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  • Employees who are expectant mothers have the statutory right to a minimum amount of maternity leave. Employers may also offer their own maternity leave scheme in addition to this.

    Statutory Maternity Leave is for 52 weeks. Employees may also be entitled to receive Statutory Maternity Pay for up to 39 weeks of the leave.

  • The term used to describe the house that you lived in whilst married.

  • A formal method of trying to resolve a dispute or negotiate a settlement.

  • In certain cases, such as disability discrimination claims, medical evidence may be required. This can be in the form of simply providing medical records, obtaining a medical report or calling an expert witness.

  • Following a serious injury, the individual will be admitted to the hospital under the care of a consultant relevant to the type of injury. On discharge from hospital medical care will often continue to be provided via the hospital outpatients department and/or GP. The written records produced during treatment are important evidence of the nature and extent of an injury, however, in order to prove the existence and extent of an injury, your solicitor will need to instruct an independent medical expert. This would not be the same person who provided the treatment in hospital. In serious injury cases often more than one expert is instructed and they may well be asked to produce more than one report if recovery takes a long time. A medical expert will examine the injured person, consider the medical records and then produce a written report. The written report will stand as evidence in the claim. Getting the right medical experts is vitally important.

  • Has the cognitive ability to make their own decisions.

  • Being mentally unable to do something/make decisions.

  • A search to check whether the property may be affected by coal mining activity.

  • A child under the age of 18.

  • Term often used when referring to wrongful, improper or unlawful actions taken by an employee. An employee can be dismissed on the grounds of misconduct if they have received previous warnings for misconduct. Dismissals on the grounds of misconduct would have to be with notice pay.

  • Efforts by the claimant to find a new job and reduce their loss of earnings.

  • A loan to buy a house or flat where the mortgagee lends the mortgagor money in return for a legal charge being registered against the property to ensure that the loan must be repaid before the property can be sold.

  • The document signed by the mortgagor to create a legal charge which the mortgagee can register at the Land Registry.

  • The details of the terms upon which the mortgagee is prepared to make the mortgage loan.

  • The length of time agreed for the repayment of the loan.

  • Where a property has been charged by the owner or mortgagor to the mortgagee.

  • Somebody who provides a mortgage (e.g. a bank or building society).

  • Somebody who takes out a mortgage (a borrower).