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Reducing net migration: what can we expect?

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Business immigration

The Conservative Party pledged in their 2010 manifesto to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands”, to reach the levels seen in the 1990s. The target was then dismissed as fanciful, and was not achieved. Riding high on the Brexit wave, Prime Minister Theresa May has returned to the populist theme in the 2017 manifesto, asserting that reducing net migration from 273,000 to tens of thousands is “sustainable”. But how?

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Creditors, take heart against the dodgy director

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Creditors

There has been an interesting development in the High Court with the recent case of Marex Financial v Sevilleja Garcia [2017]. This could have positive implications for creditors seeking to recover assets, which have been stripped by a corporate defendant to defeat a judgement.

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Dear Diary: A day in my life as a trainee solicitor

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Dear Diary, I’m a new trainee, at a new firm, working in a new department….

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Letting out your home on Airbnb?

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As people look to keep travel accommodation costs down by staying in private houses, short term letting site Airbnb has quickly made a significant impact on the hospitality industry. It offers a seemingly easy way to make extra income from your home. However, recent case law demonstrates that homeowners and tenants should think twice before listing their property on the site.

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When to performance manage employees – and the cost of leaving it too late

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It’s an all too familiar situation which many employers find themselves in. There’s an employee who hasn’t been performing for some time, they haven’t done anything drastically wrong, but they just aren’t up to scratch. The employer feels too uncomfortable to say anything – perhaps they are a long standing employee, a good friend or a difficult character. Or, the employer simply doesn’t find the time to address the situation and keeps putting it off. This goes on for a while until the employer decides enough is enough and dismisses the employee for poor performance.

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You say potato – solving some of the confusion about terms used in family law

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We understand that legal issues around relationships can be worrying and confusing. There’s also a great deal of terminology that is commonly used but actually completely wrong or outdated. If you’re trying to search online for help that can make it even more difficult for you to find what you need. This blog sets out some of the things that people say, and what the really mean!

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More sleepless nights for care providers? The implications of the Mencap case on sleep-in shifts

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The recent case of Royal Mencap Society v Mrs Tomlinson-Blake (‘the Mencap case’) confirmed that sleep-in shifts in a care setting were ‘working time’ and subject to the National Minimum Wage/Living Wage.

The ruling is consistent with earlier judgments and was not unexpected. However, it was not the outcome care providers hoped for and the implications will cause significant concern to those who have not treated sleep-in shifts as working time.

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Location, Location, Location… or maybe not?

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Providing an insight into one trainee’s introduction to London life, Charlotte Newlyn debunks the City myths and suggests tips on finding your perfect firm.

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How to secure rehabilitation after a brain injury

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team around brain injury survivor

When someone suffers a brain injury it can be an extremely frightening and confusing time, both for the person concerned and their family and friends. But after the initial shock, one of the first things everyone wants to know is what services and rehabilitative therapies are available to help the person’s recovery.

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Making gifts and Inheritance Tax: a guide for grandparents

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A recent survey by pension firm Royal London, found that most grandparents who own property intend to give substantial sums to both children and grandchildren while they are still alive, with many planning to leave assets directly to the younger generation in their Wills. With people living longer and the younger generation struggling to get on the property ladder it is important to consider the best way to dispose of assets to reduce your inheritance tax liability.

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Economic Question Time 2017

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Following on from the previous years’ success, we will once again join forces with HSBC Commercial Bank to host Economic Question Time events in Bath, Oxford and Swindon in June. We will also be joined by local partners Bishop Fleming in Bath, Morris Owen in Swindon and Shaw Gibbs in Oxford, all leading accounting firms in their regions.

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Why do people’s personalities change after a brain injury?

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head injury personality change

In those first frantic moments, immediately after sustaining a brain injury, there is one sole focus. From the paramedics, through to the days, weeks or even months spent in Intensive Care, everyone is working towards the same goal; the preservation of life.

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