Lauren is named top young solicitor in Birmingham professional awards

Lauren-Top young solicitor

Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, a senior associate at Thursfields Solicitors, has been named best young solicitor in the Legal Section in the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards. She received her award at a gala event held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. The BYPY awards celebrate Birmingham’s best professional services talent under the…

It may be your home but…

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So, are you thinking of buying a home? Are you already a homeowner? You may be thinking that it is your property and therefore you can develop and improve it as you please. Perhaps you can. Or perhaps there is a restrictive covenant attached to the land which prevents you from doing just that. Think…

What makes someone an employee?

Jayne Holliday Black and white photo

There have been several legal cases over the last 6 months which have grappled with the issue of whether a person who works for an organisation is an employee or worker in order to establish what associated employment rights they have. Topically referred to as the “gig economy” the concept of employing casual workers or…

So does the law discriminate against ‘stay at home mothers’?

skilled lawyer Kelly Pougher

Imagine this, a husband and a wife marry at a young age, they go on to have 3 children, during which time it was agreed between them that the wife would stay at home to raise the parties 3 children and assume the position of ‘home-maker’ whilst the husband would go in pursuit of his…

Do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?

Janice Leyland WEB BW

There is much publicity regarding pre-nuptial agreements (pre-nups) entered into by the rich and famous particularly in the USA but more commonly now in the UK too. This can be due to people marrying later for socio economic reasons and increasing divorce rates leading to 2nd and 3rd marriages.  But are they relevant to those…

Is there a building plot in your garden?

Odette Green Feb 2017 WEB

The taxman is rarely your friend these days, but if you sell your personal private residence any gain is tax free. This also extends to your garden, although there are some limitations, depending upon exactly how much land your house sits in. The tax free gain applies if planning permission is obtained on part of…

Employment Update: Psychometric Testing

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Was a job applicant with Asperger’s Syndrome discriminated against by being required to sit a psychometric test? Background Ms Brookes has Asperger’s syndrome.  A law graduate, she applied to join the Government Legal Service (GLS).   The initial stage of the recruitment process involved a multiple choice psychometric test based on situational judgment.  Ms Brookes asked…

School Holiday Turmoil!

With the school holidays approaching parent’s should be reminded of the recent decision in the Supreme Court of Isle of Wight Council –v- Platt which was handed down last month. This case concerned law contained at s444(1) Education Act 1996 around children of a compulsory school age and failing to attend at school regularly. The…

The ‘Genius’ and the Wife

Hannah Nicholls family lawyer

High profile footballer Ryan Giggs is the latest in a recent string of husbands to try and convince the family Courts that he is a ‘genius’ and should be awarded more than half of his estimated £40million fortune within divorce proceedings. Legal representatives for the footballer have attempted to persuade the High Court that the…

Digital Economy Act 2017 – Electronic Communications Code

John McLean Blue Tie

The Digital Economy Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017.  It was pushed through the “wash up” session, before the dissolution of parliament prior to the election. This brings the implementation of the new Electronic Communications Code one step closer.  Landowners should take note if they are currently negotiating with telecoms operators for…

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