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The Government has taken action to reduce the potential costs to employers of last month's decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Bear Scotland Ltd. v Fulton that holiday pay should reflect non-guaranteed overtime that is routinely worked. The ...
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has upheld an earlier ruling of the Advocate General on a question raised by the Danish District Court in holding that severe obesity can be considered a disability under EU law. The issue arose in the case...
The changes to the 'deemed occupation' period for the granting of private residence relief (PRR) have been well reported and apply to exchanges of contracts on residential properties after 5 April 2014. The changes are relevant where the property has not...
In a case which illustrates the magnitude of the task faced by Employment Tribunals in resolving the most factually complex cases, a black professor who claimed to be the victim of a 'conscious conspiracy emanating from the very top' at the university where...
The High Court has ruled that fees for the use of Employment Tribunals (ETs) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) are lawful. The fees were first introduced by the Government in July 2013. Since then, the number of cases coming before ETs and the EAT...
The Central London residential property market is known to have risen to dizzying heights over the last few years, which has led to the victory by residents of a prestige mansion block in their five-year struggle to acquire the building's freehold proving to...
The Legal Ombudsman has published a report calling for the introduction of tougher controls on those who charge for writing wills. Last year, the Ombudsman received more than 1,000 complaints relating to the drafting of wills and the provision of probate...
Government research has found that 55% of UK consumers find it hard to support local small firms because many businesses aren’t online. Two million sole traders and small companies (39%) are missing out on business because they have no online...
It is fairly widely known that in a legal dispute some documents can be 'privileged', which means that they cannot be used in evidence. Normally, communications between a solicitor and their client are privileged. However, the right of privilege is not...
The number of private sector businesses in the UK has reached a new high of 5.2 million. There has been a record annual increase of 330,000 businesses (up 6.7%) on last year, according to the latest government figures released this week. There has now...
British shoppers plan to spend the most on Christmas gifts this year, according to an international study of more than 11,700 consumers across Europe, but will actually be outdone in generosity by Romanians, who will spend a third of their December income...
In a crucial victory for consumers, the Supreme Court has ruled that a householder who entered into a removals contract with a tradesman who visited his home was entitled both to change his mind and to reclaim his £1,000 deposit. The man had...
Caitlin Gallagher, one of the trainee solicitors currently working within our Litigation team, is thrilled to have continued her work with Cardiff Law School in overturning a murder conviction in the Court of Appeal. When former gang member Dwaine...
In a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to go before a court or tribunal without legal assistance, a worker whose wife hastily withdrew his unfair dismissal claim in the heat of the moment has been told that he will have to live with the consequences ( ...
When an informal conversation over dinner in a restaurant that included a proposed agreement between a divorcing couple did not lead to a settlement, the court was faced with a decision as to whether matters discussed during the conversation could...
A company which produces plastic milk bottles – tens of millions of which are used in the UK every day – has landed a strategic blow on a trade rival in the midst of a bitterly-fought patent dispute. Company A had accused company B of infringing...
When a couple's relationship broke up, it was unlikely that either of them would have foreseen an argument over who should inherit the proceeds of a life assurance policy that would subsequently lead to an appearance in the Court of Appeal . The...
How easy is it to raise funds for new ventures? A recent lunchtime discussion group of the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Forum threw up some interesting ideas and solutions to the question of getting new business funding. The ideas are of wider interest to...
In an important ruling, the High Court has lifted the threat of compensation payouts awarded to severely disabled victims of negligence being whittled away by the costs of local authority care. When a woman had agreed to settle her clinical negligence...
It is not uncommon for a landlord to want to preserve a 'balance' among the tenants trading in a commercial development and therefore to restrict the number of tenants in a particular trade. A hidden danger inherent in this approach became evident recently...

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The Government has taken action to reduce the potential costs to employers of last month's decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Bear Scotland Ltd. v Fulton that holiday pay should reflect non-guaranteed overtime that is routinely worked. The ...
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has upheld an earlier ruling of the Advocate General on a question raised by the Danish District Court in holding that severe obesity can be considered a disability under EU law. The issue arose in the case...
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In a case which illustrates the magnitude of the task faced by Employment Tribunals in resolving the most factually complex cases, a black professor who claimed to be the victim of a 'conscious conspiracy emanating from the very top' at the university where...
