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Farmland, farming partnerships and trust registration rules

Tracey Irvine
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Farming partnerships are likely to be particularly affected by the new trust registration rules and a review of how land is held should be undertaken to determine whether there are registrable trusts.  Partnerships cannot hold property themselves, so...

Domestic abusers barred from cross-examining in court

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In the year ending March 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), announced an estimated 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the past year (1.6 million women and 757,000 men). From 21 July 2022, domestic abusers will...

The law relating to cohabiting couples

Melanie Loxley
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The risks faced by cohabiting couple families at the end of their relationship or on the death of one of the parties, has again been called for reform by The House of Commons.   MP’s are once again calling for a legal scheme which gives...

Farming son who claimed that he was promised the farm

Caroline Dowding
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Yet another farming case has made the headlines. Williams v Williams 2022 was heard in the High Court last month. About the Williams v Williams case: In this case, a challenge was made by one farming son who claimed that he was promised the farm by his...

Trust Registration Service - Have you registered your Trust yet?

Katie Hayden
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We are now coming very close to the 1 September 2022 deadline to register trusts with HMRC’s Trust Registration Service (TRS).  If you are a trustee, or you administer or benefit from a trust, it’s very important that you understand how...

'Part-year' workers and holiday entitlements

Julie Temple
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The long running case of Harpur Trust v Brazel reached the Supreme Court last week. The case deals with holiday entitlements for individuals who work varying hours during certain weeks of the year but have a contract throughout the year.  The court...

How do I talk to my child about death?

Katie Hayden
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Death is a subject that we cannot get away from. It surrounds us all the time, but especially in my line of work within the Wills, Trusts and Probate team at Birkett Long.  I recently listened to the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Asking For A...

No one likes paying the tax man

Karen Johnson
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Benjamin Franklin once said “in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes” and whilst this is true, it would also be fair to say that nobody likes to pay the tax man. Within the realms of family law issues, divorce and...

Covid in the workplace

Julie Temple
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It is easy to think that with most, if not all, restrictions lifted and no requirement to test or isolate, organisations no longer have to consider the implications of Covid in the workplace. Links to the current official guidance is below: ...

Temperatures set to soar - what's the position in the workplace?

Julie Temple
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We are often asked about minimum working temperatures and only rarely do we need to think about any maximum working temperature. However, parts of the UK are predicted to experience record temperatures in the coming days. So what is the position in the...

Long Covid found to be a disability

Julie Temple
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A Scottish employment tribunal has concluded that a caretaker, Mr Burke, who is suffering from ‘Long Covid’ was disabled.  Mr Burke tested positive for Covid-19 on 15 November 2020 and did not return to work prior to his dismissal on 13...

An update on fit notes: what you need to know

Rianna Billington
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Fit notes are issued by healthcare professionals to provide evidence of advice that an individual has been given about their fitness for work. They also record details of the effects of the individual’s condition so that an employer can consider ways...

Outrage sparked from outcome of overturning the decision from Roe v Wade

Rhiann Wilford
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The landmark decision of Roe v Wade in 1973 provided women the rights of abortion in the first three months of their pregnancy, and the right to obtain an abortion despite any legal bans if it is necessary to save her life. However, the Supreme Court has...

Are Heads of Terms considered binding?

Rhiann Wilford
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This was the question considered by the High Court in the recent case of Pretoria Energy Company (Chittering) Ltd v Blankney Estates Ltd [2022] EWHC 1467 (Ch). The case concerns a claim for breach of contract made by the claimant, Pretoria Energy Company...

Volunteer Day - Halstead Flower Festival

Jennie Skingsley
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On Thursday 7 July, I took a dive way out of my comfort zone and into my Birkett Long-approved Volunteer Day! I normally spend the months of March to July in a marketing and advertising frenzy for the Halstead Flower Festival each year, boring everyone I...

Halifax lose customers due to 'woke' pronoun policy

Julie Temple
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Lots of organisations are accused of jumping on the bandwagon, ‘woke’ practices and ‘virtue signalling’ during awareness days, weeks and months and this undermines the hard work many individuals and organisations invest in to create...

Hybrid working and pay; issues to think about

Julie Temple
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For many individuals and organisations, one of the lasting impacts of Covid in the workplace has been its impact on where individuals can and do work. The bar has been pushed much further forward and much quicker than many ever imagined possible. Working...

Does a wife have rights to her husband's property and vice versa?

Karen Johnson
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The title of this blog is a question that we have to answer frequently but to which the answer is not always straightforward.  The term “rights” is in itself ambiguous, as it might refer to a right of occupation in relation to a property or...

Ethical veganism is not a philosophical belief

Julie Temple
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Mrs Free Miles worked as a nurse at the Royal Veterinary College. She was dismissed following investigations into several allegations, some of which were being investigated by police and were connected with her belief in ethical veganism. She brought claims...

Bodies of couple lay undiscovered for 18 months in their home

Leah Woodnott
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Sadly in the news recently, it is being reported that police in Ireland are investigating after finding two British pensioners whose bodies lay undiscovered for approximately 18 months at their home.  The bodies of Nicholas Smith and his wife, Hilary...

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