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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...
A group of property investors who lost their deposits after a developer succumbed to the recession before even starting work on a luxury block of flats have had their hopes of getting their money back boosted by a High Court ruling . The 23 private...
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...
In a warning to the elderly that even close family members cannot always be trusted, a judge has come to the aid of an 86-year-old dementia sufferer whose nephews breached their legal duties and 'made a hash' of managing her financial affairs. The...
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...
A mother and father who refused to pay their sons' private school fees – claiming that staff had failed to protect the three boys from bullying and racial abuse – have been ordered to pay up after their complaints were comprehensively dismissed...
Under European law, disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility have a right to receive help to get through the airport and board their plane when travelling on flights to and from the UK and Europe, including on domestic flights, provided they give...
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...
In a recent judgment delivered by the Court of Protection , a local council was successful in wresting control over an old man's finances from a family member. The 91-year-old man has been resident in a care home for more than a year and suffers from...
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...
Under European law, disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility have a right to receive help to get through the airport and board their plane when travelling on flights to and from the UK and Europe, including on domestic flights, provided they give...
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 failed in a...
The 2014 Vision Bristol Creative Conference promised two days of creative freedom – a chance to indulge the right side of our brain – and did not disappoint. For our specialist CDMT team, this was an opportunity to learn more about the...
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...
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...
A woman whose purchase of a seaside home became a nightmare owing to a dispute with neighbours triggered by a conveyancing solicitor's negligence will receive some compensation for her loss – but not as much as she had hoped for. The woman had paid...
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...
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...
Claims against dishonest executors have trebled in 12 months, according to the Law Gazette. The increase in the number of claims is thought to result from the appointment of friends and family members as executors rather than professional executors such...
It is not unusual for someone to want to relocate abroad following a divorce or separation. This might be because of a desire for a fresh start or it might be to move closer to family and friends who can provide an extended support network. However, where...

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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 failed in a...
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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...
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Businesses are continually playing catch up against cyber attackers, according to the latest analysis by the six largest UK audit firms. Accountancy body the ICAEW has identified a growing gap between the capabilities of cyber attackers and the...
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published statistics on workplace injury and illness for the year 2013/14. The figures show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost as a result of injury and sickness over the year, at a total...
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In a matter of weeks, there is a VAT revolution for sellers of electronic services – yet so many seem unprepared. The New Year heralds revolutionary VAT changes for many suppliers of cross border services, yet most of those affected have still to...
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UK business and academia are to benefit from a £50 million investment plan in emerging technologies and industries that has been launched by Innovate UK . High potential, early stage, game-changing technologies are being targeted by the scheme,...
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A case that made headlines recently, when a sender of spam emails was fined £300,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office, has come back to court. The somewhat surprising result is that the Upper Tribunal (UT) decided that the actions of the...
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Following the ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribuna l (EAT) that employers should include ‘non-guaranteed’ overtime that is routinely worked when calculating an employee’s holiday pay, the Government has announced that it is setting up...
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From 22 July 2014, the scope of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive has been extended to include a range of new electrical devices. The additions include most medical devices and control instruments, including thermostats and smoke detectors,...
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In an important decision for corporate sponsors and those who benefit from their financial help, a fishing company which stumped up £1.2 million in support of its cash-strapped local rugby club has suffered defeat in its legal campaign to deduct that...
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At this time of year, many people will be looking forward to attending firework displays to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. For those organising such events, it is important to ensure they are planned carefully. Fortunately, guidance on this topic is available...
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In the long-running case of Seldon v Clarkson, Wright and Jakes , the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) that the inclusion in a law firm’s partnership agreement of a clause that required...
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When work done by a contractor is deficient, the standard JCT form of contract allows an 'appropriate deduction' to be made from payment where the work is not to be made good by the contractor. Arguments over deductions made in these circumstances are...
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In June, the '.uk' top-level domain was launched. The .uk extension indicates an organisation in the UK, as opposed to the '.co.uk' one, which has been used for many years to indicate a commercial organisation in the UK. Most countries have domain suffixes...
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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014/2015 has now been published. It will introduce a wide variety of measures aimed at reducing barriers to business innovation and growth. Employment measures include making exclusivity clauses in zero...
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If everyone chose to work one year longer, gross domestic product could increase by 1% – the equivalent of £16 billion in 2013, according to government figures. Almost a quarter of a million more people aged 65 and over have opted to stay in...