Hewetts News

24/05/2018: New Online Divorce Service

With effect from 1st May 2018 the Ministry of Justice has made a new online service available to the public for the filing of divorce papers Read Full Article…

12/04/2018: Employment Law Compensation Limits 2018

The Employment Tribunal compensation limits have been revised Read Full Article…

12/04/2018: Employment Tax Changes

New laws relating to the taxation of termination payments Read Full Article…

21/02/2018: Minimum Wage Increase - 2018

A new minimum wage increase from 1 April 2018 onward Read Full Article…

16/02/2018: Cohabiting Couples

The fallacy of a "common law spouse" Read Full Article…

19/12/2017: Data Protection: How Far Does An Employer’s Duty Go?

The tale of Morrisons Supermarkets PLC Read Full Article…

15/09/2017: Collaborative Family Law

The thinking person’s way to separate? Read Full Article…

26/07/2017: Breaking News: Employment Tribunal Court Fees Deemed Unlawful

Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees as unlawful Read Full Article…

14/07/2017: Tips For Heads Of Terms for Commercial Leases

Increasingly we are seeing tenants who have negotiated the grant of a new lease then having difficulties in securing a reasonable deal because they have not negotiated Heads Of Terms properly. Read Full Article…

23/06/2017: Shared Parental Pay

Should there be parity between men and women? Read Full Article…

22/06/2017: Calculating Holiday Pay for Workers

The recent Uber cases have highlighted the difficulties of clarifying whether someone is an ‘employee’, ‘worker’ or ‘self-employed individual' Read Full Article…

20/06/2017: Pre-Nuptial Agreement Ruling

The recent case of Sharp –v- Sharp is a reminder of why couples entering marriage should consider entering into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement before they commit to each other Read Full Article…

16/06/2017: Commons Committee Report on Gig Economy

The Commons Committee have issued a report on ‘gig economy’ employment status Read Full Article…

05/06/2017: Should Workers be paid to sleep?

Are individuals on night shifts were “working” for the purposes of calculating pay under the national minimum wage legislation? Read Full Article…

09/05/2017: Adopted Childrens' Right to Inherit

The High Court finds in favour of adopted childrens' right to inherit under a 1946 Will. Read Full Article…

03/05/2017: Probate Fees – Proposals to increase fees dropped

Hewetts welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s decision not to implement the proposed increase in probate registry fees. Read Full Article…

13/04/2017: The General Data Protection Regulation

"GDPR”: Key Issues for Employers Read Full Article…

07/04/2017: Final Judgment on Contested Will Claim

Ilott –v- Blue Cross and others : The Supreme Court decides Read Full Article…

09/03/2017: Employment Law Compensation Limits 2017

The revised rates for compensation in the Employment Tribunal Read Full Article…

17/01/2017: Leaving Property under a Will : the impact of IIot v Mitson

It is generally understood that a testator can leave their property under a Will, to whomever they wish in accordance with what is known as "testamentary freedom". Read Full Article…

16/12/2016: Final Written Warning

Can you rely on a final written warning to dismiss an employee? Read Full Article…

08/12/2016: The Right to Rent

We now know how the full 'right to rent' obligation on landlords is to work. Read Full Article…

06/12/2016: The Gig Economy – What Does It Mean For Workers?

What does the latest decision for Uber drivers mean? Read Full Article…

14/10/2016: Keeping It Confidential

The importance of confidential information in employment Read Full Article…

07/10/2016: The Importance of Symbolism in Jersey

Guidance on discrimination claims on the grounds of gender reassignment Read Full Article…

29/09/2016: Imposing New Employment Contracts

Can an employer impose new contracts of employment on its workforce? Read Full Article…

06/09/2016: Imposing Reasonable Adjustments

Can an employer impose a “reasonable adjustment” on an employee without his or her consent? Read Full Article…

02/09/2016: Proportionality in Possession Claims

The Supreme Court recently ruled on whether the Human Rights Act should be considered when a private-sector landlord was evicting a tenant Read Full Article…

