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Religious discrimination: Doctor held not to have been discriminated against

Kayleigh Howarth
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In the case of  Mackereth v The Department for Work and Pensions and another  the Employment Tribunal has held that a Doctor was not discriminated against on the grounds of religious beliefs after he refused to address transgender patients by their...

Threatening dismissal for refusing to work without a break

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In the recent case of Pazur v Lexington Catering Services Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that Mr Pazur had been subjected to an unlawful detriment when his employer threatened to dismiss him for complying with Regulation 10 of the Working Time...

EXTENDING YOUR LEASE

Greg  Begy
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To many this seems like something that you will never have to do. After all, the lease that you purchased was for a term of 99 years and so you would think that it is likely not going to expire in your lifetime. A lease, however, does not need to reach...

PROBATE COURT FEE INCREASE SCRAPPED ... AGAIN

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The Government's controversial proposal to increase probate fees from the current fixed fee of £215 (or £155 if applying through a solicitor) to fees of £250 to £6,000 has been scrapped. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, who has...

Should you gamble at Auction?

Kelly Cassidy
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We’ve all watched Homes Under the Hammer and thought how easy it looks to get a bargain … but is it really as simple as it appears to purchase a property for an absolute bargain? Perhaps – but only if you arrive at the Auction House fully...

I'm Too Young to Make a Will...

Claire  Fuller
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From the age of 18 you are legally an adult and can make a Will setting out what you want to happen to your children, pets, property and assets when you die.    You may think you're too young to make a Will, but the chances are that...

National Living wage to rise?

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The Chancellor, Sajid Javid has announced plans to significantly increase the rate of the National Living wages over the next 5 years. The National Living Wage is currently £8.21 for those aged 25 or over, but at the Conservative party conference last...

GROUND RENT ISSUES

Greg  Begy
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Over recent months, there has been increased interest and increased press coverage in relation to ground rents. Ground rents are common and represent the annual amount payable under the term of a lease by way of rent. They can vary significantly from a...

THE CONCERN ABOUT HISTORIC RENT CHARGES

Greg  Begy
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There has, over recent months, been an increased focus on Rent Charges and Estate Rent Charges and they have fallen under particular scrutiny by mortgage companies. Rent Charges are obligations listed on the title deeds to a property relating to the payment...

Massaging an employee's shoulders did not amount to harassment under s.26 of the Equality Act 2010, EAT decides

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In the recent case of Raj v Capita Business Services Ltd , the Employment Appeal Tribunal dismissed an employee's claim that he had suffered harassment under s.26 of the Equality Act 2010. Mr Raj claimed that his female manager had massaged his...