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Employment Status: self-employed or worker?

There has been a great deal of publicity recently relating to employment status, particularly of those who are working in the gig economy. Taxi drivers, delivery drivers and many others have been working on the basis that they are self-employed and therefore they have... read more

Lasting Powers of Attorney and Abuse

At the weekend The Sunday Times ran an article warning readers that “Powers of attorney can transform loving kids into crocodiles”, referring to a case where a niece invested nearly £90,000 of her aunt’s money in a reptile breeding business. The article also referred... read more

It’s Coming Home – and leaving with a hangover

With a potential of two more England matches in this world cup tournament, there will undoubtedly be an understandable anticipation of a drop in productivity the mornings after the nights before. Some employers will take this as an unavoidable consequence of a... read more

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15th June 2018

It comes to something that there has to be a day in the calendar to mark the abuse of the elderly. However, this date established by the United Nations in 2011 is an annual event to promote awareness of a global problem that faces an aging society. It serves as a... read more

Silks Supports the Local Community

Commercial Solicitor, Gurdas Dhadwal is the Vice-President of the Sandwell Lions which is a local charity run by volunteers. The charity gets involved in fund raising to help people in need such as those with sight and health disabilities, people suffering financial... read more

Dementia Action Week May 2018

Many of us will know people affected by dementia and the number is ever growing. This is highlighted by the recent news of Dame Barbara Windsor’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s earlier this month. It is estimated that 850,000 are affected directly by the illness and these... read more

Make sure you’re GDPR ready!

GDPR is intended to update and harmonise data protection law across the EU. It comes into force on 25th May 2018 in all member states including the UK. There are many steps that need to be taken by organisations, including (but by no means exclusively) data audits and... read more

A Matter of Life and Death

  Next weekend there is a two-week festival (from 10th May) in and around Birmingham entitled “A matter of Life and Death”, running alongside the National Dying Matters Awareness week. This is an ambitious programme of creative events designed to help people to... read more

Our Easter Competition Winner…

Congratulations to the talented artist at Christchurch School, West Midlands, who shared her beautiful Easter with us on Facebook.  She wins a group ticket for herself and her family to enjoy at Cadbury World.  We hope that you all have a wonderful day! read more

Termination Payments

The manner in which termination payments are to be treated for tax and NI contributions have been under scrutiny. The rules are changing for any termination payments after the 6th April 2018. There will be further changes in April 2019. There will now be significant... read more

The End of Fit for Work Assessments

The Government has closed the Fit for Work assessment service, with effect from 31st March 2018 due to low referral rates. Employers, employees and GPs can continue to use the Fit for Work helpline and also the website for workplace health advice and support on... read more

National Living Wage Increases

Employers will shortly be feeling the effects of not only greater pension contributions for their employees but also the requirement to pay the higher National Living Wage from 6th April. Over 25s are entitled to £7.83 per hour, 21-24s  to £5.90, 18-20s to £4.20 and... read more

Auto Enrolment Pension Contributions

The minimum Auto Enrolment Contributions are being increased from 6th April 2018. Until now the minimum levels of contribution have been 1% from the employer and 1% from the employee. From the 6th April, the levels of contribution will increase to 2% from the employer... read more