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If I am separating from my partner, can I change the locks on the family home?

Lucy Phipps
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Yes, you can change the locks on the house if the property is legally owned in just your name, but not if it is owned jointly with another person. If you own the house with your former partner, then you will need their permission to change the locks and you...

Harrowells boosts Private Client Department with senior appointments

Peter Mills
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Harrowells has strengthened its Private Client Department’s senior team with the promotion of Monika Bone to partner and the appointment of Philip Williams as an associate solicitor. Philip joins from the private capital group at Addleshaw...

Protecting your business from former employees - potential developments in the pipeline

Gillian Markland
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A non-compete clause is a type of restrictive covenant commonly found in employment contracts. Their purpose is to protect a business by preventing an employee from either (a) working for a competitor or (b) setting up their own competing business for a...

Covid-19 restrictions and child contact

Emma Walker
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Although there is the prospect of current Covid-19 restrictions easing on a stage-by-stage basis, it can be difficult for separated parents to understand what is permitted in relation to child contact arrangements; so we thought it would...

Q: Can a widow, who has remarried, use 3 nil rate bands in their inheritance tax planning? A: Yes...

Philip Williams
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Q: Can a widow (or widower), who has remarried, use the nil rate band from their deceased first partner in their inheritance tax planning - effectively meaning they have up to 3 nil rate bands? A: Yes – provided that (1) the widow’s Will is...

Update on commercial tenancies during the Pandemic

Richard Hugill
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Unsurprisingly, the restrictions on forfeiture of business tenancies for non-payment of rent are to continue in England until 30 June 2021 - but what is likely to happen after that? Central government are likely to want to avoid an abrupt cliff-edge...

Tips for divorcing a narcissist

Ella Dodgson
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Narcissism is a personality disorder which can be characterised as having an inflated sense of self-importance, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy or inability to recognise the needs and feelings of others. A narcissist’s personality traits...

Self-employed or freelance staff? The Uber case and its implications for SMEs

Marie Horner
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Does your business rely upon staff who you deem to be freelance or self-employed? If so, you would be well-advised to take a moment to review those relationships in light of the recent decision in Uber BV & othrs v Aslam & othr s. If, as in the...

Harrowells now has an office in Malton

Peter Mills
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Our Agricultural, Commercial and Private Client Teams have been successful in winning new instructions in the Ryedale area in recent months. As a result, we have opened a base in Malton so that we can more easily look after our clients and contacts in the...

IR35 and what this may mean for you

Gillian Markland
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A number of tax changes were due to be brought into force in April 2020, including those encompassed by IR35, which covers the relationship between organisations and any contractor using a personal service company (PSC).  Due to Covid-19, implementation...

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