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New guidelines introduced in relation to child contact issues

According to new guidelines introduced by senior Judge Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, children must not be permitted to have contact with a parent if there is a risk of psychological or physical abuse. The guidelines go...

Law Commission proposals to simplify Will writing: Supported Will-making

As part of their Consultation on making Wills, the Law Commission has also asked whether it might be time to introduce a scheme of 'supported Will-making.' With such a scheme in place, the Commission hopes that it might be possible for many more...

Local solicitor defends lasting powers of attorney

  -  Local solicitor, Helen Taylor TEP from Franklins Solicitors LLP, has defended lasting powers of attorney -  This follows comments from a former senior judge that power of attorney orders are open to financial abuse  -...

New Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims - Is your Business ready?

On 1 October the new Pre-Action Protocol (“the Protocol”) for debt claims is due to come into force which will provide a Debtor with a full 30 days to respond to a Letter of Claim before a Creditor is able to issue proceedings with the Court....

New Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims - Is your Business ready?

On 1 October the new Pre-Action Protocol (“the Protocol”) for debt claims is due to come into force which will provide a Debtor with a full 30 days to respond to a Letter of Claim before a Creditor is able to issue proceedings with the Court....

Law Commission proposals to simplify Will writing: Formalities

The Law Commission suggests a number of proposals to help simplify Will writing. One of the main aspects that the Law Commission reviews in relation to Will writing simplification is the formalities required to execute, or create, a valid Will. Strict...

Law Commission Proposals - Law Commission proposes overhaul of Wills law

The laws that govern the making of Wills have been in place for 180 years and the Law Commission today released a consultation arguing that these are out of date.  The Law Commission explains that since these laws were introduced, society has changed...

Less than 1 week to go before the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 come into force - Are you ready?

The much awaited European Union's 4th Money Laundering Directive has produced a 10 year update to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.  The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 come into force on the 26 June 2017.   If you have not yet...

The "Persons with Significant Control" ("PSC") Register Regulations

From 26 June 2017 unlisted UK companies and LLPs must keep their “Register of People with Significant Control” continuously updated on the Companies House website. Previously it was only necessary to update Companies House once a year. If your...

Liberal Democrats' manifesto - An analysis of the new, old and 'borrowed' employment law pledges

The snap election, called by Theresa May so soon after recent other elections and referendums, was not a popular decision amongst voters and the other political parties. For the Liberal Democrats however, it represented an opportunity to quickly regroup...

Labour's manifesto - An analysis of the new, old and 'borrowed' employment law pledges

Labour’s manifesto – An analysis of the new, old and ‘borrowed’ employment law pledges Labour became the first of the main parties to unveil its manifesto this week. The imposition of a new tax-rate for those earning over...

Disney copyright lawsuit over Zootopia

Recently, Disney has taken to investing in studios so as to produce successful franchises. After attempts at setting up franchises, such as a sci-fi franchise with John Carter, Disney appear to instead be looking to invest in already developed and successful...

Time to spring clean your Will to maximise tax-saving?

We always recommend that you review your Will every 3-5 years to ensure that it does exactly what you want it to do, especially in light of new law changes which may affect your Will. On 6th April 2017, the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) comes into effect....

Franklins Solicitors LLP announces two new Associate Partners of the firm

Kathryn Thornewill and Rhiannon Penney Franklins Solicitors LLP are delighted to formally announce the appointment of two new Associate Partners of the firm. Invitations for Partnership have been offered to and accepted by Rhiannon Penney, a Solicitor...

Franklins Solicitors LLP announce appointment of Deborah Whicker to Family Law team in Milton Keynes

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Whicker to our Family Law team in Milton Keynes. Deborah is a Family Lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (F.CILEx). Deborah’s area of...

Business specialist courts to be restructured under a new umbrella

From June 2017, the civil courts are to be restructured and rebranded. Currently there are a series of specialist court lists of the High Court which include the following: The Commercial Court, (including the Admiralty Court and Mercantile Court), ...

The IoD Women as Leaders Convention

Yesterday a team from Franklins invited a group of women in business to share a table with us at the IoD’s third Women as Leader’s Convention. Here are some highlights of the day and what we enjoyed about the event… The Attendees We...

Flexibility: consider the potential benefits

The Flexible Working Regulations 2014 enable eligible employees to request changes to their working pattern. For example, this could be a change towards part-time working, homeworking or job sharing. The flexible working regime now applies to all eligible...

Court Grants Worker Rights for Self-Employed Plumber

Hot on the heels of the Uber case, the Court of Appeal has again decided that self-employed individuals can be considered to be ‘workers’. Garry Smith was VAT-registered and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but had worked solely for Pimlico...

Employment Status for Uber Drivers

A ruling has decided that Uber drivers were in fact workers and not self-employed individuals. This decision is key and could mean that many more ‘self-employed’ drivers could benefit from rights such as holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the...

Making the Mechanics of the Living Wage work

From 1st April 2016, all workers aged 25 and over will be entitled to a new ‘Living Wage’ of £7.20 per hour. The minimum wage of £6.70 per hour remains for those employees aged between 21 and 24. A worker’s hourly wage is...

Johnson caught − Criminal offences and employment

The six year prison sentence meted out to Adam Johnson, the disgraced footballer of Sunderland Association Football Club Limited ("Sunderland”), has brought to focus the issues of role models in today’s society abusing their position. It has...