Which bills made the Speech?
Unsurprisingly, Brexit dominated the Queen’s Speech. A number of bills were announced to facilitate the UK’s departure from the EU:
The Repeal Bill, no longer touted as the “Great Repeal Bill”, as the name suggests will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, changing EU law into UK law.
The Immigration Bill will bring free movement of EU nationals into...Read More
Much of the post-referendum debate in the UK has been on the single market and freedom of movement. Not much attention has been given to the gender pay gap, or racial inequality as a possible factor in shaping this gap. The recent study published by the Fawcett Society suggests a complex picture of gender pay gap inequality, and notes that the forthcoming general election is an opportunity to...Read More
The papers are awash with stories of social media faux pas. Just this month a part time judge, Recorder Jason Dunn-Shaw, was subject to a professional conduct investigation for using a pseudonym to post inappropriate comments on an online newspaper article regarding a case he had presided over as a judge. He had also used his own name to post what were deemed to be inappropriate comments in...Read More
When Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the Spring Budget this month it is fair to say that the increase in NICs for the self-employed was unexpected. This announcement resulted in accusations that the Conservative Party had broken their manifesto pledge not to raise taxes.
Increase in NICs for self-employed
Why was this increase proposed?
Mr Hammond said there was a disparity...Read More
Last year Katie Price stated on the TV show ‘Loose Women’ that she had not changed her Will following her divorce from pop-legend Peter Andre; Ms Price appeared again this month on the same show and commented that she still had not changed her Will. Her understanding being that her estate would pass to Mr Andre, despite being divorced and re-married, and not to any of her three children.
Have you considered a business Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?
Do you run your own business? Are you a sole trader? Or a Partner perhaps? In the unfortunate event that you can no longer work because of an illness or injury, have you considered what will happen to your business? If not, you are probably not alone, but this is something that you should give some serious thought to in...Read More
JFH Law collaborates with Will Aid campaign
The importance of having a Will cannot be emphasised enough. When you have spent a lot of time and hard work building up your assets, often of significant value, it makes sense to ensure they are left to the people you want them to go to. With so much at stake, having a valid Will is crucial. Whilst inexpensive ‘will kits’ are becoming...Read More
May, Merkel and, hopefully, Clinton, to many represent a huge change in our attitudes towards women and power. But despite women reaching new political heights, there remains gender inequality in the work place. The World Economic Forum estimated last year that it will take 118 years before women can expect equal pay to men at current rates of change. Why are we so unwilling or unable to...Read More
The traditional ‘9 to 5’ no longer suits a modern work force. However, flexible working is not just about part time hours for mothers. Those with disabilities, carers of elderly parents and even those simply looking for a better work/life balance all want flexible working arrangements to help them meet their needs.
Since June 2014 any employee with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service has the...Read More