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A company which failed to take adequate steps to secure its website against hackers has been hit with a £150,000 financial penalty after a malicious fraudster managed to download personal data relating to its customers, including more than a million...
It is not uncommon for elderly drivers to be required to undertake driving competence tests after they have been involved in an accident which is deemed to be their fault. In an important boost for pensioners keen to maintain their motorised independence...
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have long been aware that business owners sometimes try to claim tax relief as a business expense on what are essentially items of private expenditure. Recently, it has been reported that owners of horseboxes are being targeted...
Background Many consumers feel that if they have a problem with a product or service they have bought, there are few options available to them. Going to court is simply not an option for the “average consumer”. Alternative Dispute Resolution...
The Government has announced that copies of wills and grants of probate can be obtained online or by post. Each record of probate will cost £10. It is intended that new grants of probate will be available online within 14 days of issue and postal...
In a case which dealt with the issue of misuse of Twitter by an employee in the context of an unfair dismissal claim ( Game Retail Limited v Laws ), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) declined to give general guidance to assist with future decisions on...
Tenants are required to comply with the covenants in their leases and breaches of lease covenants can have serious implications, as a recent case shows. It involved a tenant (a car sales and repair business) that wished to end its lease, which ran for ten...
If you are facing misery at the hands of builders working close by, a recent case shows that you are not powerless and that the law can protect householders plagued by building works on neighbouring properties. The case concerned a homeowner who was...
A one-armed businessman, who went to war with his former friends over control of a successful talent agency for amputee stuntmen, has been criticised by a judge for his determination to ‘jealously and selfishly’ guard his own financial interests....
The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will apply from 1 October 2015. The apprentice rate, which applies to apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase by 57p (20 per cent)...
    Adjudication is a common form of dispute resolution used in the construction industry. It is comparatively fast and normally cost effective, but comes with the risk of ‘rough justice’. This is be cause the adjudicator only has...
Gregg Latchams is very excited to have recently opened its first permanent London office. The new Mayfair office will enable the firm to give better service to its increasing London clientele.   The office is situated at 14 Manchester Square, just a...
A 'spiteful and wicked' husband, who branded his wife a psychopath in the midst of their £5.6 million divorce, has been hit hard in the pocket after a judge condemned him as a man who 'stops at nothing' to get what he wants . The man claimed that his...

What do you do when a key employee leaves taking company property, confidential information and clients? Call Gregg Latchams.

We were recently instructed by a medium size company who employed several high level sales advisers. 

Bankruptcy is a stressful event for the bankrupt, particularly when the trustee in bankruptcy decides to seek a contribution to the creditors from pension policies that have not yet vested, as happened in a recent case . The trustee in bankruptcy claimed...
The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2015 , which details the annual inflation-linked changes in limits on the compensation amounts which can be awarded by employment tribunals, applies where the appropriate date falls on or after 6 April 2015. ...
A decision of the High Court that a provisional liquidator could be appointed following a 'without notice' winding-up application by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should serve as a warning to companies whose VAT affairs are in arrears. The company in...
When there is a risk of confusion on account of the registration of a trade mark name similar to yours, prompt action is advised. Recently, well-known double glazing firm Anglian Windows noted that an application had been made by an unrelated company, which...
Reaching a settlement with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a tax dispute will normally lead to a letter of offer being agreed with them and signed by the taxpayer(s). A recent case before the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) confirms the finality of such...
In a striking example of an employment relationship being transformed over time by custom and practice, the High Court has ruled on the status of a woman who was taken on as a teacher but later metamorphosed into a full-time union representative ( Davies v...

