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Concerned about care home fees – consider including a Property Protection Trust in your Will

15th April 2024
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Are you concerned about your family not benefiting from your estate because of having to go into care? If so, you should consider using a using a Property Protection Trust in your Will. This type of trust aims to protect your home for your loved ones, especially in the context of care home...

New Employment Law Protects Employees With Care Responsibilities To Others

5th April 2024
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New legislation taking effect from April 6th will be a welcome new legal right for employees. Employees who are unpaid carers for a person with long term care needs will be entitled to up to five days of unpaid leave a year Unpaid carer’s leave - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The law is designed to...

Promotions for two of our team

2nd April 2024
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Congratulations are in order for two of our team members. Lizzy Bellamy & Kirsten Walker were promoted to Trainee Solicitors last month. Both Lizzy & Kirsten started with us in June 2021 as Paralegals in our Medical Negligence team. Well done to both of you from all...

Charity of the year 2023 – 2024

27th March 2024
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We are very proud to have been supporting local children's bereavement charity Guy's Gift for the last 12 month as Brindley Twist Tafft & James' charity of the year. Guy’s Gift provides bereavement support for children, young people and their families across Coventry and Warwickshire....

Goodbye Multiple Dwellings Relief

26th March 2024
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One of the lesser known announcements arising from the Chancellor’s recent Budget was that Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) is going to be abolished with effect from 1st June 2024. MDR is a Stamp Duty tax relief regime that can apply to both individuals and businesses buying more than one...

Updates to Employment Law 2024

20th March 2024
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April is commonly the month where the majority of Employment Law changes come into force, and there are numerous developments to expect in 2024 National Living Wage The Government has announced an update regarding the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, set to come into effect...

National Conveyancing Week 2024

12th March 2024
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BTTJ are once again proudly supporting National Conveyancing Week Following the success of the first National Conveyancing Week in 2023, this year sees its return, with property lawyers up and down the country taking part in a series of events over the course of the week designed to educate and...

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts

11th March 2024
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As the UK moves forward towards building for the future. Many of the projects being delivered across the country featuring engineering such as solar parks/farms and other infrastructure involve contracts that have been drafted specifically for engineering and construction projects. We briefly take...

Empowering Women in Law: A Tribute on International Women’s Day 2024

8th March 2024
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As we celebrate International Women's Day in 2024, it's imperative to reflect on the progress made in empowering women across various sectors, particularly within the legal field in the United Kingdom. This year's theme, "Inspire Inclusion," resonates profoundly with women in law, who continually...

International Women’s Day 2024

8th March 2024
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Today we've been recognising International Women's Day across our offices. The campaign theme for 2024 is Inspire Inclusion. When we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of...

March 2024 budget for businesses – what happened?

7th March 2024
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The time of year for the government to announce it’s budget plans has come around again. With the Cost-of-Living Crisis and other political issues meaning the news may be focused towards items that affect individuals and families, lets take a look at what it could mean for businesses in our...

Our Conveyancing Team Welcomes Ben James

6th March 2024
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We're very pleased to welcome Ben James to the firm. Ben started with us this week as a Solicitor within our busy Residential Conveyancing team, based out of our Coventry office. Ben qualified as a Solicitor in 2015 having completed his Training Contract with a Legal 500 firm in the West...

Contracts – Knowing your terms and your business

26th February 2024
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We have produced blog articles before on terms and conditions or reviewing them to ensure that you are happy with the terms and, where there are new opportunities, whether they are too heinous. It isn’t often that we can provide an example of why you should always be careful of what terms you...

BTTJ & eHB’s Leasehold Reform Seminar

23rd February 2024
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Press release written by Celeste Clarke, Century PR The complexities of the government’s leasehold reform proposals affecting millions of homeowners came under the spotlight at a seminar organised by Coventry and Warwickshire’s law firm Brindley Twist Tafft & James and property experts...

Community Interest Companies (CICs) – What are they?

20th February 2024
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Community Interest Companies (known as CIC) are companies formed with the purpose of benefiting the community. There are some requirements regarding a CIC in order for it to obtain and keep its status as a CIC. A CIC can be company limited by shares, both private and public, or a company limited...

Warwick office expansion and refurbishment

19th February 2024
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Exciting news at our Warwick office!! We have now completed a major expansion, allowing us to better serve the increasing number of customers seeking our extensive range of legal services. We have expanded into premises adjoining our existing Coten End offices, meaning our original...

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

13th February 2024
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The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act received royal assent (becoming law) in October 2023. The law was created to help crack down on abuse of UK Corporate structures and elements of economic crime. The Act has some changes for the role of the Registrar of companies but also for all new...

Role of Cafcass in separation and divorce

12th February 2024
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When parents separate one of the most contentious aspects can be how they will share the care of their children.  If negotiation and mediation fail, an application to the Court may be required. The Court will automatically appoint Cafcass to commence their involvement and investigate...

Fixed Recoverable Costs in Medical Negligence Claims

5th February 2024
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What are Fixed Recoverable Costs? Fixed Recoverable Costs relate to the set amount that can be recovered by the successful party from the unsuccessful party in civil litigation. Fixed Recoverable Costs are dependent upon the different stages of litigation and not the amount of work that a party...

Katie commences maternity leave

2nd February 2024
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Private Client Solicitor Katie Nightingale has enjoyed her last day at work today before starting her well-deserved break to commence maternity leave! Wishing Katie all the best on her journey into motherhood – from all at BTTJ Solicitors. Katie's clients will be looked after by Solicitor...

Marriages in foreign countries leave UK couples at risk of legal complications

31st January 2024
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Tying the knot under blue skies in a hot, sunny country may seem the perfect dream for many couples amid the long, dark, freezing winter, but those shunning the UK to marry abroad run the risk of their union not being legally recognised in this country. Without legal registration of the marriage...

Psychiatric Secondary Victim Claims

30th January 2024
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The Supreme Court has now handed down Judgment in the case of Paul & Another v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. In respect of what is known as Secondary Victim Claims. Prior to the Judgment, Claimants were able to claim that they had suffered psychiatric injury by reason of witnessing the...

Increase in blended families leads to rise in pre-nuptial agreement enquiries

22nd January 2024
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Step-families or blended families are one of the fastest growing types of families in the UK making up about a third of all UK households. More people planning their second, third or fourth marriage are entering into pre-nuptial agreements with their future spouse. Older people who have...

Renewable energy – a short look at what could be the future

19th January 2024
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As the UK seeks to move towards net zero, it has become more important than ever to obtain the energy we need from renewable sources. As part of this, the government has sought to find ways to encourage the uptake of renewable sources by both businesses and consumers alike. Whether that is...

Congratulations to Lizzy!

10th January 2024
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Congratulations are in order for Paralegal, Lizzy Bellamy who has passed her LPC LLM qualification with Distinction from the University of Law. Lizzy has worked very hard over the last 2 years, studying while working in our Medical Negligence team. Well done Lizzy from all at BTTJ...

BTTJ welcomes probate inquiry amidst ever-increasing delays

9th January 2024
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Amid an ever-growing wait time for the processing of probate applications, the House of Commons Justice Committee has recently launched a probate inquiry after concerns that delays are spiralling out of control. Probate involves the identification of all of a deceased persons assets and...

Is there a timeframe in which my ex spouse can make a claim against my pension?

8th January 2024
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A common point upon which we as Matrimonial Solicitors advise, is in relation to whether an ex-spouse can still make a claim upon your Pension even though you have been separated for a number of years - The answer to this is yes. Despite the fact that you and your ex-spouse may have separated some...

More company takeovers lead to increasing number of workers seeking their legal rights

3rd January 2024
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Our Employment team have seen an increase in the number of UK workers seeking legal advice on their employment and redundancy rights when their employer is taken over by another business. There has been an increase in the number of enquiries from people worried about what happens to their jobs or...

New Years Resolution for 2024 to be more organised?…. Consider making your Will

2nd January 2024
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Is making a Will on your list of new year’s resolutions, if it is not then it is something you should consider, a new year is a great excuse for getting your affairs in order, and it’s simpler than you might think…….. Katie Nightingale, Private Client Solicitor says “Quite...

Father Christmas and the Environmental Reporting Requirement

11th December 2023
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Father Christmas was sat reading through his naughty and nice lists on his laptop, as he took a sip of his cocoa a ping sounded from his computer. An email from a child Joseph B. Loggs via the Father Christmas virtual mail service. Father Christmas took another sip and straightening his spectacles...

Necessity of a Consent Order

6th December 2023
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Many couples when they are progressing through divorce proceedings do not realise that it is advisable to pursue a Consent Order outlining the division of the matrimonial finances.  Whilst the divorce itself is the ending of the marriage, that is only part of the equation and one of the most...

Congratulations to Lauren!

5th December 2023
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Congratulations are in order for team member Lauren Robinson who officially qualified as a Solicitor last week! Lauren joined BTTJ at the beginning of 2017 as a legal assistant and commenced the Solicitor Apprenticeship in September 2017. Lauren graduated with the University of Law in October...

UK employees set to have more rights to ask for flexible working

4th December 2023
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UK employees will have more rights to ask their bosses for flexible working arrangements under new legislation coming into effect next year. Workers will be able to ask for flexibility on how, where and when they work.  It was suggested that this right would be available from the first day...

Cementing a clean break

15th November 2023
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Following the introduction of no-fault divorce and a simplified online application process, many separating couples deal with divorce themselves, particularly where they remain amicable.  Kate Booth, Head of our Family & Matrimonial department warns clients to be aware that an agreed...

Child arrangement orders help estranged families prioritise the needs of children

1st November 2023
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Warring exes are still seeking legal advice on ‘custody and access’ rights over their children even though the old system was scrapped over 30 years ago. We are still approached by former couples despite the concepts of custody and access being replaced by Residence and Contact orders in...

Professional advice can prevent costly delays and unnecessary tax payments when dealing with an estate of a loved one that has passed away

16th October 2023
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The administration of an estate can be a daunting process, particularly when families are at their most vulnerable and failing to seek legal advice can cause additional distress. Whilst applying for Probate is a process individuals can undertake themselves, it is one which can be complex often...

Divorcees In Danger Of Losing Personal Assets Without Proper Legal Protection

27th September 2023
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Divorced spouses are leaving themselves open to the risk of losing their largest assets and all or part of their business. Head of our Family and Matrimonial team Kate Booth explains below... "Former partners have the right to claim a stake in anything from their ex’s business to a jackpot win...

The Myton Hospices Charity Dinner

25th September 2023
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A fantastic evening had by all at The Myton Hospices charity dinner on Saturday evening at Coombe Abbey Hotel Lovely food, great atmosphere, splendid conversation and laughs with our invited guests and most importantly of all, the event raised lots of money for an invaluable local charity!...

