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Old tenancy deposits

Old Tenancy Deposits

A recent case in the Court of Appeal (Charalambous v. Ng) decided on the 16 December 2014 has clarified that a landlord is precluded from serving a Notice Seeking Possession under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988…

Changes to stamp duty land tax

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax

The government has introduced a new regime for calculating stamp duty land tax payable on the purchase of residential property. The new system came into effect from 4 December 2014 and provides that the new rates…

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Holiday Pay and Overtime - What Does It All Mean?

A legal decision handed down on Tuesday 4 November on the meaning of holiday pay will have a seismic effect. The case concerned the meaning of a week's pay for the purposes of the Working Time Directive (WTD). The…

Same Sex Marriage

Back Dated Marriage Certificates For Same Sex Couples

It was not so long ago that the issue over same sex marriages featured in the newspaper headlines almost on a daily basis. Now that same sex marriages are legal and the furore appears to have died down, one particular…

Health secretary hits a sore spot

Health Secretary Hits A Sore Spot!

Recently Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, visited Birmingham Children's Hospital and whilst there emphasised the importance of investment in preventative care, patient safety, promoting the patient experience and…

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Changes to Intestacy Law

From 1st October 2014 the law relating to intestacy changed. The intestacy provisions provide a framework outlining what happens to a person's estate when they die without a will. The main changes to the Intestacy…

Should i fight or settle

Should I Fight Or Settle?

An HR Manager talks to Glenn Jaques, Employment Law Partner, about ACAS early conciliation. Q. We have recently terminated the Contract of Employment of one of our employees and have received a call from an ACAS…

Delays in cancer diagnosis

Delays In Cancer Diagnosis

Waiting for results informing whether or not you have cancer is an excruciating time, for all concerned. At such pivotal moments we look to the medical profession to do all they can, as quickly as they can, in a…

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The Excellence in Manufacturing Award

Wake Smith LLP are proud to be once again sponsors of one of key awards at the Sheffield Business Awards. This is the sixth year we have sponsored this particular award and shows our continued commitment to this…

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Landowners - Take A Look At Your Trees

A recent case in the High Court focussed on what duties are owed by anyone who owns land on which there is a tree (Stagecoach South Western Trains Ltd v Hind and another). If you have any trees in your garden you…