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Farmers Beware - The pitfalls of pensions and divorce
19 May 2015
Farmers with pensions invested in their own farming assets should be aware of the devastating impact recent pension rule changes could have on their farm in the event of divorce...

Did you get divorced before 2000 and receive a pension award?
18 May 2015
An unintended consequence of the pension reforms is that any divorcee with a pension earmarking order (regularly used before pension sharing came into force in 2000) may need to act fast to protect their retirement benefits...

Conservative victory offers opportunities to SMEs for M&A
11 May 2015
The Conservative victory bodes well for the M&A industry, given the Tory support for small business and limited appetite for regulation. But in some areas, that of pensions and diverted profit, action might be expected...

SMEs: Scrap exploitative zero-hours contracts
06 May 2015
Kent’s small and medium-sized businesses would rather not employ workers on zero-hours contracts, are confident about their prospects but worry about post-election uncertainty, research by Warners Solicitors has found.

New System of Shared Parental Leave – 2015
05 May 2015
Employers need to be alive to a new system of statutory parental rights which will be applicable to employees and agency workers from January 2015...

Family support and coping with dementia seminar - 18 June 2015
05 May 2015
Recognising that dementia will touch the lives of many people in some shape or form, Warners Solicitors in conjunction with The Good Care Group and Goodman Care Fees Advisers, is hosting a dementia awareness event at Warners’ office in Sevenoaks.

Impact of the General Election on the UK residential property market
01 May 2015
The election results defied pollsters predictions to give the Conservative Party an overall majority. What impact will this have on the UK property market, what will happen to interest rates, Stamp Duty and house prices and what will be the impact on new builds...

What landlords can and cannot include in service charges
23 Apr 2015
Following recent legislative case studies featured in property news, landlords need to be clear on what they can charge tenants through a service charge and what is classified as an improvement and means they have to pay the costs themselves...

Changes to rules on intestacy and claims against estates take effect
20 Mar 2015
Recent changes to intestacy rules highlight the need for making a will and assessing inheritance tax implications...

The Link-Up Launch Event was a Huge Success
17 Mar 2015
The first Link-Up networking event, organised by Warners Solicitors, was a great success. Over 50 attendees from local businesses came to the Zed café in Sevenoaks to meet up with old friends and make new contacts....

Corporate Law Specialist Returns to Warners
12 Mar 2015
We are delighted to announce that Russell Brinkhurst is returning to the firm as an Associate solicitor. Russell started his career at Warners in 2005 and has decided to re-join after a short spell working for a firm in Sussex...

Importance of Finalising Financial Orders on Divorce
11 Mar 2015
The Supreme Court has today unanimously allowed the appeal in Vince v Wyatt [2015] UKSC 14 . It ruled that the wife's claim against her former husband who is a green energy multi-millionaire, was not an abuse of process and should not be struck out, despite being issued some 19yrs after they divorced...

Employment Law: Keeping A Tight Rein
09 Mar 2015
If you run an equestrian facility, the chances are that you have a number of members of staff. Even if you only have your own stables at home, you may well have one or more people in on a regular basis to help you out...

Not Very Sporting
06 Mar 2015
Can your neighbour prevent you from changing the use of your land? It could be the case if they have sporting rights over it.

Stay for Abuse
06 Mar 2015
On 12 February 2015, Mr Ian Sleightholm, a grouse moor gamekeeper, appeared for trial at Northallerton Magistrates Court, charged with illegal use of a cage trap, taking a wild bird, namely a crow, and failing to meet the welfare needs of that crow and one other.

Controlling Birds and Proposals for Trapping
06 Mar 2015
Proposed changes to General Licences could trap the unwary or ill-informed.

Protecting Pre-acquired Wealth
06 Mar 2015
Can you protect inherited wealth, such as the family farm, in the event of divorce?

Profile Ruth Pannell
06 Mar 2015
Each month we catch up with one of our solicitors and find out a little bit more about them, this month we talk to one of our Private Client experts Ruth Pannell.

Licence to Confuse
18 Feb 2015
General Licences permit landowners and other authorised users to carry out a range of otherwise illegal activities to control certain wild birds where necessary to prevent serious agricultural damage or disease, preserve...

Crow trap prosecution thrown out for abuse of process
18 Feb 2015
Cage traps are widely used by farmers and gamekeepers, perfectly lawfully, for controlling certain species of wild birds. In England, their use is permitted for certain purposes under General Licences issued annually by Natural England. Failing to comply with the terms and conditions is likely to lead to an offence, conviction for which prevents future use until spent, 5 years in most cases....

An Accident Waiting To Happen?
11 Feb 2015
Accidents and injuries are of course part and parcel of keeping horses and riding them. Most accidents are minor, but some are serious. Suppose you run an equestrian facility, providing lessons and/or horses on which customers...

From “Custody”… to the 21st century
09 Feb 2015
In April 2014, the terms which we use to denote how a child lives with a parent upon a couple’s separation changed. The shift emphasises a departure from the use of the labels such as “Residence” and “contact” all together, and now we speak about the general arrangements...

Dementia Sufferer's Estate Eaten Up By Care Costs
05 Feb 2015
In a cautionary tale for those who care for elderly relatives, the heirs of a dementia sufferer are in danger of losing their inheritance after failing to convince a Land Registry Adjudicator that the value of the man's home should be protected against being eroded...

Divorce can devastate - but it doesn’t have to be that way!
02 Feb 2015
Research has shown that a bad divorce can have a deep and lasting impact on children, begging the question why parents are still not embracing alternative less adversarial options open to them?

Non-guaranteed overtime must be included in holiday pay
02 Feb 2015
A summary of the recent employment law judgment on whether overtime should be included in statutory holiday pay