Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

April 2, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

March 26, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

March 19, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

March 12, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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4 Essential Health and Safety Concerns for UK Organisations

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The focus on health and safety in the workplace is constantly increasing, with stricter legal requirements and heightened awareness making it a central concern for organisations across all sectors. In fact, it it so high on the agenda that the UK is now officially home to some of the safest workplaces in Europe. In spite of this achievement and despite best efforts to reduce possible risks, accidents in the workplace are still going to happen, so it is up to managers and their employees to take a proactive approach to health and safety. Here, the team at LegalExpert.co.uk discuss four essential health and safety concerns that all UK organisations should consider.

1) What are your industry-specific risks?

Every workplace is different, and many will have risks that are specific to their particular industry.  The first step in working against workplace accidents is assessing what risks might present themselves in your working environment. These risks are classed as ‘organisational’ if they are caused by substandard working conditions, policies or practices, with ‘ergonomic’ risks relating specifically to the use of inappropriate or ineffective equipment or furniture relative to the working environment . Exposure to anything that could cause harm, including extreme temperatures, harmful fluids or fumes and even mold, will fall under the respective categories of chemical, physical or biological risks. Finally, ‘safety’ risks cover high risk working environments or conditions, such as working at heights, on terrains where trips and falls are likely, or in settings where spillages may occur.

Once you are aware of exactly what you are trying to prevent and in what circumstances, you will be far better placed to create policies and procedures designed to reduce the chances of those kinds of accidents happening.

2) What are your legal responsibilities?

As an organisation responsible for other people, it is up to leaders and managers to not only prevent workplace accidents, but to nurture a culture that prevents them. This means encouraging others to be proactive and remove risks before they cause harm. On top of this, organisations are bound by legal measures to introduce and sustain a culture that is conscious of health and safety. These are:

  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999 – it is the responsibility of managers to have adequate health and safety measures in place
  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 – managers must write, enforce and update health and safety policies and carry out regular risk assessments

These two policies mean that it is essential that managers and leaders position health and safety as a main priority and that it stays that way, being given regular attention and reassessment if necessary. Managers who fail to meet the requirements of these policies, or to implement their own H&S policies in the workplace effectively, could be subject to legal or other disciplinary proceedings.

3) What steps are you taking to reduce health and safety risks?

A workplace that prioritises health and safety needs to create a culture as much as it needs to take physical precautions such as safety equipment. Workplaces that do not hold the wellbeing of their employees in mind often nurture an environment that actually increases the likelihood of accidents and injuries. Those who push for their workers to endure long hours and give little regard to a healthy work-life balance produce employees who are not adequately rested, fed or hydrated, and therefore not fully equipped to handle a working day. Experts have found that fatigue is a key cause of accidents in the workplace, which is why managers must take a healthy culture seriously, and encourage it in their employees. Safe working hours that give time for proper rest, decent food in between shifts and hydration are all immensely important when looking to eliminate risks.

4) What processes do you have in place for managing workplace accidents?

If an accident does take place, managers are required to ensure that all proper protocol is followed and that the employee’s wellbeing is looked after. This means adhering to the company H&S policy, and all applicable legal requirements, including the writing and filing of a report.

In some circumstances, the injured employee may have to take time off work while they recover from the incident. If this happens, managers must check in with them regularly to get an idea of how best to support them and get them back to work when they are ready, as well as making sure that they receive Statutory Sick Pay. Some injured employees may be entitled to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, and if so, you must also help them do this. In particularly severe cases, if an employee feels their accident was the result of the workplace’s failure to keep them safe, they may file a compensation claim. In such cases, the manager must alert the organisation’s liability insurance provider, who can then give guidance specific to the circumstances. Throughout the process of an employee absence, managers should make sure that the worker is supported remotely, and that no animosity grows in the workplace as a result of their compensation claim.

Between great progress in legal H&S requirements, employee rights and awareness, accidents in the workplace are now not only less common, but more preventable. Maintaining this standard is the responsibility of the manager, and it requires dedicated and serious advocation of safe company culture and practices to ensure a healthy workplace for everyone.

March 7, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

March 5, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

qccartoon
This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

February 26, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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A Plumbers Responsibilities Explained

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Repairing a faucet in a posh office whilst smooth jazz wafts over the intercom may sound like a sweet job, however the rest of the day you may be wedged into a crawl space fixing a broken drainage line, a plumber’s job is all about variety!

This job is all about strength, stamina and the ability to be flexible, you’ll need all of these assets before you pick up a pipe cutter.

Plumbers have a lot of responsibility to uphold, especially when it comes to health and safety. It’s not all about mending leaky pipes or unblocking sinks, maintaining heating systems is also a big part of the job, which involves a lot of work with gas.

Heating systems need constant care as they use a dangerous mix of gas, water and electric. Until a plumber is sure that the system is safe for use, monitoring the pressure and making necessary adjustments are on the cards.

Forget the 9-5, accidents can happen at anytime, including a pipe springing a leak. Yes, you may not be woken at 3 in the morning to unclog a toilet, but if there’s a puddle of water dripping from someone’s bathroom they’re not going to call the police… Situations like this is why some consider the plumber profession an emergency service and is why most plumbers offer a 24-hour callout service.

