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August 13, 2019 4:46 pm

The private sector makes up the majority of care home places in this country and with increasing demands caused by an aging population many companies and individuals are now considering investing in the care home market.

What are the important legal issues that need to be considered in connection with such a purchase over and above the normal matters that need to be dealt with when buying a property and a business? (more…)

NHS Waiting List Now Over 4 Million Patients Long

In 2018, official figures showed the waiting list for an NHS operation was over 4.3 million patients long.  To put this into context, if we were to print this off, assuming an average of 50 patients per page, and laid end to end, the list would be 23 kilometres long (or 14 miles) – enough to stretch from our office in Brighton to Worthing (via the A27).

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August 9, 2019 4:22 pm

The Prime Minister yesterday announced a major shake-up of the UK immigration rules, in order to attract “the very best minds from around the world.”

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What is the Three-part Test for Clinical Negligence?

You may be surprised (and somewhat perturbed) to hear the true scale of healthcare ‘adverse events’ in the UK – these are defined as “instances which indicate or may indicate that a patient has received poor quality care”.  (more…)

August 8, 2019 5:08 pm

When a couple wished to avoid paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of a property, they hit on what looked to them like a great idea. Instead of buying the property outright, they paid for it in two stages…a deposit, plus the purchase of an annuity to be assigned to the seller. The annuity paid annually was very small, but the seller had the right to redeem it for a lump sum (£726,750), which corresponded to the expected balance due based on the market value of the property at the time of the sale. (more…)

August 7, 2019 3:47 pm

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR), which implement the EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work into UK law, apply to those workers who are supplied by a temporary work agency to work temporarily for and under the supervision and direction of a hirer. Under the AWR, once a temporary agency worker has worked in the same job for the same hirer for a period of 12 calendar weeks, they are entitled to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the employer. (more…)

August 6, 2019 1:07 pm

Buying a classic at auction can be a minefield. Our motoring specialist solicitor steers you through it.  (more…)

August 1, 2019 4:14 pm

When the sale of a company is taking place, it is usual for warranties to be given regarding how the company being sold has conducted its affairs prior to the sale. Making sure these are accurate is essential. (more…)

July 29, 2019 2:59 pm

Ferrari’s 250GTO is now officially considered an artwork – in Italy, at least. But what are the wider implications of this landmark ruling?

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July 17, 2019 2:57 pm

Schedule 1, Paragraph 5(1) of the Equality Act 2010 states that an impairment is to be treated as having a substantial adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities if it would be likely to have that effect without measures being taken to treat or correct it. However, Paragraph 5(3) makes an exception in relation to the impairment of a person’s sight, to the extent that it is ‘correctable by spectacles or contact lenses or in such other ways as may be prescribed’. (more…)