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Uber: Supreme Court Ruling, February 2021

On 19 February 2021, the UK Supreme Court confirmed that a small group of drivers engaged by Uber had the status of workers as opposed to self-employed contractors in the landmark judgement of Uber BV v Aslam.   The Court held that these Uber drivers were to be classed as ‘workers’, meaning they are entitled…

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Ainsworth v Stewarts Law LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 178 – Solicitor/Client costs guidance

The court of appeal has upheld a decision made by a Senior Costs Judge that Points of Dispute are to be more specific in order to help the parties and the court ‘determine precisely what is in dispute and why’.   The decision was made in the matter of Ainsworth v Stewarts Law LLP [2020]…

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Failure to Prevent Suicide Claims

Suicide can have a detrimental effect on everyone involved and the family and friends who are affected. This is especially prevalent when this could have been prevented by medical intervention. Your loved one could have taken their life due to failings in the mental health system and the NHS.   The tragic instances where families…

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Propecia and Suicidal Thoughts

What is Propecia used for?   Propecia is a drug used mainly to treat male pattern baldness and enlarged prostates which was produced by the American company Merck & Co. During the initial drug trial stages, the scientists discovered that the drug aided hair growth. Therefore in 1997, Propecia was specifically approved for use of…

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Telephone Scams – Know The Warning Signs

In light of a recent credit card scam highlighted by HSBC, we thought it may be helpful to highlight the dangers of such fraud by detailing the kinds of tactics employed in an attempt to trick people out of their own savings.   Landline telephones and the elderly Landline telephones are becoming a popular target…

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday Deadline

The Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday deadline is on Wednesday the 31st of March, 2021.   Whilst we will do our utmost to ensure your transaction completes prior to the expiry of the Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday on 31st March 2021, please be aware that it may not be feasible due to matters outside…

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27% Rise in Child Abuse Cases Reported During First Lockdown

285 serious incident notifications of child abuse cases were received by the Child Safeguarding Review Panel, according to recently published figures.   Compared to the same period in the year prior, this is a 27% increase. Unfortunately, this comes after a fall in numbers between 2018/19 and 2019/20, specifically being recorded after the country entered…

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How to Handle the Stress of Working From Home – 9 Suggested Solutions

I’m sure that most employees would say that having the flexibility to work from home helps relieve the stressors and pressures of their job but that being required to work from home continuously, as many have had to do this year, can be extremely difficult and stressful.   Below are 9 suggested solutions to try…

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Top 10 Tips Tor Relaxing This Christmas

After the year which has been 2020, we are all looking forward to a break over the festive period and although it will not be a usual Christmas, there are still lots of things you can do to make sure that you find time to relax and recharge.   Take a look at our top-ten…

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