1. Why Taking Advice on Commercial Property Leases Can Save You Time and Money

    By Ashley Bevans The commercial property market has seen many ups and downs over the last decade but I remain quietly proud of those willing to take on a new business venture or start-up. Despite recent national murmurings of a further upset in the retail market, I can see no real dent in individual’s appetite…

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    Legal Tips for Start-Up Food Businesses

    Before you can hit the ground running with a new food business, you will need to make sure that the legal aspects are covered, in addition to the obvious environmental heath requirements. Here a few that you might not have thought of… Type of Business If you are going into business with one or more…

  3. Inappropriate Access of Data by Employees

    With the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) being hot topic of late, many employers have been updating their contracts, policies and introducing privacy notices in order to comply with the new law.   The key theme of the GDPR is that a person’s data must be protected by the person who holds or processes it.  This…

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    Purchasing a New Build Property

    Purchasing a new home is exciting but if you are not aware of the conveyancing process it can become a stressful and sometimes a costly experience.  The conveyancing process for new build properties is more complex than a normal conveyancing transaction.  There are additional elements of the process that need to be checked and verified…

  5. DEADLINE DATE IS GONE… But not forgotten

    The 25th May 2018 has been and gone… we are still here… businesses haven’t fallen to the ground and the ICO hasn’t fined every organisation that was not compliant in time… But the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is not over, it is an ongoing process which businesses will need to ensure is incorporated into…

  6. WBW Solicitors Launch New Partnership with British Heart Foundation

    WBW Solicitors has joined forces with the nation’s heart charity to beat heartbreak forever. The 12-month partnership will see staff at WBW Solicitors raising enough money to fund a month’s research to grow new blood vessels – a vital part of any future therapy to repair damaged hearts, helping find new ways to operate, diagnose and…

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    Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

    The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into force on 1st April 2018 for both residential and non-domestic properties. The intention is to force private landlords to improve the most inefficient properties, by restricting the ability to grant new leases or continue existing leases with an EPC rating of F or G (ratings are from…

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    WBW Solicitors Announces Promotions

    South West Law firm WBW Solicitors announce 5 associate promotions. Andrea Coish (Family), Jo Aggett (Family), Gill Bratcher (Property), Caroline Jennings (Property) and Natalie Bray (Private Client) all make associate. The promotions bring the number of associates to 16. Steve Bulman, Managing Partner, at WBW Solicitors, said: “All have been with the firm for many years…

  9. Madeleine Mason to run London Marathon for Mind

    Madeleine Mason from our Exeter office is bravely running the London Marathon on Sunday for mental health charity, Mind. This year is set to be one of the hottest London marathons on record with temperatures in London expecting to hit over 20 degrees. Not a race for the faint hearted at the best of times…

  10. Class Q revisited – now even more dwellings can be achieved

    New rules take effect on 6 April 2018 The Government has announced its long-awaited promise to review Class Q. Class Q relates to the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential use. These new rules take effect on 6 April 2018. The present maximum of 3 dwellings and 450 square metres, will be replaced by a…

  11. Employment Law Update – National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage Increase

    Just a reminder that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are changing from the 1st April 2018. The new rates are shown below: Remember that employees can make a claim at the Employment Tribunal and HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) can take employers to court for not paying the NMW/NLW.The…

  12. Can your employees take the day off work due to snow? Your rights explained by our experts

    With Met Office weather warnings in place, Devon & Cornwall are set to be hit hard by bitter Siberian weather conditions. But what happens if your staff can’t get to work due to the snow? Here is all the information you need from our employment law experts… The legal position Employees are obliged to attend…

  13. Announcement: The loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Ian Bradbury

    It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend and colleague, Ian Bradbury. Ian passed away unexpectedly last week and will be sorely missed by everyone at WBW. Ian was highly respected by both clients and colleagues and will be missed immensely by all those who had the pleasure…

  14. Refund of Employment Tribunal Fees – Now Available To Claim Online

    Further to our recent news article ‘Employment Tribunal Fees ruled ‘unlawful’’, www.gov.uk have updated their website and applications for a refund of employment tribunal fees can now be made online. If the applicant is entitled to a refund, it will be transferred to their bank account (plus 0.5% interest). Applicants can apply online, by email…