Georgina Smith, Wills & Estate Planning Solicitor

Lasting Power of Attorney warning

Napthens - August 16th 2017
People looking at making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to plan for the unexpected in later life should take proper legal advice. The warning comes as a senior, retired Court of Protection judge spoke out about the deficiencies of LPAs because of the lack of safeguards in the system. The judge, Denzil Lush, even reportedly said he would never sign an LPA himself.
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Litigation - solicitor - Andrew Holden

Look to arbitration to reduce costs of legal disputes

Napthens - August 11th 2017
An expert has pointed to arbitration as an alternative to turning to courts to resolve potentially costly commercial disputes. Andrew Holden, senior associate solicitor in the Litigation team at Napthens, reports that courts are struggling with budget cuts; and court users are struggling with fee hikes and falling service levels.
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Kimberley Barret, employment lawyer

2017 – a year of employment law updates

Napthens - August 9th 2017
The Employment & HR team at Napthens solicitors is highlighting key legal changes introduced in 2017 – and beyond – which affect employers. Among the areas of law which will see significant changes are income tax and salary sacrifice, free childcare and the National Living Wage.
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‘Re-think leases’ warning to housebuilders

Napthens - August 7th 2017
A commercial property expert is warning housebuilders to take a look at their leases following news that the sale of new-build leasehold homes could be banned. The Government’s Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced an eight-week consultation into the proposals, which could potentially ban the payment of ground rents on new homes.
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Sharon Walker, Debt Recovery

Excuses, excuses…

Napthens - August 4th 2017
A debt recovery expert has revealed the top excuses for late payment, as research shows the issue is costing businesses in the UK billions each year. Recent figures from Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd, the company behind Direct Debit, showed that small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are owed a total of £14.2billion.
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Stephanie Kerr, Disputes & Litigation Solicitor

Warning over ‘deathbed gifts’

Napthens - August 3rd 2017
A legal expert is warning anyone who may have concerns over whether a ‘deathbed gift’ is valid to seek expert advice. A deathbed gift is a decision taken by someone as they near the end of life, that gifts part of an estate to another party but is not written into a formal Will.
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