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News, Articles & Events: March 2015

As a primary enforcing authority of Health & Safety legislation, the HSE also produce guidance addressing the main hazards in the food and drink manufacturing industry. ‘A Recipe for Safety’ is a longstanding joint project between HSE and the food and drink manufacturing industry. Although it began in the early 1990’s (since which time the […]

A civil rights suit in the US is seeking to hold the McDonald’s Corporation responsible for a franchise owner’s alleged actions. What does this mean for franchisors in the UK? Franchises have been previously seen as independent businesses in the United States, which has meant that franchisors have not been legally responsible for their franchises’ […]

Buy-to-let has been one of the most successful investment opportunities over the past decade, and now there is to be complete flexibility as to how pension funds should be invested or spent, it is being suggested a potential net rental yield of perhaps 5% makes buy-to-let an option well worth considering. Since withdrawals in excess […]

With Pre-Nuptial Agreements (‘Pre-Nups’) becoming more popular, particularly with celebrities, we are being asked about them more frequently. In general they still seem to have a “marmite” effect. People either love them or hate them. So when every engaged couple is hoping for a “happily ever after” and are busy preparing for their special day, […]

It is now almost impossible to borrow against land affected by Japanese Knotweed, even if it’s on a neighbouring site. This article covers what measures can be taken to force a neighbour to deal with removal of the plant. A landowner or occupier is under a duty to prevent the escape of Japanese Knotweed onto […]

Most farmers and land owners understandably do not spend a lot of time thinking about their pensions as the majority of a farmer’s assets are land, however, forthcoming changes to pension rules mean that pensions should not be overlooked, particularly when a couple are separating. From April 2015, if you are aged over 55 years […]

Solicitors acting respectively for concerned patients of suspended maxillofacial consultant Roger Bainton and for his employers the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust have reached agreement on a scheme to consider and resolve claims cost effectively and wherever possible avoid the need for patients to go to court. The Trust’s medical director Mr Robert […]

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