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DPD UK adopts what3words for pinpoint parcel deliveries

New partnership will improve the delivery experience for both drivers and parcel customers Customers will be able to add a what3words address to their details in the DPD app Leading UK parcel delivery company DPD has today announced a partnership with innovative addressing technology company, what3words, to enable deliveries to precise locations. From Friday 25th…

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Howes Percival advises on sale of Stuga

Howes Percival has advised Stuga Machinery (Stuga), a specialist automated machinery manufacturer, on its sale to Stürtz Group (Stürtz), a global producer of machines and automated solutions for the window production industry. The deal enables Stuga to expand its technological capabilities and grow its portfolio of machining products, to further enhance its customer offering across…

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DPD UK finalises acquisition of CitySprint

DPD UK, part of DPDgroup, Europe’s largest parcel delivery network, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of CitySprint, the UK’s premier same day delivery company, following the recent approval of the transaction by the Competition and Markets Authority. This completion makes CitySprint now part of DPDgroup and means that DPD UK’s customers will…

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Seven key employment law issues employers need to plan for in 2022

Leading law firm Howes Percival has highlighted the seven key areas of employment law that employers need to be prepared for in 2022. Paula Bailey, Partner and employment law expert at Howes Percival explains, “2022 promises to be another very interesting year for employment law. The coronavirus pandemic is set to continue to dominate the…

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Howes Percival advises on Pedal Revolution MBO

Howes Percival have advised the management team of Pedal Revolution on a management buyout from the company’s owners.  With stores in Norwich and Gorleston, Pedal Revolution is one of East Anglia’s most prominent independent bicycle retailers.  The company also provides bike fit services, and workshop and repair services. Led by Partner, Oliver Pritchard (supported by…

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Howes Percival warns employers on ‘no jab, no sick pay’ policies

Leading law firm, Howes Percival, is warning employers considering stopping company sick pay for unvaccinated staff who need to isolate, to seek legal advice before instigating any changes. Depending upon employees’ existing entitlement to company sick pay, a “no jab, no company sick pay” policy could amount to a breach of contract if staff have…

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Howes Percival expands Milton Keynes Corporate team with senior appointment

Leading law firm Howes Percival has expanded its corporate, commercial, and banking (CCB) team with the recruitment of Tom Redman as Director. A corporate and venture capital specialist, Tom joins Howes Percival’s growing, 32-strong CCB team from Dentons UK and Middle East LLP and will be based in the firm’s Milton Keynes office. Tom has…

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DPD scoops two awards at the road transport ‘Oscars’

DPD, the only delivery firm honoured on the night, makes it 21 Motor Transport Awards in 7 years DPD took home two awards and increased its overall tally of Motor Transport Awards to 36 at a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. On a night when logistics companies and truck manufacturers were the main…

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DPD backs new Alder Hey Hospital Innovation Lab

Parcel delivery innovator DPD is backing a new innovation programme for Alder Hey Hospital to help transform Paediatric healthcare. Run by specialists in corporate innovation, L Marks, Alder Hey’s first start-up accelerator programme is designed to discover innovative solutions to support children, young people and their families.  Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust provides care…

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‘Divorce Day’: Top family lawyer welcomes biggest shake-up in divorce laws for 50 years

Removing conflict will make it simpler and quicker to agree financial settlements and arrangements for children. ‘Divorce Day’ this year may well turn out to be 6 April, when no-fault divorce law comes into force, rather than 10th January. A top divorce lawyer has welcomed changes in the law that will make no-fault divorces a…

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Howes Percival expands Milton Keynes Corporate team with senior appointment

  Leading law firm Howes Percival has expanded its corporate, commercial, and banking (CCB) team with the recruitment of Tom Redman as Director. A corporate and venture capital specialist, Tom joins Howes Percival’s growing, 32-strong CCB team from Dentons UK and Middle East LLP and will be based in the firm’s Milton Keynes office. Tom…

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DPD comments on CMA approval for acquisition of CitySprint

To be attributed to a spokesperson from DPD: “We are delighted to have received confirmation from the CMA that the planned acquisition of CitySprint has been approved. We will be working closely with the CitySprint team in the coming weeks to finalise the transaction and we are looking forward to our future together and the…

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Senior family law specialist joins Howes Percival in the East

Team targets further expansion ahead of new rules on divorce Howes Percival has appointed family law expert, Sally Harris as a director.  She joins the leading law firm from Steeles Law where she was a partner and head of the family law team.   Sally is focused predominantly on financial remedy cases, having specialised in…

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Howes Percival completes £477m worth of corporate deals

Over 80 deals completed by corporate, commercial, and banking team in first three quarters of 2021 Howes Percival’s rapidly growing corporate, commercial, and banking (CCB) team completed in excess of 80 deals in the first three quarters of the year, with a combined value of £477 million. Howes Percival’s CCB practice advises clients on significant…

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Howes Percival recommended for 21 different practice areas in The Legal 500

Howes Percival rankings improve again in 2022 guide The 2022 edition of The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms – has recommended Howes Percival for 21 different practice areas and awarded the firm top tier ranking in 11 different legal specialisms. The guide, which is based on independent research,…

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DPD gears up for record Peak with new £150m super hub

DPD’s new £150m state-of-the-art parcel hub in Hinckley, Leicestershire is set to be fully operational as part of plans for a record-breaking Peak. The new hub is DPD’s fifth in the UK and one of the largest fully automated domestic parcel hubs in Europe.  It is also DPD’s most eco-friendly and technologically advanced hub to-date….

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Howes Percival welcomes eight new trainees and its first solicitor apprentice

Firm also appoints four newly qualified solicitors Howes Percival has welcomed eight new trainee solicitors to the firm and has appointed its first solicitor apprentice.  It has also appointed four new solicitors who have recently completed their training contracts with the firm.  Trainee Solicitors The eight new trainees are Eliza Kay, Lauren Farthing, Lilika Peutherer,…

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DPD backs ‘World’s To Do List’ campaign in support of UN Global Goals

Delivery group joins other leading companies including Unilever, Google, Reckitt, Mars and Diageo to launch major awareness drive Parcel delivery firm DPD is one of a group of leading companies behind a major awareness campaign called World’s To Do List with Project Everyone in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. From 20-26 September, the…

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Howes Percival advise Carbon Component Solutions on acquisition of leading UK plastic manufacturer

Law firm Howes Percival have acted for Carbon Component Solutions, a leading composite component manufacturer situated in Silverstone, on its purchase of Arnold Engineering Plastics. Arnold Engineering Plastics, a well-established manufacturing business based in Northampton, was previously owner managed by the Larkins family, who shared a long-standing relationship with Carbon Component Solutions. The firm has…

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Howes Percival expands its contentious trust and probate team with senior appointment

Leading law firm Howes Percival has appointed experienced litigator, Jennifer Laskey, as a Director specialising in dispute resolution.  Jennifer joins the firm from Wilson Browne Solicitors where she was a Partner.    With over 20 years’ experience, Jennifer is an extremely experienced litigator and has qualified as a full member of the Association of Contentious…

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Law firm accelerates Estates team growth plans with five new appointments

Leading regional law firm Howes Percival has expanded its Estates team in the East following a ‘robust’ period of recent growth. The team, which specialises in advising high net-worth families and business owners with their Will, Trust and estate planning and has a particular expertise in farms and landed estates, has reported a significant growth…

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Howes Percival gears up for future growth with national recruitment drive

30 new jobs to meet increased current and future demand for legal services  Leading law firm Howes Percival is embarking on a recruitment drive that should create over 30 new jobs following a post-pandemic increase in client instructions.  The leading law firm, which is ranked in the ‘UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work For…

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Law firm announces wellbeing day off for staff

  The additional day off is part of a series of initiatives aimed at supporting the team Howes Percival is giving its staff an extra day off this year to help boost their wellbeing and as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic.  The leading law firm, which is ranked1 in the…

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Howes Percival advise on sale of Technical Foam Services to Vita Group

Leading law firm Howes Percival has advised on the sale of Corby based foam conversion business Technical Foam Services to the Vita Group. The firm acted as legal advisers to Duncan and April Geddes, the outgoing shareholders of the Technical Foam Services group. The Howes Percival team included Matt Thompson and Jeremy Hyde on corporate…

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DPD UK announces acquisition of CitySprint

Oldbury, UK, 6 August 2021: DPD UK, part of DPDgroup, Europe’s largest parcel delivery network and CitySprint, the UK’s premier same day delivery company, today announce that CitySprint will become part of DPDgroup, subject to regulatory clearance. This follows a period of growth for CitySprint, which has seen continued demand for its services as businesses…

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Post ‘Freedom Day’ – masks or no masks?