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A company which failed to take adequate steps to secure its website against hackers has been hit with a £150,000 financial penalty after a malicious fraudster managed to download personal data relating to its customers, including more than a million...
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Background Many consumers feel that if they have a problem with a product or service they have bought, there are few options available to them. Going to court is simply not an option for the “average consumer”. Alternative Dispute Resolution...
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In a case which dealt with the issue of misuse of Twitter by an employee in the context of an unfair dismissal claim ( Game Retail Limited v Laws ), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) declined to give general guidance to assist with future decisions on...
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Tenants are required to comply with the covenants in their leases and breaches of lease covenants can have serious implications, as a recent case shows. It involved a tenant (a car sales and repair business) that wished to end its lease, which ran for ten...
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A one-armed businessman, who went to war with his former friends over control of a successful talent agency for amputee stuntmen, has been criticised by a judge for his determination to ‘jealously and selfishly’ guard his own financial interests....
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The Government has announced the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates that will apply from 1 October 2015. The apprentice rate, which applies to apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase by 57p (20 per cent)...
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    Adjudication is a common form of dispute resolution used in the construction industry. It is comparatively fast and normally cost effective, but comes with the risk of ‘rough justice’. This is be cause the adjudicator only has...
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What do you do when a key employee leaves taking company property, confidential information and clients? Call Gregg Latchams.

We were recently instructed by a medium size company who employed several high level sales advisers. 

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The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2015 , which details the annual inflation-linked changes in limits on the compensation amounts which can be awarded by employment tribunals, applies where the appropriate date falls on or after 6 April 2015. ...
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A decision of the High Court that a provisional liquidator could be appointed following a 'without notice' winding-up application by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should serve as a warning to companies whose VAT affairs are in arrears. The company in...
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When there is a risk of confusion on account of the registration of a trade mark name similar to yours, prompt action is advised. Recently, well-known double glazing firm Anglian Windows noted that an application had been made by an unrelated company, which...
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In a striking example of an employment relationship being transformed over time by custom and practice, the High Court has ruled on the status of a woman who was taken on as a teacher but later metamorphosed into a full-time union representative ( Davies v...
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The risks associated with buying 'off plan' are illustrated by a recent case in which the owners of more than 100 flats in two blocks in Leeds found themselves facing a series of problems due to defective workmanship. Financial constraints meant that the...
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Normally, a refusal to mediate will incur the displeasure of the court and can be expensive if the court decides that the legal costs were higher than need be because of the refusal. However, when a case is sound, mediation is not always the right answer,...
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In Windle and Another v Secretary of State for Justice , foreign language interpreters who claim that they suffered race discrimination whilst working for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have had their compensation hopes boosted by the...
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The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published its 2015 report in which it makes recommendations to the Government on National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. The recommendation as regards the hourly rate for adults, which applies to workers aged 21 and over, is...
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A recent decision is good news for the proprietors of brands that suffer from the trepidations of counterfeit copies of their goods being sold over the Internet. The High Court ruled that the owner of a variety of luxury brands that suffered this problem...
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Benefits in Kind (BIKs) have always been an administrative nightmare for employers, with the amount of paperwork generated sometimes out of all proportion to the value of the benefit to the employee. Employers will therefore welcome the consultation on...
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The right to light has always been a complex and confusing area of law in the UK. In order to bring more certainty to the subject, the Law Commission undertook a consultation process in 2012/2013. As a result, the Commission has published a draft Right to...
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Parents-to-be whose babies are due on or after 5 April 2015 are reminded that they can start sharing up to 50 weeks of parental leave, provided they are eligible to do so. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has developed an online...
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Those who offer their personal services through their own private companies may achieve tax advantages; however, a Court of Appeal decision in the case of an airport beautician has underlined that they may also sacrifice their employment rights ( Halawi v...
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When a firm of accountants approached a client regarding investing in a management buyout (MBO) that needed finance, the end result was that the client lent the company set up to invest in the MBO company £15 million. Such loans are not advanced...
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Disagreements between family members are often bitter, and this can lead to time, effort and expense being incurred which is disproportionate to the importance of the dispute when it concerns a family business, as a recent case illustrates . Two brothers...
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A mental health nurse who was subjected to disgraceful abuse by colleagues in the midst of a bitter falling out between rival trade unions has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that his employer should be held responsible for any...
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Under Section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 , employers have a duty to consult with appropriate representatives of employees concerning forthcoming redundancies if 20 or more employees are to be dismissed at one...