People skills are a must if you’re looking at this career path, your services are going to be relied on, which is why answering calls to say you’ll be there and then going back to sleep is a huge no-no! You need the right attitude, a good way to communicate at a level everyone will understand and most importantly, being able to fix their problem, no matter what time it is! If you choose to go down the ‘handyman’ route and work locally, your work will need a positive word of mouth because any new customer will most likely come from current happy customers.

A career as a plumber is one of variety, you’ll be doing a different job everyday! If you prefer a day-to-day contract instead of a long term, you could focus on pipe fitting or something related to construction. Most importantly, you need to know your equipment like the back of your hand, try and get a helpful supplier like Colglo plumbing suppliers to assist with this.

There’s always plenty of demand for plumbing services, so all you’ll need to do is decide which area to specialise in, commercial, emergency, specialist or even an independent trader, concentrating on helping your neighbours. The choice is entirely yours, but the one thing that always stays consistent is the demand.

Once you’ve finished your training and and got the qualifications you need, you’re set up in a career for life! Just make sure your work is also completed competently and that you build up trust with easy customer you come into contact with.

If you choose the plumber path, you’ll be enjoying a successful career, without the gaps of unemployment!

February 9, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

February 5, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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How to Try and Ensure That Your Will Won’t Be Contested

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In the recent past, more and more people have taken will-related disputes to court, and the number is expected to rise. The increase in property value is one of the leading reasons why your family may contest your will and fight over the inheritance. You can, however, help to try and ensure that your will is never disputed by following the tips below.

1. Make Your Intentions Known Early

The reasons for the way you want your property divided in your will are numerous and are always known best by you. It could be that you trust one family member more than another or that you want to help a particular family member because he/she is financially unstable. Whatever your reasons are, you need to declare your intentions publicly and early to avoid any disputes that may arise. Members of your family will come to accept your decision over time once you make it known soon enough. The time of your passing will be full of a lot of emotions that can lead to several disputes concerning your will especially if some members feel like they were left out or that they received less than fair inheritance.

2. Make Your Will as Early as Possible

Do not wait for old age to begin making your will as it can be contested on grounds that you were not mentally stable. Ensure you create your will early enough when it is clear that you are of sound mind and that you can make informed decisions without the influence of others. When you make your will early enough, it is almost impossible to contest it since it is quite clear that you understood the consequences of your decision. Most people don’t want to make their will early because they are uncertain whether they might want to change it. This is, however, not an issue since you could always update your will at any time should you feel like. It is advisable that you make your will as early as possible and simply update it over time.

3. Include a No Contest Clause

You can include a no-contest clause in your will which states that anyone who challenges it will receive nothing. A no-contest clause is very efficient especially if someone was planning to go to court because they feel that they received less than the fair amount of inheritance. The possibility of losing everything will ensure that there are no will disputes. It is, however, paramount that you seek advice from professionals, for example The Inheritance Experts who offer free consults, when you want to include the no-contest clause since it is not enforceable in some regions and it may have certain exceptions that can render it useless. Inheritance disputes are always bound to spring up, and a no-contest clause can come in handy.

4. Review Your Will Periodically

Once you have made your will, it is essential that you don’t just throw it in your drawer without ever going through it again. When you consistently sit down with your lawyer and make a few tweaks or changes, then your family members will appreciate your efforts and are less likely to contest it. You could also make changes according to your financial situations and ever-changing family. Family members will also find it difficult to challenge a will that you have reviewed several times since it can be assumed that you put a lot of thought and time into every decision.

5. Transfer Assets While You Are Alive

One strategy that can ensure that your will is not contested is merely transferring your assets before you pass away. When you give away the inheritance early enough, there will be no assets left for anyone to claim and therefore there will be no dispute at all. This is, however, a risky strategy because you risk being left with no support. Whoever you give the inheritance to may just turn on you and take off to do what they please with the assets. Ensure you take a lot of factors into consideration before you decide on giving away your assets before your death because there could be severe consequences.

6. Ensure Your Will Is Detailed

One of the simplest ways to ensure that your will is not contested is including lots and lots of details. It is crucial that you stipulate why you want your assets divided in that particular order and your reasons for not giving everyone an equal share. State your reasons for each decision that you made and ensure that you are subtle about it. Do not use spiteful language because it just might be grounds to revoke your will as biased. Once you state your reasons positively and factually, it will be difficult to dispute your will.

7. Include a Capacity Report

We already discussed how a will can be disputed on the argument that you were not in the right state of mind especially if you are aged above seventy or if you had any history of mental illness. It is of added advantage if you could include a capacity report in your will to dispute any arguments of mental disability when writing your will. A capacity report is a document which states that you are able to write a will since you are of fit mind. You may feel that a capacity report is unnecessary at the moment, but it can help prove you were of a healthy mental state when writing the will and therefore make it indisputable.

8. Do Not Make Any Promises

It is crucial that you don’t promise any of your assets to anyone while you are still alive. A promise is binding especially if the person suffered any sort of detriment, including financial, in the hopes that they would get the promised inheritance. This case is especially prevalent in farming families where, for example, children might work on the farm with no pay but just the expectation that they will inherit the estate in future. If you fail to include any of the children in the will, then they could contest your will because they suffered detriment and are therefore entitled to the inheritance.

January 31, 2018 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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