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December 2016 Newswire  
 

  Services For You & Your Family

 

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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family

Our aim is to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the best possible advantages in working with us. This newswire will be sent regularly to help achieve this aim, and we hope you enjoy reading them.

  Christmas Opening Times


 

Please note that Hethertons will close at 12.30pm on Friday, 23rd December 2016 and will re-open on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our clients and business contacts a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

  Discrimination claim thrown out by EAT


 

A Judge has ruled that a clergyman, who was prevented from taking up a job following his same-sex marriage, was not discriminated against.

Canon Jeremy Pemberton had his permission to officiate revoked two years ago, following his marriage to long-standing partner Laurence Cunnington.

 
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  Resolution believes new statistics highlight the frailties of family law legislation


 

Family law association Resolution has said that the latest set of divorce statistics has re-emphasised the need for a number of major changes to UK law.

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent figures for England and Wales revealed that there were 111,169 divorces in England and Wales in 2014 (the most recent year for which data is available.)

 
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  Survey shows that residential property prices have fallen


 

The average asking price for a house in the UK is set to dip below £300,000 this month, with the growth in property prices likely to remain weak into next year.

Statistics taken from the Rightmove House Price Index revealed prices are on course to drop 2.1 per cent in December, which follows on from a 1.1 per cent fall last month.

 
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  Be on your guard against illegal subletting


 

Landlords have been warned about the possibility that tenants may take the opportunity to sub-let their property if they’re going away for the Christmas period.

Research by Total Landlord Insurance found that there has been a 14 per cent rise in malicious and accidental damage claims in 2016 as a direct result of premises being illegally sublet.

 
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  Regulator to investigate the UK’s care homes


 

It was confirmed this month that care homes would face an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) amid concerns that some residents may be suffering as a result of unfair practices.

The regulator has decided to intervene following fears that a sizeable number of people receiving residential and nursing care are being hit by unexpected increases in bills and charges which have been “concealed” in the small print of people’s contracts.

 
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