In The Press


A Century of Hart Brown

Hart Brown's Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Maud, explains to Ian Trevett how the firm has successfully served the county for 100 years, and is looking ahead to the future.

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Should referral fees estate agents get from conservancy firms be banned?

David Knapp calling for referral fees that are paid to Estate Agents to be banned

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Understanding Residential ATED, the annual tax paid by companies that own UK residential property

Roderick Campbell, Partner and Head of Commercial Property at law firm Hart Brown, explains how ATED works, and what reliefs and exemptions apply.

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The Ongoing “Referral Fee” Debate

David Knapp, Partner and head of residential property at law firm Hart Brown, comments on the ongoing “referral fee” debate

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Referral fees ‘rebound on agents’ when buyers become sellers, claim

A housing lawyer has said that telling agents they must disclose referral fees, including for the first time the actual amount and who will be paying them, does not solve the basic problems.

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Is it ethical or even lawful to microchip your staff?

The idea that firms could microchip their staff raises a set of complicated questions, says Jane Crosby, partner at law firm Hart Brown.

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We sold up in a retirement village. The developer took £50,000

Families are asking why the leasehold homes come with hefty charges. Hannah Start was 80 when she moved into the Mayford Grange retirement village in Woking, Surrey. She was fit and healthy for her age, but the family home had become too much to manage by herself after the death of her husband.

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Dealing with flexible working requests from staff with caring responsibilities

Given the ageing population, employees increasingly need to balance their work and life to deal with caring responsibilities

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Hands-On Learning

There's a growing movement within educational establishments that school must be made more relevant if pupils are to thrive and survive what is being termed "the fourth industrial revolution".

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Can your boss stop you talking about salary with your coworkers?

There’s always the fear before you pipe up that you might be earning more or drastically less than the person you’re speaking to.

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I suspect my male colleague is paid more than I am for doing the same job: How do I go about forcing my employer to pay me the same salary?

The BBC’s recent pay disclosures revealed two thirds of its highest-paid stars are male – and none of the top seven earners are female.

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Can an unequal pay policy be fair?

Jane Crosby from Hart Brown comments on the recent pay audit at the BBC, and warns companies to ensure they are compliant with equal pay legislation.

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Hart Brown secures a six-figure settlement in clinical negligence case

The court has approved the settlement on a long running case in Hart Brown's specialist clinical negligence team. Involving a number of highly experienced specialists.

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Join the race to remortgage

Borrowers are scrambling in record numbers to take out fixed-rate mortgages before an expected rise in the Bank of England base rate.

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Referral fees: where are we now?

David Knapp from law firm Hart Brown, weighs up whether they are a good business model, or a lifeline for those failing to acquire business by merit.

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Creating a sexual harassment policy that meets staff expectations

Recent events have brought more attention to sexual harassment in the workplace, but knowing how to fight against such issues is still not fully understood.

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Losing the plot on fees

Developers' lawyers are getting away with extortionate engrossment fees which are at odds with rules justifying charges to clients.

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Inheritance tax 2018: How much can you gift your family without incurring the dreaded tax?

INHERITANCE tax (IHT) can be a tricky tax to understand for many families looking to gift money to younger generations. How much can you gift to your family without incurring the dreaded tax?

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UK heatwave – Can you leave work early because of the amber warning? Your rights in hot weather explained

Official warnings are telling people to stay out of the sun, but what happens if your job means you NEED to be outside, or if you're trapped at your desk as temperatures soar?

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Can I insist on staff having their photo taken?

With the help of Jane Crosby, Peter Done answers a reader questioning whether they can insist that an employee has their photo taken for a new HR system.

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Understanding the redundancy process

Many people are facing job uncertainty and could be facing a redundancy process. There is a set of procedures that a company needs to adhere to when it comes to redundancy, to avoid the risk of a costly employment tribunal claim.

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Snow in Surrey: What are your rights if you can’t get to work because of the weather?

Snow - we wish for it all year round, but when it actually arrives the novelty soon wears off as we have to try and get on with our day-to-day lives.

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Gender Pay Gap vs Equal Pay: What to do if you’re getting paid less than a colleague for the exact same job

The Gender Pay Gap has been the talk of the town this week ahead of the submissions deadline for more than 9,000 UK companies.

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Referral fees to estate agents prop up failing solicitors, legal expert claims

Lawyers who pay estate agents referral fees do so only because they can’t win the business on their own merit. That’s the claim from a legal expert who has renewed the call for a ban on the practice.

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