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  • Don’t get stung with penalty contracts Article date:  23/12/2014A campaign by a former Cambridge law graduate is set to fight for the rights of anyone stung by a harsh or unjust parking fines.
  • Higgs lawyer is Future Faces Vice President Article date:  18/12/2014A Higgs & Sons solicitor has been elected Vice President of a Birmingham networking group.
  • Higgs & Sons ‘surprised’ by survey findings Article date:  05/12/2014A survey of employers about changes to flexible working rules have revealed some surprising results.
  • Who runs the farm if you can’t? Article date:  03/12/2014The terrible incident at Bridge Farm where Tony Archer was trampled by Otto the bull reflects the real-life truth that farming is a hazardous occupation.
  • Higgs & Sons helps budding entrepreneurs Article date:  02/12/2014A West Midlands law firm has joined forces with a business start-up project to offer a series of workshops to budding entrepreneurs.
  • “… And I leave to my family all my debts". Article date:  24/11/2014A leading West Midlands lawyer says the credit crunch and resulting recession has led to the emergence of a new phenomenon of 'debt inheritors'.
  • When the HSE come knocking Article date:  20/11/2014As if Tony Archer's family don't have enough to deal with following Tony's horrific accident at Bridge Farm, now the Health & Safety Inspector is involved, there will be numerous questions that his family and farm workers will be expected to answer.
  • Legislation remembers armed forces sacrifice Article date:  07/11/2014As we prepare to mark 100 years since the start of World War 1, the sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces is commemorated on both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
  • 7 deals in 7 days Article date:  05/11/2014Higgs & Sons' award winning corporate team signed off the final day of its financial year last week with its 7th completion in as many days.
  • Overtime to count towards holiday pay Article date:  04/11/2014The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has this morning handed down judgment in AMEC Group Ltd v Law and related appeals which considered whether employers were obliged to count overtime when calculating holiday pay.
  • Carry on farming Article date:  03/11/2014As Britain begins the countdown to a general election, the various political parties are starting to look at ways of balancing their budgets, funding 'popular' tax cuts through increases in taxation from other sources.
  • Shining a light on solar panel subsidies Article date:  03/11/2014
  • You reap what you sow Article date:  03/11/2014Radio 4's 'The Archers', an everyday tale of farming folk, is in the midst of a gripping storyline about the sale of Brookfield Farm and its ramifications to the Archer family.
  • Model Tenancy Agreement for ASTs - A new dawn? Article date:  03/11/2014The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently published a long awaited model tenancy agreement for Assured Shorthold Tenancies.
  • Higgs & Sons wins top rankings in law bible Article date:  31/10/2014Higgs & Sons has confirmed its position as one of the top practices in the region, according to the latest league tables from an industry bible.
  • Tenants entitled to free complaints service Article date:  27/10/2014New legislation came into force in England on 1 October 2014, which requires any person engaged in lettings agency work or property management work to belong either to redress scheme that has been approved by the Secretary of State, or to a Government administered redress scheme.
  • Managing bereavement in the workplace Article date:  24/10/2014Grief following the death of a loved one affects everyone differently. Managing that grief in the workplace is a delicate and often difficult role for employers.
  • Anti-social behaviour: New mandatory ground for possession Article date:  20/10/2014
  • Annual quiz raises £5,000 for The Princes Trust Article date:  10/10/2014
  • Law firm secretaries complete bespoke training Article date:  08/10/2014Secretaries at Higgs & Sons have reaped the rewards of a bespoke training course at Dudley College.
  • New rules bring positive changes to intestate laws Article date:  01/10/2014Complaints and legal claims against the handling - or rather mishandling - of a deceased person's estate have more than tripled in the last year, according to figures recently released by the High Court.
  • Family Fun Day raises £4000 for The Prince's Trust Article date:  24/09/2014A team of Aston Villa Old Stars took part in a charity football match on Sunday, and helped to raise £4,000 for The Prince's Trust.
  • West Midlands To Pilot New Immigration Checks on Tenants Article date:  17/09/2014The Government have announced that as from December, the West Midlands region will trial the intended new laws that will fine landlords up to £3,000.00 if they let to people who are not lawfully in the UK.
  • Four complete training with Higgs & Sons Article date:  10/09/2014Leading Midlands law firm Higgs & Sons has welcomed four newly qualified lawyers to the firm.
  • Planning ahead for an uncertain future Article date:  10/09/2014Older people are more scared of developing dementia than they are of getting cancer, according to a recent survey.
  • Dispelling the myths of who pays for care Article date:  10/09/2014New laws governing social care are set to put a cap on how much money anyone has to pay towards the cost of their care.
