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Friday not Monday off work for first May bank holiday

This year, the May Day bank holiday which usually falls on the first Monday in May will, be moved back by four days to Friday May 8, 2020. The change will apply to the whole of the UK to honour the 75th anniversary…

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Brexit and its impact on Employment Law

One of the biggest questions surrounding Brexit is what impact will it have on our laws and legal system? While much of UK employment law is derived from the EU, the current analysis suggest that the impact of…

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Wake Smith boosts employment team

Wake Smith Solicitors has appointed Briony McDermott in its employment law department. Briony joins the firm with 10 years’ experience in employment law advising private and commercial clients on all aspects of…

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Expert advice is key in estate administration

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a complicated area and the HMRC are tightening up their investigations. IHT is a tax on the property, money and possessions of someone who’s died but there are payments, reliefs and exemptions…

Law changes if you die without a Will

Law changes if you die without a Will

Changes to the amount that your spouse or civil partner may receive on your death from your estate if you die without a Will will kick in from next month. Amendments to the law, which come into effect from February…

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New decade, new year, new focus, new Will?

The start of a new year often sees people set new health, fitness, work and lifestyle goals. 2020, and the start of a new decade, is a great time to ensure your personal affairs are in order, including making a…

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Brexit Update - 22nd January 2020

Wake Smith chairman John Baddeley looks at the latest Brexit news... The Prime Minister's withdrawal agreement has met its first challenge since the general election, after the House of Lords rejected the bill,…

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The law on driving with dogs

If you own a dog it is more than likely that from time to time you will travel with it in your car. All of us are automatically conditioned to reach for our seat belts as soon as we get into our cars, but what…

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Wake Smith helps fitness firm flex muscles

A fitness firm with three gyms in Yorkshire has doubled the size of one of its Sheffield premises, with the help of Wake Smith Solicitors. Firehouse Fitness, which was founded in 2013, has moved into a 10,000 sq…