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Make a Will Month in association with The Hospice of St Francis

Make a Will Month in association with The Hospice of St Francis

During the month of March, Blaser Mills offered its support to The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted by participating in the charity’s Make a Will Month Scheme. The annual Scheme involves local solicitors waiving their normal fee for writing a standard Will in lieu of a donation to the Hospice. Heenal Chhipa, Associate Solicitor […]

Does your company’s recruitment process involve psychometric testing?

Does your company’s recruitment process involve psychometric testing?

A job applicant with Asperger’s Syndrome has won an employment tribunal case after establishing her employer’s psychometric testing was discriminatory. Facts The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of The Government Legal Service v Brookes established that the employer’s requirement for job candidates to sit a psychometric test was indirectly discriminatory. The Government Legal […]

Hats for Headway Day 2017

Hats for Headway Day 2017

This week has been Action for Brain Injury Week, and for the second year running, Blaser Mills is showing their support by taking part in Hats for Headway Day. Headway is a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. They offer support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and […]

The ICO bares its teeth

The ICO bares its teeth

Ahead of far-reaching changes to data protection rules that come into force next year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has shown its willingness to take a tough stance on enforcement by imposing a record fine of £400,000 on Keurboom Communications. Keurboom breached privacy laws by making almost 100 million automated telephone calls to people without […]

Residence Nil-Rate Band

Residence Nil-Rate Band

Every individual has a nil-rate band of £325,000, meaning that Inheritance Tax is only payable on anything over this threshold. This is taxed at 40%. As of 6th April 2017, the Government has introduced an additional Residence Nil-Rate Band (RNRB) that means by 2020, families can pass on £1 million free from Inheritance Tax. This is […]

New hope for first-time buyers

New hope for first-time buyers

4 years for 5% deposit 8 years for 10% deposit 12 years for 15% deposit This may look like an odd version of the 4 x table, but it is in fact the length of time that it takes first-time buyers to save for a deposit for their first home according to Hamptons International. Gone […]

Blaser Mills shortlisted for Credit Awards 2017

The Commercial Litigation team has been shortlisted for the Credit Awards 2017 in the Best Law Firm for Collections category. The Credit Awards is the largest awards ceremony in credit and will be celebrating a landmark 18th year this year. The event will unite the credit industry for an evening of celebration and will reward […]

New tougher penalties for serious speeding offences

New tougher penalties for serious speeding offences

Coming into force from today, the Sentencing Council have increased the punishment for drivers who are caught speeding. The alteration to the sentencing guidelines means that the financial penalties will increase for those speeds that fall into the highest sentencing bracket. Prior to today, drivers who recorded speeds that fell into the highest category would […]