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Jul
2019
Taking children on holiday following divorce or separation

With the summer holidays fast approaching, many families will be planning a holiday with their children, whether it is a staycation in England and Wales, or a trip further afield to a foreign country.  As a result, a question commonly asked by parents involved in or facing relationship difficulties is, “Do I need permission to take my child on holiday?” Permission to take a child abroad If you are planning to take your child abroad then it is important that you check before you travel as to whether you will need to obtain permission from the other parent first. We recommend this is dealt with as early as possible and not left until the last minute and particularly before any holiday bookings are made or paid for.  If you are divorced or separated, then the question of whether you require permission from the other parent depends on who has parental responsibility for the child and whether there are any court orders currently in place. Who has parental responsibility? Parental responsibility means all the rights, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to a child and the child’s property by law. A child’s mother will
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Jun
2019
Record Amout Raised at the Brantham Teddy Bear Parachute Challenge

The annual Teddy Bear Parachute Challenge took place at St Michael’s Church Brantham on Saturday 29 June 2019. The weather was lovely once again and this encouraged 85 brave bears, each wearing a parachute designed by their Trainer, to make the jump from the top of the Church tower. Their descent was timed and the Bear who managed to stay airborne the longest crowned the winner. Each Bear was allowed multiple jumps to try and beat their existing time with parachute alterations and repairs allowed between jumps! Thompson Smith and Puxon have sponsored this event, which is always great fun and very well supported, since the beginning. All of the money raised  is for the benefit of the church, and this year, when the amount was totaled at the end of the event a record breaking £1400 was reported, and there is still more sponsorship money and gift aid to collect for the teddies whose trainers were sponsored. This year the winning Bear was ‘Carol’s Bear’ with the excellent flight time of 43.12 seconds, very closely followed by ‘Hannah’ in second place with 37.97s with ‘Eeyore’ flying into third place with a time of 37.78s. Alice Bilby (left) and Sarah
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Jun
2019
Quiz Night’s Big Total for Team Angus

The 12th Annual Charity Quiz jointly hosted by Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP), TC Group (formerly Jamesons) and Barclays was held on Wednesday 26 June at Frinton Golf Club. In the twelve years the quiz has been running, over £25,000 has been raised for local good causes thanks to the generosity and support of local businesses. This year the quiz took place in aid of Team Angus, inspired by client, Toby Wheeler. Twenty three teams representing businesses across the region took part in the quiz, with TSP Director and Employment Solicitor, Richard Porter, as Compère for the fourth year. After a tightly fought contest of 10 rounds the winning team was The Lifehouse Spa and Hotel.  An enjoyable evening was had by all and the event raised a grand total of £2,603 including £1,000 of matched funding pledged by Barclays. Thanks to all of the teams who attended and for helping us to raise much needed funds for Angus. Toby Wheeler and Angus are pictured. TSP Support for Toby and Team Angus Toby’s Story: Toby Wheeler is an exceptional young man in his twenties who has cerebral palsy. Despite his disability he is determined and focussed with a never-give-up attitude
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Jun
2019
Neighbour borders – how to stop a boundary wall becoming a battle line.

How well do you know your neighbours? We jealously guard our domain, carefully marking out our borders and ensuring that nobody encroaches on our ‘personal space’. Boundary disputes between neighbours can be some of the most fiercely contested and ugly conflicts in modern society. From someone’s fence being a couple of inches over their boundary to overhanging trees, high hedges or fences or the dreaded Public Footpath across private land, it seems there are a multitude of ways to annoy the neighbours without saying a word. Let’s have a look at the guidelines around boundary disputes, and how to resolve them. Drawing the line – where are boundaries recorded? You will usually find your property boundaries marked out on your deeds. However, with older properties the lines can get a little blurred over time and it can be difficult to precisely know who owns a hedge, fence, or trees between two properties. Walls are often a little easier to determine, but even these can be the subject of disputes if there is no precise indication as to where the original wall should be. The boundary of a registered estate as shown is a general boundary and does not determine the
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Jun
2019
Employers Cannot Take Short Cuts with Investigations

Two very recent judgments in the Employment Tribunal are a salient reminder for Employers that they cannot take short cuts with investigations. Both cases echo what has been said by the Employment Tribunal on previous occasions; a fair and reasonable investigation into disciplinary matters and grievances is essential to enable an employer to make fair and reasonable decisions. In the first case, S v Tesco Stores Ltd, a 17 year old female employee made allegations about Facebook messages she had received from a male colleague. At a disciplinary hearing the male colleague alleged that the conversations were banter between two adults, however, the comments were found by the hearing to be inappropriate and sexual and the colleague was dismissed for Gross Misconduct. He challenged his dismissal. The following are extracts from the judgment (which can be read in full here): “The claimant’s principal challenge to the fairness of the decision was in relation to the investigation… “In my view it is clear that the respondents’ investigation fell well outwith the band of reasonable responses… “…the respondents having failed to carry out a proper investigation, did not have reasonable grounds upon which to base their decision as to the claimant’s guilt…
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