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Telephone Problems

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We are currently experiencing problems with our telephone landline, which we are working to resolve.

For help with any urgent matters, please email

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Free Workshop For First-Time Employers

Even for experienced companies, employing people can be difficult.

On 5th May 2016, we are hosting a free workshop to help any start-up (or established business) who are looking at employing people for the first time.

The event is organised by Destination Chesterfield and Chesterfield Borough Council’s Innovation Support Project. …continue reading »

Budget 2016

BudgetThe Chancellor George Osborne delivered his eighth budget yesterday. As with most budgets, it had its share of good and bad news for everyone.

Headline-grabbing announcements included plans to tax sugary drinks and longer school days, but there were a few more interesting announcements hidden in there which you may have missed.

Here is our selection of Budget 2016 highlights. …continue reading »

Unison Appeal Permission Granted By Supreme Court

Amy Hallam - Employment Specialist at BRM SolicitorsEmployment Tribunal fees have caused controversy since their introduction in July 2013.

The union Unison have been one of the most vocal critics of the fees, and have taken legal action seeking abolishment of the fees.
Fees were introduced with the intention of deterring spurious claims but it Unison belief that the fees limit access to justice for many legitimate claimants. …continue reading »

European Court Rules Holiday Pay Must Include Commission

Glenn JaquesJudgment has now been handed down in the case of Lock V British Gas in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. It confirms that employers must pay commission as part of holiday pay.

The ruling was in favour of British Gas salesman Joe Lock.

Like many sales people, Mr Lock received only his basic pay while on holiday, despite making most of his money from commission. …continue reading »

Nearly £10k Raised By Macmillan Will Campaign

£9,742 raised by Macmillan will campaignThank you to everyone who made a will with us during our Macmillan will promotion in September and October.

The final appointments have been completed, and our generous clients have raised an incredible £9,742.  All the money raised will go towards the £2.5 million needed to build the new Macmillan Cancer Centre, currently under construction at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

We were overwhelmed by the level of support, and it was certainly one of the most successful will events we have been involved with. …continue reading »

Company Law Update

Anna Cattee - Notary Public and SolicitorYou may be aware that elements of The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 are already in force. Those elements include prohibition of bearer shares, and exclusion of a director’s day of birth from the Companies House public register.

It is expected that new provisions relating to new rules on beneficial ownership information will be implemented on 06 April 2016, although this date may be subject to change. …continue reading »

National Minimum Wage Increases On The Way

Shelley WhymanFrom 1st April 2016, the National Minimum Wage will increase to the following hourly rates:

Age 25 and over – £7.20

Ages 21 to 25 – £6.70

Ages 18 to 21 – £5.30

Under 18 – £3.87

Apprentices – £3.30

Shelley Whyman – Chartered Legal Executive – BRM Solicitors

Parental Consent Required For South Africa Travel

Anna Cattee - Notary Public and Solicitor

Travellers heading to South Africa should be aware that there are now rules affecting travel with minors.

These rules have been in force since 1st June 2015.

A parental consent affidavit is required for any minor not travelling with both parents listed on their birth certificate. This is subject to a few limited exemptions. South Africa considers a minor to be persons under 18 years old. …continue reading »

Inheritance Tax Rules To Change in 2017

Rob WoodheadThe Chancellor announced in his 2015 Summer Budget a new Transferable Main Residence Allowance. The Allowance will start at £100,000 in April 2017, and will increase to £175,000 per person by 2020/2021. …continue reading »