Southam Book Festival 2023

22nd September 2023
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Southam Book Festival 2023 will take place on Sunday October 8th, 11am-4pm at the Graham Adams Centre. You can find out more about the festival by visiting their website here. As a local business, our Southam office have once again entered the 'Book In A Window' competition & had great fun...

Rise in number of young people seeking to manage affairs of older relatives

29th August 2023
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Our Private Client team are seeing an increase in the number of younger people applying for Deputyship Orders to oversee the interests of a loved one who has lost the capacity to manage their own affairs. People who leave formalising important documents called Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA),...

Shake up of costs regime may leave civil claimants out of pocket

3rd August 2023
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More areas of civil law will be affected by a shake-up of the fixed costs regime which could leave a claimant with little or no money even after winning a case. Litigation claims in cases of professional negligence and breaches of contract are among the areas set to be governed by the new fixed...

Court trial over Aretha Franklin’s two wills highlights importance of formalising final wishes

1st August 2023
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A family conflict among the four children of Aretha Franklin, sparked by two separate wills scrawled by the soul legend four years apart, reiterates the importance of investing in a professionally drafted will. The rough documents – the first written in 2010 and locked away in a cabinet and...

Proposed Tenancy Reforms….. A Headache For Landlords

26th July 2023
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Millions of UK landlords will be adversely affected by proposed reforms designed to protect tenants against eviction from rental properties. The Renters Reform Bill will abolish the Section 21 Notice which allows a landlord to evict tenants at the end of a fixed term without good reason. The...

Volunteering for Guys Gift

24th July 2023
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Here at BTTJ we recently took on a volunteering task for our charity of the year Guys Gift. We assisted the charity by making up 19 bereavement resource packs for local Coventry & Warwickshire schools. The packs are tailored for both primary and secondary schools & include bereavement...

NHS England launches an Independent Review into the maternity services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

18th July 2023
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust was fined £800,000 after pleading guilty to two charges related to the death of an infant, baby Wynter Andrews on 15 September 2019. More than 100 families have had similar experiences. Following significant concerns regarding the quality and safety of the...

Purchasing A Property

26th June 2023
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A Property purchase is the biggest purchase at any one time and it has to be right financially and legally. The property market always has its ups and downs.  The current market is faced with its challenges: increasing interest rates, inflation and property values steadily decreasing. ...

Residential evictions halted in London

12th June 2023
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It appears that landlords of residential premises face even longer waits than normal to evict tenants in London, which has been put down to “health and safety” reasons. It is understood that bailiffs are being required to carry the correct PPE before completing evictions, which means a huge...

Levelling Up – High Street Rental Auctions

7th June 2023
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The UK government is proposing as part of its levelling up programme to allow local authorities to auction vacant high street rental properties. This new proposal is set to give local authorities powers to work with landlords of commercial properties to fill empty premises with a view to...

Legal Agreements For Unmarried Partners

23rd May 2023
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Unmarried partners who live together run the risk of losing more than their relationship in the event of a break-up. Even couples who have been in a relationship for decades and share children and a home are potentially left with no rights unless they have a cohabitation agreement in...

BTTJ’s Snowdon Trek

22nd May 2023
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On behalf of 'Team Snowdon' & all at BTTJ we would just like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone single one of you that donated to our Guy's Gift fundraiser We surpassed our fundraising target, raising over £2590 for the charity; with this, Guy's Gift will be able to run a 6-week group...

How do I evict a tenant once the new legislation passes?

18th May 2023
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In England, a landlord is able to evict a tenant without any reason to bring their tenancy to an end once the fixed term of the tenancy expires. They can do this by serving a Section 21 Notice on their tenant prior to the end of the term, providing the tenant with at least 2 months’ notice, after...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

15th May 2023
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This week sees Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 Mental Health Awareness Week happens every year, and it's the biggest opportunity for the whole of the UK to come together to focus on getting good mental health. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3MsDQov This year’s theme is anxiety,...

Coronation of King Charles III

5th May 2023
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This week our staff have been celebrating the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III by wearing red, white & blue clothing to the office. Our Warwick office also has a very patriotic window display in place To mark the occasion we’ve also held an office cake sale, with all donations...

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Fined £800,000

2nd May 2023
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £800,000 after pleading guilty to two charges related to the death of an infant at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. On 15 September 2019, Baby Wynter Andrews was born in a poor condition following a Category A Caesarean section....

Using a Will to protect a home against care fees

25th April 2023
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In BTTJ’s Private Client department we are recently seeing more and more clients who are asking how they can protect their assets from care home fees.  Often their main concern is to ensure that they leave their hard-earned money for their family after they have passed away. The good news...

BTTJ’s Charity Showdon Trek

20th April 2023
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On Saturday 20th May, some of our team at BTTJ will be taking part in a Snowdon Expedition - We'll be trekking up to the summit of Snowdon to raise money for local children's bereavement support charity Guy's Gift. We've a mixture of abilities & fitness levels so please help keep us...

Settlement Delays for Victims of Clinical Negligence

18th April 2023
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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has recently announced that over the past decade there has been a 43% increase in the length of time it takes NHS Resolution (NHSR) to settle Clinical Negligence (also known as Medical Negligence) claims. APIL states that in...

BTTJ exhibits at the Midlands Business Network Expo

14th April 2023
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We are delighted to be exhibiting at The Midlands Business Network Expo on Friday 21 April 2023 at the CBS Arena, Coventry The #MBNEXPO2023 is one of the region’s largest business events and is a fantastic platform to find new sales opportunities, grow your network and promote your...

Key Considerations for Tenants before signing a Commercial Lease

12th April 2023
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When agreeing terms of a Commercial Lease with your Landlord, some matters such as rent, the extent of the property being let and the term of the lease are ordinarily addressed, however often other equally important terms are not addressed in the level of detail they should be. Below is a note...

Tom Barnes re-accredited as a Law Society Clinical Negligence Scheme Member

11th April 2023
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Tom Barnes, Partner & head of our Medical Negligence team, has had his re-accreditation application for The Law Society's Clinical Negligence Accreditation as a scheme member successfully renewed. Accreditations are renewed every 12 months. The Law Society's Clinical Negligence Accreditation...

Guardianship: what exactly is this? Who can be appointed as a Guardian and who will care for my children if I die?

3rd April 2023
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The term ‘Guardian’ for lawyers means a parent or a person who takes over a parent’s responsibilities after their death.  Parental Responsibility (“PR”) means the rights and responsibilities to make decisions for a child who is under the age of 18. Mothers and married parents...

When witness evidence is the most important evidence: BTTJ successfully defend claim at the High Court of Justice

30th March 2023
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Our client, a dormant company, were party to proceedings brought by a Claimant’s family for asbestos related mesothelioma, claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds. The company, (our client), weren’t a big corporate business with a large insurance company behind them - this was now a small...

Update: Pandemic event and Brexit clauses in contracts, are they still relevant?

27th March 2023
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As we emerge from the world of the Pandemic into 2023, we still see some of the effects of Covid 19 and the Brexit deal negotiated by HM Government. Supply chains are still strained (with many industries, such as car manufacturers still struggling to catch up with the demand for new cars affected...

Hospitals to Suspend Gas and Air for Mothers in Labour Following Safety Concerns

21st March 2023
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Several hospitals across the country have recently suspended the use of gas and air, due to prolonged exposure posing potential health and safety concerns for midwives and hospital staff. Gas and air (known as Entonox) is a medical gas comprised of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide. The NHS...

Supporting National Conveyaning Week

20th March 2023
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BTTJ are proudly supporting National Conveyancing Week National Conveyancing Week has been launched to raise the profile of organisations who conduct property transactions, with the inaugural event taking place from 20th-24th March 2023. Property lawyers up and down the country are taking...

Support when someone dies

15th March 2023
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The death of a loved one is a time of grief and vulnerability.  It can also be a time consuming and emotionally draining process as you may be required to sort out paperwork, apply for a Grant of Probate and then cash in and distribute assets to the relevant beneficiaries.  Dealing with...

What happens when I make a Medical Negligence claim?

13th March 2023
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Clients who initiate a Medical Negligence (also known as Clinical Negligence) claim with Brindley Twist Tafft & James are first asked for in-depth details of the background to their case. All members of the BTTJ Medical Negligence expert legal team then usually meet twice weekly to pool...

Proud to support Make a Will Week

10th March 2023
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This week our Private Client team in all four of our offices have been giving their time for free, offering people the chance to write or update basic Wills in return for a donation to The Myton Hospices as part of Make A Will Week. #MakeAWillWeek has been running from Monday 6th – Friday 10th...

MEES – The next chapter

9th March 2023
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The 1st April 2023 will bring about the next phase of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). The Regulations will now also apply to Existing Leases of “sub-standard” commercial property.  The Regulations previously only applied to new leases but as of 1st April 2023 they...

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

8th March 2023
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As a firm lead by a female Senior Partner, and where females make up 85% of our workforce, we’re proud to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay across our offices today. International Women's Day is a global recognition day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of...

Balsall Common Office Official Launch

3rd March 2023
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On Thursday 2nd March we welcomed some local contacts to our newly refurbished & expanded Balsall Common office for our official 'office launch' & networking event. Invited guests helped mark our official launch of the newly-expanded offices. The expansion includes additional office...

Strike action brings increased risk of claims against the NHS

27th February 2023
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Article by Richard Stanford, Partner & Medical Negligence Solicitor The ongoing strikes of nurses, ambulance workers and now junior doctors could bring a tidal wave of medical negligence claims against the NHS. Delays in treatment resulting in serious harm is likely to provide patients...

‘No fault divorce’ Progress Report

13th February 2023
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Since the introduction of the new ‘no fault divorce’ procedure in 2022 many divorcing couples have welcomed the ability to end their marriage without having to blame their spouse.  The new procedure simply asks whether the marriage has broken down irretrievably.  In addition, it is...

Our Clinical Negligence Team have passed their Legal Aid Agency annual review

8th February 2023
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Our Clinical Negligence Team have passed their Legal Aid Agency annual review for 2023 The Legal Aid Agency's responsibilities include making sure legal aid services from solicitors, barristers and the not-for-profit sector are available to the general public. They are an executive agency,...

Pets and Divorce/Separation – Should you have a “Pet-Nup”?

6th February 2023
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The issue of parties’ pets is increasingly being raised in both Divorce proceedings and negotiations when cohabiting couples separate.  It is widely accepted that people’s pets are extremely important to them and if purchased while a couple are together, but there is no formal document to...

#UpDateYourWillWeek

23rd January 2023
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Is your Will up to date to reflect your current wishes? SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) are leading the #UpdateYourWillWeek campaign to remind everyone of the importance of ensuring everything is in order for the future. Solicitor Katie Nightingale is an Associate Member...

BTTJ Sponsors Southam United FC

20th January 2023
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We're delighted to be sponsoring Southam Unitied Football Club as their matchball sponsor. Known as The Saints, Southam United were founded in 1905 and are a community-based FA Charter Standard football club in the Hellenic League Division One, they play at at Bobby Hancocks Park in Southam....

