scheme which came into effect in September 2012 local communities can apply to the local authority to have certain land and buildings added to a list of Assets of Community Value (ACVs).

    Download
  • Agriculture, Food & Rural Business

    Our large and experienced team has a knowledge of and commitment to agricultural, food and rural issues that makes us a leader in the field.

    Download
  • Cleantech Brochure

    From wind farms to residential energy microgeneration projects, our CleanTech Group provides specialist advice to developers, energy generators, land and property owners, manufacturers and suppliers of related technologies as well as others engaged in the fast developing energy sector.

    Download
  • A Brief Guide to Part 36

    Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (which govern civil litigation) provides a scheme for making offers to settle a claim which can be expected to have financial consequences.

    Download
  • A Brief Guide to Disclosure

    Disclosure is the process by which parties to litigation identify documents which they will rely on, or which they have that may damage or support a case.

    Download