Six tips to consider when developing a face mask policy post ‘Freedom Day’ Leading law firm, Howes Percival, is urging organisations to review their policy in respect of face coverings post ‘Freedom Day’ and clearly communicate their approach to staff and customers. From 19 July 2021, dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, the legal requirement to wear a…

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New Commercial Property Partner for Howes Percival’s Milton Keynes office

Leading law firm Howes Percival has boosted its commercial property team with the appointment of Marcus Carter, as partner.  A specialist in commercial property matters, Marcus, joins the firm’s Milton Keynes office from EMW Law where he headed-up the ‘Occupiers and Investment’ team. Marcus acts for corporate occupiers of commercial property and deals with investment…

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DPD and ENSO team up to trial revolutionary EV tyres to reduce air and microplastic pollution in London

Trial part of TFL’s London FreightLab Innovation Challenge The parcel industry sustainability leader DPD is joining forces with the electric vehicle (EV) tyre innovator ENSO to conduct full road trials of an innovative new tyre for commercial EVs, that are designed to reduce air and microplastic pollution. The DPD/ENSO trial is a part of Transport…

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Employment law specialist joins Howes Percival’s Norwich office

Howes Percival’s employment law team in East Anglia continues to grow from strength to strength with the arrival of Laura Brown, who has been appointed legal director.  Laura joins the firm’s Norwich office from Birketts LLP. Laura has a wealth of experience in acting for employers, providing practical solutions to clients on both contentious and…

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Brits spend £26 billion on pandemic ‘outdoor rooms’

47% of households1 invested in garden improvements during pandemic. Outdoor lighting, garden furniture, canopies, pizza ovens and hot tubs top list.    The average household pandemic spend on gardens is £1,976. GoCompare Home Insurance share tips on garden security. New research2 reveals that since the pandemic began, UK households have spent £25.9 billion kitting out…

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Howes Percival appoints new senior Partner and Head of Commercial

Howes Percival has appointed Paula Dumbill as a partner and head of its commercial team within its Corporate, Commercial, and Banking (CCB) practice.  Paula will be based at the firm’s Leicester office and joins from Browne Jacobson where she was head of the commercial team in the East Midlands and lead health tech partner. Howes…

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Olympic champion unveils gold-standard eco-parcel depot

New state-of-the-art centre means Oxford set to become DPD’s first ‘green city’. DPD’s first ‘net zero carbon in construction’ building to create up to 250 new jobs. Double Olympic and nine times world champion track cyclist, Victoria Pendleton has officially opened parcel delivery firm DPD’s new Bicester eco-depot – the most sustainable facility in the…

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Andy Harris appointed Head of Corporate Law team

  Leading law firm Howes Percival has announced a new of Head of its rapidly growing Corporate, Commercial and Banking practice.  Andy Harris has been promoted to Head the Corporate, Commercial and Banking (CCB) team. Andy re-joined Howes Percival in May 2020, having previously been with the firm from 1999-2008 and is noted as a…

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DPD doubles EV fleet to almost 1,500 with UK’s first MAXUS e DELIVER electric van order

DPD & MAXUS confirm initial deal of 750 e DELIVER vans; e DELIVER 9 & e Deliver 3; Order includes 500 long wheelbase 3.5t electric vans; DPD set to have over 1,700 EVs on the road by the end of 2021. The parcel industry EV leader DPD has agreed a deal with vehicle manufacturer MAXUS…

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Circular economy initiative helps fund restoration of vital habitat

DPD Eco Fund benefits Forestry England campaign in Wareham A year on from a fire which devastated Wareham Forest, an innovative eco fund created by parcel delivery firm DPD is helping fund the restoration work.  In May 2020 a fire, believed to have been started by disposable BBQs, scorched heathland, destroyed woodlands and wiped-out critical…

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Staycation warning: Campers urged to check their insurance before pitching-up

Majority of campers take valuables on holiday or to a festival. Only 16% of home insurers automatically provide cover for items away from home. Most Brits will be swapping trips abroad for a staycation this summer – some of whom will spend their holiday under canvas.  To help ensure they remain happy campers – GoCompare…

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Howes Percival named in the Top 100 ‘Best Companies’ list

Leading law firm Howes Percival has been ranked in the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list for the second year running.  The list celebrates excellence in workplace engagement and is widely acknowledged as the most searching and extensive research into employee engagement carried out in the UK.  Lists are compiled based on employee opinions on…

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GoCompare comment on news that one in four plan to buy an EV in next five years

Comparison site warns buyers they MUST shoparound for insurance as premiums can vary more than for conventional cars As new research from Ofgem reveals that over 6.5 million households plan to buy electric vehicles as the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars approaches in 2030, Ryan Fulthorpe, motoring expert at GoCompare…

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Gardens top UK Property Must-Have list for first time thanks to COVID

Buyers rank their top 20 essential home features    Other big movers: plenty of electrical sockets and lounge big enough for large TV. Connectivity is king with strong broadband, mobile phone signal and 4G or 5G now deemed home essentials. Annual survey reveals how pandemic has changed homebuyer priorities. Just one in ten potential buyers…

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DPD UK confirms appointment of Elaine Kerr as CEO

Leading parcel delivery company DPD UK has today confirmed the appointment of Elaine Kerr as CEO. The appointment will take effect from 1 June 2021 and Elaine will report to Yves Delmas, Chief Operating Officer DPDgroup Europe. Elaine has worked for DPD for over 28 years, joining as a Sales Executive based in the North…

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2021 staycation road trip – can the nation’s cars take the strain?

Ahead of the half-term getaway – Gocompare Car Insurance shares 10 tips for safe road trips. Two thirds of households are planning a staycation this year, and majority are going by car! Warning that some insurers consider fitting external accessories such as a roof rack, a bike rack or a tow bar as a modification….

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Rapidly growing Corporate law team adds two new senior lawyers

Leading law firm Howes Percival has announced a further expansion of its Leicester Corporate, Commercial and Banking (CCB) practice, with two new senior appointments.  Danielle Chetwynd and Jeremy Hyde have joined the team as Senior Associates in the Corporate team from Freeths and Wright Hassall LLP, respectively. Howes Percival’s CCB practice advises clients on significant…

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MOT confusion leaves motorists at risk of driving unsafe cars or driving illegally

Millions of drivers don’t understand the MOT process. 44% of drivers are unaware that an expired MOT would risk invalidating their car insurance.      26% of motorists think an MOT guarantees their car will be safe to drive for the next 12 months.  GoCompare customers buying car insurance cover before 15 June are eligible for an…

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Two new partners among five senior promotions at Howes Percival

Leading law firm, Howes Percival, has announced five senior promotions across its Leicester and Northampton offices, including two new partners.  Rob Starr and Matthew Thompson have been made partners in the firm.  Ben Hancox, Harriet Rogers and Jasmine Mason have been promoted to senior associates. Commenting on the promotions, Geraint Davies, Howes Percival’s Chairman said,…

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Four senior promotions at Howes Percival

Leading law firm, Howes Percival, has announced four senior promotions at its Norwich office.  Jay Mehta has been made a partner in the firm.  Jamie Childs has been promoted to the level of Director.  Katie Easter and Julia Parsley have been made senior associates. Commenting on the promotions, Geraint Davies, Howes Percival’s Chairman said, “Congratulations…

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GoCompare Travel Insurance welcomes England’s ‘green list’

But research suggest only 13% are happy to travel abroad this year Ahead of publication, GoCompare Travel Insurance has welcomed England’s ‘green list’, and clarity on which destinations travellers can visit this summer without quarantining.  However, recent research suggested as few as 13% of people are happy to go abroad this year, with two thirds…

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Only 13% of Brits happy to travel abroad in 2021

Foreign holidays are off the cards for most Brits with only 13% say they are happy to travel abroad. Two thirds of UK adults are planning a staycation this year.   Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation top the list of staycations. 71% holidaying in the UK won’t protect their staycation with travel insurance. According to…

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18 million drivers now suffer MOT anxiety1

Getting their car through its annual MOT test causes 58% of drivers to feel stressed. Cost of potential repairs to pass the MOT test causes the most anxiety. High stress levels partly the result of the Covid MOT test extension last year. 10% of drivers who received a Covid test extension now don’t know when…

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Howes Percival Cambridge office wins ‘Commercial Property Team of the Year’

Leading law firm Howes Percival has won ‘Commercial Property Team of the Year’ at The Cambridgeshire Law Society Legal Excellence Awards. Held annually, the Legal Excellence Awards recognise the best individuals, teams and law firms practising in the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area.  Due to the coronavirus lockdown, this year’s awards were presented…

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Drivers warned to act as insurers’ COVID pledges end on 30 April 2021

Drivers using their own car for commuting or work purposes need to make sure they have the appropriate level of cover, otherwise they could unwittingly invalidate their car insurance, should they need to make a claim. Revised guidance applies to drivers, including key workers, using their own car to commute to work or to drive…

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Howes Percival crowned ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ in Dealmakers Awards

Leading law firm Howes Percival is celebrating being named Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Insider Media’s Central & East Dealmakers Awards 2020.  The firm was also shortlisted for two deals in the ‘Deal of the Year (above £10m)’ category and for another two deals in the ‘Deal of the Year (below £10m)’ category….

