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Will you still be protected as a consumer using the legal profession?

This firm is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority which provides a number of rules and guidelines to be followed, particularly focusing on compliance and conduct designed to protect the consumer. The Legal Services Board has just approved SRA plans to allow solicitors to work for unregulated businesses – which they think will liberate the legal marketplace. Whilst this would appear to be good news, it also poses a number of risks. The aim is to promote competition, allow freelance work [...]

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Victim compensation: Evidencing struggles more important than ever

The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme is designed to provide compensation for victims of crime. Since the introduction of the 2012 scheme, the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) has raised the threshold of how serious an injury needs to be when awarding compensation. You must have surgery or experience a significant disability to be eligible for compensation. With mental injuries, you must suffer from a recognised mental injury which has been confirmed by either a psychologist or clinical psychiatrist for at least six [...]

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Civil partnership change will drive inheritance tax benefits

The recent announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that heterosexual couples will be able to choose between marriage and a civil partnership is welcome news to many. It followed a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that deemed existing legislation discriminatory as same-sex couples can enter civil partnerships or get married, while opposite-sex couples can only do the latter. The principle of equality drove the changes, but for the 3.3m unmarried, cohabiting couples in the UK, it will have many, far-reaching [...]

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Domestic violence victims do not need to suffer in silence

Domestic violence is one of the most hidden forms of abuse. Many people suffer daily – physically, emotionally and psychologically. In North Lincolnshire we have recently seen how an abusive relationship led to the loss of a life. The victim was described as “kind, selfless and someone who always had a smile” by her friends and family. Victims of domestic violence do not need to suffer in silence. There are steps that can be taken to protect them from their abuser [...]

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Moving home: It doesn’t have to be so stressful

Moving house is widely regarded as one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. When coupled with a lack of communication from your conveyancer the experience can become even more frustrating. The most stressful point is often completion day as everything comes together and is finalised. With so many people and organisations involved, there is inevitably a chance of delay, but it doesn’t have to be so stressful. In an article published by Today’s Conveyancer, it was shown that 34 per [...]

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Lincolnshire Business Week: Celebrating the “Linconomy”

Staff from Pepperells last week attended a series of events as part of Lincolnshire Business Week – the firm’s first involvement in the week-long celebration following the opening of an office in the city earlier this year. Pepperells attended the Lincoln International Business School (LIBS) Connect event held at the home of Lincoln City, Sincil Bank, the Lincolnshire Business Awards and Lincolnshire Business Live, among others. The events saw business from across the region come together to celebrate and champion economic [...]

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Family Matters: Get the right advice, first time

Separation or divorce is never easy, it is an emotional roller coaster. It is harder when children are involved. Getting the right advice at the outset, even if it appears to cost a little more, is well worth it. We saw recently how bad advice can cause serious problems. A couple were reprimanded for breaching a court order when they took their son to Ireland. They cited advice from a McKenzie friend. The advice was wrong. The story was originally published by industry [...]

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Fast-track immigration appeals “risk running roughshod over people’s rights”

We see and hear much a great deal when it comes to what is, or isn’t, happening regards Brexit. Meanwhile, the people stuck in the immigration system wait with bated breath. Now, the Law Society of England and Wales  has warned that Home Office proposals to curtail the timeline for appeals by people held in immigration detention centres could lead to injustices. “If people in immigration detention are forced to make appeals through a fast-track system there is a real risk [...]

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European citizens’ right to reside in the UK, post Brexit

Associate Solicitor Katerina Woodcock For European citizens to navigate the complexities of Brexit the Government has created a page on the Gov.uk website. The “Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families” section states: “If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after December 31, 2020.[1]” The UK Government is working with the European Union [...]

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Pepperells Presents: 10 Top Tips for Business

Pepperells and 360 Chartered Accountants are inviting business owners to attend a breakfast networking event which will include a presentation entitled “10 Tops Tips for Businesses”. Staff from Pepperells Solicitors and 360 Chartered Accountants will reveal a number of tips on how business owners can avoid some of the more-common legal and accountancy based pitfalls. The presentation will be delivered by Andy Steele, the Owner/Founder of 360 Chartered Accountants and Charlotte Bontoft, a member of Pepperells’ commercial team. This free event will take place from [...]

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