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Guide to making redundancies

Redundancies are a harsh reality that many businesses may be forced to face and it is a difficult process for both employers and employees to go through. But with the right approach, the process can be made more transparent and fair which is likely to lead to a more positive response from both parties. If employers follow the correct process, it is also likely to reduce the risk of successful claims being made. This guide summarises the steps an employer will need to take when making redundancies.

Guide to settlement agreements

What is a settlement agreement? A binding agreement without the use of an Acas conciliator between an employer and an employee (or other parties to a statutory claim) which either settles the claim or refrains the employee from commencing a claim. This guide will answer common questions about settlement agreements including: what are the conditions for a valid settlement agreement? Can all claims be settled by a settlement agreement? and how can settlement agreements be enforced?

Court of Protection and Powers of Attorney: guidance for professional and financial institutions

From time to time, financial and professional institutions will come across different powers of attorney. This guidance has been provided by Wright Hassall and is derived from a note prepared by Solicitors for the Elderly, a national association of lawyers whose members specialise in advising older and vulnerable clients of which Wright Hassall’s advisors are members.

A guide to contesting a will

Whatever the type of will dispute, our guide explores what you need to consider and what is possible if you are thinking of contesting a will whether this is in relation to the way that the will has been made or the way the will is being executed.

A basic guide to professional negligence claims

To make a professional negligence claim you need to show that a professional’s work fell below the normal standard. But that is not all: a key component of any professional negligence claim is to show loss. Often we are asked whether claims are viable and sometimes they are not because, even if the solicitor, accountant, financial adviser or surveyor did a dreadful job, causing considerable distress or inconvenience, unless that poor work actually caused a loss, there is no claim.

A simple guide to Interest Rate Hedging Products or ‘Swaps’

A diverse range of small businesses have been affected by ‘hedging products’ that were sold by the banks over the last ten years. Intended to protect borrowers against exposure to interest rate rises they actually resulted in huge on-going exposure to pay large sums to the banks each month following the fall in interest rates. This has led to a huge number of claims against the banks that mis-sold these products, often known as swaps.
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