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Legal Issues and Opinions affecting people from across the UK


Are Some Occupations “Marriage Breakers?”

The phrase “work life balance” has become an increasingly popular one over the last few years, with advances in technology making it easier for a growing number of people in all sorts of professions to work remotely, and to fit their hours flexibly around family commitments.
This sounds idyllic, but for many, the theory of domestic and professional life gelling seamlessly together becomes a reality in which these two aspects are competing against each other. And often with cataclysmic results.
Some years ago, a sales manager working for a FTSE-100 inspection and certification company remarked that the company was “a real marriage

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Government dishes out more than £1.5 billion in overpayments: Now they want it back

The latest annual report from HMRC has revealed that overpayments under tax credits and universal credit are spiralling out of control. And according to warnings from the National Audit Office watchdog, the situation is going to get worse before it gets better. The news is setting off alarm bells for thousands of families who are already struggling to make ends meet and now face this additional threat.
A history of incompetence
The issue of overpayments as such is not a new one. The complexity of the benefits system means that there is always the possibility of misunderstandings, claimants sailing close to the

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With Divorce and Marriage rates up for the over-65s, we investigate the reasons why

The last time we brought you an article on marriage law, we were discussing the fact that, overall, recent divorce statistics show that the number of divorces in the UK have plummeted by over a third since the divorce rate peak of 2003. We talked about various contributing factors for this find, such as the shift in social trends and the rise of cohabiting couples who choose to stray away from the bonds of marriage – especially when it involves significant financial implications.
Today, however, we’d like to focus on a different side to the statistics which relates to the over-65

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‘Shocking’ Reports and Staff Shortages: Why the NHS needs foreign GPs more than ever

With the recent election result and continued Brexit negotiations, a lot of the limelight has been pointed squarely in the face of the NHS. In our last post on this, we talked about how the new government structure could have a knock-on effect for EU nationals, and it seems that the media storm has not yet subsided on its coverage of this topic.
Today, we’ll be covering a variety of stories that have cropped up lately, including the news that the health service plans to recruit 2,000 foreign GPs in order to meet staff targets, and poor performance reports. Whether you’ve

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New Study Proves Infertility Doesn’t Increase the Risk of Divorce

Here at Hylton-Potts, we’re sensitive to the fact that there are many reasons why a marriage might break down. Despite the fact that the divorce courts these days make rulings based on where the fault lies, we’re seen first-hand that there can be a lot of stresses, anxieties and painful circumstances in relationships which can contribute to a split, so often there’s no fault to identify.
However, a new study has proved that, infertility treatment which was thought to be a major contributing factor, actually has no bearing on divorce risk. The results of this research were recently presented at the

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Public Perception of Benefit Fraud Looking Up: But what improvements are the Government making?

Benefit fraud has always been a controversial topic, but it’s gained considerably more traction and air-time in recent years, thanks to various television programmes and media stories that showcase the crooks in the system.
At Hylton-Potts, we’re aware that the vast majority of people accused of benefit fraud are not such extreme lawbreakers as portrayed. They’re honest, down-to-earth people that have made a mistake or been the victim of a serious error in the system. According to a recent study however, it appears that a higher percentage of the general public than ever before are starting to think the same way.
In

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Divorce Rates Plummet by Over a Third as We Investigate New Relationship Trends

Here at Hylton Potts, we’ve dealt with every side of divorce thanks to our years of expertise. We’ve talked couples through everything from the important of prenuptial agreements, to helping them reach a civil and fair end to their relationship. As part of our ongoing dedication to our customers and our constant commitment to delivering only the highest standards, we take research into this area of law very seriously. It can be a highly complex and worrying thing to face on your own, which is why we’ll always take the time to report the most crucial developments to you.
The most

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Don’t Fear Brexit: Why now is the ideal time for Medical Professionals to head to the UK

It’s been a turbulent time across Britain’s political landscape. After months of back and forth following the “Leave” referendum result last year, we were then faced with a general election which, safe to say, provided a result that surprised all concerned.
Regardless of your political stance though, and of the recent Parliamentary result, all these developments will have a knock-on effect for Brexit negotiations, and where EU nationals and those considering a move to the UK alike, stand in terms of their residency.
Unsurprisingly, this topic has received a lot of press attention over the past few months, but recent developments suggest

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Asset-stripping and what it means for divorcing couples

Here at Hylton Potts, we deal with a dozen different divorce cases every day. No matter who’s to blame or how the divorce came about though, it’s always the financial concern that seems to take the top priority with most couples. Of course, our clients are always deeply emotionally distressed too, but as the legalities around divorce can seem so complex, we often find that ensuring they’re treated fairly becomes the most important aspect of the divorce.
Occasionally, we do unfortunately come across clients whose spouse is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the court to prevent their

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The Concentrix Fix: Families to have cases reviewed following benefits scandal

If you’re a regular follower of our blog posts, you’ll know that we always try to keep you up to speed with the latest legal news. Recently, the story that’s been dominating the world of benefits and tax credit law is a positive one, and it’s all about the bid to appease families who were affected by the scandal with Concentrix last year.
Over the years, we’ve had hundreds of clients describe to us their own horrific tales regarding Concentrix, and the treatment they received from the organisation when their benefits were unexpectedly cut.
Known for being abrasive and brutal in their

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