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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

Local law firm hands out top award at the House of Commons
11 Dec 2014
Warners Solicitors were delighted to sponsor the Personality of the Year Award at this year’s Food and Farming Industry Awards. The Awards, organised by Farm Business were hosted at the House of Commons by Neil Parish MP....

How to buy a horse
03 Nov 2014
Buying horses can be a fraught process unless you know what you’re doing. Michael McNally from Warners Solicitors explains how to protect yourself against the pitfalls.

Employers must be proactive over reasonable adjustments for disabled employees
28 Oct 2014
Employers should be proactive when deciding what reasonable adjustments to make for disabled employees or disabled candidates for jobs, particularly when they have problems contacting employees who are off work...

UK design law changes come into force
28 Oct 2014
Owners of existing UK and Community designs, and creators of new designs, should note changes to the laws governing UK registered and unregistered designs that came into force on 1 October 2014...

Contract clauses allowing termination at will limits compensation for breach
27 Oct 2014
Parties to contracts that allow termination at will should be aware this may significantly limit the compensation they can recover if there is a breach of the contract, following a High Court ruling...

Company making 'groundless threat' in patent dispute must pay compensation
24 Oct 2014
Companies claiming their intellectual property rights have been infringed should beware what they say to the infringer, or third parties such as customers or distributors, as they may inadvertently make 'groundless' threats and have to pay compensation...

Employer liable for losses caused by unauthorised customer reference
23 Oct 2014
An employer whose employee gave a customer reference without authority to do so has been held liable for losses caused to a third party because it was negligent....

Court's approach to business lease renewal term clarified
22 Oct 2014
Landlords and tenants asking for business lease renewals face more of a balancing exercise by the courts, meaning some tenants may end up with longer terms than they applied for, following a recent ruling...