New member of our Commercial Property team

18th January 2023
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Bejul Lakhani-Lever joined BTTJ in January 2023 as Solicitor in our Commercial Property Department based in our Coventry office. Bejul joins us from a local firm where she was a senior associate, before commencing maternity leave. She has years of experience in Commercial property. Outside...

Junior Doctor Strike Warning for March 2023

16th January 2023
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BBC News have recently reported that Junior doctors in England could stage a three-day walkout in March 2023. The Government has been warned about the proposed industrial action, and The British Medical Association have said that a ballot for the proposed industrial action opened on Monday 9...

What happens if you do not have a Power of Attorney?

11th January 2023
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A common misconception we hear all too often is that a spouse or a loved one can act for you, should you lose mental capacity.  This is simply not the case. Should you find yourself in a position in the future where you lack mental capacity for any reason (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s...

Hospitals Sending Patients to Hotels due to Social Care Crisis

9th January 2023
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The BBC have recently reported that ambulances over the Christmas period were having to queue to get into A&E, with more than 40% of crews being forced to wait at least half an hour to hand over their patients. Thankfully, there is hope that the pressure should ease, with flu and Covid...

2023 Resolutions?

5th January 2023
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Is making a Will on your list of new year’s resolutions, if it is not then it is something you should consider, a new year is a great excuse for getting your affairs in order, and it’s simpler than you might think…….. Katie Nightingale, Private Client Solicitor says "Quite often after I...

New year, new business?

4th January 2023
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Is 2023 the year you want to put your long-held dreams into practice? Want to stop working for someone else and be your own boss? With many financial institutions offering ‘New Business’ start up accounts (compare some start up accounts here) & despite the doom & gloom of 2022; a...

Christmas Holiday Closing

19th December 2022
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**Please note – our offices will close at end of day on Fridy 23rd December for the Christmas break & will re-open on Tueday 3rd January. We wish all of our clients & contacts a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!***

Half of people over 40 are putting their estate at risk by not planning ahead

16th December 2022
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Recent reports suggest that half of those over forty have yet to write a Will and are putting their estate at risk in the event of their death. The news comes from a survey commissioned by Solicitors for The Elderly and carried out by Censuswide. Not only does this mean that an estate may not...

Celebrating 100 years of women in the legal sector

16th December 2022
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Following the Sex Disqualification Act 1919 coming into force, which paved the way for women’s entry into the legal profession for the first time, four women passed the Law Society's examinations in 1922. And on 18th December that year, Carrie Morrison became the first woman to be admitted as a...

Upcoming changes in legislation regarding tenants keeping pets in residential premises

13th December 2022
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The current position for tenants having pets in residential premises is that a blanket ban on pets is allowed. It’s common for landlords to take this stance because they can be concerned about potential damage the pet(s) may cause. As it stands, landlords can refuse a request for a pet without...

Christmas Deliveries…..

12th December 2022
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T’was the night before Christmas and Santa’s sleigh was very light… “the elves haven’t received anything in the post, oh what a fright” The helpful trainee shouted up “Oh but Santa, you should have checked your contracts to see what could be done. You of all people should know, no...

Christmas Jumper Day

8th December 2022
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Today we've donned our Christmas jumpers & festive attire in aid of Save the Children UK's #ChristmasJumperDay It bought a nice festive atmosphere to our offices & even one of the staff's pets got involved before work this morning! All whilst raising money for this very worthy...

Can I seek an injunction against “Persons Unknown”?

6th December 2022
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What do you do, if someone has trespassed on your land and/or property, but you do not know their name? For example, you could have travellers who have pitched up on a plot of your land, or protestors on land causing a nuisance. Can you get a court order against these people? The answer is...

BTTJ Supports the Annual Justice Service

5th December 2022
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As a firm, Brindey Twist Tafft & James LLP were honoured to sponsor the Annual Justice Service held Sunday 4th December at Coventry Cathedral, supporting the High Sheriff of the County of West Midlands, Mr David Moorcroft OBE, having supported David for over 30 years in his role as Chair...

Court backlog ruining lives

30th November 2022
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Natasha Aspinall and the Family and Matrimonial department are supporting Resolution’s Good Divorce Week which is highlighting why the Government must support better advice for separating families Exclusive research from Resolution lays bare the human suffering and cost caused by family court...

New member of our Family team

29th November 2022
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Natasha Aspinall joined us as a Solicitor in our Family & Matrimonial department in November 2022, based out of our Balsall Common office. Natasha joins us from a local Solicitors firm where she worked as Head of the Family Law department for the last 5 years. As a member...

BTTJ OFFERING FREE ADVICE DURING GOOD DIVORCE WEEK

28th November 2022
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We are proud to be offering 30-minute free advice sessions during Good Divorce Week so families get the benefit of early professional advice. Good Divorce Week runs from 28th November - 2 December and will highlight the crisis in the family courts and raise awareness of all the different ways...

Solicitors for the Elderly

24th November 2022
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Katie Nightingale, Private Client Solicitor based in our local office in Southam has recently qualified as an Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (“SFE”).  SFE is a national organisation with over 1600 members across the United Kingdom. SFE is a community of trusted...

GPs to Receive Direct Access to Cancer Tests

21st November 2022
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Paralegal Nancy Tebbutt talks through the recent announcement that NHS England are expanding direct access to diagnostic scans across all GP practices…… At present, if a GP wishes to complete diagnostic scans on a patient with suspected cancer, they will refer the patient to a...

Parking Easements

14th November 2022
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On Monday 10 October 2022, Mr Justice Adam Johnson handed down a decision in an Appeal in Campden Hill Gate Limited v Duchess of Bedford House RTM Company Limited & Others which concerns parking easements. We takes a look at the case below Background This case concerns a dispute about...

Increasing Clinical Negligence Claims

10th November 2022
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Article by Paralegal, Nancy Tebbutt The NHS Resolution Annual report and accounts 2021/22 reveals that the number of clinical negligence claims and reported incidents reached 15,078 in 2021/22, representing an increase of 13% from the previous year. The annual report says the most significant...

Twitter & the Elon Musk Redundancies

9th November 2022
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It has been reported in the news that after his successful takeover of Twitter and his dismissal of the Board of Directors, Elon Musk has made extensive cuts to staff of Twitter. It has now been revealed that senior members of the Twitter team have been contacting staff that have been laid off in...

New member of our team

8th November 2022
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Nancy Tebbutt joined BTTJ in November 2022 as Paralegal in our Clinical Negligence Department based at our Coventry office. Nancy has recently graduated from Royal Holloway University of London and has relocated to Warwick from Market Harborough. Outside of work Nancy enjoys playing...

Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer Now

21st October 2022
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Today our staff have worn pink to the office & donated for #wearitpink day, in support of the UK’s Largest breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Now who fund research and provide support to anyone affected by breast cancer. Want to help? Here’s the link to our fundraising page...

24 hours in A&E

17th October 2022
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Tom Barnes Partner & Head of our Medical Negligence team outlines his recent A&E visit experience in this blog..... Despite what I do for a living, I have the greatest respect for the NHS and its staff. They mostly do an exceptional job. Indeed, a number of my own family are...

Congratulations to Lauren Robinson on her degree

12th October 2022
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Massive congratulations to Solicitor Apprentice Lauren Robinson who has gained a first class honours in Legal Practice and Skills, a qualifying Law Degree from the University of Law! Well to done Lauren from all at BTTJ - Much deserved after all of her hard work! Lauren works in our...

Mental health and disciplinary procedures: Some of the issues an employer should be aware of….

10th October 2022
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The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. In light of this, our employment team talk through Mental health and disciplinary procedures: Some of the issues an employer should be aware of…. Initiating disciplinary proceedings against an employee...

Stamp Duty & the ‘mini budget’

4th October 2022
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In his ‘mini budget’ speech on 23rd September 2022 Kwasi Kwarteng, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that there would be changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for residential transactions, effective immediately. Mark Cooper, Conveyancing Solicitor explains the changes below. The first...

BTTJ recognised again by the Legal 500

3rd October 2022
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We are very pleased that our Corporate and Commercial department at Brindley Twist Tafft & James has once again appeared in the Legal 500 guide for 2023 The Legal 500 is an independent directory and is seen as the leading guide to law firms and solicitors across the UK & worldwide. For...

Boundary Disputes

29th September 2022
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Boundary disputes can be expensive and take a long time to resolve, which is why it is so important to get good legal advice at the outset. Where there is a dispute about a boundary it is usually because someone has erected a wall, fence or even building in a position where the parties disagree...

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

8th September 2022
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We are saddened, along with the rest of the country, to hear the news. Rest in Peace to the UK’s longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family and the nation at this time.

Proud to champion gifts in Wills

2nd September 2022
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Charitable giving has a long history in the UK, with people choosing to support the causes that matter to them in many different ways. Every donation can have an impact, but it’s gifts in Wills that now form the largest source of voluntary income for charities. Legacy giving is becoming...

Balsall Common Photo Competition results

1st September 2022
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We've had some fantastic photos of Balsall Common & the local area sent into us by local residents for our photo competitionThank you to each & every one of you that entered The winners are as follows.... Adult Category - Gary Hall - Magpie Farm, Balsall Common Junior Category -...

A Silver Anniversary at BTTJ

1st September 2022
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Congratulations to Andy Moore who celebrates 25 years with us as Tom Barnes’ Legal Secretary in our Clinical Negligence department Andy started at BTTJ in 1997!

COVID-19 NO LONGER A FORCE MAJEURE EVENT

21st January 2022
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With lockdown rules lifting this week, business owners are being warned that Covid-19 can no longer be used as a ‘get out of jail free’ card to escape liability in unfulfilled contractual obligations. In the midst of the global pandemic, many businesses relied on force majeure as a way to...

BTTJ Sponsors Warwick Juniors FC

20th October 2021
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We're delighted to be sponsoring the Warwick Juniors FC under 8's team for the next 2 years & wish the team & club all the best for the remainder of the season!

Strike Action of Criminal Barristers, does this affect me?

24th August 2022
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The Criminal Bar Association confirmed on 22nd August 2022 that its members had voted to pursue further strike action (or escalation) on 5th September 2022 for an indefinite period. https://www.criminalbar.com/resources/news/ballot-announcement-22-08-22/ The reasons behind the dispute that has...

Employment Law Updates

17th August 2022
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With some recent updates to UK employment legislation, we outline below some of the changes that business leaders should be aware of:- Fit Notes Fit notes are usually required for SSP where an employee has been off work for more than 7 days. Legal changes from 1 July 2022 now allows a...

Your rights in respect of pensions on divorce?

11th August 2022
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Are you aware of your rights in respect of pensions on divorce?  Most couples will have thought about how to deal with the ownership of their home and dividing joint accounts, but research has shown that many do not consider their pensions following separation. Pensions can make up a...

