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June 27, 2017

Get your pay the right way – new pre-action protocol for debt claims

The courts have long-encouraged early engagement and clear communication between businesses, creditors and their debtors as a way of settling debts without the need for taking it to court. Now, a new Pre-Action Protocol for debt claims, which comes into force on 1 October 2017, will give debtors more opportunities to pay their debt before being forced into costly litigation.

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September 22, 2017

Hip hip hooray; faulty artificial hip not considered defective

Despite faulty, an artificial hip replacement was not considered defective by a Judge because it complied with regulatory requirements and, as such, a claim could not be brought.

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September 14, 2017

Resolving employment issues: Conciliation v underfunded Employment Tribunal

Will a full compulsory conciliation service make a comeback to stop the unmeritorious claims reaching the Employment Tribunal now the fees have been scrapped?

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September 13, 2017

Court finds vetoing clause useless in employee option agreement

A business consultancy firm won its case against an employer who vetoed them from exercising their option agreement.

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September 13, 2017

Justify before you ‘spy’: employers must inform employees before monitoring their emails

The Grand Chamber has reversed a ruling over whether it is lawful for employers to monitor employees’ personal communications at work.

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September 10, 2017

Under the (social) influence

Influencers are a hugely popular way for brands to build credibility and reach new audiences, however many do not comply with the regulations for labelling paid for content.

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September 10, 2017

How to use intellectual property to protect your architecture

Architecture can be protected by a wide range of intellectual property rights. Understanding these rights and how they are relevant to an architect or his client can be of significant value to the architect, designer or the owner of a building.

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September 9, 2017

Is it ok to lend to a friend?

The Consumer Credit Act isn’t just for commercial regulations – it can apply to personal loans between friends too. Make sure you’re not unintentionally entering a regulated consumer credit agreement without authority.

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September 5, 2017

Landmark decision means employers must consult Unions over workplace changes

The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers must include Unions in any collective consultation over workplace changes which will affect their members.

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September 4, 2017

Addison Lee joins expanding list of companies caught out for unrealistic independent contractor contract

In the latest of a number of cases where those working in a ‘gig-economy’ have been held to be workers, a contract between Addison Lee and an ‘independent contractor’ has been found to be an inaccurate reflection of the actual working relationship.

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September 4, 2017

BBC victorious in pensions cap dispute

The BBC has won its battle in the Court of Appeal over a 1% cap it introduced on increases in pensionable salary in a bid to reduce its multi-billion pound deficit.

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September 3, 2017

HMRC goes digital with new online trusts register

HMRC has launched new reporting obligations that require all UK trusts, and non-UK trusts with potential UK tax liabilities, to be registered through an online register.

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September 2, 2017

Do you have a reservation?

Ever thought of gifting your house to your children but continuing to live there to reduce taxes? Here’s what you need to know.

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September 1, 2017

Hospitality businesses – how to get ready for the General Data Protection Regulation

We have produced a guide specifically for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector with everything you need to know about the new regulation and how you should be preparing, from your consents process to subject access requests to the storage of HR data.

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August 30, 2017

Pensions Regulator gives initial approval for British Steel Pension Scheme restructuring

The Pensions Regulator has agreed terms with Tata Steel UK to facilitate the separation of the British Steel Pension Scheme from TSUK by means of a regulated apportionment arrangement.

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August 29, 2017

Abolished Employment Tribunal fees: are the floodgates creaking open?

Since abolishing the fees, the Employment Tribunal has for the first time allowed a claimant to lodge a fresh claim after her original claim was time barred when she was not able to pay her fees in time.

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August 28, 2017

Speak now or forever hold your peace


The courts have recently considered an appeal by Ted Baker in its claim against Axa Insurance. Axa claimed that Ted Baker did not provide the documents Axa needed to investigate…

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August 27, 2017

Fraud, deceit, theft
are Lasting Powers of Attorney dangerous?

Last week news hit of a war veteran exploited by his neighbour who stole thousands while acting as his attorney. Make sure your Lasting Powers of Attorney decisions are treated with great care.

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August 26, 2017

What are the consequences of suspending an employee? Be careful of knee-jerk reactions!

Suspending an employee without considering the circumstances could result in an employee arguing this decision was a fundamental breach of contract, resigning and pursuing a claim for constructive dismissal.

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