• 26 JUN 14
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    North West businesses to lose out if ban is given green light

    North West businesses to lose out if ban is given green light

    A leading employment lawyer has warned that a new ban on the ‘zero hours’ contract clause will affect hundreds of retail, hospitality and manufacturing businesses across the North West if it is to go ahead. Business Secretary, Vince Cable has said that as some “unscrupulous” firms had abused the flexibility offered by zero hour contracts

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    • 26 JUN 14
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    WHN advises on investment group’s £6 million property portfolio sale

    WHN advises on investment group’s £6 million property portfolio sale

    The commercial property team at North West law firm, Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, has advised on the £6 million sale of Landmark Investment Group’s ground rent portfolio. Landmark, based in Bolton, specialises in the purchase of ground rents for residential and commercial properties. Founded in 2000, it has a portfolio comprising of ground rents for

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    • 20 JUN 14
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    The tale of the referee and dodgy employment decisions

    The tale of the referee and dodgy employment decisions

    While many of us are feeling the pressure placed on the performance of England this World Cup, has anyone spared a thought for the referees? A single bad decision can lead to vilification from a nation of football supporters and in some cases can even lead to a sacking. A recent case has highlighted the

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    • 18 JUN 14
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    How will changes to the law help victims of forced marriage?

    How will changes to the law help victims of forced marriage?

    New rules aimed at protecting victims of abuse have come into force in the UK. Changes to legislation, which came into effect from June 16 2014, mean that committing forced marriage is a criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to seven years imprisonment. The new order is expected to protect those who are unlawfully forced

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    • 18 JUN 14
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    Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall retain quality mark for second year

    Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall retain quality mark for second year

    WHN has secured the prestigious national Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel for a second year running. Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall’s placement on the nationally-recognised scheme demonstrates its commitment to client care services, efficient case management, cost efficiency and a minimum risk service. It is one of only a handful of law firms in Lancashire and

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    • 16 JUN 14
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    Property Q & A

    Property Q & A

    Brought to you by Graham Ireland, Partner and Head of Conveyancing, Woodocks Haworth and Nuttall I bought my property six months ago and have now had a demand for ground rent too.   Administration charges of £175.00 have also been added.  What should I do? Approximately half of the properties in the area are leasehold and

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    • 10 JUN 14
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    Premium Bond Boost

    Premium Bond Boost

    The Queen’s speech set out the coalition government’s plans for its final year of power. Reforms to the pension system were a main focus and such changes are thought to give discretion to those who have saved for their retirement. The Queen announced that there will be an extension to Premium Bond schemes. Following their

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    • 09 JUN 14
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    Businesses too nice when chasing payment from customers

    Businesses too nice when chasing payment from customers

    Businesses across East Lancashire and Greater Manchester are hampering their growth prospects and even facing further struggles because they are too nice to customers when chasing outstanding bills. That’s the message from a leading debt recovery solicitor who is behind a new service to help businesses get paid quicker and recover debt. Sara Beaumont, Associate

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    • 05 JUN 14
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    WHN backs National Voucher Scheme

    WHN backs National Voucher Scheme

    Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall are throwing their weight behind a national charity drive to help people plan their future. The law firm has pledged to become one of the participating solicitors of the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Will to Remember’ scheme, devised to enable people with dementia and their carers access to expert legal advice. The ‘Will to Remember’

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    • 03 JUN 14
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    New ruling questions validity of commercial break clauses

    New ruling questions validity of commercial break clauses

    A recent Court of Appeal case has questioned the validity of a break notice given by a tenant under a break clause in a commercial lease. The Friends Life Ltd v Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd case ruled that the tenant failed to exercise the break effectively because of an error in the notice. The Court

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