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The High Court has ruled that fees for the use of Employment Tribunals (ETs) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) are lawful. The fees were first introduced by the Government in July 2013. Since then, the number of cases coming before ETs and the EAT...
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The Central London residential property market is known to have risen to dizzying heights over the last few years, which has led to the victory by residents of a prestige mansion block in their five-year struggle to acquire the building's freehold proving to...
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Government research has found that 55% of UK consumers find it hard to support local small firms because many businesses aren’t online. Two million sole traders and small companies (39%) are missing out on business because they have no online...
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It is fairly widely known that in a legal dispute some documents can be 'privileged', which means that they cannot be used in evidence. Normally, communications between a solicitor and their client are privileged. However, the right of privilege is not...
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The number of private sector businesses in the UK has reached a new high of 5.2 million. There has been a record annual increase of 330,000 businesses (up 6.7%) on last year, according to the latest government figures released this week. There has now...
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In a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to go before a court or tribunal without legal assistance, a worker whose wife hastily withdrew his unfair dismissal claim in the heat of the moment has been told that he will have to live with the consequences ( ...
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A company which produces plastic milk bottles – tens of millions of which are used in the UK every day – has landed a strategic blow on a trade rival in the midst of a bitterly-fought patent dispute. Company A had accused company B of infringing...
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How easy is it to raise funds for new ventures? A recent lunchtime discussion group of the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Forum threw up some interesting ideas and solutions to the question of getting new business funding. The ideas are of wider interest to...
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It is not uncommon for a landlord to want to preserve a 'balance' among the tenants trading in a commercial development and therefore to restrict the number of tenants in a particular trade. A hidden danger inherent in this approach became evident recently...
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A company that paid more than £17 million too much for another company's shares – due to inaccuracies in the latter's accounts – will get most of that money back from insurers, following a High Court ruling . Company A had bought the...
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In the recent case of Bear Scotland Ltd. and Others v Fulton and Others , the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that employers should include ‘non-guaranteed’ overtime that is routinely worked when calculating a worker's holiday pay. ...
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A recent case ( McMillan v Airedale NHS Foundation Trust ) serves as a reminder that employers who fail to adhere to disciplinary procedures that form part of an employee's contract of employment lay themselves open to a claim for damages for breach of...
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When a business is growing, it is quite common for it to be transferred into a limited company, and a company structure may often be more appropriate for larger businesses. There are tax elections available which make such a transfer relatively easy to do...
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The Intellectual Property Office has published a guide to changes in the law relating to designs . These were introduced by the Intellectual Property Act 2014 , which received the Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and comes into effect on 1 October 2014. The...
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For Employment Tribunal (ET) claims lodged on or after 6 May 2014, it is a legal requirement, unless an exemption applies, for the claimant to first notify the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) by completing an Early Conciliation...
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When a tenant causes a nuisance to other tenants or to people nearby, the tenant is obviously the person responsible for the nuisance. However, can the landlord also be held liable since the landlord allowed the tenant to be in the position to create a...
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Those who are 'employed to invent' normally have few rights to the fruits of their labour, as a professor who invented a novel blood glucose testing device discovered recently. Although his invention earned his employers £24.5 million, he ...
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Bridging the skills gap in manufacturing industry. The Gregg Latchams Business Club held a special lunchtime discussion forum to look at the challenges facing the manufacturing industries in the South West and beyond. A team of directors, senior managers...
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In a ruling which powerfully confirmed the extra-territorial reach of the English courts , the Court of Appeal has opened the way for civil proceedings for contempt of court to be brought against the managing director of two overseas companies despite the...
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If you employ agency workers, you should be aware that HM Revenue and Customs have issued new guidance on how workers supplied through agencies should be taxed. This reflects changes to the relevant legislation that apply to anyone who is employed through...
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When an unsatisfactory tenant applied to extend the lease on the shop and house premises she rented, the landlord wished to terminate it instead and seek a new tenant. The landlord opposed the renewal of the tenancy on the grounds that: the tenant had...
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In Reynolds v CLFIS (UK) Limited and Others , an eminent doctor and insurance expert who maintains that she was removed from her role as chief medical officer of a leading insurance company because of her age has had her compensation hopes boosted by the...