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Why do we have specialists on our team?

June 30, 2015 12:00 pm

The motto of Larcomes is “big enough to specialise, small enough to care.” But why is it important to have specialists on a legal team? Surely if you need legal advice, all you want is someone who knows how to represent you? As with a lot of things it is not quite as simple as that. Training and experience Most legal representatives will be able to represent you in a court of law. However, as with most professions over time a lot of people become...
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Various types of Industrial Diseases

June 23, 2015 12:00 pm

You have probably seen adverts on television about industrial accidents and diseases saying how “you might be entitled to compensation.” While some people decry “health and safety” there is a reason it exists – to reduce the risk of people getting hurt and to make the workplace as safe as possible. Below are a few examples of common industrial diseases you should be aware of: Asbestos exposure Asbestos was a substance that was commonly used for decades due to its flame retardant properties until it...
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A guide to the Children’s Act

June 16, 2015 12:00 pm

In simple terms, the Children’s Act is a piece of legislation designed to ensure that the welfare and well-being of children is of paramount importance. The Act was initially introduced in 1989 and was then subsequently updated in 2004. Why it’s there There are several key points to the Children’s Act with regard to looking after children and looking into what is best for their needs: The Paramountcy Principle – this means that you have to think about both the best interests of the child...
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A guide to Environmental Law

June 9, 2015 12:00 pm

In simple terms, environmental law is a collective term for a wide range of statutes, regulations and laws that are designed to reduce the negative effects of human activity on the environment. Building A good example of environmental law is in construction projects. Whether it’s a new skyscraper or an extension to your house the local environment has to be considered. Someone looking to build a new shop would have to consider the potential damage their new site could cause to the local environment. You...
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Pension freedom- How the April changes affect you

June 6, 2015 12:00 pm

As of the 6th April this year changes have been made to the way people can access the funds from their pension. But what does this mean for you? Today we’re going to guide you through how the changes in pension could potentially affect you, both in terms of what you can do, and arguably what you should do!   The Changes In simple terms the new rules allow you to: Take away a single tax free lump sum – You may prefer to have...
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Things to consider before buying commercial property

June 2, 2015 12:00 pm

If you are thinking about buying commercial property the chances are your business has grown enough that you can cover those costs. Alternatively you may be looking for somewhere to invest in that you can then sell on to a business. What you need to be aware of are the factors involved with buying the property. There are a few things to consider before buying commercial property and it pays to be aware and do your research before you make one of the biggest investments...
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Larcomes – Hampshire’s Law Society Awards Winners

June 1, 2015 2:22 pm

Larcomes Solicitors with offices in Portsmouth and Waterlooville has scooped the highly prestigious title of Law Firm (Small) of the Year at this year’s inaugural Hampshire Law Society Awards Dinner on 21st May, which took place in Gunwharf Quays. All nominations for the four awards that were being awarded by the Hampshire Law Society (were for Solicitor of the Year over 5 years PQE, Junior Lawyer of the Year and Law Firm of the Year both small and large). Nominations were judged by an experienced...
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