A thank you from clients

10th August 2022
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Conveyancing Executive Diane Latham & Legal Secretary Debbie Wrist have received this gorgeous bouquet of flowers from a grateful, happy client - a lovely summer bouquet to match the weather! Very much appreciated, thank you!

Balsall Common Photography Competition

3rd August 2022
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We’re celebrating our newly expanded & refurbished office in Balsall Common with a photo competition! We’re looking for budding photographers to get outside with their cameras & take a photo of your favourite landmark or landscape within the local Balsall Common area to be in with the...

Healthier contracts – getting your business into better shape

3rd August 2022
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Contracts between parties are a staple of every day life, whether it be the supply of machinery or the supply of a service (such as a consultancy), contracts are a key part of the business world and govern that relationship. If a product is supplied and payment is not received, you may need to...

Congratulations to Legal Secetary Tyler on her degree

3rd August 2022
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A big congratulations to Legal Secetary in our Conveyancing department Tyler Wilson on passing her Youth Justice Studies degree with The Open University, very much deserved after years of hard work Well done Tyler from all at BTTJ!

Selling your rental property

27th July 2022
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The property market has been experiencing a busy period in which higher numbers of properties have been bought and sold. In some cases, residential landlords have decided to sell their rental properties. In a large number of transactions, the sale of the property is subject to vacant possession...

Working during a heatwave

18th July 2022
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With record temperatures in the UK & many schools closing you may wonder about workplace regulations for working during a heatwave? The answer is that the law does not state a maximum (or a minimum) temperature. However, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down...

BTTJ helps The Village Store, Bishops Itchington to open its doors

27th June 2022
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The Village Store in Bishops Itchington is a dream come true for proprietors Orlaith Horsman and Bee White. A former newsagent, the shop has been trading in the village of Bishops Itchington for over 20 years however when local residents Orlaith and Bee purchased the freehold and took the reins...

The Leasehold Reform Act 2022 – what you need to know

23rd June 2022
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With The Leasehold Reform Act 2022 coming into force next week there are significant changes on the way Alex Khan, Partner & Property Solicitor says: "The government has spoken about Leasehold reform for a number of years and I hope these changes are the start of things to come. These...

**BREAKING NEWS AT BALSALL COMMON**

22nd June 2022
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Exciting times ahead at our Balsall Common office! We’re expanding our office space to allow for more members of our team to be available locally & to better accommodate clients in our new meeting room.  Right now, it doesn’t look like much, but the contractors are in &...

Restrictive Covenants: What employers need to know if workers strike out alone or go to a rival business

30th May 2022
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Employers are putting themselves at risk by neglecting to put in place measures such as restrictive covenants to prevent loss of business to former employees setting up a rival business, or indeed joining a rival business, warns Employment Solicitor Kerry Hudson. The issue is particularly...

What do I need to do when someone dies?

26th May 2022
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We understand that when someone dies it can be a difficult and daunting time.  There are many things to consider and lots of things that need to be done when someone passes away. This can be overwhelming.  Here at Brindley Twist Tafft & James, we offer an understanding and...

Businesses and companies change hands…… what happens if we don’t want to do business with them anymore?

4th May 2022
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Law firms across the country have noticed a sharp rise in the number of instructions regarding the buying and selling of businesses or companies. There are different methods to assume control of a business or company; one can be an asset purchase, where the buyer can pick and choose what they...

Changes in rules regarding Statutory demands and Winding up petitions

20th April 2022
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As part of it’s response to Covid-19 and providing the support many businesses needed during the Covid-19 pandemic, HM Government arranged for temporary changes to the rules regarding statutory demands and winding up petitions. In essence, the creditor would need to be owed in excess of...

Property Lease Extensions

8th April 2022
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When a person purchases a leasehold property, they are essentially purchasing exclusive occupation of a property for a term of years.  Accordingly, they need to be aware that the property is a depreciating asset, i.e. the shorter the term of years left, the less the property is worth. ...

New member of our Medical Negligence Team

5th April 2022
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Adam Lloyd joined us as a Solicitor in our Medical Negligence Department in March 2022 and is based at our Coventry office. Adam joined us from a local Solicitors firm and previously worked as a Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor. Outside of work Adam enjoys watching rugby...

Review of Maternity Services at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust

6th April 2022
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The long-awaited final report of Ms Donna Ockenden, Senior Midwife was published earlier this week, on 30 March 2022.  This report follows on from Ms Ockenden’s previous report published in December 2020. Ms Ockenden was assisted in preparing the report by an independent team of medical...

Employment Law changes from 1st April

1st April 2022
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As restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic draw to a close, both employers and employees will now understandably realign their focus on how to revert back to the old normal or for some, the new normal. However, whilst important, this focus may distract from the significant employment law...

New member of our Commercial team

16th March 2022
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We’re pleased to introduce a new member of our firm here at BTTJ. Sophie Hayes joined us in March 2022 as a Paralegal in the Commercial Department, based out of our Coventry office. Sophie is currently in the final year of her Law degree at the University of Law. While studying for her her...

Your Most Important Asset: Your Children

11th March 2022
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When considering putting in place Wills, many people think long and hard about what they want to happen to their property and their money, however, for people who have children who are minors, sometimes the most important reason to do a Will is to appoint trusted people to look after their children...

Celebrating International Women’s Day

8th March 2022
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We’re celebrating all of our female team members (which make up over 80% of our team!!) here at BTTJ today on International Women’s Day, each & every one does a fantastic job! As a firm lead by a female Senior Partner, we are proud to have such a diverse workforce. Samantha...

Personal Guarantees

2nd February 2022
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Conveyancing Solicitor Mark Cooper gives advice on Personal Guarantees........ Purchasing properties in a company’s name may seem like a good idea (following, of course, advice from an accountant) but if a mortgage from an institutional lender is necessary, there is an additional...

28 days later: Employers warned employees can self-certify sickness for up to a month

24th January 2022
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Employers and their staff must make preparations and know their rights now employees are able to self-certify sickness for up to 28 days under a temporary rule that came into effect on the 17th December 2021, but will apply to periods of sick leave from the 10th December.  The temporary...

No fault divorce

21st January 2022
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6 April 2022 will see a significant change in the law with the introduction of “no-fault” divorces. Our current divorce law has been in place since the 1970s and, unless parties have been separated for at least two – and in some circumstances five – years, requires one partner to make...

New member of our Private Client Team

17th January 2022
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We're pleased to introduce a new member of our firm here at BTTJ. Jaz Virk joined us in January 2022 as a Solicitor in our Private Client team, based out of our Coventry & Balsall Common Offices. Jaz joins us from a local Solicitors firm, previous to this Jaz worked at a firm in...

New Year … New Resolutions

11th January 2022
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Is making a Will on your list of new year resolutions, if it is not then it is something you should consider. Quite often after I have completed a Will for a client, they comment that it was a much easier process than they had envisaged, and it was something on their “to do list” that they...

Children First – Parenting Through Separation

2nd December 2021
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We are offering parents in Coventry & Warwickshire a free guide containing advice and information to help them put children first during a separation or divorce. Solicitor and Head of our Family & Matrimonial depoartment Kate Booth said: “We know that the pandemic has put huge...

Our Employment team records a sea change in reasons in redundancy in the UK

26th November 2021
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More businesses appear to be making redundancies as a result of company restructures or reorganisations rather than the need to cut costs or reduce their workforces as a result of effects of the pandemic. Kerry Hudson, Employment Solicitor said there was a growing number of cases where the...

Flexible Working is not a given right for employees

18th November 2021
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Employees seeking flexible working arrangements need to have completed a minimum of 26 weeks’ service for their employers before they are legally entitled to make a request. Kerry Hudson, Employment Solicitor, said perhaps because of Covid and with a lot of businesses still not having fully...

From Nursing to Law: Becoming a Clinical Negligence Solicitor

26th October 2021
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“My route into Law was an unconventional one: after a career as a Nurse and an NHS manager, I made the transition to Medical Negligence law. I began my career studying for a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science. I then trained in general and mental health nursing, qualifying as a registered mental...

Development in Data protection law: Is your Neighbour’s doorbell and camera compliant?

19th October 2021
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The recently decided case of Fairhurst (“Claimant”) v Woodard (“Defendant”) has brought up an interesting development in the law of data protection relating to cameras and “smart” doorbell systems. In the case, the Claimant had brought an action against the Defendant as they had a...

Going into business for yourself? How do you structure your step forward into the world of business?

15th October 2021
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Whether it’s going into business on your own or with someone, it is very difficult to choose how you want to structure how you go into business. There is always the risk that something may go wrong. Below, we have a set out quick guide to potential ways you could structure that step...

Shares and shareholders. What are your rights?

11th October 2021
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This is not intended to advise you regarding investments, if you want more information and advice regarding investments and their suitability for you, please contact your financial advisor. What is a shareholder? A shareholder is someone who has purchased and owns a share (or shares) in a...

New Head of Matrimonial at BTTJ

11th October 2021
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Solicitor Kate Booth has joined us as our Head Of Matrimonial & Family department Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and has specialised in family law throughout her career, at firms in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Kate deals with private family law cases including...

FINAL CONSIDERATIONS: Modern life means end-of-life planning requires careful thought

27th September 2021
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The heartbreaking toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the complications an unplanned death can inflict on loved ones. Both family relationships and finances have become more complicated in our society, and end-of-life plans can seem overwhelming as a result, even for younger...

Legally required Terms Of Employment may not offer enough protection in cases of tribunal

23rd September 2021
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“Businesses should as a matter of course always provide contracts of employment for all their employees.” Kerry Hudson, Employment Solicitor, issues the warning in light of the end of the government’s furlough scheme this month. With the scheme offering a lifeline to companies such as...

Employment Tribunals

13th September 2021
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Rising numbers of employment tribunal cases are causing delays in the processing of claims with them taking up to a year to be heard.  Employees/workers should therefore be mindful before embarking on the process questioning whether they are able to invest the time, emotional investment,...

New member of our Clinical Negligence Team

13th September 2021
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Julia French joined BTTJ in September 2021 as a Fee Earner in our Clinical Negligence Department. She joined us from a Manchester based solicitors firm, and before that Julia spent over 4 years at the Criminal Cases Review Commission in Birmingham, as a Case Review Manager.  Before...

Open for Business

1st September 2021
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We expand service offering as Southam booms We're now fully open for business, expanding our offering in Southam to cater for extra demand for legal services in the booming market town. Our Southam office, located in Coventry Street, was closed to in-person appointments throughout the...

Cohabiting Couples – what rights do they have when one of them dies?

26th August 2021
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A common misconception for partners who are not married or in a civil partnership, is that they have automatic rights to each other’s assets should one of them die.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  The only assets a partner would receive are jointly owned assets or assets...

