The future of Employment Tribunal Claims: A very interesting change will happen on 29th July 2013. Read more on http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/the-future-for-employment-tribunal-claims/

During 2013 fees were introduced for Employment tribunal claims brought by employees against their employers

WHAT MEDIATION CAN DO FOR YOU. Read about our mediation service http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/what-mediation-can-do-for-you.html. Our consultancy arrangement with Dilys LLoyd enables us to offer a mediation service locally & at competitive rates. Half a day £500 & full day  £1,000.00 / party + vat  Possible extra costs – venue/refreshments/exceptional mileage/ exceptional preparation. Contact Jodie Cobb, the litigation department's co-ordinator on 01473 343903…

WHAT MEDIATION CAN DO FOR YOU. Read about our mediation service http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/what-mediation-can-do-for-you.html. Our consultancy arrangement with Dilys LLoyd enables us to offer a mediation service locally & at competitive rates. Half a day £500 & full day £1,000.00 / party + vat Possible extra costs – venue/refreshments/exceptional mileage/ exceptional preparation. Contact Jodie Cobb, the litigation department's co-ordinator on 01473 343903…

The Office of the Public Guardian has published a practice note - http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/protecting-the-vulnerable/mca/pg-note-02-12-gifts.pdf providing guidance on how gift making by attorneys should be approached. It is simply guidance. Each decision about a gift must be considered on its own merits & the main test will always be whether it is in the best interests of the donor.  Contact Lorna Thresh at Lorna_Thresh@blockslegal.co.uk for more information

The Office of the Public Guardian has published a practice note - http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/protecting-the-vulnerable/mca/pg-note-02-12-gifts.pdf providing guidance on how gift making by attorneys should be approached. It is simply guidance. Each decision about a gift must be considered on its own merits & the main test will always be whether it is in the best interests of the donor. Contact Lorna Thresh at Lorna_Thresh@blockslegal.co.uk for more information

A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a type of power of attorney.  They were introduced in October 2007 to replace Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPA”).  They only replaced EPAs from 1 October 2007 and any EPA existing before that date was not affected and remained valid...Read More: http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/report-on-lasting-powers-of-attorney/

A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a type of power of attorney. They were introduced in October 2007 to replace Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPA”). They only replaced EPAs from 1 October 2007 and any EPA existing before that date was not affected and remained valid...Read More: http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/report-on-lasting-powers-of-attorney/

Remember A Charity Week 2013 – 9 to 15 September. Blocks Solicitors are a Campaign Supporter of Remember A Charity which was formed in 2000 & now has over 140 charities, who work together to encourage more people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will. Legacies are vital to UK charities – bringing in £2 billion per year, the equivalent of 19 Comic Reliefs. ... http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/news/remember-a-charity-week-2013-9-to-15-september/

Remember A Charity Week 2013 – 9 to 15 September. Blocks Solicitors are a Campaign Supporter of Remember A Charity which was formed in 2000 & now has over 140 charities, who work together to encourage more people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will. Legacies are vital to UK charities – bringing in £2 billion per year, the equivalent of 19 Comic Reliefs. ... http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/news/remember-a-charity-week-2013-9-to-15-september/

ALL JOBS SHOULD BE 'FLEXIBLE BY DEFAULT'  That is the conclusion of Age UK, which has produced a new policy report on older workers and flexible working.  Flexible working is a term which can apply to hours of work, how and where work is done, and how jobs are structured. An employer is of course free to allow any employee to work flexibly, either informally or in a more formal way....  http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/sallie-davies/older-workers-and-flexible-working.html

ALL JOBS SHOULD BE 'FLEXIBLE BY DEFAULT' That is the conclusion of Age UK, which has produced a new policy report on older workers and flexible working. Flexible working is a term which can apply to hours of work, how and where work is done, and how jobs are structured. An employer is of course free to allow any employee to work flexibly, either informally or in a more formal way.... http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/sallie-davies/older-workers-and-flexible-working.html

Flexible employee benefits portal - http://www.faircare.co.uk/

Workplace stress is often associated with work overload and with ambitious, thrusting individuals in highly pressurized high-flying environments. Now, a new study by UK researchers has found that those working… read more →

Nicola Weldon, Private Client Solicitor at our Felixstowe office, became a Partner on 1 April 2013.  Gerry Field Managing Partner says,’ Nicola & Demelza are both highly valued by this Firm, their colleagues & clients & these promotions recognise the high standard of their work & commitment. We are always keen to encourage staff development & we look forward to their commitment. Nicola can be contacted at nicola_weldon@blockslegal.co.uk or 01394 283241

