Gotelee Solicitors continues to grow!


Gotelee Solicitors has reached agreement with Suffolk Coastal law firm Margary + Miller about merging parts of the two businesses. Gotelee currently has offices in Hadleigh and Felixstowe in addition to its Ipswich HQ. Margary + Miller is based in east Suffolk with offices in Southwold, Melton, Woodbridge and Felixstowe. The Woodbridge,…

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Certainties of life


There are, so the saying goes, only two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. While it’s understandable that people are reluctant to talk about the former, not doing so means we can’t plan for the ultimate eventuality. And our innate reluctance to tackle the subject is leaving families significantly…

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Employers May Read Employees’ Private Messages


The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held yesterday that it was legitimate for an employer to read its employee’s Yahoo Messenger chats, sent whilst he was at work. The employee was asked to set up a Yahoo Messenger account for business purposes. When the employer accessed the account it discovered a…

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Lineker divorce


Celebrity divorces are often acrimonious affairs – but the separation of Gary Lineker and wife Danielle Bux has been anything but. The couple announced this week that they had ended their eight-year marriage, having been granted a decree nisi at Southampton County Court. Despite their split, there wasn’t an ounce of bitterness,…

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Competitive interview leads to disability discrimination


During a redundancy process, Mr Waddingham was diagnosed with cancer. This meant that he was disabled for employment law purposes, imposing additional obligations on his employer – including the duty to make reasonable adjustments. He was interviewed for a new role within the NHS. But he didn’t hit the required 75% competency…

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The long road to ill-health dismissal


  It’s a question that crops up frequently: for how long does an employee need to be off work before their employer can terminate their contract? Concern for an employee’s welfare is one thing. But there are operational challenges around covering that person’s work, keeping their job open, and making changes to…

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Divorce Monday


Today (4th January 2016) is ominously dubbed ‘Divorce Monday’ – the date when legal firms typically experience a surge in queries from spouses planning to break-up. According to one recent poll, one in five married couples consider separating immediately after the festive period. Gotelee traditionally sees a peak in enquiries from unhappy…

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Unsafe hoverboards at Port of Felixstowe


There has been somewhat of a media frenzy of late with regards to the safety of hover boards arriving in the UK from the Far East. Amazon and Ebay have both been forced to issue large numbers of safety warnings as well as product recalls. Retailers both big and small seem to…

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New Laws for Landlords in the New Year


2015 brought new laws set to challenge residential landlords, and many are understandably unimpressed. The consequences of breaking the rules can be severe, so here is a quick round up of the rules and why not to break them.  Since 1 October 2015 landlords must ensure that there is a smoke alarm…

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Case of mistaken geography emphasises importance of seeking professional advice


  Do you know whether the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are part of the UK? The question was at the heart of a recent court case that has highlighted the importance of employing experts to draft wills – and emphasised how even the slightest mistake can become a focus…

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