• 21 DEC 16
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    How to manage workforce absence over Christmas

    How to manage workforce absence over Christmas

    How to manage workforce absence over Christmas Workplace absence levels typically increase during the winter months, but Christmas is a hotspot for absenteeism, with festive parties and ‘day after the night before’ sick days presenting additional challenges for business owners. While some firms experience a surge in sales of products and services during the festive

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    • 13 DEC 16
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    WHN ties up Christmas cracker

    WHN ties up Christmas cracker

    Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors has pledged its support to two local charities to ensure some of the area’s most vulnerable children have a sparkling Christmas. WHN has donated a host of festive gifts to the fostering services team at Bury Council, while the firm’s Blackburn office has also gifted Christmas presents to Community CVS.

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    • 06 DEC 16
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    How to crack online Christmas shopping problems

    How to crack online Christmas shopping problems

    More and more Christmas shoppers buying online means an increasing number of us are worried about items arriving late or damaged. Online sales accounted for 27 per cent of the £24bn taken by UK retailers last Christmas, and the IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index predicts a further rise of 11 per cent in 2016. That

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    • 30 NOV 16
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    Does blame really matter? The case for no fault divorce

    Does blame really matter? The case for no fault divorce

    With 42 per cent of first marriages in the UK ending in divorce, the possibility of separation is a daunting but realistic prospect for many. Under current rules, if you want to get divorced but have been separated for less than two years, then one spouse must bear the responsibility of blame for the break-up

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    • 22 NOV 16
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    Migrant rent crackdown means landlords face jail

    Migrant rent crackdown means landlords face jail

    Buy to let landlords who rent homes to people living in the UK illegally could face jail terms following a further anti-immigration crackdown by the Home Office. But a leading Lancashire property lawyer fears landlords are being increasingly victimised by the government, with legitimate tenants also in the firing line. Graham Ireland, a partner at

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    • 14 NOV 16
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    How to get your customers to pay you quicker

    How to get your customers to pay you quicker

    Late payment of invoices is a common cause of cashflow difficulties. Amy Richardson reveals some effective ways of getting your cash in more efficiently. Why it pays to know your customers The importance of knowing your customers is crucial to ensuring you get your bills paid in full and on time. You should research new

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    • 07 NOV 16
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    Shared parental pay: How employers can avoid flouting sex discrimination rules

    Shared parental pay: How employers can avoid flouting sex discrimination rules

    Employers risk falling foul of sex discrimination rules if they offer new parents different rates of shared parental pay. Following the introduction of shared parental leave in April 2015, commercial partner at WHN, Michael Shroot, believes that there has been a spike in the number of men being discriminated against in the workplace. Employers who

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    • 02 NOV 16
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    New squeeze on landlords could send rents through the roof

    New squeeze on landlords could send rents through the roof

    Buy-to-let landlords may be forced to raise rents or sell their properties due to the government’s punitive new tax regime. Graham Ireland, private client partner at WHN Solicitors, has accused ministers’ plans to tighten taxes as using landlords as scapegoats for problems faced by first time buyers. Graham believes one of the real reasons people

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    • 24 OCT 16
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    No escape for dishonest partners when couples split

    No escape for dishonest partners when couples split

    A landmark Court of Appeal decision could result in divorce settlements based on false information being overturned. David Connor, private client partner at WHN Solicitors, examines the issues. Significant victory in two-year legal battle A ruling in favour of a woman claiming her ex-civil partner lied about the size of her fortune when they split

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    • 10 OCT 16
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    Inheritance tax perk: how the changes will benefit your family

    Inheritance tax perk: how the changes will benefit your family

    Spurred by factors such as the rising value of property, more people are being dragged into the inheritance tax net, with the number of families hit by inheritance tax set to double in the next five years from one in twenty estates to almost one in every ten. Despite this, inheritance tax exemptions and reliefs

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