  • New lawyers for Higgs & Sons Article date:  10/09/2014Higgs & Sons has boosted its numbers by taking on six new trainees.
  • The Dangers of Unreasonably Withholding Consent Article date:  21/08/2014A recent case, Singh v Dhanji reiterates the dangers of landlords attempting to impose conditions on assignments.
  • Conspicuous consumption Article date:  18/08/2014New consumer contracts legislation introduced in June needs to be addressed in all solicitors firms' terms of business and client care letters. Ian Bond and Helen Clarke outline the implications for private client practitioner.
  • Relaxation of Rules Restricting Renting out of London Homes Article date:  14/08/2014The Department of Communities and Local Government has announced it intends to end 40 year old restrictions which prevent Londoners from renting out their homes on a short term basis.
  • Immigration Checks Loom One Step Closer Article date:  11/08/2014The Immigration Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. Current indications are that the checking scheme will begin in October.
  • Sickness absence in the workplace Article date:  04/08/2014The government has been putting together a plan to assist employers and employees manage sickness absence in the workplace, given the financial and operational impact that such issues can have on all businesses.
  • Censorship U-turn not a moment too soon Article date:  29/07/2014As Google backs down in the row over a person's 'right to be forgotten', Higgs & Sons says the U-turn hasn't come a moment too soon.
  • Non-Contentious Probate Rules — Where are we now? Article date:  22/07/2014
  • Charity advice begins at Higgs Article date:  22/07/2014A seminar providing step-by-step assistance to trustees, directors, fundraisers and administrators of charities has been help by leading law firm Higgs & Sons.
  • Higgs and Aston Business School KTP recognised in academic awards Article date:  18/07/2014Higgs & Sons is celebrating after its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston Business School reached the finals of prestigious academic awards.
  • Higgs advises JC Payne on Aire Body Care acquisition Article date:  09/07/2014Higgs & Sons has advised commercial vehicle bodybuilder, JC Payne (UK) Limited on its purchase out of administration of the business and assets of Aire Body Care for an undisclosed sum.
  • Forty teams take part in Higgs’ charity football tournament Article date:  08/07/2014Higgs & Sons welcomed 350 local professionals from businesses across the region to its annual charity football tournament.
  • Solicitor appointed trustee of national society Article date:  23/06/2014
  • Are Tenancy Deposits worth the effort? Article date:  19/06/2014The latest tenancy deposit case, Gardener v McCusker, has increased the administrative burden on landlords and/or agents once again, and opened the door more widely to potential disputes.
  • Higgs races to Rio for charity Article date:  11/06/2014The thought of cycling from Brierley Hill to Rio may be daunting for some, but not for the team at law firm Higgs & Sons which took to their bikes to raise money for the Prince's Trust.
  • PROTECT launch sees increase in work for family legal team Article date:  09/06/2014PROTECT was launched by Higgs & Sons at the beginning of the year and has resulted in a marked increase in new enquiries.
  • Higgs' partner named IoD CSR West Midlands Director of the Year Article date:  05/06/2014Tim Jones, head of employment law at Higgs & Sons, has been named CSR Director of the Year by the West Midlands branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) at its annual awards today.
  • Taking care of Personal Health Budgets Article date:  27/05/2014Higgs & Sons is helping clients in need of long term care secure the tailor-made care package that is best for them.
  • Higgs to create centre of excellence for personal legal matters Article date:  23/05/2014Higgs & Sons is to bring its rapidly growing private client and residential property teams together under one roof for the very first time with the creation of a new centre of excellence at its Waterfront headquarters.
  • Employment e-Flash - Should holiday pay include commission? Article date:  23/05/2014The issue of whether the Working Time Directive requires a worker's statutory holiday pay to include commission has been ruled upon by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The previous position in this respect was unclear and we have been waiting for the decision from the ECJ to clarify the situation.
  • Higgs serves up deal for First Choice Article date:  20/05/2014Higgs & Sons has represented an industrial catering equipment specialist on its acquisition of a competitor.
  • Higgs and ERIKS join forces for 'Give & Gain' Article date:  19/05/2014Leading Midlands law firm Higgs & Sons has teamed up with industrial services specialist ERIKS to help youngsters in the Black Country get fit and learn about healthy attitudes to eating and living.
  • Higgs partner elected onto Resolution national committee Article date:  07/05/2014Philip Barnsley, a partner at a leading West Midlands law firm, has been elected onto the national committee of Resolution following a ballot of more than 6,500 members.
  • Higgs & Sons makes senior appointment to the Corporate team Article date:  28/04/2014Higgs & Sons has made a senior appointment to its corporate team.