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Howes Percival kicks off 2021 with £263m worth of corporate deals

Strong start: 32 deals completed by corporate, commercial, and banking team in Q1 The corporate, commercial, and banking team at leading law firm Howes Percival has reported an ‘incredibly busy’ start to 2021, completing 32 deals in the first quarter, with a combined value of £263 million. Howes Percival has invested heavily in its corporate,…

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Just 27% of drivers will return to their pre-pandemic driving habits

6% of households say they no longer need a car The end of the commute – biggest positive from pandemic for 17% of people New research1, commissioned by GoCompare Car Insurance, shows that once the crisis subsides, only 27% of Brits will return to their pre-pandemic driving habits.   The first National lockdown, which began…

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Howes Percival ranked among top 10 planning law firms in UK

Howes Percival has been ranked ninth in Planning Magazine’s 2021 Planning Law Survey.  The prestigious survey of the UK’s leading planning law firms and barristers also places Howes Percival’s Jay Mehta as the sixth highest rated planning solicitor in the UK.   The Planning Law Survey is an in-depth report highlighting the solicitors, law firms and…

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 Stamp Duty Extension: GoCompare warns DIY home removals may not be covered by insurance

GoCompare Home insurance urges home movers to get in touch with their contents insurer to make sure their belongings are insured between homes. Most (76%) home insurance policies1 which cover house removals, only do so if the contents have been packed and transported by professional removal contractors. Moving home can be a good time to…

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Howes Percival helps cement deal for Agar Dry Mortar

Howes Percival has acted for Dutch-owned aggregates business, Agar Dry Mortar, on its acquisition of the J Clubb group of companies – leading suppliers of concrete, aggregates, and other construction materials to customers across the South East. The leading law firm worked on the complex acquisition from start to finish, as well as advising the…

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Howes Percival acts for Highweald Beverages on two acquisitions

Howes Percival has acted for Highweald Beverages on the expansion of its drinks business with the acquisitions Conwy Brewery, a Welsh brewer specialising in cask and bottle conditioned ales and, Pookchurch Vineyard, an established 100-acre vineyard in Sussex’s High Weald. The acquisitions form part of Highweald Beverages’ plans to grow its portfolio in the UK…

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Two-thirds of Brits have taken up a new hobby during the last year

13% have turned hobby into a business or started a side-hustle Baking, reading, and home exercising topped the list of boredom busting hobbies.    Top side-hustles include online selling, home maintenance, dog walking, bicycle courier, tutoring and online classes. GoCompare warns ‘Stay at Home’ hobbies and side-hustles may affect home insurance. GoCompare Home Insurance is warning…

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5th anniversary of compulsory microchipping of dogs: Owners urged to check microchip details up-to-date

Reminder comes as both the value of pets and cases of pet theft are on the rise As the fifth anniversary of the compulsory microchipping of dogs approaches, GoCompare Pet Insurance is reminding all pet owners of the vital importance of keeping their contact details on their pet’s microchip database up-to-date.  Thousands of family pets…

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21 numberplate: GoCompare urges potential buyers to check depreciation risk

GoCompare Car Insurance outlines factors contributing to depreciation and steps drivers can take to protect themselves. Six key factors that influence depreciation rate including, make, colour and fuel type.     Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance can bridge the difference between a total-loss insurance pay-out and car’s purchase price. With new 21-numberplate cars now on sale,…

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Household hammer: Research reveals the everyday items that didn’t make it through lockdown

Mobile phone, slippers, kettle – top three items repaired, replaced or upgraded in last 12 months 11.9million1 UK adults had their mobile phone repaired or upgraded in the last year. 21% of adults replaced their slippers – the equivalent of 10.8 million1 pairs. 5.7m toasters needed repairing or replacing during the pandemic. GoCompare Home Insurance…

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Howes Percival warns employers against the risks of mandatory ‘no jab, no job’ policies

 Law firm answers Covid-19 vaccination questions for employers Leading law firm Howes Percival is urging companies to consider the risks of adopting a blanket ‘no jab, no job’ employment policy.  Currently, vaccination against COVID-19 is not compulsory, with the Government leaving it up to businesses to decide the ethics and feasibility of mandatory vaccination policies…

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March registrations: Joining the EV revolution? Drivers warned to compare premiums to get the best insurance deals

Research finds electric cars DON’T have to cost more to insure than conventional cousins Latest figures* from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show ‘green’ cars outselling diesels for the first time in 2020 GoCompare research finds that insurer appetite and pricing for electric models varies widely Shopping around means electric versions of cars…

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Lockdown Loyalty Tax: 60% increase in drivers auto-renewing car insurance

Almost 3 million more motorists auto-renewed policy compared to Feb 2020 Drivers auto-renewing could collectively be paying £2.1bn more than they need to.     Warning comes ahead of one of the busiest months for car insurance renewals. New research reveals 24% of motorists allowed their insurer to auto-renew their policy in last 12 months –…

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Buying a new car in March? Drivers urged to do their homework

Buyers of 21-numberplated cars face a non-traditional sales process. Online research essential for buyers with showrooms shuttered and test drives banned.    Check insurance group for clues on safety, security and repair costs. Shop-around to check insurance costs and see if you can get a better deal. Comparison site GoCompare is urging those looking to…

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Howes Percival advises on sale of family-owned Northamptonshire business, Signature Ribbon

Howes Percival have acted on the sale of Northamptonshire based business Signature Ribbon Company Limited to Cole Fabrics Plc. Signature Ribbon was founded by Philip Clarke and Rosalie Clarke in 2001. The families’ involvement with the business has grown alongside its expansion into a market leading ribbon manufacturer and printer, with Nick and Mike Clarke…

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Motorist warned of steep rise in policy excesses

As cost of policyholders’ contributions to claims increase by up to 47% – drivers are urged to consider the total costs of car insurance The average compulsory excess for theft claims has risen by 47% in the last 12 months1 Compulsory excesses for accidental damage and fire claims have increase by 26%, on average GoCompare…

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DPD to host virtual event on the challenges of clean air in cities

Parcel delivery firm DPD is to host a free, virtual panel discussion exploring the challenges of clean air in cities, on Thursday 25th February. The event, in association with Green TV, will aim to address the urgent need for better air quality in our urban environments by sharing the latest research from DPD and other…

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Annual personal finance switching report1 shows fall in shopping around

43% of Brits didn’t switch any of the 10 most popular financial products in the last year. 88% of Brits are looking to make savings on essential outgoings and bills in 2021.   GoCompare warns blind loyalty to financial product providers and utility companies collectively costs Brits £billions in overpriced premiums. The annual GoCompare Switching…

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Homeowners urged not to neglect their property during lockdown

Reminder to check home insurance policy for valuable emergency cover 26% of buildings insurance policies automatically include home emergency cover 49% offer cover as an additional extra With ‘stay at home’ guidance in force across the UK to help stop the spread of Covid-19,  GoCompare Home Insurance is urging homeowners to use any extra time…

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Lockdown 3 – Eight things drivers need to know

GoCompare Car Insurance summarises key information and help for motorists With all but essential travel banned during the third national lockdown, GoCompare Car Insurance provides an overview of the current temporary measures affecting motoring and the help available to drivers facing financial difficulties. Driving for pleasure has been banned.  Trips out are limited to permitted…

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Howes Percival invests for post-Covid future

Leading law firm Howes Percival has announced a series of new investments in IT, its people and skills development, as it positions itself for the post-Covid-19 recovery. The firm, which has reported a good pipeline of transactions during the pandemic and has expanded its Employment Law team, is keen to build on new ways of…

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Bad weather warning: how to protect homes, cars and pets

With fears of another Beast from the East, GoCompare has tips on how to protect your bubble With continuing cold weather and even talk of another ‘Beast from the East’, GoCompare is urging people to make sure they are prepared for the worst winter weather. Lee Griffin, CEO and founder of GoCompare commented, “With sub-zero…

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Six key employment law issues employers need to plan for in 2021

