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11/02/2020

Mum and Dad need to get with it

Ben Cooper

Parents who help their children get on the property ladder are being urged to adopt a more professional approach when it comes to handing over the cash. 

Faced with high rental costs and soaring property prices, more parents are dipping into savings or releasing capital from their own property to... Read More


23/01/2020

A new type of royalty lined up by royal couple

Chris Taylor

Prince Harry and Meghan are stepping back from royal duties, but it may be royalties that see them through in their new life.  

Before announcing their desire to spend time out of the spotlight, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex applied to register the brand Sussex Royal as a global trademark. 

The... Read More


06/01/2020

Are you ready? Employment law 2020

Irina Polyakova

Employers should bear in mind the below detailed changes which are anticipated to come into force in 2020 and the ways to prepare for them.

Changes to the reference period for determining an average week's pay for holiday pay purposes

From 6 April 2020, to even out the variation in pay for workers,... Read More


11/12/2019

Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas break-up

Zahra Nawaz

Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky relationships to focus on talking to each other in the run up to Christmas. 

Many attribute the stress and financial burden of trying... Read More


25/11/2019

Christmas caution: think before you share

Chris Taylor

Christmas Day has been the biggest day of the year for online and app downloads in recent years, as users set up the new devices they’ve received as presents.

In the latest report, Apple announced that 180 billion apps had been downloaded from Apple App Store and alongside the enormous growth in the... Read More


21/11/2019

When can you let your kids fend for themselves?

Katherine Stephenson

If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with how long it takes to get your children ready to leave the house. Whether it’s setting up the pram for the baby, filling your bag with all the supplies you need or finding lost shoes, it can be a real pain to do anything quickly, especially if you have an appointment... Read More


19/11/2019

Eaton Smith welcomes new employment solicitor

Irina Polyakova

Eaton Smith is delighted to welcome Irina Polyakova to the team. Irina joined the firm at the beginning of November as a Senior Solicitor in the Employment Law team. A dual qualified (English & Russian) employment solicitor with experience in the Middle East, UK and Russia, Irina has advised business from a... Read More


12/11/2019

Conveyancing FAQs

Andrew Pedley

Q. What is Conveyancing?
A. The procedure for transferring ownership or certain rights in property from one person to another.

Q. Do I need a Solicitor?
A. In most cases banks and building societies will insist on a solicitor dealing with the mortgage. Given the... Read More


05/11/2019

Holiday pay ruling hits schools and colleges

Lewis Holroyd

Holiday pay for those who work only part of the year and have no contractually set hours should not be calculated on a pro rata basis, under a judgement that will affect many in the education sector. 

The Court of Appeal has ruled in The Harper Trust v Brazel that part-year workers are entitled to have... Read More


30/10/2019

Landlords feel heat on changes in multiple occupation licensing

Jane Gregory

Landlords who have not responded to legislation introduced last year to protect tenants in multiple occupancy properties are facing massive fines. 

The latest involved a property in Lincoln, where landlord Julie Churchill was fined £40,000 for not having a licence for a house in multiple occupation and... Read More


10/10/2019

Phoenix House v Stockman 2019 – Employees secretly recording meetings

Lewis Holroyd

There has been a recent employment law case which has changed the stance of covert recordings of disciplinary meetings. Formerly the Employment Tribunal permitted such recording to be admissible evidence if the covert recording was relevant to the claim and the employee/claimant would not have been sanctioned. 

... Read More

02/10/2019

Games Industry recognition – TIGA Awards 2019

Chris Taylor

Eaton Smith has recently been shortlisted in the Legal Services Supplier category of TIGA’s Annual Awards 2019.

Commenting on the shortlist, Chris Taylor, Partner at Eaton Smith said; "We are very excited about this as being shortlisted for these national awards is great recognition of the work and efforts... Read More