What is whistleblowing?

There is legislation to protect employees if they ‘blow the whistle’ on their employer. If an employee is dismissed because they have ‘blown the whistle’ their dismissal is considered unfair. Unlawful Detriment Furthermore, employees are also entitled to be protected from any unlawful detriment…


New Year Renovations

The new year can be a great time to spruce up your property. Many owners are often looking to carry out minor or major alterations to their property.  However before rolling up your sleeves or instructing a builder – it is important to consider what planning permission you may need. Types of…


National Christmas Jumper Day 2018

Levi Solicitors staff got into the Christmas spirit by taking part in National Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th December and fundraising for DKMS. DKMS works in the areas of blood cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It raises awareness for the need for donors for hematopoietic…


Dealing with Social Media Estates and Digital Assets

Dealing with a social media estates and digital assets Dealing with a deceased person’s estate involves gathering in their assets and distributing them in accordance with their will. If there is no will the ‘rules of intestacy’ apply. Finding out what assets a person had used to…


Professional negligence FAQ's

What is professional negligence? Professional negligence occurs where a professional fails to perform his responsibilities to the required standard – i.e. the level required of a reasonably competent person in their profession) and their failing has caused you loss.  What type of…


Probate Fee Increases – are they really just a sneaky stealth tax?

The government’s recent announcement to increased probate fees has drawn significant criticism from many parties. Andrew Milburn, Head of our Probate and Estate Administration department discusses why. What are Probate Fees? Probate Fees are fees payable to the Probate Registry when an application…


The ten steps to buying a home

Unless you are lucky enough to have won or been given money to buy a house outright. You will need to save for a deposit and borrow money. Saving for a deposit Buyers are usually required to provide a deposit of 5% of the price of the property being purchased. If you are saving for a deposit it is…


How can you plan to make things easier for your family and loved ones

If you are no longer able to make life decisions for yourself a Lasting Power of Attorney makes life easier for your family or loved ones. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney: Lasting Power of Attorney – Property and financial affairs This type of Lasting Power of Attorney deals…


Sepsis - the dangers

There have been many recent stories in the press about death and injury from Sepsis.  Sepsis – formerly known as septicaemia or blood poisoning is a dangerous condition.  It should always be treated as a medical emergency. Once diagnosed, time is of the essence as far as treatment is…


Costs in the Employment Tribunal

Employment Tribunal costs (including solicitors’ and barristers’ fees) differ from the Courts.  In the County Court and the High Court, you usually recover a percentage of the legal costs from the losing party (apart from the small claims section). However, in the Employment Tribunal, the general…