Leading law firm Howes Percival has highlighted the six key areas of employment law employers need to plan for in 2021. Graham Irons, Partner and employment law expert at Howes Percival commented, “The Covid-19 pandemic placed both employers and employees in uncharted territory – from keeping up to date with ever-changing Government guidance, adapting to…

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88% of Brits look for savings on essential outgoings and bills in 2021

According to new research1 from GoCompare Money, 88% of Brits are looking to make savings on essential outgoings and bills in 2021, including the grocery bill, TV, mobile and internet contracts and car insurance costs. Covid-19 has caused an economic crisis at both a worldwide and a domestic household level.  Lockdowns to halt the spread…

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New Year’s Resolutions: 23 million resolve to make 2021 healthier and happier

But Brits have just seven weeks to change their ways in the New Year! Lose weight, save the environment and get off social media – Brits plan for 2021. Mental health resolutions top for almost a third Seven weeks – the average length of time New Year’s Resolutions last. A quarter pledge to sort out…

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Pet-proof your home this Christmas: warning for new dog and cat owners

Festive foods, drink and plants can be toxic to cats and dogs. Pet owners are urged to be careful in their choice of Christmas decorations. Antifreeze, frozen water, and frostbite – white Christmas hidden dangers for pets. GoCompare Pet Insurance offers tips on how to pet-proof your Christmas. With more time spent at home because…

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As claims for bike theft soar – warning for cyclists to check their insurance cover

Analysis of over 400 home insurance policies1 reveals a huge variation in cover for bicycles. 10% of home contents policies exclude any cover for cycles. Only 8% of home contents policies automatically cover cycles away from the home. Consider stand-alone bicycle insurance to ensure your cycle is properly protected. Since the spring lockdown, sales of…

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Online car buying websites: Lockdown warning on packaged breakdown cover and temporary insurance

With the likes of Cinch and Cazoo omni-present on lockdown TV screens, GoCompare looks at the insurance cover provided as part of the deal As car showrooms close, GoCompare warns online car buyers to get full annual insurance and breakdown cover as soon as possible after buying; Breakdown cover is basic, time-limited and only covers…

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Consumers warned against committing Covid insurance fraud

Every day last year, insurers detected 2,000 dishonest insurance applications and 300 fraudulent claims1. Insurance cons including lies, exaggeration and deception have serious consequences – from having a policy cancelled, a claim refused to imprisonment. Switching is the most effective way to save money on your insurances. As the recession bites and the potential for…

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Howes Percival helps fintech entrepreneur complete sale

Howes Percival have acted on a transaction in the fast growing fintech sector, completing the sale of EBR Analytics Limited to RIMES Technologies Limited. EBR was founded by fintech entrepreneur Jay Gandhi who spotted a gap in the market for the production of up to date and timely benchmarking information required by financial institutions in…

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Howes Percival advises on successful planning appeal for HB (South Caldecotte) Limited

Development which will create around 2,500 jobs approved for site south of Milton Keynes Leading law firm Howes Percival has advised HB (South Caldecotte) Limited on its successful planning appeal which grants the developer outline planning permission for a 140-acre strategic employment site, south of Milton Keynes. The site, near Caldecotte, will be development for…

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9.7m households facing Christmas on reduced income1

New research2 reveals 35% of UK households have seen their income fall compared with this time last year. Over a third (34%) of households will spend less celebrating Christmas this year. 18 to 24-year olds have been the hardest hit by the Covid recession with 49% seeing a cut in income. A new study by…

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DPD make history with five road transport ‘Oscars’

DPD becomes first firm to win five Motor Transport Awards in one year, twice DPD made history at last night’s Motor Transport Awards, beating off stiff competition to scoop five trophies at this year’s road transport ‘Oscars’, held for the first time as a virtual event. The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the industry and…

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Green delivery to 25 UK towns and cities by 2025

DPD confirms plans to operate zero or low emission-only delivery solutions Initiative part of Europe-wide drive by DPDgroup involving 225 cities in 20 countries, impacting 80 million inhabitants, Across Europe, 7,000 alternative delivery vehicles will be deployed, 89% reduction in carbon emissions and 80% in pollutants in the selected locations. Leading parcel delivery firm DPD…

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GoCompare comments on ABI’s latest Motor Insurance Premium Tracker

GoCompare is warning drivers to avoid auto-renewal complacency as the latest ABI Motor Insurance Premium Tracker shows premiums almost unchanged from the previous quarter and year on year. According to the ABI, the average price that drivers are paying for their motor insurance continues to remain at a four-year low. The average price paid for…

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MOT extension – Millions of drivers warned to keep their car road-legal this winter

Lockdown has resulted in millions of MOTs being deferred – but drivers must keep their cars properly maintained regardless of MOT status   Motorists warned to check their car is winter ready – simple tasks include checks to tyres, lights, windscreens, and anti-freeze levels.   Drivers can be prosecuted for driving a car which is unsafe…

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Top ranked employment law team announces expansion as turnover up 23%

Howes Percival has expanded its highly rated employment law team in response to an increase in instructions over the last year.  The team, which acts for a wide range of SMEs, as well as nationally recognised household names,  has seen its turnover grow by 23% in the last year, which is due to the growth…

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DPD honoured with three awards by the Institute of Couriers

Latest treble means DPD has won 10 awards in 23 days Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has won three awards at the Institute of Couriers’ National Courier Awards 2020.  The treble takes DPD’s recent run of award wins to an incredible 10 in the last 23 days. DPD was recognised by the Institute of Couriers…

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Howes Percival Cambridge partner appointed as County Court Recorder

Howes Percival partner Michael Green has been appointed as a Recorder on the London and South East circuit, in the latest round of appointments announced by the Lord Chief Justice this month.     Recorders are part-time judges in the Crown or County Court, whose jurisdiction is similar to that of a circuit judge.  They sit on…

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Motorists warned to lookout for new lockdown car-related scams

Motorists urged to guard against fake vehicle sales, insurance broker fraud, DVLA scams and staged car accident fraud.   GoCompare shares tips to help people avoid falling victim to fraudsters. GoCompare is warning motorists to be vigilant amid new concerns that economic uncertainty, coupled with tightened lockdown measures aimed at preventing a second wave of the…

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DPD UK takes top prize at international awards ceremony

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has been named Service Provider of the Year at the Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards 2020. Described as ‘the standout performer’, DPD scooped the top prize at the 12th annual awards, designed to recognise the most innovative developments in the postal and parcel industry. The award ceremony took place…

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DPD teams up with Collect+ to expand parcel shop network

3,000 additional shops takes DPD Pickup network to over 6,000 outlets Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has confirmed that over 3,000 Collect+ parcel shops are to be added to the DPD Pickup network, as part of a deal with PayPoint, the owner of Collect+. The new deal will expand the DPD Pickup network to over…

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Howes Percival recommended for 20 different practice areas in The Legal 500

36 Howes Percival lawyers also recommended in 2021 guide The 2021 edition of The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms – has recommended Howes Percival for 20 different practice areas and awarded the firm top tier ranking in 11 different legal specialisms. The guide, which is based on independent…

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GoCompare comments on MPs call for e-scooters to be legalised

The Transport Committee of MPs has called for e-scooters to be legalised on roads but that riding on pavements should be prohibited.  Currently e-scooters are illegal on public roads, cycle paths and pavements and drivers face a £300 fine and six points on their licence, if caught. The e-scooter has been one of the biggest…

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Howes Percival acts on multi-million pound management buy out of Glazing Vision Ltd

Leading law firm Howes Percival has advised the management team of Glazing Vision Ltd on the multi-million pound management buyout from the company’s founder. Glazing Vision Ltd are technical experts in the cutting-edge design, manufacture and supply of precision engineered, architectural glass roof lights for residential and commercial buildings.  Through its growing operation in the…

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GoCompare celebrates mascot Gio Compario’s 80th TV appearance with new advert

New ads focus on the voice behind GoCompare’s brand icon GoCompare, one of the most recognisable money-saving brands in the UK, is to launch a series of new brand adverts celebrating the 80th TV outing of their iconic mascot, Gio Compario. ‘The Voice’, the first of the new ads, will air from 1st October 2020…

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DPD scoop Transforming Retail Award with Delivery Innovation of the Year

The Your DPD app and Design Space wow the judges Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has been honoured with Delivery Innovation of the Year at the Retail Insider Transforming Retail Awards 2020.  The annual awards, which took place online this year, via Zoom, aim to highlight the most exciting innovations to happen in the retail…

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Six new trainee solicitors join Howes Percival

