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Visa, immigration and nationality application and service fee increases announced for 2016/2017

The Home Office have published a document setting out the changes it intends to introduce to visa, immigration and nationality application fees in the coming year. Most visa categories will see minor upward changes, but application fees in categories that lead to settlement, residence and citizenship will rise by a whopping 25%: Current fees 2016/2017… Read more »

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When is commuting time Working time?

If you employ staff who are entirely or largely field-based, and travel from home to their various assignments each day, without attending a workplace first, or if you are such a worker, then this article contains important information for you. Bishop & Sewell take a look at the impact of a recent European Court decision… Read more »

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How far should HR get involved in disciplinary proceedings?

HR officers must not exceed their role in providing procedural advice and guidance to managers involved in disciplinary matters. Similarly, managers must accept the responsibility to make the investigatory findings and disciplinary decisions without their judgement being improperly influenced. Where the line is crossed and the manager allows their decision on the facts to be… Read more »

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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014

The Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (“2014 Regulations”) come into force on 1 October 2014 (save for the provisions amending the Consumer Contracts Regulations which came into force on 13 June 2014). This marks part of a series of European backed changes to consumer law that have come into force since 2013 (the others being… Read more »

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Dishonesty in divorce proceedings: why it pays to provide full and frank financial disclosure

Upon the breakdown of a marriage there is a common fear that one’s spouse will not be honest about their financial situation and may actively conceal assets. Before reaching a financial settlement upon divorce it is essential that each spouse provide full and frank disclosure of all of their capital assets (including pensions), liabilities and… Read more »

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Landlord’s refusal to renew commercial leases based on substantial breaches under the lease

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 PT: II prescribes seven statutory grounds which entitle a landlord of a commercial property who has granted a lease within the 1954 Act to refuse tenant’s application to renew the lease. In summary, the grounds of opposition are as follows:- (a) tenant’s failure to carry out repairing obligations; (b)… Read more »

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Maintenance for children in higher education

Our Family department explains that help is at hand for single parents whose children are about to leave home for higher education. The nail-biting wait for A-level results came to an end for thousands of teenagers recently. Whilst many of them are deservedly celebrating gaining a place at university, this time of year can also be… Read more »

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BREXIT Brake?

Parliament now has to vote on Brexit. How will recent Brexit developments affect your business? The High Court has ruled that Parliament must now vote on triggering the mechanism to leave the E.U. Sterling spiked upwards in response. The Government has stated that it will appeal. In the meantime, Theresa May has given her first… Read more »

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