  • Higgs & Sons Football Match Article date:  17/04/2014Professional advisers from across the region came together last week to participate in an 11-a-side football match organised by leading Midlands law firm, Higgs & Sons.
  • Employment Law Changes Article date:  14/04/2014A leading employment lawyer advises businesses in the region to take heed of a number of important changes in the law that came into effect on 6th April 2014.
  • Higgs opens door for hotel group to secure next move Article date:  10/04/2014Two teams from Higgs & Sons have worked together to support an entrepreneur with the purchase of his next hotel.
  • Bank of Mom & Dad Article date:  04/04/2014Increases in the average house prices as the country comes out of recession, a shortage of affordable housing and the strict lending requirements adopted by banks following the recent financial crises demanding a deposit of at least 10% (or 5% with the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme) mean that according to official statistics, more young people than ever (some 3.3m 18-24 year olds) are now living with their parents.
  • Warning to agencies over shift in tax responsibility Article date:  04/04/2014A stark warning highlighting significant changes in the tax implications to recruitment agencies was issued this week.
  • Employment law changes from 6th April 2014 Article date:  03/04/2014The employment team have noted a number of changes in employment law take effect from 6th April 2014.
  • Higgs & Sons advises Servosteel on their return to independence Article date:  01/04/2014Higgs & Sons has advised the management team on the successful MBO of Essar Steel Processing & Distribution UK Ltd from its international owners for an undisclosed multi million pound sum.
  • Solicitor accepted as member of national society Article date:  01/04/2014Annabel Kay, Associate at Higgs & Sons Solicitors, has been accepted as a member of the national association 'Solicitors for the Elderly' (SFE), receiving full professional member status of the SFE.
  • Higgs advises on steel stockholding acquisition Article date:  31/03/2014Leading Black Country law firm Higgs & Sons has advised Kirkby Steel Tubes Limited on its acquisition of Eccles-based steel stockholding company Hilmar Tubes Limited.
  • Who will look after my children when I die? Article date:  17/03/2014As Mother's Day approaches at the end of the month, a leading Midlands lawyer suggests it is the responsibility of all parents to think the unthinkable - who will look after their children if they die?
  • School Admissions Appeal – All is not lost Article date:  05/03/2014Many parents across the West Midlands will be holding their heads in their hands this month as their hopes and dreams for their child's education are crushed.
  • Surge in cases involving older drivers for motoring lawyer Article date:  28/02/2014Higgs & Sons partner Catherine Junor is calling for more support and awareness for older drivers following a surge in the number of cases she is handling.
  • Law Commission recommends guidance on financial needs guidance and pre-nups Article date:  27/02/2014In a report released today, the Law Commission have recommended clearer guidance should be drafted to help couples understand how their financial needs would be considered on divorce.
  • Outstanding start to 2014 for legal Finance Director Article date:  20/02/2014Higgs & Sons' Finance Director is celebrating a flying start to 2014 with the news that he's been shortlisted for an award in the Financial Director magazine's annual awards and a project that he's worked on for the last two years has been rated as outstanding by the UK's innovation agency.
  • Higgs acts for Impreglon on seven figure acquisition Article date:  14/02/2014A leading Midlands corporate law team is celebrating an excellent start to 2014 by advising the UK arm of global player Impreglon on its purchase of Optical Coating Technologies.
  • Higgs launches innovative new divorce service Article date:  12/02/2014An innovative new divorce service which simplifies the process for clients has been launched in the Midlands.
  • Government review of zero hours contracts could have implications for region’s employers Article date:  10/02/2014Employment associate Simon Bond says that a government review on the use of zero hours employment contracts could have implications for the region's employers.
  • New legal guidance issued for app developers Article date:  30/01/2014A specialist online business lawyer says that app developers across the UK need to bring themselves up to speed on new guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Marley v Rawlings – A dose of common sense? Article date:  23/01/2014The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by the Court of Appeal which refused to 'rectify' a will that was incorrectly signed by the wrong spouse.
  • Consumer Credit Act Article date:  22/01/2014On 1st April 2014 (a co-incidence, surely?) the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") will take over the Office of Fair Trading's ("OFT") duties in relation to the regulation of Consumer Credit Licences.
  • Can you administer an estate without proof of death? Article date:  22/01/2014Partner Ian Bond says that the new Presumption of Death Act 2013, which becomes law from 1 October 2014, will help scores of families across England settle the affairs of loved ones who have gone missing and are presumed dead.
  • Section 21 just got easier Article date:  22/01/2014In December, the Court of Appeal gave residential landlords some welcome relief in the case of Spencer v Taylor [2013].
  • PROTECT (1) Article date:  07/01/2014
  • PROTECT Article date:  07/01/2014

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