Firm also confirms five newly qualified solicitors Leading law firm Howes Percival has welcomed six new trainee solicitors. The firm has also appointed five new solicitors who have recently completed their training contracts with the firm.  Trainee Solicitors The six new trainees are Tom Bailey, Georgie Siddall, Grace Smyth, Abigail Lambert, Dan Ingle and Tom…

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GoCompare reports 107% increase in quotes for motorhomes and campervans

Fraud warning issued amid scramble for ‘staycation bubble’ vehicles Warning of fraudsters advertising fake listings of motorhome and campervans. GoCompare shares tips on getting a good deal on motorhome and campervan insurance. Comparison site GoCompare has reported a dramatic rise in the number of insurance quotes for motorhomes and campervans as frustrated holidaymakers scramble to…

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“Flight to Quality” – Brits shun cheap and cheerful travel cover for extra protection

Figures from GoCompare reveal that 55% of travel insurance sales are now 4 or 5 star Defaqto rated products Over 40% of travellers specifically choosing policies with extended Covid cover Despite move to more comprehensive cover, year on year premiums only up 7.4% Most popular destinations currently Turkey and Greece, followed by Italy, Portugal and…

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Changes to DVLA and insurance COVID-19 temporary arrangements: What drivers need to know

GoCompare summarises the key dates and temporary arrangements impacting motorists New announcements impact driver licencing and support measures for policyholders 395,000 more driving tests to be made available from 14 September Vehicles with an MOT due date of 1 August 2020 onwards will be tested as usual following early ending of Temporary Exemption Certificates. The…

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Record new registrations add to the September car insurance rush

GoCompare reminds drivers to shop around as peak car insurance renewal season is set to be busier than ever Figures reveal 21% of motorists allowed their insurer to auto-renew their policy in last 12 months. Number of drivers auto-renewing is at its highest level since February 2017. 40% increase in drivers auto-renewing their insurance (compared…

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Howes Percival appoints new national head of Family Law and makes senior hire

Howes Percival has strengthened its Family Law practice with two senior appointments. Based in the Leicester office, family law partner Justine Flack has been promoted to become the new national Head of the firm’s Family Law department, while Melanie Westwood has joined the Leicester team as a senior associate. Justine has been part of the…

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Brits go into money-saving mode as 3.6m worry about paying bills

A third of Brits have experienced a drop in their income due to the COVID crisis. 3.6million people are worried about not being able to pay their bills.1 Most households (71%) are taking action to reduce their outgoings. On average, money saving tactics saving people £95 a month. The economic impact of the coronavirus crisis…

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Insurance warning as 4.1m Brits drive to the continent to avoid flying

GoCompare Car Insurance warns drivers to check their car insurance, rescue cover  and local driving laws before heading abroad Millions of Brits plan to drive to the continent for a holiday this year, but just 21% check with their insurer before heading abroad. Comprehensive policies may provide third party-only cover in Europe.  68% of drivers…

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6.7 million drivers caught by £1.9 billion ‘loyalty tax’

New research reveals 40% increase in drivers auto-renewing their insurance 21% of motorists allowed their insurer to auto-renew their policy without seeing if they could get the same cover for less money (compared with 15% in February 2020). Number of drivers auto-renewing is at its highest level since February 2017. Drivers who allow their insurance…

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Volta Trucks and DPD bring full-electric large commercial vehicle parcel deliveries to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone

DPD due to commence trials of the Volta Zero, the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne delivery vehicle, in Q1-2021. The Volta Zero selected by DPD to operate in London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone and support its micro-depot strategy. Volta Trucks, the Scandinavian start-up full-electric vehicle manufacturer, will soon start a pilot test of its forthcoming…

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DPD smashes EV target five months early with over 700 electric vehicles

Over 10% of DPD’s UK van fleet is now electric; A million parcels a month now delivered by DPD EVs. The parcel industry leader, DPD, has smashed its own 2020 target for 10% of its van fleet to be zero emission, electric vehicles, five months ahead of schedule. As a result, DPD now has the…

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Howes Percival acts for the Cadman Capital Group on two acquisitions

Howes Percival has acted for private equity firm the Cadman Capital Group on the acquisition of Lincolnshire-based specialist printing and packaging firms Norpol Packaging Limited and Burbridge Packaging (Louth) Limited. The Howes Percival team was led by Miles Barnes (corporate) and was supported by Lucy Lord (commercial property), Graham Irons and Sobia Ahmad (employment), Rob…

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GoCompare comments on FCA’s proposal to extend temporary measures for those in financial difficulty

  Insurance comparison site GoCompare has welcomed a proposal from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to extend the temporary measures introduced on 18 May 2020 to help customers struggling to pay their insurance premiums, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The measures, which cover all types of general insurance, mean that insurers are expected…

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E-scooter trend: GoCompare warns drivers that use of privately-owned e-scooters could cost them their licence

376% increase in online searches for e-scooters during lockdown as craze takes-off. But drivers face a £300 fine and six penalty points on their licence for a using private e-scooter on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements. Newly qualified drivers could face losing their licence. Legal government trial for rental e-scooters underway to evaluate future…

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Howes Percival acts for Bossick Enterprises Ltd and Bossick Hotels Ltd on the acquisition of The George Hotel

Howes Percival has acted for Bossick Enterprises Ltd and Bossick Hotels Ltd in relation to the acquisition of The George Hotel in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, which is an 18th century coaching inn, with 15 bedrooms, a bar and an AA rosette restaurant and courtyard.  The leading law firm acted for the buyer companies, which involved…

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New driver backlogs: Stand-in driving instructors risk breaking the law trying to help 370,000* lockdown learners

Driving lessons and tests can restart this month in England, but a four-month backlog could make booking professional lessons difficult An estimated 370,000 new drivers may have been held back by the lockdown Stand-in instructors must know the law regarding supervising learner drivers As lockdown measures continue to ease, new drivers in England can start…

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Planning law expert comments on PM’s call to “build, build, build”

Boris Johnson has announced, what the Government has described as, “the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War, making it easier to build better homes where people want to live”. The new proposals are expressed to soften the economic impact of coronavirus with the PM vowing to “build, build, build”….

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MOT extension warning: Drivers warned to ensure their car is safe to drive as research reveals 9.3m1 cars need repair

Research carried out after the automatic six-month MOT extension reveals: 29% of drivers admit knowing their car needs repairing. Known defects include seriously dangerous faults including worn tyres, brake related problems, issues with lights or seatbelts and, windscreen repairs. 17% of motorists are driving a car displaying a service or warning light. Motorists with an…

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DPD teams up with iconic brand for testing ahead of van launch

The UK’s leading next day parcel delivery firm, DPD, has confirmed that it is to partner with the London EV Company (LEVC) for a series of road trials ahead of the launch of the company’s new VN5 Electric Van later this year. LEVC, formally known as The London Taxi Company, is the brand behind the…

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Howes Percival’s Cambridge office wins ‘Commercial Litigation Team of the Year’

Leading law firm Howes Percival has won ‘Commercial Litigation Team of the Year’ at The Cambridgeshire Law Society Legal Excellence Awards. Held annually, the Legal Excellence Awards recognise the best individuals, teams and law firms practising in the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area.  Due to the coronavirus lockdown, this year’s awards were presented…

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6,000 new UK jobs as DPD scales-up to meet ‘new normal’ demand from online retailers

£200m of new investment includes vehicles and 15 new regional depots, 2,500 new full-time jobs including depot, hub and management positions, 3,500 new drivers being recruited nationwide, Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has announced 6,000 new UK jobs and a major infrastructure investment in response to the unprecedented boom in online shopping caused by Covid-19….

