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In December 1919, the British government passed the very first piece of equal opportunities legislation: the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. This Act enabled women to join the legal profession for...

World Children’s Day

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This year’s World Children’s Day marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a Convention which has helped to transform the lives of children all over...
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are ranked in The Legal 500, 2020! Commercial Property Our fantastic Commercial Property team have maintained their ranking for the second year!...

A Summer Summary

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Now that we have settled in to September, we have time to reflect on a fantastic summer at Crane & Staples… Hertfordshire Law Society Dinner The celebrations started back in...
How do we agree our child maintenance? In this article, Sharon Montgomery outlines the omissions in the Government’s potentially problematic new Child Maintenance Guides. The Government, through the Department of...

Shaping our future lawyers

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For the past few years, I have had the honour and privilege of supervising trainee solicitors whilst they are in their Property seat. What initially began as quite a daunting...
In this personal article, Letters Administrator and LPC student Kerrie Atlee reflects on the importance of taking a constructive, non-adversarial approach in Family cases. My journey into law began with...
There are currently unprecedented delays in the issuing of Grants of Probate at the Probate Registries. We understand that there is an approximate three-month wait, and as of June 2019,...
This year, we are celebrating the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. This law ensured women’s entry into professions for the first time, and finally allowed women to be...
On 6th June, the Crane & Staples team attended the annual Hertfordshire Law Society Dinner at Hatfield House. As always, this was a fantastic event, celebrating the success of solicitors...
Crane & Staples is proud to support charitable causes in the community. Over the last few months, our team have participated in a range of exciting events. Here is a...

Goodbye to Section 21?

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It was announced recently that the Government intends to consult on abolishing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. This is the provision that allows residential landlords to recover possession...

Just in case …

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Increase in statutory rates and compensation limits – from April 2019 Every year the rates payable for unfair dismissal, redundancy and other employment law claims increase in line with inflation.   We...

Stress in the Workplace

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Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, recently described work-related stress as “a growing epidemic”. Why? Because according to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive...

Digital Badge

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recommends that all solicitors display a digital verification badge on their website. This badge shows online visitors that we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation...
Government Consultation to extend Maternity Rights The Government has launched a consultation following the report of the Women and Equalities Select Committee in 2016 and the Taylor Review of Modern...

A home fit for a … human?

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New law requires landlords to ensure homes “fit for human habitation”   The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) becomes law on 20th March 2019 and requires...
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has upheld an earlier ruling by the Central London Employment Tribunal that three Addison Lee drivers are “workers” rather than self-employed contractors. The EAT agreed with...
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