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Landmark Draft Legislation for Victims of Domestic Abuse

The Government’s new plans to tackle domestic abuse comes in the form of the new draft Bill known as “Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse: Consultation Response and Draft Bill”. This Bill, which is yet to be published, has been introduced as part of the Government’s plans to transform the way we think about domestic abuse and includes new measures to effectively tackle domestic abuse. One the most important measures to be welcomed by not only legal professionals but victims [...]

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The Help to Buy ISA

The Help to Buy ISA is a government scheme to help first time buyers get onto the property ladder. The scheme is open individuals aged 16 and over who are saving up to purchase their first home. To be eligible for a help to buy ISA you must:- be a UK Resident have a valid national insurance number be a first time buyer, and not own a property anywhere in the world not have another active cash ISA in the same tax year In [...]

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New Year’s resolution – “to be a responsible Tenant”

A new year opens and January blues strikes for retailers and hospitality industries in particular, as trade dramatically reduces due to over expenditure in December.  If you trade in a property, pursuant to a lease, it is important to note the following tips so that you can begin a new year as a responsible Tenant… Opening hours Despite the lack of footfall and drop in figures for your business, it is important to remain aware of the opening hours you may [...]

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Katerina Woodcock: Comments on the Government’s recently published White Paper concerning EU migrant workers rights’ in the United Kingdom post Brexit

The Government has recently published a White Paper (the Report)[i] on the potential future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, post Brexit, particularly with regard to EU workers’ rights to work in the UK once the Government brings to an end EU free-movement rights. The current predictions for the date of the proposed roll out of the new ‘skills based immigration system’ is 30th June 2021, to coincide with the deadline for European nationals and their family [...]

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Should juries be scrapped in rape trials?

Labour MP, Ann Coffey, has recently commented that juries in rape trials may have to be abolished to stop falling conviction rates. Ms Coffey told the Commons that rape myths including views that “women invite rape by what they wear” or “real rapes are done by strangers in alleyways” were dominant in society. She added that “defence lawyers play up (such) myths in an attempt to rubbish the witness”. Advocates are simply not allowed to “rubbish the witness”. Where a [...]

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A pupil barrister’s perspective of pupillage at the employed bar

At the beginning of 2018, Pepperells in house chambers department were successful in receiving approval from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to train pupil barristers. I was lucky enough to be offered pupillage at Pepperells in April 2018 and we have another pupil due to start her pupillage in January 2019. In October in-house pupillages hit the headlines when DWF announced that they were looking to recruit their first pupil barristers. Since this announcement there has been a noticeable interest [...]

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Resurrection of the Probate ‘Stealth Tax’

As a personal representative of an estate, you will be required to apply for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration/ Representation where the estate includes properties or investment products (including stocks and shares) that are to be sold or transferred. In estates where there are insurance policies or bank accounts holding a value of over approximately £5,000 it is highly likely that the Grant will be required.  Please bear in mind that the amount that [...]

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Christian Middleton: Mentoring at the UTC Northern Lincolnshire

This year I have signed up with Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire in Scunthorpe to become a mentor on their Mentorship Scheme. The Scheme is designed to give students an opportunity to interact with people already in a working environment so they can gain insight as to how their mentors made it to where they are today. The scheme currently entails three schedule meetings between myself and the two students that I mentor throughout their school year and for me to offer [...]

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What do you do if you hear nothing from your spouse in response to your divorce Petition?

When you begin Divorce Proceedings, one of the early steps will be to send the Divorce Petition to Court Divorce Centre and then have the issued copy sent to your ex-partner. This is known as ‘serving’ the Divorce Petition. Once your Divorce Petition has been sent to the Divorce Centre and issued, it is usually the court’s job to send the Divorce Petition and accompanying documents to your spouse via Royal Mail to the postal address you gave on the [...]

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The Wonderland Ball 2018

Pepperells Solicitors are extremely proud to be co-hosting The Wonderland Ball with Quick and Clarke Estate Agents on 16th November 2018.  This fantastic event is supporting two local charities, Dove House Hospice and The Queens Oncology Unit at Castle Hill Hospital. This event would not have been possible without the support of local and national businesses and individuals and thank everyone who has contributed either by donating prizes or purchasing tickets to the event. Both charities are close to everyone’s hearts [...]

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