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Rent timebomb: Warning as moratorium on forfeiture for commercial leases is about to end

As the three-month block on the repossession of commercial leases for non-payment of rent ends on 30 June 2020, Howes Percival urges dialogue between landlords and tenants to agree alternative payment plans. As part of the emergency Coronavirus Bill, the government announced a three-month ‘forfeiture moratorium’ on commercial leases for non-payment of rent due to…

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Destination ‘Costa del Casa’: New data shows a huge increase in people looking to buy swimming pools, hot tubs and pizza ovens for their 2020 ‘garden-cations’

Google Trends data shows an increase of 1600% for searches for above ground swimming pools since lockdown began Warning that outdoor equipment may not be covered by home contents insurance With millions of holidaymakers having to re-think their travel plans this summer, new Google Trends data suggests many will be creating their own personal holiday…

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Used car boom – GoCompare warns drivers to check insurance before test driving a used car as new car shortage looms

Shortage of new cars due to Covid lockdown closing factories is expected to lead to a boom in used car sales, Insurance is a must for test drives but most (92%) policies don’t cover policyholders to drive cars other than their own, A car’s group rating has a significant impact on the cost of insurance…

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Love your home – how to protect the centre of your universe properly

With a quarter of UK households having no contents insurance, GoCompare urges people to use lockdown to reassess how well their ‘bubble’ is protected1 £46,000 = the average value of possessions insured on home contents policies by GoCompare Home Insurance customers2. Purchases of high value items including TVs, PC and gaming equipment and kitchen appliances…

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Howes Percival warns businesses to put Covid-19 risk management and control measures in place before re-opening

As lockdown rules on businesses begin to be relaxed, Howes Percival warns that coronavirus risk management and control measures must be in place before companies allow workers to return to the workplace. The Government has published new Covid-19 secure workplace guidance for businesses in England.  The guidance, which operates alongside current health and safety rules,…

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As the English property sector gets moving again, GoCompare warns DIY home removals may not be covered by insurance

Most (78%) home insurance policies1 which cover house removals, only do so if the contents have been packed and transported by a professional removal firm. Moving home can be a good time to shop-around for a better deal on home insurance.  As the property market starts moving again in England, GoCompare Home Insurance is warning…

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Coronavirus: new ACAS guidance on disciplinary and grievance procedures

Howes Percival comments on latest Coronavirus impacts ACAS has now published guidance on conducting disciplinary and grievance procedures during the coronavirus pandemic. Employers are still able to carry out these procedures, as long it would be fair and reasonable to do so while employees are furloughed or working from home, or while following public health…

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Over 7.5 million holidaymakers in limbo over summer travel plans

New GoCompare guide offers up to date advice for worried travellers Over 7.5 million1 holidaymakers have a summer holiday or other trip booked for later this year and, with Covid-19 travel restrictions still in place, many are worried about their holidays and their money. Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested that 2020 was unlikely to…

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Howes Percival expands MK office with key senior corporate partner hire

Ex-Dentons head of Corporate and Commercial, Andy Harris, re-joins the firm Leading law firm Howes Percival has expanded its Milton Keynes based Corporate, Commercial, and Banking team with the return of Andy Harris. Andy was a Partner at Howes Percival until 2008 when he left to head-up Dentons’ Milton Keynes’ Corporate Commercial practice. He is…

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GoCompare urges drivers to contact their insurer now if they are worried about paying premiums

Leading car insurance comparison site GoCompare is urging drivers who are concerned about paying their car premiums to contact their insurer as soon as possible, rather than wait for a refund. The comments follow Admiral’s decision to refund £25 to car insurance customers.  According to GoCompare, other insurers may not rush to follow, but might…

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Lockdown speeders face hefty insurance penalty

Police warn drivers using quieter roads ‘as their own personal racetrack’, Drivers with speeding convictions face a minimum of 35% higher insurance premiums,   Motorway speeders could end up with a dangerous driving conviction and find it much harder to get insurance, or a ban.   As police forces report a dramatic rise in speeding…

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Over 60,000 donations delivered to NHS hospitals – thanks to Nurse Nikitta

Wellbeing and treat packs to be delivered to patients and staff at over 160 hospitals Two weeks on from palliative care nurse Nikitta Jones’s request for help for patients on her ward at the Cynon Valley Hospital, near Merthyr Tydfil, DPD is today set to complete the delivery of over 60,000 items kindly donated by…

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UK lockdown – a third of UK households have seen their income cut

Over 9 million households having to make do with less money coming in as a result of Covid-19 10% of households concerned about paying mortgage or rent; Only around 20% of struggling households have requested or received payment holidays or an overdraft buffer; 8% are having to use a credit card to pay for essentials…

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Howes Percival ranked among the top 20 planning law firms in the UK

Howes Percival has been ranked sixteenth in a survey of leading planning law firms in the UK.  Planning Magazine’s 2020 Planning Law Survey, which is usually dominated by larger London-based law firms, also identifies Howes Percival as a firm with a ‘growing reputation’.    The Planning Law Survey is an in-depth report highlighting the solicitors,…

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Howes Percival appoints new Chairman

Howes Percival has elected a new Chairman.  Partner and head of litigation, Geraint Davies, has taken over the role for a three-year term. Geraint joined the firm as a solicitor in 1996 and helped to develop a large and experienced litigation team with a national reputation, before becoming the litigation practice group leader for the…

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DPD provides free delivery service to supply 3D printed face shields to NHS

Leading parcel delivery firm DPD has joined forces with 3DCrowd, the community of 3D printer owners who are using their machines to help alleviate the acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers.  Thousands of volunteers across the UK are giving up their time to use their 3D printers to make the…

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“Helpful, but more guidance needed”: Rules relaxed for carrying over annual leave

Howes Percival comments on latest coronavirus impacts An amendment has been made to the Working Time Regulations allowing workers to carry over some of their statutory annual leave entitlement into the next two years, where it is not reasonably practicable for them to take holiday due to coronavirus. Typically, the statutory 4 weeks’ leave a…

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IR35 delay – Howes Percival comments

The government has announced that the extension of IR35 to medium and large companies in the private sector is being postponed by a year, to 6 April 2021. The IR35 tax rules are aimed at making sure that where a contractor provides their services through their own limited company and they would be treated as…

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Time to tackle the home admin: As lock down threatens income for millions, here’s how to reduce outgoings

GoCompare looks at six personal finance tasks that could save up to £2,100 GoCompare is urging those concerned about their income as a result of the Coronavirus to act now to reduce their outgoings. As stringent measures come into force to tackle the spread of the virus, such as staying away from pubs, restaurants and…

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DPD takes delivery of 300 Nissan e-NV200 vans to create UK’s largest EV parcel delivery fleet

The largest single UK commercial EV van order to date; CEO hails ‘landmark day’ in the transition to more sustainable transport models; First batch of new Nissan e-NV200 vans heading to DPD depots this week; All 300 vehicles to be on the road by May 2020; DPD on target to have over 500 EVs by…

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Howes Percival hails success of new Corporate Finance Club

New club aims to raise profile of Cambridge corporate finance community   Leading law firm Howes Percival has hailed the first Cambridge Corporate Finance Club event a huge success and confirmed that arrangements are underway for the next meeting of the group in June 2020. The Cambridge Corporate Finance Club provides an opportunity for local…

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DPD wins third green award in three months

Firm honoured at edie Sustainability Leaders Awards for unique all-electric parcel depots DPD has scooped its third green award in three months winning the Transport/Fleet Management Initiative of the Year at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards, 2020. The award follows a much-coveted Green Apple Environment Award for environmental best practice and a ‘Fleet Heroes’ award…

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Young drivers spend on average £6,071.00 getting their first car on the road

The cost of car insurance for 17-year old drivers has fallen by nearly 50% since 2012 More first cars are now bought using PCP or lease finance than using a personal loan Driving lessons cost an average of £528 A new report out today from GoCompare Car Insurance has revealed that the cost of getting…

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Law firm named in Sunday Times Top 100 ‘Best Companies’ list

Howes Percival recognised for ‘outstanding’ commitment to workplace engagement Leading law firm Howes Percival has been ranked in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list for the first time.  The Sunday Times ‘Best Companies’ list celebrates excellence in workplace engagement and is widely acknowledged as the most searching and extensive research into employee…

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Trio of transactions for Northampton Corporate team

Howes Percival’s Northampton corporate team have completed a trio of high-profile transactions. Howes Percival’s corporate specialists completed the cross-border trade sale of EasyDo Products, a company which designs, manufactures and sells effective household cleaning tools into retail outlets across the world, to an American buyer. EasyDo, with a manufacturing facility based in Wellingborough, manufactures the…

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DPD boosts electric fleet to 600 with UK’s first MAN Truck & Bus 3.5t right-hand drive electric vans

DPD and MAN Truck & Bus agree deal for the UK’s first 100 eTGE electric vans; DPD will have the largest 3.5t electric van fleet in the UK; Deal follows 300 Nissan electric vans announced in January. The parcel industry EV leader DPD has agreed a deal with vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus UK…

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Car insurance: The most switched financial product of the decade

GoCompare calls for action on renewals to ensure benefits of switching continue     “The Decade of Switching” – 8 out of 10 UK consumers switched provider for at least one financial product in the 2010s Over half of UK adults (56%) switched car insurance provider in the last decade; 39% didn’t switch any of the…

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Howes Percival appoints specialist Commercial Health Partner

Leading law firm Howes Percival has boosted its Corporate team with the recruitment of Oliver Pritchard, a corporate and commercial Partner, who specialises in healthcare and social care.  Oliver was previously a Partner and Head of Commercial Health at Browne Jacobson LLP in Nottingham and is relocating back to Norfolk where he grew up. He…

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DPD tops Money Saving Expert’s customer satisfaction poll for seventh year running

