Legal News

Professional landlords are well aware of the complexities they can face when giving notice to tenants that they require possession of the let premises. Because of the rather tortuous provisions of the Housing Act 1988 with regard to the giving of notice,...
The law on 'grey' or 'parallel' importing, especially of products that are sold under different names (such as many pharmaceuticals) has a balancing act to perform. On the one hand, it must protect the interests of the consumer by preventing unfair...
When a family business is handed down and ownership is split between two or more members of the next generation, the result can all too often be discord. Normally, this can be resolved by one party buying out the other, but when this does not occur, the...
How do you create a brand for your business, and how do you protect it? April’s GL Business Club event at the M Shed aimed to answer those questions, and it was very well received. The event, run in partnership with Blu inc, focused on how to develop...
Company directors should know that as well as their duties to shareholders, they also have a duty under both common and statute law to protect the interests of creditors. When this duty is not adhered to, the consequences can be severe, as a recent case ...
A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has emphasised the importance of the provision of good quality, relevant evidence in cases involving children. The case concerned a council's decision to place two children up for adoption against their mother's...
Under Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA), when a worker is required or invited to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing, they have a statutory right to be accompanied where this has been reasonably requested and the person chosen...
The latest research into the number of women in the boardroom shows that numbers are continuing to climb, but business and government commentators agree there's more work to be done. Cranfield University School of Management's latest Female FTSE...
The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 makes the unauthorised subletting of a council property a criminal offence. The prosecution can be brought by the council concerned. Where subletting or parting with possession of the whole of the property...
If you live or work in Bristol you won’t have escaped the headlines our city has been making recently. The Sunday Times named Bristol as the best city in the UK to live thanks to its “great shopping, great scenery and great social scene.” ...
When a woman transferred the lease on her Knightsbridge flat into a trust for the benefit of her two sons, the intention was to provide a benefit to them which would, over time, be free of Inheritance Tax (IHT). Such gifts are called 'potentially exempt...
The changes to pensions announced in the recent Budget have, in our view put pensions as a tax planning vehicle firmly back on the agenda. What has changed? The minimum pension income that an individual must be receiving to use Flexible Drawdown, whereby...
Pre-nuptial agreements always capture people’s imaginations and it isn’t surprising that the media has seized upon the Law Commission report. The report itself is over 230 pages long so this is designed to give you an overview of some of its key...
Damages paid for loss of income are taxable but, by concession, most damages paid as a capital sum for not taking court action have been exempt from taxation to Capital Gains Tax (CGT). If the damages paid can be linked to a specific asset (for instance...
During the course of an employment, it is common for employees to become aware of the ‘trade secrets’ of their employer’s business. If they subsequently use this knowledge for their own gain, they can find themselves facing a claim for...
When an estate is being administered, the administrator must meet any specific bequests in the will before distributing the remainder (the ‘residue’ in legal parlance) of the estate. However, it is by no means uncommon for the specific bequests...
A widely reported case has potential implications for those entrusted with the care or safety of others who delegate that responsibility – for example by the use of subcontractors. The tragic case concerned a boy who suffered brain injuries whilst...
As people retire later, many businesses could have four generations of employees working together, according to new research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). It means that in the next 20 years it will be increasingly common for young...
In a decision that may come as a surprise to employers, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for over-stressed workers can extend to paying for private psychiatric treatment....
If you have negotiated a divorce settlement and then find out that your ex-spouse has been less than open when disclosing their personal finances, the court will reopen the matter if there is sufficient evidence to do so. In a recent hearing, the court was...

