• 14 AUG 17
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    The dangers of social media for children

    The dangers of social media for children

    Using social media can open many windows into the world for children, but can also leave them vulnerable to abuse and create other problems. Louise Daniel discusses the main issues, along with fresh government proposals Most children are capable of posting information and pictures on social media sites. However, many platforms have no age restriction

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    • 09 AUG 17
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    Graham gets on his bike for mountainous challenge

    Graham gets on his bike for mountainous challenge

    WHN’s Graham Ireland is in peak condition ahead of a gruelling ‘Cycle the Alps’ challenge that will raise £6,000 for two local charities. Sixty-year-old Graham will cycle a 600-mile route through the French Alps, climbing 56,600 ft – equivalent to Mount Everest on top of K2 – over six days. Graham, who heads up the

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    • 08 AUG 17
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    What workplace rights do older people have?

    What workplace rights do older people have?

    Prince Philip’s final engagement at the age of 96 highlights how many of us want to carry on working later in life. But what are the main legal issues around employing older workers? Michael Shroot discusses some of them. All too often employers have contracts and staff handbooks that give the retirement age as 65

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    • 03 AUG 17
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    What do the government’s new leasehold proposals mean for the housing market?

    What do the government’s new leasehold proposals mean for the housing market?

    A recent government announcement could mean a total ban on the sale of new-build homes under leasehold, as opposed to freehold terms. Graham Ireland explains how this could end the exploitation of new buyers. What does leasehold mean? Historically, there have been two basis of ownership. A freehold property generally means that the buyer owns

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    • 01 AUG 17
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    How should employers respond to the abolition of tribunal fees?

    How should employers respond to the abolition of tribunal fees?

    The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that employment tribunal claim fees are unlawful could herald a spike in claims. Michael Shroot examines the implications for employers. There are realistic concerns that the drastic drop in employment tribunal claims following the introduction of fees could go into reverse now that they have been abolished. So businesses should

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    • 25 JUL 17
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    Do I have a right to see my grandchild?

    Do I have a right to see my grandchild?

    A loving relationship with grandchildren is cherished by many of us later on in life, but separation can be deeply upsetting if the parents split up. Carolyn Ford discusses what can grandparents can do to protect these treasured relationships. Government figures show that in 2016 there were seven applications a day by grandparents seeking a

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    • 21 JUL 17
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    The Taylor Review: What employers need to know

    The Taylor Review: What employers need to know

    The recently published Taylor Review of modern employment practices proposes a number of changes to employment law and although these are currently only recommendations, it’s expected that new rules will be introduced. Here, employment law expert Michael Shroot explores the potential future changes and how these could impact employers. Employment status Under current laws there

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    • 18 JUL 17
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    How to deal with tenants who don’t pay the rent

    How to deal with tenants who don’t pay the rent

    Tenants not paying rent creates stress and has serious financial implications for landlords of residential properties. Hayley Wharton sets out the legal picture and explains the solutions. If your tenant doesn’t pay their rent, it’s worth keeping in mind that there is a difference between ‘can’t pay’ and ‘won’t pay’. So a good starting point

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    • 14 JUL 17
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    Key roles for lawyers at WHN

    Key roles for lawyers at WHN

    WHN Solicitors has appointed four women lawyers in key positions as part of its strategic growth programme. Louise Desoer, Justine Harris, Carolyn Ford and Racheal Jordan have taken up new roles across WHN’s Bury and Haslingden offices. Louise has been appointed as a conveyancing legal executive, Justine joins as a commercial paralegal, while Carolyn and

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    • 13 JUL 17
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    The Taylor Review into workers’ rights at a glance

    The Taylor Review into workers’ rights at a glance

    Casual workers are to be given more rights after a report into modern employment practices has been published. The report came following a series of high-profile court cases concerning the lack of protection for workers in the gig economy. Current rules mean firms don’t have to pay national insurance, holiday or sick pay for self-employed

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