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Return of the Stealth Death Tax

December 6, 2018

The government has announced a dramatic increase in probate fees to come into force in April 2019, to help pay the running costs of the whole court system. Probate fees are the fees charged by the Probate Registries for issuing a grant of probate of a Will, or a grant of letters of administration of…

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Colemans Solicitors Platinum Anniversary

December 4, 2018

This year Colemans Solicitors LLP celebrated its platinum (70 years) anniversary, sampling delicious wines and delicatessen products at Italian Continental Stores’ hospitality suite in Denmark Street, Maidenhead.  The event was attended by client and business contacts, many of whom have been associated with the firm for decades.  It was entirely appropriate that the event was…

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Do I need to bother with a new commercial lease?

November 30, 2018

I am often asked by clients whether or not they need to bother with a new commercial lease when they are simply allowing an existing tenant to remain in occupation, or only letting commercial premises for a short period of time.  There are, of course, very good reasons why a proper lease should be put…

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Harassment and gagging clauses

November 6, 2018

There has been a lot of publicity in the last few months about the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), also known as confidentiality agreements (and I will refer to both together as NDAs), in Settlement Agreements (SAs). SAs, formerly known as Compromise Agreements, are generally used to settle a dispute between an employer and an…

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Data protection – insure against your employees

October 30, 2018

On 22 October 2018, the Court of Appeal decided that Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc (WMMS) trading as Morrisons, were both: (1) vicariously liable for the criminal activity of Mr Skelton (S), a disgruntled senior employee who uploaded onto a file sharing website the personal data of 99,998 employees of Morrisons; and (2) in breach of…

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Pre-nuptial agreements

October 15, 2018

We’ve heard a lot about “pre-nups” or pre-nuptial agreements in the US, but what about in this country? Do “pre-nups” exist? If so, what do they do and are they conclusive? Denise Bullock of Colemans explains how the concept of pre-nuptial agreements has been carried over into English law and the significance of them in…

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What is “conveyancing”?

October 11, 2018

A general guide “Conveyancing” is the legal process of transferring home ownership from the seller to the buyer.  Whilst every transaction is different, there are a number of crucial steps in the legal process that are common to each sale and purchase transaction and we have outlined these below by way of a general guide….

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Colemans welcomes new Head of Employment Law

June 18, 2018

Colemans Solicitors LLP is pleased to welcome amongst its ranks a new Head of Employment Law, Craig Havard. Craig is an employment law specialist who has made his career practising in well-established and respected local firms in Buckinghamshire. Most recently Craig worked in-house as Legal Counsel for an English sparkling wine producer for two years,…

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Employer’s liabilities

June 14, 2018

We all know that being an employer is complicated and expensive. Yesterday (13th June 2018) the Supreme Court confirmed that businesses can be liable for years of unpaid holiday (and sick) pay, now payable to people they thought were self-employed. The press seem to be making a big thing of this – but the Supreme…

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Buying or selling a business: Key early agreements to consider

April 16, 2018

The decision to develop and expand your business by buying a new business (or selling yours) is always a serious prospect and one which you cannot afford to take lightly, writes Victoria Lloyd-White of Colemans Solicitors LLP. Say you’ve decided to buy or sell the assets of a business. Before you proceed, it’s crucial you…

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