The UK’s favourite parcel delivery company DPD has been voted the best in the business for the seventh year running, in Money Saving Expert’s customer satisfaction survey.  Almost 9,500 people took part in the poll on Martin Lewis’ site to find the best (and worst) parcel delivery firms.  Conducted just after the Christmas and January…

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Hitting the slopes? GoCompare warns skiers and snowboarders not to rely on an EHIC

With hundreds of thousands of skiers and snowboarders heading to European slopes this winter, GoCompare is urging holidaymakers not to rely on a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to give them adequate medical cover. Research from GoCompare travel insurance has found that the benefits provided by an EHIC are overestimated by most British holidaymakers. 6…

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Brexit uncertainty is making people switchy

GoCompare’s annual Switching Report1 reveals a big increase in customers switching with 64% changing providers for at least one of the 10 most common financial products Car and home insurance remain the products most likely to be switched; Energy, credit cards, mobile phones and broadband saw the biggest increases in switching activity; But 24% of…

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The 7 energy “MYTH-UNDERSTANDINGS” stopping households getting a good deal

weflip debunks common energy myths preventing some households from switching provider 81% of Brits want to cut their energy bills in 2019, but only 20% switch each year; 10% don’t think you can switch energy provider if you live in a rental property; 11% of people mistakenly think a smart meter will automatically reduce their…

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Three financial New Year’s resolutions you CAN keep – and save £1,540*

Three easy-to-keep financial resolutions for 2019 from GoCompare and weflip could save you £1,540; Signing-up to automatic energy switching typically saves £300; Slashing credit card interest payments by switching to a 0% balance transfer card could save £880, on average; A clear-out of unnecessary direct debt and standing orders could save £360 a year. GoCompare…

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New research reveals widespread confusion around Government’s new energy price cap

Less than a quarter of people understand how it will affect them Just 5% of households know how much the energy price cap will save them; Only 16% of people think the energy price cap represents a fair price for gas and electricity; Warning that first review of price cap in February could slash headline…

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GoCompare comments on CMA’s proposals to tackle loyalty penalties

Lee Griffin, Founder and President of GoCompare commented:  “The CMA has proposed a wide range of corrective measures which could significantly reduce the impact of loyalty penalties.  Much will depend on how product providers and regulators respond to these proposals, but it is the first meaningful step towards creating a cleaner and fairer market for personal financial services…

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SSE overplaying the cap card as it pulls the plug on merger

Commenting on news that SSE has dropped plans to merge with Npower, Sally Jaques from auto-switching service weflip, said, “While SSE are pointing to the energy price cap as the reason for pulling out of its merger with Npower, the real problem for both these companies could be the fact customers are switching away, in…

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£143m* worth of unwanted gifts to be returned this Christmas

Only 69% of returns are successful; More than 4 million people returned an unwanted Christmas gift last year; The average value of unwanted gifts last year was £35.10; 7% say they had a problem returning a gift that was purchased online. According to new research** released today, an estimated £143m worth of unwanted Christmas presents…

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LOST Christmas: 6.7 million* Brits lose out on gift cards

GoCompare Money urges shoppers to check expiry dates on any gift cards received this Christmas and use them as soon as possible Over a fifth (21%) plan to give gift cards as presents this Christmas; 13% of UK adults have been unable to redeem the value of a gift card; 4% have lost out because…

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£20bn festive bill

UK households will spend an average of £719 celebrating Christmas One in ten will put the whole cost of Christmas on their credit card According to new research released today by GoCompare Money, the average British household expects to spend £719 on Christmas festivities this year.  Collectively, the Nation will splash out £19.5 billion on gifts,…

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Shoppers urged to get their Christmas cards now

0% purchase cards offer up to 30 months interest free shopping With only six weeks left until Christmas, and the Black Friday sales likely to start earlier than ever this year, GoCompare Money is urging shoppers to get their Christmas credit cards sorted now. Time is running out for festive shoppers looking to spread the…

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Five ways to ensure a successful home insurance claim

GoCompare offers tips on how to avoid joining the 1 in 6 who have had household insurance claims rejected The darker nights of autumn and winter typically mean an increase in burglary rates and weather-related insurance claims.  GoCompare Home Insurance shares five tips to help ensure that, should the worst happen, you don’t end up…

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Saturday 27 October – the big energy switch on

  Research reveals that Saturday 27 October is the day the nation will turn on the central heating; After 18 months of rising energy prices it could be the most expensive winter for years; 5 MILLION households (34%) will delay turning the heating on because of the cost; Households on big energy supplier standard tariffs…

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Five family travel tips for the October half-term getaway

  GoCompare Travel Insurance urges parents to do their homework when arranging travel insurance for their family; Not all annual travel policies provide cover for step-children – 39% only provide cover if the step-child lives with the insured parent; Only 55% of policies allow all insured family members to travel independently of each other; Exclusions…

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Revealed: The DIY top 10

Interior redecoration, flooring and a new bathroom head the list Accidental damage warning as just 16% of home insurance policies include cover as standard A new survey* into the UK’s top home improvements reveals that a lick of paint, a new floor and a bathroom makeover top the list of work carried out by homeowners…

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Cambridge lawyer helping firm become dementia-friendly

  Howes Percival is working towards becoming a dementia-friendly business.  So far, over 60 staff across the law firm’s six offices have received training and have become Dementia Friends. Amy Wallhead, a private client law specialist based in Howes Percival’s Cambridge office on Hills Road is delivering the dementia-friendly training to her colleagues. Amy is…

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“Mind the trap!” – Insurers prepare to roll-over millions of drivers as peak renewal season approaches

65% of drivers let their insurer renew their policy automatically, 15% without even checking they are getting a good deal* Only 38% of motorists take the time to check the previous year’s premium to see how it has changed; Renewing without checking premiums costs motorists £1.3bn** a year; 3.2 years – average length of time…

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Howes Percival advises on sale of Kelvin Power

  Howes Percival has advised the shareholders of Kelvin Power on the sale of the business to electrical, automation and ICT engineering company VINCI Energies UK & ROI for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1993, the Leicester-based Kelvin Power provides advice and designs to the global power industry and the renewable energy sector. Its areas…

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Employers warned not to ask about pregnancy or children during recruitment

  Employment law expert comments on The Equality and Human Rights Commission report on senior managers’ attitudes around pregnancy and maternity discrimination; Howes Percival outlines questions employers should never ask during the recruitment process. Leading regional law firm, Howes Percival is warning employers that it is unlawful to discriminate against a prospective employee on the…

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Howes Percival advises Mazars Financial Planning on acquisition

  Howes Percival has advised Mazars Financial Planning (MFP) on the acquisition of chartered financial planning firm RCL Consultancy Limited from The Embark Group. The acquisition strengthens MFP’s offering to its private clients and sees the transfer of a portfolio of high net worth and affluent clients with assets of approximately £300m, taking Mazars over…

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Warning on personalised number plates as rare reg set to fetch £100,000

Personal registration plates could cost you dear if your vehicle is stolen or scrapped ‘TAX 1’ is expected to cost £100,000 when it is auctioned; Only 6% of car insurance policies specifically cover cost of personalised number plates; Owners of cars with personalised plates need to act quickly to avoid losing their cherished registration if…

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How to give yourself an inflation busting pay-rise in five easy steps

  52% of UK adults haven’t received a significant pay-rise for more than three years; GoCompare shows how managing your finances can deliver an inflation busting pay-rise of up to £1,263*. With more than half (52%) of UK adults now saying they haven’t had a significant pay-rise in over three years, GoCompare has devised a…

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Revealed: Where Brits plan to save and invest in 2018

  Bank or building society accounts top list despite poor returns; More people will save in a coin jar than an equity ISA or a personal pension; 25% of people can’t afford to save or invest anything in 2018; Bitcoin bubble set to grow as 7% of men say they would invest in a virtual…

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UK hiding £13.bn of secret debt

  Research from GoCompare finds one in 10 are hiding debt from their partner 40% of UK adults will be carrying some form of debt (excluding mortgages) into 2018 One in 10 people with debt admit to hiding it from family, friends and partners On average, those with debt owe £6,131 14% don’t know how…

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GoCompare comments as energy switching hits record high in 2017

  New figures from Energy UK reveal that a record 5.5 million customers switched electricity supplier in 2017 – a leap of 15% on the previous year.  GoCompare Energy’s spokesperson Ben Wilson   comments: “An increase in people ditching bad energy deals is certainly to be celebrated, but 5.5 million customers still represents a significant minority…

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Howes Percival acts in Aspall sale to Molson Coors  