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Professional landlords are well aware of the complexities they can face when giving notice to tenants that they require possession of the let premises. Because of the rather tortuous provisions of the Housing Act 1988 with regard to the giving of notice,...
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The law on 'grey' or 'parallel' importing, especially of products that are sold under different names (such as many pharmaceuticals) has a balancing act to perform. On the one hand, it must protect the interests of the consumer by preventing unfair...
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How do you create a brand for your business, and how do you protect it? April’s GL Business Club event at the M Shed aimed to answer those questions, and it was very well received. The event, run in partnership with Blu inc, focused on how to develop...
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Company directors should know that as well as their duties to shareholders, they also have a duty under both common and statute law to protect the interests of creditors. When this duty is not adhered to, the consequences can be severe, as a recent case ...
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Under Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA), when a worker is required or invited to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing, they have a statutory right to be accompanied where this has been reasonably requested and the person chosen...
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The latest research into the number of women in the boardroom shows that numbers are continuing to climb, but business and government commentators agree there's more work to be done. Cranfield University School of Management's latest Female FTSE...
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The changes to pensions announced in the recent Budget have, in our view put pensions as a tax planning vehicle firmly back on the agenda. What has changed? The minimum pension income that an individual must be receiving to use Flexible Drawdown, whereby...
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Damages paid for loss of income are taxable but, by concession, most damages paid as a capital sum for not taking court action have been exempt from taxation to Capital Gains Tax (CGT). If the damages paid can be linked to a specific asset (for instance...
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During the course of an employment, it is common for employees to become aware of the ‘trade secrets’ of their employer’s business. If they subsequently use this knowledge for their own gain, they can find themselves facing a claim for...
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As people retire later, many businesses could have four generations of employees working together, according to new research by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). It means that in the next 20 years it will be increasingly common for young...
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In a decision that may come as a surprise to employers, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for over-stressed workers can extend to paying for private psychiatric treatment....
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When land has been used by someone who has no legal entitlement to use it for 20 years without interruption, an ‘easement’ can arise under the Prescription Act 1832 . In principle, an easement gives the legal right to continue the use...
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In a bitter example of how an innocent party can be left to carry the financial can following a corporate failure, the owner of a hotel who paid £110,000 for diesel powered generating equipment has received judicial sympathy but ended up with neither...
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Businesses that have constituted themselves as limited liability partnerships (LLPs) will greet without enthusiasm the announcement by Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander that the Government ‘will be closing the loophole that allows private equity...
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Changes to employment law and practice are normally implemented in either April or October in order to make life easier for employers, who must ensure that their policies and procedures comply by the implementation dates. The Collective Redundancies and...
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A practising Christian who was dismissed from his job as a paediatric consultant after he refused to accept recommendations that he refrain from using religious references in his workplace communications has lost his appeal against the decision of the...
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A seminar providing valuable knowledge on registering trade marks and the other ways you can protect your brand by the use of smart intellectual property strategies together with a discussion on the creation of a brand from a designer’s perspective and how clever and consistent usage of your brand can help you build company value.

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The economic value of a well-known brand having a registered trade mark is illustrated by two recent court cases involving British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), US IT giant Microsoft and free Internet phone service Skype. Microsoft launched a cloud-based data...
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The use of certain names for companies etc. has been restricted for a very long time – the restrictions on ‘sensitive’ names being intended to reduce the likelihood that a person is misled into thinking that they are dealing with an...
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A widespread investigation into the availability of finance for the UK's small business sector has found that eight out of ten SMEs are "happy non-seekers" of external finance – more than ever before. The quarterly SME Finance Monitor...
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Choosing the right name is critical to the success of your small business. A great name can give you a clear brand identity that will get you noticed for all the right reasons — get it wrong, though, and you could be doomed to obscurity. Your name...
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In Harding v Cancer Research UK Limited , a former charity worker has failed in his long-running unfair dismissal claim after the Court of Appeal ruled that his case was based upon a fundamental misunderstanding of the law. Mr Harding worked as a van...
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The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will apply from 1 October 2014: The adult NMW rate will increase from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour; The NMW rate for workers age 18 to 20 will increase from £5.03...
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Rushing into litigation with insufficient preparation and without taking advice can have unfortunate consequences. This simple fact was demonstrated when the owners of a restaurant, who claimed that their business had been blighted by, amongst other things,...
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Using social media for business was the focus of this month’s GL business club event. Andy Poulton from Enterprise Online Marketing Solutions spoke at the M Shed on the 13th March to dispel some myths around social media, and to demonstrate how to use...