Partnerships

24th August 2021
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Partnerships in business There are a few options when it comes to how you structure a business, one of these is the Partnership. Most partnerships are governed by the Partnership act 1890 which establishes not only the structure of a partnership and the rights of partners but also the...

Directors interest declarations – What you need to know

20th August 2021
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What does the law currently require? Under chapter 2 of part 10 of the Companies Act 2006, company directors who are in any way directly or indirectly interested in a proposed transaction must declare the nature and extent of that interest to the other directors. This declaration must...

Covid-19: The Impact upon Clinical Negligence

16th August 2021
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Clinical Negligence litigation relies on the opinion of medical experts, to identify and establish breach of duty, causation and quantum issues. Many of these medical experts work in both public and private sectors and many of whom have been called forward to healthcare’s front line in the fight...

New Conveyancing team member

4th August 2021
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We're pleased to introduce a new member of our firm here at BTTJ. Pauline Higgins joined us as a Conveyancing Executive last week. Pauline has a wealth of experience working for local law firms in the past. When not busy Conveyancing, Pauline likes to unwind in the company of friends and...

Fundraising for MIND

18th June 2021
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Last year our Private Client team took part in Free Wills Month, raising money for the mental health charity Mind & have just received their certificate. Well done to those involved in engaging in this fantastic initiative whilst supporting this invaluable UK charity

Travelling abroad could leave workers out of pocket

2nd August 2021
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Holidaymakers forced to delay their return to work through government rule changes while overseas, or because they’ve been pinged, run the risk of losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds of earnings. Kerry Hudson, Employment Law Solicitor said employees could be out of pocket if the rules...

Claimants injured in RTA’s worth less than £5,000.00 no longer able to recover legal costs

28th July 2021
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The small claims limit has increased from £1,000.00 to £5,000.00 in all road traffic accident cases from 31st May 2021.  This means save for a very notional fixed sum and court fee, even if successful Claimant’s are unable to recover legal costs. As a result, many Claimants Solicitors...

Using a Will to protect a home against care fees

23rd July 2021
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In BTTJ’s Private Client department we are seeing more and more clients who are asking how they can protect their assets from care home fees.  Often their main concern is to ensure that they leave their hard-earned money for their family after they have passed away. The good news is that...

What happens to a business when someone dies?

6th July 2021
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Samantha Wright, our Senior Partner, says the business upheaval caused by COVID-19 is a stark reminder of the need to have business continuity plans in place in the sad event an owner-manager dies. What happens to a business when someone dies? The consequences of the death of an owner-manager...

Suspensions from work on the increase

5th July 2021
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We're seeing a rise in the number of workers seeking advice after being suspended from their jobs. Kerry Hudson, Employment Solicitor said there had been a steep increase in the number of enquiries in recent months. In almost all cases the workers were completely unsure of their rights. It...

PRIVACY PERIL: Is your business compliant with data law?

25th June 2021
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We have recently received many enquiries from clients about their legal responsibilities surrounding client data, data protection, and how they affect employment and litigation. In October British Airways was fined £20 million by the UK's data protection authority after a hacker accessed...

DON’T KEEP STUM MUM…. We urge women to notify employers of their pregnancy even if on furlough

10th June 2021
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Women on furlough failing to tell their employers when they fall pregnant, could jeopardise their rights. Kerry Hudson, Employment Solicitor warns that there is a risk ‘mothers to be’ on furlough may be tempted not to notify their employers of their pregnancy, partially because they think...

What is a Will & why you should make one

9th June 2021
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Making a Will can be a daunting prospect.  It is estimated that over half the population have not made a Will, with around 60,000 estates each year being ‘intestate’, meaning there is not a valid Will in place.  Solicitor Katie Nightingale explains why making a Will is important...

Changes to landlord-tenant law. What do you need to know?

2nd June 2021
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What has changed? As of 28th January 2021, HM Government has begun to encourage the use of the “model tenancy agreement” the aim of this agreement is to strike a fair balance between Landlords and Tenants. As well as to address issues in the rental market recognised by the government. A...

Shareholders agreements, what are they and do I need one?

24th May 2021
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What is a shareholder’s agreement? A shareholder’s agreement is a private written agreement between the shareholders of a company and, usually, the company itself sets out boundaries between the shareholders and their rights in respect of the company.  It ties together the various...

Brindley Twist Tafft & James Announces New Partners

13th May 2021
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We're delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners of our firm. The appointments are in recognition of the hard work and dedication the new partners have demonstrated whilst working at Brindley Twist Tafft & James. Alex Khan, a solicitor in our Commercial department and Richard...

Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP announces retirement of respected partner.

30th April 2021
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Simon Grindlay, an experienced solicitor who has been at the firm since BTTJ merged with Haxby Jarvis in 1991, has announced his retirement as a partner of Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP. Simon, who is well known locally as a dependable property specialist working on both residential and...

Whistleblowing – what are my rights?

9th April 2021
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During the pandemic, the subject of whistleblowing (protected disclosure) has come to the fore with more and more employees expressing concerns over health and safety and breach of regulatory issues in the workplace. And with employees now starting to make their return to the workplace whilst...

Our business uses subcontractors. Do the IR35 tax changes affect us?

17th March 2021
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On 6th April 2021 the rule changes regarding IR35 (twice delayed) will come into effect. If your business works with subcontractors you may need to be aware of and manage the risks to your business. What are the current IR35 rules? IR35 (or the Off-payroll rules) are a regime that the...

The National Budget – what it means for Employers and Employment

4th March 2021
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With the country still in the midst of seeking to recover from the effects of Coronavirus, the Chancellor announced the 2021 budget this week with the focus on rebuilding the economy.  We’re taking a closer look at some of the key announcements and what they mean for employers and...

If I’m buying or selling a property, does the 2021 National Budget affect me?

4th March 2021
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Are you currently thinking about moving house? Perhaps you are wanting to get a foot on the property ladder for the first time and trying to buy your first home? With the chancellor this week announcing the 2021 national budget, with the focus on rebuilding the economy, we take a look at how...

The National Budget 2021, how does it affect my business?

4th March 2021
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As the nation is seeking to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, both on the economy and the wellbeing of our nation, the Chancellor announced his plan this week for rebuilding the economy. The Budget has the potential to affect several areas of life in the country which leaves...

Coronavirus shifting sands see unprecedented change in the workplace

25th February 2021
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Whilst coronavirus continues to have a damaging effect on job losses, with record numbers of redundancies in the three months to December 2020, the pandemic has also resulted in several other changes. With unemployment levels now reaching 5.1%, it has been a period like no other, altering the...

What does the change in the Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy mean for landlords?

22nd February 2021
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Change in Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy nationwide sees planned increase of frequency of fines reaching £30,000. On Tuesday 16th February 2021, HM Government approved an updated Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy. This new policy has increased the power of councils nationwide...

BTTJ reminds consumers of the importance of taking care of their financial affairs

10th February 2021
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Virus serves as a stark reminder for all generations to prepare for any eventuality Less than four in ten people in the UK have drawn up a will, while less than three in ten people have taken any kind of action to safeguard their estate in the event of their deaths. The alarming figures, from...

As coronavirus jobless toll rises, what are my redundancy rights?

22nd January 2021
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With record numbers of job losses as the coronavirus takes a continuing toll, employers and employees are being reminded of the need for clarity on their responsibilities and rights in Settlement Agreements and redundancies.A record 370,000 redundancies were recorded in the three months to October...

Rise in number of enquiries for wills

13th November 2020
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As the country faces an unprecedented health crisis and England is in the grips of a second national lockdown increasing numbers of people are choosing to set up their wills so they have peace of mind at such an unpredictable time.The Covid situation has highlighted the importance for many people...

Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP joins forces with MacNamara King Solicitors

1st October 2020
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Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP has acquired the well-known Warwickshire based law firm, MacNamara King Solicitors.  The move is expected to increase turnover levels by more than 20% in the first year and will strengthen BTTJ's reputation as a leading West Midlands firm of solicitors,...

Settlement Agreements

21st August 2020
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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic our employment department has been very busy and we have seen a significant increase in the amount of settlement agreements being offered to employees or indeed employers considering whether they wish to offer the same. There are several...

First Remote Trial is a Success

21st August 2020
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Our Personal Injury Solicitor, Kerry Hudson, discusses the first remote trial via Skype and how to prepare for a remote trial hearing. Many Claimants may be worried about how a Personal Injury claim may be progressed with the reduction of services the courts and tribunals may be able to offer...

How can we help you following the loss of a relative or loved one during the pandemic?

13th July 2020
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Emma Wallbank TEP, Legal Executive in our Private Client team, explains how we can help below. Sadly, over the last few months some of us will have lost loved ones, or know people who have lost loved ones.  In these unprecedented times, when death rates are high and death tolls have become...

What is an Ordinary Power of Attorney and why is it useful during the coronavirus pandemic?

8th June 2020
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Katie Nightingale TEP, Solicitor in the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and estate planning explains further. Who looks after your affairs if you become unwell and unable or who looks after your affairs if you are self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis?  The common answer I...

Lasting Powers of Attorney – What are they and can you still make them during the current lockdown?

15th May 2020
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Helen Strong, Head of our Private Client team and a Solicitor with over 23 years in the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and estate planning explains further. People often fail to realise that if they are too poorly and have lost the capacity to make decisions about both their finances...

Answering your questions on BTTJ’s will writing services whilst in lockdown

26th March 2020
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Existing clients and potential clients may be wondering about what do about writing or updating their wills during this period of lockdown and we want to reassure you that we have put measures in place to enable our will writing services to continue, although now by way of virtual and telephone...

Budget 2020/2021- What does it mean for you and your business?

13th March 2020
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The budget, proclaimed as helping people out in tough times by the CBI, has been announced in parliament. A wide range of measures which will affect you as a consumer, as a business and as an employer have been revealed. But what does it all mean? First of all, the Budget was different than...

Do I have a say on which school my child attends?

11th March 2020
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The answer to this is based upon whether you have Parental Responsibility or not. Parental Responsibility is defined by the Children Act 1989 as being “all the duties, rights and responsibilities each parent has to a child”. In practice this entails that each person who has parental...

What are my rights as the father?

3rd March 2020
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Any parent will say that the most important thing in their life is their children.  You would do anything for them and so for anyone to tell you that you cannot see them anymore is life changing. Parents have rights to see their children and unless there are safeguarding concerns in place,...

What is an undefended divorce?

21st February 2020
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Divorce is the legal process to end or dissolve a marriage, which is carried out by the Family courts. The procedure begins with a divorce petition and ends with a decree absolute, which dissolves the marriage. It does not of itself resolve disputes about the marital finances or the children....

Intestacy Rules are changing. What will happen to your assets if you die without leaving a will?

5th February 2020
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Did you know that if you die without leaving a Will your spouse may not be entitled to all of your estate?  This is a common misconception in the world of private client law. If you die without leaving a Will, special rules apply on how and who benefits from your assets, these rules are...