15/06/2016: Employment Law Compensation Limits

The government reviews and revises tribunal compensation limits each year with any revised rates generally taking effect from 6 April. Read Full Article…

13/06/2016: Divorce, New Partners and 'Needs'

Does the existence of a new partner affect financial needs on divorce? Read Full Article…

08/06/2016: Manifesting Religious Beliefs in the Workplace

What happens when an employee complains about the way another employee is manifesting their faith in the workplace? Read Full Article…

06/05/2016: Pulling a Sickie

Can “pulling a sickie” constitute gross misconduct? Read Full Article…

18/04/2016: Wills and Dementia

Does dementia prevent a testator from having testamentary capacity? Read Full Article…

24/03/2016: Possession Claims - Court Fees

Court fees for Possession Claims increase Read Full Article…

08/03/2016: Apprenticeship Levy

The government's attempt to boost productivity through investing in human capital Read Full Article…

03/03/2016: Laying Off Workers

Does an Employer have to act “reasonably” when laying off an employee? Read Full Article…

26/02/2016: English In The Workplace

Is it permissible for an employer to require all employees to speak English in the workplace? Read Full Article…

19/02/2016: Office Romance

The Office Romance – positive or negative for employers? Read Full Article…

04/02/2016: The Pitfalls of Employee Holiday Entitlement

Complying with Holiday Requirements in the face of an ever changing Easter. Read Full Article…

26/01/2016: Monitoring Employee's Personal Messages

Is monitoring an employee’s personal messages at work a breach of their right to a private life under the European Convention on Human Rights? Read Full Article…

19/01/2016: Domestic Abuse

“Coercive and Controlling Behaviour” becomes a crime under s76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 Read Full Article…

12/01/2016: The Rights on Death of Co-Habitants

Is a person living with a former spouse during the relevant period before their death capable of making a claim for provision out of their estate? Read Full Article…

07/01/2016: The Autumn Statement

Good news for separating couples. Read Full Article…

20/11/2015: Representing Yourself At Court

Are you considering representing yourself in court proceedings? A recent case has served as a warning to litigants in person that the Court will only indulge their lack of knowledge so far. Read Full Article…

13/11/2015: Are you interested in a fixed fee for your divorce?

Hewetts now offer fixed fees for divorce proceedings. Read Full Article…

09/11/2015: Who are “the public” for the purposes of “blowing the whistle”?

If an employee blows the whistle on their employer they must be able to show that the disclosure was made in the public interest. But who are the "public"? Read Full Article…

06/11/2015: Do You have a Pension Attachment Order?

The new pension changes that came into force on 6 April 2015 could affect those who have existing Pension Attachment Orders. Read Full Article…

13/10/2015: Ill Health Dismissals

Is it fair to dismiss an employee for ill health when the employer has caused or exacerbated the illness? Read Full Article…

01/10/2015: Evictions Get Even More Complicated

The Deregulation Act 2015 has introduced even more requirements for landlords, with evictions becoming more complicated as a result. Read Full Article…

10/08/2015: Pre Nuptial Agreements

Are these the best way to protect your assets? Read Full Article…

07/08/2015: New Proposals for Landlords Letting to Illegal Immigrants

Immigration Bill: it is suggested that landlords should be forced to evict asylum seeker/migrant tenants if they lose their request to live in the UK. Fines and jail sentences are also suggested for landlords knowingly renting to illegal migrants. Read Full Article…

07/08/2015: Negligence By Solicitors Did Not Cause Loss

Solicitors assisting in the purchase of a property were sued for failing to advise on the lack of a restraint of trade clause. Read Full Article…

23/07/2015: Divorce and Ashley Madison

Could your spouse’s subscription to Ashley Madison be a good enough reason to apply for a divorce in England and Wales? Read Full Article…

09/07/2015: Accruing Holiday Entitlement

Does an employee on sick leave accrue holiday entitlement and, if so, is there a limit to when it has to be taken? Read Full Article…

09/07/2015: The Budget July 2015

What does it mean for employers? Read Full Article…

01/07/2015: Hewetts open a new office in Winkfield, Windsor

Hewetts are pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Windsor. Read Full Article…

