• 22 DEC 15
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    Couples urged to check settlements following government software error

    Couples urged to check settlements following government software error

    Thousands of couples who have settled their divorces in the last 20 months may have to re-open negotiations because of an error in software used by the Ministry of Justice to calculate financial terms. The Form E available on the Ministry of Justice website records couples’ financial details. The error relates to paragraph 2.20 of

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    • 18 DEC 15
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    What will happen to my digital assets when I die?

    What will happen to my digital assets when I die?

    Many aspects of our lives leave a digital footprint, such as online banking accounts which store our financial data, social media accounts which communicate our personal journeys through life, email correspondence and sentimental assets such as digital photographs and music. While the law still lags behind, with no statutory definition, digital assets can include a

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    • 14 DEC 15
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    Can I recover rent if I exercise a break option?

    Can I recover rent if I exercise a break option?

    Eleanor Cornthwaite, solicitor in the commercial property team at Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, explores a landmark Supreme Court ruling which has thrown into question what happens with advance rent payments when a break clause is exercised. The decision will likely come as unwelcome news for some tenants. It certainly did for Marks and Spencer (M&S).

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    • 10 DEC 15
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    It’s a sparkling Christmas thanks to WHN Solicitors

    It’s a sparkling Christmas thanks to WHN Solicitors

    Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall has thrown its weight behind a festive Bury Council campaign to support local children in care. The firm has donated a flurry of gifts to the council’s Fostering Services Team to ensure children across Bury have a bright Christmas. It is the ninth year that WHN has pledged its support to

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    • 10 DEC 15
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    What happens to your pension when you divorce?

    What happens to your pension when you divorce?

    Christmas and New Year is the time of year when many marriages reach their final breaking point and as a result there can be a flurry of divorce enquiries after the festive break. Solicitor at WHN, Mark Taylor, warns that couples looking to divorce can often overlook or forget to deal with their pensions because

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    • 30 NOV 15
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    Autumn statement reveals new tax hike for buy-to-let landlords

    Autumn statement reveals new tax hike for buy-to-let landlords

    Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will soon have to pay more in stamp duty. Here partner at WHN, Graham Ireland, explains the changes and potential impact on the property market. From April 2016, those in England and Wales will have to pay a 3 per cent surcharge on each stamp duty band. It

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    • 16 NOV 15
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    How to obtain outstanding debt through insolvency proceedings

    How to obtain outstanding debt through insolvency proceedings

    Following on from the previous blog in WHN’s debt recovery series, regarding attachment of earnings orders, Amy Richardson now explores how to enforce court judgments through insolvency proceedings. In cases where funds are owed to you by a company, individual or a partnership, insolvency proceedings can be issued to enforce a court judgment and attain

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    • 11 NOV 15
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    Property law experts secure national recognition

    Property law experts secure national recognition

    WHN has been re-accredited for a fourth consecutive year under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme, supported by some of the UK’s biggest financial lenders, requires legal firms to undergo rigorous examinations to demonstrate that they have the knowledge

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    • 05 NOV 15
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    Top tips for avoiding employment law pitfalls at staff Christmas parties

    Top tips for avoiding employment law pitfalls at staff Christmas parties

    While office Christmas parties offer a massive boost for staff morale, they also provide a backdrop for a multitude of potential employment law issues, such as harassment, alcohol-fuelled brawls, religious, sex or age discrimination, as well as post-party absenteeism. In addition, business owners are often unaware that if the party is held at a different

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    • 02 NOV 15
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    Workshop will help spur business growth

    Workshop will help spur business growth

    Lancashire and Greater Manchester businesses targeting growth are urged to attend a workshop led by commercial law experts. The free legal workshop, held by Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, will take place on Friday, November 27 from 3pm at The Village Hotel, Waterfold Business Park, Bury. The event aims to help business owners who are unaware

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