What can I do if the other parent does not allow me to see my child even though there is a court order?

4th February 2020
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At times a parent with care of the child may stop the other parent from having contact with the child for no other reason than what he or she has already argued in the past and the other parent feels they now have to bring enforcement proceedings because of a breach of the order. In that situation...

Celebrating 100 years of women in law

18th December 2019
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Did you know that until 100 years ago, women were not allowed to practice law?  In fact in 1913 four women were actually stopped by the Law Society from sitting the Law Society examinations. When the women took the case to the Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal upheld the Law...

Private Client team welcomes new addition

4th October 2019
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The private client team is delighted to welcome new recruit Katie Nightingale on board. Katie joins Brindley Twist Tafft & James in the role of Private Client solicitor.  Having qualified in 2016, Katie previously worked at a law firm in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire and...

BTTJ recognised again by the Legal 500

4th October 2019
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The Corporate and Commercial department at Brindley Twist Tafft & James has once again appeared in the Legal 500 guide. The legal 500 is an independent directory and is seen as the leading guide to law firms and solicitors across the UK. Receiving a place is a big achievement and the...

Remember A Charity Week 9-15th September 2019

10th September 2019
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This week Remember a Charity is celebrating their 10th annual Remember a Charity in your Will Week. This annual Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote the importance and understanding of leaving gifts to charities in Wills. Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP are a great supporter of...

I’m being made redundant – what are my rights?

2nd July 2019
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Are you being made redundant?  If so, you are entitled to notice of termination of employment and you may also have other rights. A redundancy occurs where there is: a closure of a particular site or office or a closure of the whole business or a reduced need for workers to do a particular...

Can I ask for a Settlement Agreement from my employer?

4th June 2019
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Either you or your employer can start a discussion about the possibility of entering into a Settlement Agreement. Settlement Agreements are agreements which can be used to waive employment claims which you may have against your employer and are entered into between you and your employer. Usually...

My employer has given me a Settlement Agreement – what is it and what should I do?

4th June 2019
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Settlement Agreements are often offered by an employer to an employee, without any prior warning. If you are the employee in question, this can leave you wondering about the implications and your next steps. Settlement Agreements are agreements which can be used to waive employment claims which...

I have been suspended from work. What are my rights?

7th May 2019
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If you are suspended from work due to alleged disciplinary matters, it is naturally a concerning time for you. You will not usually be permitted to work or attend work premises, nor have contact with colleagues or customers which may make you feel isolated. You will probably not know, at least at...

Employment Law Update 2019

19th March 2019
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Welcome to our Employment Law Update which provides an update on the following areas: Liability for employee actions – vicarious liability Gig economy Age discrimination Payslips Increases   Liability for employee actions Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited The Managing...

AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel welcomes Tom Barnes for a further 5 years

16th March 2019
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Coventry lawyer and Head of the Medical Negligence team at BTTJ, Tom Barnes, has been awarded membership of the AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel for a further five years. Tom and his BTTJ medical negligence colleague Richard Stanford are the only AvMA...

BTTJ Solicitors urge people to check eligibility for LPA refund

13th March 2019
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Solicitors at law firm Brindley Twist Tafft & James in Coventry are urging people to check their eligibility for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) fee refund, after almost two million people were overcharged by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) between 2013 and 2017. Claimants can expect...

Could Brexit exit your contracts?

13th March 2019
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The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. With this in mind, businesses are urged to review their contractual documentation to ensure that they deal with the impact that Brexit-related events may have on the business-to-business supply of goods or services. This...

Can I see my child if there is a non-molestation order against me?

1st March 2019
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Here at Brindley Twist Tafft & James, we are able to represent parties in both Non-Molestation Order applications where somebody is applying to prevent the other person from abusing them (physical abuse, emotional, psychological, sexual and financial) and for Occupation Orders which prevent...

Parental Alienation

12th February 2019
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Often when a child is caught in between their parents’ acrimonious divorce or separation parental alienation may occur. This is when one parent deliberately turns a child against their ex-partner so that they eventually cut-off all contact with them and they state themselves that they do not want...

BTTJ recognised by The Legal 500

6th November 2018
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Brindley Twist Tafft & James has once again been recognised by the Legal 500 with both Corporate and Commercial and Clinical Negligence departments receiving recognition. The Legal 500 is an independent directory and is seen as the leading guide to law firms and solicitors across the UK. The...

What can I do if the other parent keeps making unfounded applications to the court relating to contact with our children?

5th October 2018
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In some instances some parents make a number of unfounded applications to the Court relating to residence or contact with their children and parents will contact me to ask if there is anything they can do to prevent this happening. There is an application a parent can make to the court to...

Is there a need for divorce reform?

1st August 2018
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There is a need to reform divorce laws to enable parties to divorce on a no-fault basis. In the case of Owens vs Owens, the court ruled that the 68-year-old wife who had been in a loveless marriage for many, many years, must remain married to her husband despite wanting to divorce him based on his...

Specialist Panel draws on Richard’s Clinical Negligence expertise

31st May 2018
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Coventry solicitor Richard Stanford has been awarded membership of the AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. Richard, a medical negligence specialist with BTTJ, had to meet a series of 50- plus stringent criteria before his appointment to the panel, looking...

I feel I am being forced out of my job. Is it constructive dismissal?

18th April 2018
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Do you need help with constructive dismissal? Perhaps you feel bullied or forced out of your job? Constructive dismissal is where you have not been directly dismissed but where your contract of employment has been fundamentally breached by your employer and as a result, you resign. Some key...

Settlement Agreement Advice

14th March 2018
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Do you need help with a settlement agreement? Perhaps you have been asked to sign one because your employer wants to terminate your employment in exchange for a sum of money? Some things for you to consider are: Giving up employment claims Confidentiality References Requirement of...

What are Disciplinary Proceedings

7th March 2018
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Do you need to find out more about Disciplinary Proceedings and do you understand the process following allegations of misconduct or poor performance? The main steps of Disciplinary Proceedings could include: Investigation The invitation to the disciplinary hearing The disciplinary hearing...

Staff Christmas Parties and Employment Claims

13th December 2017
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Staff Christmas parties can be a great way to reward staff and boost morale but alcohol-induced behaviour can also land employers and employees in the Employment Tribunal. What might appear to be an employee having a bit of fun or a risqué joke, after a drink or four, could, in fact, give rise to...

Richard Stanford Concludes a Unique Clinical Negligence Case

8th December 2017
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On Wednesday 22 November 2017 Richard Stanford, of Brindley Twist Tafft & James, and Adam Weitzman QC concluded what is believed to be a unique case in Clinical Negligence. BG had filed a living will/advance directive in 2004 with her local hospital, essentially confirming she did not wish...

Lasting Power of Attorney and the Proposals for Reform

22nd November 2017
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There has been a lot of press recently about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). First there was Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection who, as was reported in the Financial Times, said that people should be far more aware of the risks involved in power of attorney...

High Court Ordered Damages in Reported Fraudulent Misrepresentation Case

22nd November 2017
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Case: Dhaliwal v Hussain and another [2017] EWHC 2655 (Ch) (31 October 2017) (Bailii)   John Ward, Partner at Brindley Twist Tafft & James, has successfully represented a claimant in a reported Fraudulent Misrepresentation case. The case concerned the sale of a dental practice and...

New Court Powers to Recover Child Maintenance Arrears

8th November 2017
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I act for many clients who are disgruntled about the fact that the non-resident parent has failed to pay them child maintenance either on time or at all.  This can be extremely difficult for single parents who are struggling to meet the children’s needs.  Now the Department for Work and...

Employment Law Update – October 2017

3rd October 2017
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Welcome to our Autumn Employment Law Update which provides an update on the following areas: Suspension – is it a neutral act? Voluntary overtime and holiday pay Monitoring workers’ emails Suspension – is it a neutral act?  The High Court in Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth...

Making a Will? Who are you leaving your digital legacy to?

13th June 2017
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When the majority of people get around to making their Will consideration is routinely given to who they would want to inherit such assets as property, savings, shareholdings and personal belongings. In this day and age, however, when so much of our personal and professional lives play out online...

Are You a Small Business Owner?

6th June 2017
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National Statistics show that small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses in the UK at the start of 2016, with small to medium sized enterprises accounting for at least 99% of the businesses in every main industry sector.   A recent report published by the Legal...

I’ve received a Section 8 or Section 21 Notice – What do I do now?

30th May 2017
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If you are a tenant and have received a Section 8 or Section 21 notice, it must be in the prescribed form and not simply via letter. If the notice is not in the format required then it is invalid and it is likely the landlord’s claim for possession will fail. It is therefore vital that you check...

Break Clauses in Commercial Leases – What you Need to Know

19th May 2017
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A break clause is a provision in a lease which enables either the landlord or the tenant (or both) to end the lease early and is a useful tool to successfully bring a lease to end without needing to wait for the contractual term of the lease to expire. Landlords or Tenants (as the case may be)...

BTTJ Secures Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Mark

12th May 2017
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Brindley Twist Tafft & James has once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).  The firm first obtained accreditation in January 2012 and BTTJ underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to continue to hold CQS status. Law Society...

Do you Know the Requirements at the Beginning of a Tenancy?

12th May 2017
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It is necessary for landlords to follow the correct procedure at the beginning of every tenancy, providing their tenants with a number of different documents and ensuring they have complied with the relevant legislation. Failure to comply with these requirements may have a significant impact on the...

Are you Facing Dismissal for Long-Term Sickness Absence?

9th May 2017
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If you are on sick leave, your employer is likely to keep your absence under review. Depending upon the length of your absence, you may find that your employer will consider terminating your employment on the grounds of your incapacity. If you have been continuously employed for two years or more,...

Are You Entitled to a Redundancy Payment If Your Employer Closes Down Your Workplace?

28th April 2017
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The question of redundancy pay entitlement can arise, particularly when the new premises are not within the immediate vicinity of the old place of work. Locally, we have the example of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which is relocating from its Coventry premises to Birmingham...

So I’ve Served My Tenant with a Section 21 Notice – What’s Next?

21st April 2017
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Sending, or “serving” as it is formally called, a section 21 notice is only the first step to evicting a tenant after the end of a fixed term. After making sure you have served the correct notice (find out more here)  you must then wait the appropriate period of time before issuing the...

Which Notice Do You Need?

11th April 2017
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You know you need to evict your tenant and you know you need to send (formally referred to as “serve”) a notice but which one? There are essentially three types of notice: a section 8 notice, a section 21 notice, and a notice to quit. Which notice you will need depends on the type of agreement...

Are You Being Bullied or Harassed at Work?

31st March 2017
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A lot of employment claims feature allegations of bullying and harassment. The terms “bullying” and “harassment” are often used interchangeably to describe behaviour which is intimidating, hostile or humiliating. Quite often with bullying, there will be an abuse of power; either because the...

Are You Being Made Redundant?