30/06/2015: Holidays : Calculating the cost

New legislation is limiting the amount of back-dated holiday pay that can be claimed, as calculating holiday costs becomes ever more complicated. Read Full Article…

24/04/2015: Election: Being Released From Work To Vote

Are there any rules that obligate employers to accommodate employees who want to attend polling stations to vote? Read Full Article…

13/02/2015: Court Rules On Signatures Provided By A Machine

Gordon Ramsay’s business provided his signature on many documents through a machine, operated by his agent. The Court was asked to rule on its validity. Read Full Article…

13/02/2015: Potential Dramatic Rise in Court Fees

The Government is considering a huge rise in issue fees for mid-to-large sized claims, with fees going as high as £10,000 Read Full Article…

16/01/2015: Further Tenancy Deposit Complications

The Court rules on what happens when a deposit is received on a tenancy before the law for tenancy deposit schemes was introduced. Read Full Article…

09/01/2015: Conveyancing Secretary Required

Hewetts are looking to hire a new conveyancing secretary or assistant. Read Full Article…

09/01/2015: Holiday Pay

Holiday Pay Developments in 2014 Read Full Article…

31/10/2014: Public Sector Redundancy Reform Plans

The Treasury has decided to push ahead with plans that would require highly-paid public sector workers to return some (or possibly all) of their redundancy payment if they return to work in the same part of the sector within a year. Read Full Article…

25/09/2014: Passing Off Action Fails

Cranford Community College fails to prove that people confused it with Cranford College or that is suffered loss as a result. Read Full Article…

29/08/2014: Injunction Granted Against Leaving CEO

The Court grants an injunction to stop the defendant working for a competitor company for 12 months from giving notice. Read Full Article…

07/08/2014: Court Refuses to Imply Contract Terms

A fee paying school brought a claim for unpaid fees. The parents counter-claimed for breach of implied terms. Read Full Article…

30/07/2014: Tenant Fails in Human Rights Claim to Stop Eviction

A tenant suffering from a mental disorder has failed in an appeal on eviction by her landlord's mortgage lender. Read Full Article…

30/05/2014: Apportionment of Rent Dispute

The parties had negotiated a premium relating to the use of a break clause, but had failed to negotiate an apportionment of the advance-rent. Read Full Article…

16/05/2014: Local Council Ordered to Remove Alterations to Sub-Let Premises

North Lanarkshire Council had sub-let and altered a premises. The mid-landlord brought a claim for such sums as were required to put the property back in its original condition. Read Full Article…

02/05/2014: 16-Year Old Admitted As A Party To Proceedings Between Her Parents

In the case of (Cambra v Jones and another) a 16-year old wished to be a party to proceedings bought by her father to commit her mother to prison after failing to return their children to Spain Read Full Article…

07/04/2014: Increase to Employment Law Payment Limits

As of 6 April 2014 various employment law payment caps have been increased. Read Full Article…

04/04/2014: Extended Contempt of Court in Family Proceedings

The Family Division dismisses an application for the father to be committed to prison for contempt for further breaches of Court Orders. Read Full Article…

19/03/2014: Christian loses religious discrimination claim

A Christian who refused to work Sundays appealed the decision of the Employment Tribunal that it was not discriminatory for her employer to expect her to work. The Appeal Tribunal upheld the initial decision. Read Full Article…

17/01/2014: Fiduciary Duties of Former Non-Executive Directors

What fiduciary duties do former non-executive directors owe in respect of information relating to their former companies? Read Full Article…

02/01/2014: Longer Residential Tenancies

Discussions are underway to enable tenants to request longer-term tenancies. Read Full Article…

29/11/2013: Employees Successfully Claim Bonus from Bank

Employees of a Bank successfully claim their bonus after it was withdrawn Read Full Article…

29/11/2013: Retrial at Employment Tribunal Ordered

The Court of Appeal order that a matter be reheard after the claimant elected not to attend the Hearing for fear of being threatened. Read Full Article…

12/07/2013: Care Children Not Tested for Huntingtons

Should children for adoption be tested for genetic disorders? Read Full Article…

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