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GDPR a year on....

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This time last year we were all frantically getting ready for GDPR making sure our policies and procedures were compliant and everything was in place ready for 25th May 2018. A year on has it all gone quiet? Not at Chattertons! Data protection is not a one...

Chattertons staff to walk 32 miles for charity

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For the third year in a row, Chattertons Solicitors and Wealth Management are taking on a walking challenge to raise money for their charity of the year, the RSPCA.   Last year saw staff, family and friends tackle two sections of the Viking Way. This...

THE TENANTS FEES ACT 2019: WHAT LANDLORDS NEED TO KNOW

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New laws now ban Landlords and Letting Agents from making some charges and cap the amount of other charges.  The Government has been striving for some time to put tenants in the private sector on a better footing with the aim of ensuring landlords...

Employers must now record Working Time

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have held in Federacion de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) v Deutsche Bank SAE that an employer must keep records of an employee’s hours worked to fulfil their obligations under the Working Time...

DISCRIMINATION AND INJURY TO FEELINGS COMPENSATION

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When a Claimant is successful in a claim for discrimination, the Employment Tribunal is entitled to award them extra compensation known as injury to feelings. This is to compensate the victim for the hurt feelings they have suffered as a result of the...

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

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The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018: What Landlords Need to Know   New legislation aimed at ensuring rental properties are healthy and safe adds to the bewildering array of regulations already faced by residential landlords. Responsible...

The End to the Lawyer?

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With new technologies, come new ways to deal with legal issues. Disputes and complaints are being dealt with by online resolution services, draft wills can be downloaded on the internet and strides are being made to introduce electronic signatures in...

Are Innovative Finance ISAs as bad as they are painted?

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When George Osborn, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the launch of Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISAs) back in 2016 there was much hype about how they would be an exciting new way to invest, bringing investments previously only open to the ultra high...

Taxing Times on Inheritance

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has reported a new record high  for Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts in 2017/18 with around £5.2 billion being received, a £400 million year on year increase in the amount received in 2016/17 last tax year,...

Cyber Insecurity

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A recent report by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) shows that millions of us are using passwords, on sensitive accounts, that are almost laughably easy to crack.  The NSCS conducted an analysis of passwords found in public databases...