  Leading regional law firm Howes Percival has played a key role in the sale of Suffolk-based cider maker Aspall to American brewing giant Molson Coors.  The firm acted for the family shareholders in the sale. Founded in 1728 by Clement Chevallier and run by the eighth generation of his family, Aspall is known for…

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Relying on an EHIC to cover your winter holiday mishaps could leave you with a mountain of medical bills

  Thousands of British skiers and snowboarders will be heading to Europe this winter to get their annual fix of downhill thrills. Unfortunately, many will be travelling under the misapprehension that having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will give them all the medical cover they need. Research from GoCompare Travel has found that 69%…

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Employers urged to take note of key employment law changes for 2018

Howes Percival comments on key issues and upcoming legislation 2018 is set to be a hugely important year in terms of employment law, with high profile cases and significant new legislation likely to have a major impact on employers. Howes Percival Partner and employment law expert, Paula Bailey commented, “2018 is potentially going to be…

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Rising cost of living and Brexit are the biggest financial worries for 2018

  40% of UK adults anticipate that 2018 will be a very difficult year for them financially; 58% are worried about the rising cost of living/bills; 29% of people are worried about the impact of Brexit on their finances. The increasing cost of living and the impact of Brexit top the Nation’s main financial concerns…

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40% of households will be ‘going without’ to pay for Christmas  

Cutting back on heating, clothes and food shopping and selling belongings to make sure Christmas happens Only 36% of UK households say they have no money worries about Christmas; 21% will be celebrating Christmas on a smaller scale than they’d like; 9% of households have sold belongings to help pay for Christmas. With the average…

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Christmas shopping all wrapped up?  Time to check if it’s insured

Make sure your festive gifts are covered this Christmas and beyond   GoCompare is urging Christmas shoppers – particularly those planning to buy pricey tech items or pieces of jewellery – to spare a thought for insurance.  While most home contents policies automatically increase to cover the additional cost of festive gifts and food –…

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UK households to spend £20bn* celebrating Christmas

  £726 – the average household cost of Christmas; Gifts represent the biggest Christmas expense, with an average anticipated spend of £372 per household; 18% will pay for at least part of Christmas on a credit card; Average time to repay seasonal borrowing is 3.2 months, but 14% of borrowers will take over six months…

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GoCompare suggests a wider ‘current account clean-up’ as Citizens Advice warns people about unwanted subscriptions

  GoCompare supports the Citizens Advice campaign on unwanted subscriptions, and is suggesting that people review their bank and credit card statements to root out unwanted payments. Citizens Advice is warning consumers that, with the rise of subscription-based services, it may be easy to sign up for such arrangements but difficult to get out of…

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What a waste! People fritter away £590 a year

  New research reveals that £30bn is wasted each year on uneaten food, clothes that are never worn, household bills and bundled TV/broadband deals   Almost three quarters (73%) of us admit to wasting money, with unworn clothes, getting stung by avoidable fees and paying over the odds for services and insurance among the everyday…

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British Gas scrap SVR and replace it with ‘SBR’

GoCompare comments on the news that British Gas is to scrap its standard variable rate tariff (SVR) by April for new customers Ben Wilson from GoCompare Energy, comments: “This is a welcome move for British Gas’s five million customers who, like two thirds of all UK households, are paying much too much for their gas…

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23m households will ration their energy this winter*

GoCompare calls on households to reduce the cost of their energy now by switching   85% of households will be forced to limit their energy use to save money**; Home heating is a major area identified for energy cut-backs; Only a fifth of people switched their energy supplier in last 12 months to get a…

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UK households gearing up to spend a whopping £3bn in the Black Friday sales*

  Each UK household will spend on average £108 in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales Almost a third (31%) of households will check out the sales Clothing and accessories, toys and games, and health and beauty products head this year’s sale shopping list New research**, commissioned by GoCompare Credit Cards, estimates that UK…

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“App-y Christmas!” The Your DPD app reaches 2 million downloads

Unique app is set to play a major role in DPD’s 2017 Christmas peak plan DPD’s unique Your DPD app is set to play a leading role in the firm’s Christmas peak planning after passing a major landmark with its 2 millionth user download. The UK’s favourite parcel delivery company launched the ground breaking app…

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Households owed £928m* in overpaid energy bills

  39% of households are owed money from their energy provider; Average overpayment across the UK is £85 but research shows wide regional variations of £63 to £103; Only 9% of UK households in credit with their energy supplier have asked for a refund. Millions of households who have overpaid their gas and electricity bills…

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Households owed £928m* in overpaid energy bills

  39% of households are owed money from their energy provider; Average overpayment across the UK is £85 but research shows wide regional variations of £63 to £103; Only 9% of UK households in credit with their energy supplier have asked for a refund. Millions of households who have overpaid their gas and electricity bills…

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Help for businesses managing partnership disputes

New step-by-step guide helps business partners navigate disputes over the direction of a business Leading regional law firm Howes Percival has launched a free, step-by-step guide to help companies manage partnership disputes. The new guide is part of the firm’s ‘Litigation Maze’ series, designed to ensure organisations stay on the right side of the law…

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Help for businesses managing partnership disputes

New step-by-step guide helps business partners navigate disputes over the direction of a business Leading regional law firm Howes Percival has launched a free, step-by-step guide to help companies manage partnership disputes. The new guide is part of the firm’s ‘Litigation Maze’ series, designed to ensure organisations stay on the right side of the law…

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Howes Percival acts in £30m Virgin deal   

  Howes Percival has advised the management team of Acorne Limited, trading as Virgin Experience Days, as part of a £30m management buy-out of Acorne backed and funded by Inflexion Private Equity. Howes Percival advised the four-strong management team on the terms of their investment alongside business and accountancy firm, PKF Cooper Parry. Virgin Experience…

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Howes Percival acts in £30m Virgin deal   

  Howes Percival has advised the management team of Acorne Limited, trading as Virgin Experience Days, as part of a £30m management buy-out of Acorne backed and funded by Inflexion Private Equity. Howes Percival advised the four-strong management team on the terms of their investment alongside business and accountancy firm, PKF Cooper Parry. Virgin Experience…

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Kill ‘zombie bills’ and save £340 a year

  42% of people say they have direct debits, standing orders, subscriptions, donations and memberships they no-longer want or use This Halloween, GoCompare Money is encouraging people to carve ‘zombie bills’ out of their bank accounts as new research shows that, on average, they waste £340 a year on old direct debits, standing orders, subscriptions,…

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Kill ‘zombie bills’ and save £340 a year

  42% of people say they have direct debits, standing orders, subscriptions, donations and memberships they no-longer want or use This Halloween, GoCompare Money is encouraging people to carve ‘zombie bills’ out of their bank accounts as new research shows that, on average, they waste £340 a year on old direct debits, standing orders, subscriptions,…

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Trick or treat? The UK is set to spend £719m* on Halloween

Almost a third (31%) of people say they will celebrate Halloween, spending £38 on average while 40% will do nothing on the frightful day! Only 23% of UK adults welcome trick-or-treaters to their home; 26% object to the ‘Americanisation’ of Halloween festivities; Scots are least likely (48%) to celebrate Halloween, but spend the most (average…

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Trick or treat? The UK is set to spend £719m* on Halloween

Almost a third (31%) of people say they will celebrate Halloween, spending £38 on average while 40% will do nothing on the frightful day! Only 23% of UK adults welcome trick-or-treaters to their home; 26% object to the ‘Americanisation’ of Halloween festivities; Scots are least likely (48%) to celebrate Halloween, but spend the most (average…

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Expansion for Howes Percival’s Cambridge office

Specialist property lawyers join from Mills & Reeve and Leathes Prior Leading regional law firm, Howes Percival, has expanded its Cambridge office with the appointment of two specialist property lawyers. Elizabeth Thomas has joined the firm as an associate and Scott Smith has been appointed as a solicitor in Howes Percival’s commercial property team. Elizabeth…

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Expansion for Howes Percival’s Cambridge office

Specialist property lawyers join from Mills & Reeve and Leathes Prior Leading regional law firm, Howes Percival, has expanded its Cambridge office with the appointment of two specialist property lawyers. Elizabeth Thomas has joined the firm as an associate and Scott Smith has been appointed as a solicitor in Howes Percival’s commercial property team. Elizabeth…

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Terminal gripes: Overpriced food, long queues and misleading duty-free shops

GoCompare research reveals passengers’ biggest airport annoyances ahead of the busy half-term getaway Around 25 million passengers will pass through the UK’s 60 plus airports in October*, but research from GoCompare Travel** has found that for many the airport experience isn’t the ideal start to their holiday they’d hoped for. GoCompare surveyed over 1,300 UK…

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