24th March 2017
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A redundancy situation is where there is:  a business closure, a workplace closure or where there is a reduced need for workers to do a particular kind of work. If you are being made redundant, you are entitled to notice of termination of employment but what other rights do you have? If you have...

I’ve Been Offered a Settlement Agreement – What Does It Mean?

21st March 2017
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Settlement Agreements are agreements which can be used to waive employment claims which you may have against your employer. Usually this will involve the termination of your employment and a sum of money paid to you to settle your employment claims. In addition to written terms about the...

Self-employed or Worker?

17th February 2017
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The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of an Employment Tribunal that a plumber, was a worker and not self-employed. This case follows an ever growing line of cases where the Courts have decided that certain people in the “gig” economy are workers even if they file tax returns as being...

High Heels in the Workplace and Sex Discrimination

3rd February 2017
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The case of Ms Thorp’s treatment in the workplace has been well publicised. Ms Thorp reported for her first day of work as a receptionist at a firm in the City, wearing smart flat shoes. She was informed by the agency which employed her that she needed to buy shoes with a heel between 2-4 inches...

Do I Need a Cohabitation Agreement?

31st January 2017
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It is never nice entering into a relationship thinking about what happens if it breaks down, but sometimes it makes sense to plan ahead. Unmarried couples have no rights against the other, so do not put yourself in a position where you could leave a relationship with nothing, when it could be...

Do I Have a Say on Which School My Child Attends?

24th January 2017
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It is usually fathers who ask me what their rights are after they leave the family home, and whether because they are not the main carer, does this mean they have no say on their children’s education. The  simple answer is no. Whether you are a child’s mother or father, if you have parental...

Employment Law Update – January 2017

20th January 2017
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Welcome to our Winter Employment Law Update which provides an update on the following areas: Citysprint – bicycle couriers are workers Working Time – rest breaks Settlement agreements – mental capacity required Citysprint – bicycle couriers are workers Following in the trail of the...

Can I Take My Child Abroad without Father’s Permission?

17th January 2017
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When you are thinking of taking your children abroad, there is a lot to think about, especially when there are child arrangements in place. Determining who has parental responsibility is key. If both parents have parental responsibility, and there are no child arrangements orders or any...

How Do I Stop the Abuse in My Home?

10th January 2017
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We live in an age where you do not have to put up with anything now and why should you? Everyone has a say and although it can be difficult to discuss your personal life with a stranger, it may be the best thing you do.   There is a stereotype that wives only get abused at home, but this...

Should I Divorce or Separate?

30th December 2016
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We have all been through a relationship breakdown. Initially you wonder if you can resolve any issues and try again, but it can be so difficult when the damage is already done. My clients often ask me whether they should attend counselling, separate or just apply for a divorce straightaway. It is...

Family Proceedings: When Do You Need A Barrister?

19th December 2016
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You say tomayto, I say tomahto … but a solicitor and a barrister really aren't two words for the same thing. Nevertheless, I find that clients are often confused with the difference between barristers and solicitors and at what point they need the services of each. In brief, barristers only see...

Divorce: Dividing Matrimonial Assets

19th December 2016
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Though it may be a myth that there are more relationship breakdowns over the festive period, I do find that I open more new files in January than at any other time of the year. On the approach to the festive season then, I hope this blog might offer some insight to couples who are...

Would Your Loved Ones Know Where to Find Your Will?

16th December 2016
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What's the point of making a will if your loved ones don't know where to find it when you die?  In a recent survey, 67% of people did not know where to find their parents' wills.  Every firm I know holds wills of people who have died - wills that were never collected by the deceased person's...

Office Christmas parties and the Employment Tribunal Claim Hangover

15th December 2016
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Whilst office Christmas parties can be a great way to reward staff and boost morale, alcohol-induced behaviour can also land employers in the Employment Tribunal. What might appear to be an employee having a bit of fun or a risqué joke, after a drink or four, could, in fact, give rise to a claim...

Divorce-An Overview

15th August 2016
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Divorce is a legal process, which is carried out by the Family courts. The procedure begins with a divorce petition and ends with a decree absolute, which dissolves the marriage.   1) When can you issue a petition? You cannot issue a divorce petition unless you have been married for...

Employment Law Update – May 2016

15th May 2016
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Welcome to our Employment Law Update which is the first bulletin by our new Employment Solicitor, Julia Woodhouse. We are delighted that Julia, who has a wealth of HR and Employment law experience, has joined Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP. The Bulletin covers the following: Morrisons...

What Happens to Your Online Life After You Die?

17th February 2016
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More emphasis is being put on what will happen to our digital assets after we die. How best can we secure passwords, music files and photo folders? Consideration is being given in the United States to making changes to existing laws on Wills to incorporate people's online lives.   Is...

Minimum Wage: A Right for All Workers.

17th February 2016
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National Minimum Wage ('NMW') has been in force since 1999 and it imposes a legal requirement upon employers to provide a minimum rate of pay. Presently this is set at £6.31 for people 21 and older, £5.03 for people aged 18-20, £3.72 for people aged 16-17, and £2.68 for apprentices aged under...

Calculating Holiday Pay

17th February 2016
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Additional Liabilities for Employers. Over the past 24 hours the media has been in frenzy over the issue of the calculation of Holiday Pay following the judgement handed down by the Employment Appeals Tribunal yesterday, 4 November 2014. The Judgement concerns a test case arising from on a...

Who are the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers?

17th February 2016
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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years. A not-for-profit campaign organisation, APIL's member lawyers are dedicated to changing the law, protecting and enhancing access to justice and improving the services provided for...

So You Have a Will, but Wonder if You Need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

17th February 2016
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If you already have a Will you'll be aware that it deals with your estate (your money, possessions and property) after you die. So having a Will should mean that your estate passes in accordance with your wishes and that it will be much easier for your family (or friends) to sort everything out....

Employment Law: The Smoking Ban, the Development of E-Cigarettes and the position of Employers.

15th January 2016
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It is now commonly understood and accepted that there is a ban on people within the UK smoking within public buildings, or within a set distance from their entrances. Failure to abide by this can lead to hefty fines being imposed upon the person breaching the rules and any organisation that does...

Welcome to our Employment Law Update which exclusively covers the Employment law implications of Brexit

14th December 2015
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As we all now know, the UK made the momentous decision to leave the EU on 23 June. What does this mean for employment law in the UK? UK laws originating from the EU Much of UK employment law originates from EU law eg discrimination, certain family-friendly rights, working time, minimum holidays...

International Contact Dispute

14th December 2015
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International Contact Dispute P (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1428 (Court of Appeal) I represented father in this lengthy child care dispute surrounding his daughter, which eventually concluded in the Court of Appeal in late November 2015, and was recorded in the Law Reports this...

Silly Cheryl: Allegedly no Pre-Nup!

13th December 2015
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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is worth around £20 million and yet she allegedly did not have a prenuptial agreement before marrying Jean-Bernard. Now she has issued divorce proceedings, she is going to really wish she had one in place. Prenuptial agreements can provide a measure of certainty and the...

So you have a Will but Wonder if You Need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

15th June 2015
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If you already have a Will you'll be aware that it deals with your estate (your money, possessions and property) after you die. So having a Will should mean that your estate passes in accordance with your wishes and that it will be much easier for your family (or friends) to sort everything out....

Changes to Consumer Law

15th May 2015
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Consumer law is changing as the new Consumer Rights Act comes into force from the 1st October 2015. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 will replace a number of laws with regard to business-to-consumer transactions, including the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982,...

Employment Law Bulletin – Spring 2015

15th March 2015
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Holiday Pay: Recent Developments. In recent years there have been a series of developments in the calculation of Holiday Pay. Much of the confusion arises from the wording of the Working Time Regulations ('WTR'), and the reference to any payments during periods of annual leave being calculated...

The Small Claims Track: What is it? How it Works and What you need to know?

17th February 2015
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When a claim is brought at court, the court will allocate it to one of three 'tracks'; the small claims track, the fast track and the multi-track. The small claims track is supposed to be a proportionate method of dealing with straightforward cases of limited value. As you will see, this does not...

Trusts: The Basics.

17th February 2015
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Trusts are a way of looking after assets for people.   What is a trust? A trust is a legal arrangement where one or more 'trustees' are made legally responsible for holding assets. The assets - such as land, money, buildings, shares or even antiques - are placed in trust for the...

Evicting a Tenant; A Guide for Landlords

17th February 2015
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If you are a Landlord, one of the things you need to be very careful of is ensuring that, should you need to evict your tenant, you do so in the right way. This is because, under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, failure to do so could result in your committing an offence and being liable to...

Motor Insurers’ Bureau: Uninsured Drivers

17th February 2015
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I Have Been Involved in a Road Accident with an Uninsured Driver. Can I Make a Claim Against Them? Yes, you can claim against the The Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). The MIB is funded through insurance premiums paid by insured motorists through a monthly levy on motor insurers. If you, the...

An Employee Walks into Work with a Fit Note…!

17th February 2015
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It sounds like the start of a joke, right?   For many employers getting to grips with what a fit note actually does is far from easy, and on face value they may think that such documents are in fact a joke; whilst some such notes simply say that the employee is unable to work, and are...

Step by Step Guide to Buying Property at an Auction

17th February 2015
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At BTTJ we assist many clients to purchase a property through an auction. There can be some pitfalls involved with buying at auction and so to avoid being "stung", please read our article on what to look out for.   1. Auctioneers If you have seen a property you like, contact the...

Focus on: Winding Up Petitions

15th December 2014
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What is a Winding up Petition? A winding up petition can be brought by a creditor on the grounds that the company has become unable to pay its debts. It is also possible for the company's own directors and shareholders to issue a winding up petition and for other people such as the Secretary...

New Rules Relating to the Recovery of Rent Arrears on Commercial Property

15th November 2014
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On the 6th April 2014, new rules came into force concerning a method of enforcement to recover rent arrears. Under the rules, rental arrears can be recovered by seizing tenant's goods and selling them for an equivalent value to the arrears. This new procedure, called the commercial rent arrears...

Solar Panels

15th September 2014
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If you buy Solar Panels outright, you do benefit from free electricity and can sell the surplus to electricity suppliers under a Feed in Tariff however the initial outlay can be quite costly. What usually happens however is the solar panel provider takes a lease of your roof (usually for a 25...

The FIFA World Cup 2014: Employment Relationships

15th May 2014
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Tension is building in the air, the athletes are ready to play and their fans are ready to shout and cheer them on to glory; The FIFA World Cup 2014, hosted by Brazil, is due to kick off an get into full swing on 12 June 2014. For many it's a time to kick back and enjoy the "beautiful...

I’ve Been Bitten by Someone Else’s Dog, Can I Make a Claim?

17th February 2014
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The simple answer is "yes". Many people may not realise that they have a potential personal injury claim when bitten by someone else's dog in a public place.   Criminal proceedings are often brought by the police against the dog owner under Section 3(1) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991...

