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Multipotentiality: Why a ‘Jack of all Trades’ might just save your business

by Justine Hughes-De Freyman ‘Jack of all trades, master of none.’ is a phrase all of us have heard at one point or another, you may have even used it yourself- but how closely have you actually looked at ‘Jack’? The education system in the UK is often criticised for forcing our children to narrow their subject choices too early in life. Students as young as thirteen are asked to choose their ‘options’- should they be an artist or a scientist? A mathematician or an athlete? Those in our society…

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Additional rights for delayed rail passengers under the Consumer Rights Act 2015

Associate Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial Team, TChakrabarty@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9260 Delayed rail passengers will now be given stronger rights to claim consequential losses, including taxi fares, hotels and missed flights following train cancellations and delays. Currently the National Rail Conditions of Travel (the “NRCoT”) govern rail travel and this allows operators to refuse claims for consequential losses. From Sunday 11 March 2018, the NRCoT will be updated to state that a passenger’s right to claim for losses will be governed by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, ensuring that passengers will…

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Served a notice on your tenants?

The most common way of renting a property is under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. This type of agreement usually has a fixed term. But when unexpected circumstances occur and an eviction notice is served- what happens next? Before indulging in the whole “how to evict a tenant” procedure, there are many things all landlords must be aware of. The most important is to know that even if a notice has been served and the deadline has expired; it does not mean the tenants are no longer tenants. Under all…

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Tax year-end planning: You’re in control by RMJ Wealth Management

The right advice can make a real difference in the run up to the end of the tax year to ensure that you avoid missing out on the valuable tax-saving allowances and opportunities that would otherwise be lost after 5 April. This is a time of the year when individuals and couples are given an opportunity to help ensure their long-term financial plans are on track, by using reliefs and allowances that would otherwise be lost and in some respects, the scope for tax-free saving has never been better. Take…

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Honouring your commitments in business

“You are what you do, not what you say you will do.” – Carl Jung In Business, a leader’s role is as wide as it is varied. You are expected to see everything, know what and who is right for your business and customers. You must, without fail choose the situations which will shine the correct light and perspective upon you and your employees. After all, in the world in which we live, image is everything and one minor indiscretion could create a social scandal which can bring an empire…

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Employers beware!

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. The law places a duty on all employers “to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of all their employees. But what does this actually mean in practical terms? Employers have to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of the working environment, systems, the maintenance of safe access and exit to the workplace, the safe use, handling and storage of dangerous substances, adequate training of…

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Building a Strong Workforce: The Importance of Diversity

In this age of increasing connectivity, businesses have the ability reach out to an entire world of ideas- but do they really need to? When reaching outwards for ideas, businesses can often fall into the trap of forgetting to look inwards, to their own workforce. If you believe in your own success, ability and methods, it can be difficult not to look to hire staff who are similar to yourself when looking to expand your workforce. Although there is merit to this approach, here are a few ways which in…

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Purchasing your dream house: Part 2

Continuing on from last month’s article, you are probably wondering what is next! Well the next stage is Completion… our favourite part! So what should you consider at the completion stage? You should consider suitable dates for completion. You will need to have more than one in mind as if there is a long chain it may be difficult for everyone to agree on a mutually acceptable date. A period of one week between exchange and completion is suggested to eliminate the risk of you breaching your contract by being…

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Employment law – Job references

Below is a brief guide on what employees need to be aware of when requesting a reference. Does your employer have to give you a reference? There is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee and when asked to, it can refuse to provide one-except in some regulated industries like financial services. If you do get a reference, what is likely to be in it? Almost 75% of references these days are factual- namely your name, dates of employment, and job title. Sometimes,…

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Purchasing your dream house

by Aneka Shoukat & Sidraa Razaq, Shire Solicitors Your dream house is yours – well in principle, now make sure it stays that way! Once your offer has been accepted you should try to insist that the vendors take the property off the market. Be wary of sellers who refuse and continue marketing their property as, should a higher offer be put forward, they will be tempted to take it. It could prove expensive should they pull out after you have incurred the initial expense of having a survey carried…

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