Nicola Weldon, Private Client Solicitor at our Felixstowe office, became a Partner on 1 April 2013. Gerry Field Managing Partner says,’ Nicola & Demelza are both highly valued by this Firm, their colleagues & clients & these promotions recognise the high standard of their work & commitment. We are always keen to encourage staff development & we look forward to their commitment. Nicola can be contacted at nicola_weldon@blockslegal.co.uk or 01394 283241

Kim Caley qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2004. She specialises in Commercial and Residential Conveyancing. She covers all aspects of property work, acting mainly for small busineses and individuals and main stream lenders. Kim strives to provide practical guidance, support and assistance. kc@blockslegal.co.uk

Kim Caley qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2004. She specialises in Commercial and Residential Conveyancing. She covers all aspects of property work, acting mainly for small busineses and individuals and main stream lenders. Kim strives to provide practical guidance, support and assistance. kc@blockslegal.co.uk

Alice Vernon qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and has experience in varied and complex private client work including Wills, Probate, Court of Protection and Lasting Powers of Attorney.  Alice will provide professional and helpful advice ensuring that you fully understand your options and are able to make the best choices to fit your wishes and needs. You can contact Alice on 01473 343925 or email at anv@blockslegal.co.uk Follow Alice on Twitter @blocksanv

Alice Vernon qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and has experience in varied and complex private client work including Wills, Probate, Court of Protection and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Alice will provide professional and helpful advice ensuring that you fully understand your options and are able to make the best choices to fit your wishes and needs. You can contact Alice on 01473 343925 or email at anv@blockslegal.co.uk Follow Alice on Twitter @blocksanv

DILYS LLOYD AWARDED 'INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR 2012/13'  Dilys Lloyd has recently been awarded ‘Independent Mediator of the Year 2012’ by the Professional Mediators Association.  Dilys commented: “I was delighted to receive the accolade Independent Mediator of the Year from the Professional Mediators Association recognising my commitment to mediation best practice standards and to my own professional ...  http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/news/dilys-lloyd-independent-mediator-award.html

DILYS LLOYD AWARDED 'INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR 2012/13' Dilys Lloyd has recently been awarded ‘Independent Mediator of the Year 2012’ by the Professional Mediators Association. Dilys commented: “I was delighted to receive the accolade Independent Mediator of the Year from the Professional Mediators Association recognising my commitment to mediation best practice standards and to my own professional ... http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/news/dilys-lloyd-independent-mediator-award.html

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Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes confirmed plans to introduce major changes designed to ensure that separating couples will consider using mediation as an alternative to Court proceedings. The emphasis on mediation as an alternative to Court proceedings has been in place for some time with parties being required to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting prior to issuing an application ..... http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/governments-plans-for-more-family-mediation/

As I write, family lawyers across the country are awaiting the outcome of an appeal in the case of Petrodel v. Prest which was heard by the Supreme Court in… read more →

Luisa Palumbo is a Paralegal specialising in Residential Conveyancing. Luisa assists in all aspects of Property work.  You can contact Luisa on 01473 343905 or email at Luisa_Palumbo@blockslegal.co.uk  Follow Luisa on Twitter @blocksLPP

Luisa Palumbo is a Paralegal specialising in Residential Conveyancing. Luisa assists in all aspects of Property work. You can contact Luisa on 01473 343905 or email at Luisa_Palumbo@blockslegal.co.uk Follow Luisa on Twitter @blocksLPP

It is common for jobseekers to think that they must tell a potential employer if they have a long term health condition. They are under no obligation to tell all about their health before the job offer. If that person is the best candidate for the job, they should be offered the job. The Equality Act outlaws pre-employment health questions because they can lead to unlawful discrimination. Read more: http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/disclosing-long-term-illnesses-to-potential-employers/

It is common for jobseekers to think that they must tell a potential employer if they have a long term health condition. They are under no obligation to tell all about their health before the job offer. If that person is the best candidate for the job, they should be offered the job. The Equality Act outlaws pre-employment health questions because they can lead to unlawful discrimination. Read more: http://www.blockslegal.co.uk/articles/disclosing-long-term-illnesses-to-potential-employers/

Lorna Thresh has specialised in Private Client work for over 10 years.  She has experience  in the administration of estates, wills, lasting powers of attorney and other issues affecting  the elderly, including applications to the Court of Protection.  Lorna will assist you to consider your arrangements in a professional and caring manner to  ensure that your well being and wishes are catered for. lat@blockslegal.co.uk

Lorna Thresh has specialised in Private Client work for over 10 years. She has experience in the administration of estates, wills, lasting powers of attorney and other issues affecting the elderly, including applications to the Court of Protection. Lorna will assist you to consider your arrangements in a professional and caring manner to ensure that your well being and wishes are catered for. lat@blockslegal.co.uk

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