Income Tax and Notice

17th February 2014
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Whenever an employee finds their employment terminated, whether by reason of redundancy or under a compromise agreement there are taxation issues which arise. The Question is what is taxable? This brief article will focus only on the right to Notice and/or a 'Payment in lieu of notice'...

Thinking About Redundancies?

17th February 2014
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Step 1: Is there a genuine redundancy situation? Step 2: Consider pool(s) and selection criteria and list out any alternatives to Redundancy Step 3: If appropriate, notify the Secretary of State and begin collective consultation Step 4: First meeting: Pool of Employees Step 5: First...

Facing Repossession; What You Need to Know?

17th February 2014
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Mortgage contracts contain a clause that provides that should a borrower fail to make their scheduled payments, the lender can take possession of the property. Once they have possession, a sale will follow to repay the outstanding mortgage and costs. If there is a surplus, that will be paid to the...

Alternative Dispute Resolution

17th February 2014
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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a broad term which covers methods of resolving disputes that do not involve going to court.   There are three commonly used methods; Negotiation Mediation Arbitration   Why use ADR; The Court generally encourages the use...

Disciplinary of Medical Professionals: Alternative Remedies to Unfair Dismissal

17th February 2014
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Firstly, what forms part of the contract of employment for a medical professional? Doctors generally will have: 1. Their written contracts of employment, and; 2. The policies and procedures of the Trust by which they are employed, and; 3. The MHPS Framework. Specialist Registrars may...

Restrictive Covenants

17th February 2014
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Enforceable or just a waste of paper? The general position in respect of any restriction on trade is that it will be unenforceable. However, in employment and commercial law, there is an exception to this rule. In certain circumstances clauses restricting a person's or a company's actions...

Insolvency Update: January 2014

17th February 2014
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The Business Minister has announced a number of proposals designed to reduce the cost of insolvency procedures. Business Minister, Jenny Willott, has announced a number of measures designed to streamline and reduce the cost of insolvency procedures which could benefit creditors by £30 million a...

Transfer of Equity

17th February 2014
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At BTTJ we assist many clients with transferring the legal ownership of their properties. There are many reasons why our clients wish to do this: Marriage When two people get married/cohabit and already own a property, they may wish for the property to be held in joint names ...

Divorce – An Overview

17th February 2014
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Divorce is a legal process, which is carried out by the Family courts. The procedure begins with a divorce petition and ends with a decree absolute, which dissolves the marriage. 1) When can you issue a petition? You cannot issue a divorce petition unless you have been married for more than one...

Civil Justice Reforms

17th May 2013
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The government has made changes to personal injury claims as a result of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) which came into force on 1 April 2013.   Success fee The successful Claimant can no longer recover any success fee from the Defendant. Before the...

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

17th April 2013
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Brindley Twist Tafft and James hold a Legal Services Commission franchise which allows us to offer Legal Aid in appropriate circumstances to investigate matters of Clinical Negligence. Those circumstances include clients with very limited means who may not be able to have their treatment...

Significant changes to the Civil Claims process and litigation funding in 2013: What you need to know & why you may need to take urgent action.

17th April 2013
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2013 is set to be a very busy year for litigators with a number changes being made to the civil claims process. Reforms coming into effect on 1 April 2013 as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) will change the way that solicitors can package finance for litigation...

Family and Legal aid; What the changes mean for you.

17th April 2013
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As of April 2013, the availability of Legal Aid for family law matters has been significantly reduced. Unless you are unfortunate enough to be able to show that domestic violence has occurred, people who would have previously qualified for assistance will almost certainly no longer do...

Annual leave and sickness.

17th February 2013
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For many employers there will be, on occasion, a question arise over what Holiday their employees and workers maybe entitled to during a period of sickness, or vice versa. So what are the Rules on Holiday and the inter-relation with Sick Leave?   Firstly, an employer must note that...

Financial Administrators duty to apply to the Court for directions where creditors reject proposals.

17th February 2013
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In the recent case of Lavin and others v Swindell [2012] EWHC 2398(Ch) (23 August 2012) the High Court has confirmed that pursuant to paragraph 55 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 (the "Act") the Administrator has a duty to apply to the court for directions where the initial creditors'...

I have just been involved in a road traffic accident (RTA), what should i do?

17th February 2013
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•1. Pull over where it is safe to do so and speak to all parties involved in the accident. You need to ascertain the following details( you are required to exchange details by law) : a. Name of third party/parties b. Address of thid party/parties c. Contact telephone numbers of third...

‘An opponent of a litigant in person is entitled to assume finality without expecting excessive indulgence top be extended to the litigant in person.’

17th February 2013
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Increasingly, parties are choosing to act in person in civil proceedings. This is a trend that is likely to continue given impending legal aid cuts, due April 2013, and likely to expand exponentially should the Small Claims Track limit be increased to £10,000 or £15,000, as has been...

Personal Injury – Who’s Liable?

17th February 2013
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OCCUPIER’S LIABILITY I have just slipped on yoghurt in a supermarket and sustained serious injuries; can I make a claim against the supermarket? Yes you can. When you are on private property such as shops, restaurants, offices, parks, leisure facilities, public paths, schools and...

Orders for sale: FAQ’s

17th February 2013
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1. What is an order for sale? An Order for sale is a way to enforce a Charging Order. It is an order granting the chargeholder the right to take possession of the property and then to sell it in order to recover the monies secured by their charge. Order for sale proceedings are governed by Part...

Employee-Shareholders; What are they and what are the requirements?

17th February 2013
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The government finally succeeded last month in pushing through its proposals, despite encountering many setbacks from its original plan (including changing the name) to create "employee-shareholders". They are likely to come into force in September 2013   The Government has effectively...

Think you may have a claim? Don’t wait; Delay can have Serious Consequences.

17th February 2013
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Unreasonable delay by a Claimant in commencing proceedings was a 'relevant factor' in determining an application for permission to extend the time for service of Particulars of Claim, in the recent case of Venulum Property Investments Limited v Space Architecture Limited and Others [2013] EWHC 1242...

Employment Tribunal Statistics

17th February 2013
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Employment Tribunal Statistics: What do they show us about the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales? The Employment Tribunal have published their statistics for the year 2012/13, and can be found here:...

Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)

17th February 2013
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I have been injured as a result of a collision with a third party vehicle who then left the scene. Can I claim for vehicle damage and personal injury? The Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) can deal with your claim under the 2003 Untraced Driver's Agreement (as amended). The claim must be brought...

Changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

17th December 2012
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On 27th November 2012 a new scheme for criminal injuries compensation in England, Scotland & Wales was introduced.   If you wish to pursue a claim for criminal injuries compensation, the claim will be processed via the new scheme. The new scheme will no longer provide any level of...

Costs of an ageing workforce.

17th October 2012
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PENSION CHANGES FROM OCTOBER 2012. As the population in the UK continues to grow quickly and against a background of advances in technology, medical treatment and our lifestyles generally, we are all living longer. The effect is a growing aging population reliant in its retirement largely on an...

Unmarried couples and property; Who owns what?

17th February 2012
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When unmarried couples involved in a long term relationship separate, one issue that may arise is that of property ownership. If the couple have bought a house together,to whom does it belong? Legally, if the house is in both parties' names, they both hold the legal title to it. The issue...

Changes in employment law: Effective from April 2012

17th February 2012
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CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT LAW: EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 2012 As you will be aware, most employment law changes occur in either April or October each year, and this year is no different. Therefore in order to assist you in complying with the changes, they are set out below, together with details as to...

Guide to litigation: what happens when a case goes to court?

17th February 2012
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Being involved in litigation can be a daunting time for the parties. In this Guide we provide a general overview of the key stages that a typical civil case may go through from proceedings being commenced through to the case going to trial. Stage 1: Commencing a claim In most cases the...

Can I Bring a Personal Injury Claim Against my Employer?

17th February 2012
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Yes, if you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident at work you may be entitled to compensation. Understandably, you may be worried about losing your job or being treated differently as a result of bringing a claim. You may think that your employer cannot afford to pay you compensation...

Trips and slips on public highways.

17th February 2012
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I have tripped over an uneven paving slab and fallen onto my left side hurting my hip. Can I make a claim? Duty Under Section 41 Highways Act 1980 your local council have a duty to maintain the highways and keep them safe from any hazards that may cause a member of the public to trip or...

Focus on the Mortgage Repossession (Protection of Tenants Act etc.) 2010.

17th February 2012
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Question: I'm a tenant and I have just received an eviction notice from my Landlord's Bank (the "Bank"). My Landlord has not been paying the mortgage and now the Bank have obtained a possession order to repossess the property. What are my rights? Answer: The starting point is to check whether...

Transfer of undertakings: What is it and how does it affect employees?

17th February 2012
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What is it? A transfer of undertakings occurs either where: a) a third party buys or acquires part of the a business, or b) there is a change in a provision of services and the business either: c) engages contractors to carry out the work, or part of the work, that it previously carried...

Passing Off: An overview.

17th February 2012
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A competitor has recently started using a logo that is very similar to our business logo, without our consent. The logo is not registered as a design right. What can I do to protect my business and stop my competitor from continuing to use the logo? You may have a claim for passing off if...

Transfer of Undertakings

17th February 2012
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Transfer of Undertakings: What is it and How Does it Affect Employees? What is it?   A transfer of undertakings occurs either where: a) a third party buys or acquires part of the a business, or b) there is a change in a provision of services and the business either: a....

Pensions and Maternity

17th February 2012
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As most Employers will be aware, when a woman goes off on maternity leave she is entitled to retain all of her normal contractual rights and benefits, save for her rate of remuneration. Instead of receiving her normal wages, she will receive a Statutory Maternity Payment, or an enhanced...

Settlement Agreements: ‘No fault dismissals@ by any other name?

17th February 2012
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Many of you may remember that the recent Tory idea of being able to dismiss someone without any fault was mooted and dismissed by Parliament late last year. Against that background we now have Settlement Agreements, and ACAS has published its draft guidance on them; it is useful to consider what...

Supreme court confirm the balance sheet test for insolvency is not whether the company has reached ‘a point of no return’.

17th February 2012
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The recent case of BNY Corporate Trustee Services Ltd v Eurosail-UK* will be of interest to company directors, companies, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners as the Supreme Court provided guidance on how to apply the test for insolvency set out in s. 123(2) of the Insolvency Act...

Privilege in Employment Law

17th February 2011
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Employment Tribunal Claims will almost certainly lead to parties being confronted with evidence and opinion which they do not like or agree with, and which has potential to cause significant offence. As the majority of claims occur following the termination of employment the practical effect of...

CICA: Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

17th February 2011
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What is CICA? CICA is a government funded scheme which enables victims of crime to receive compensation for their injuries. You can also claim for loss of earnings if you have been off work for at least 6 months. Road traffic offences and damages for loss of property are excluded. The current...