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  • 23rd March 2015

    ICO Issues Updated Guide to Data Protection

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued an updated version of The Guide to Data Protection, which is designed for use by those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.The...
  • 18th March 2015

    Overdue VAT? HMRC Can Wind Up Your Company

    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...
  • 16th March 2015

    Longer Notice Period for Marriages and Civil Partnerships

    On 2 March 2015, the notice period in England and Wales for entering into a marriage or civil partnership is being extended from 15 days to 28 days. The move...
  • 13th March 2015

    Untaken Pension Cannot Be Vested for Benefit of Bankrupt's Creditors

    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,...
  • 11th March 2015

    Buy to Let Landlords in HMRC's Sights

    Most house owners regard rising property prices as a good thing, but buy to let landlords who have neglected to deal with their tax obligations after the sale of their...
  • 9th March 2015

    HMRC Targets Horsebox Owners

    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,...
  • 5th March 2015

    Order Copies of Wills Online

    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...
  • 4th March 2015

    Offensive Tweets and Unfair Dismissal

    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...
  • 2nd March 2015

    Indian Nanny in 'Caste Discrimination' Test Case

    In an important decision (Chandhok and Another v Tirkey) that pushed at the boundaries of what can be considered 'discrimination' in law, an Indian nanny who claimed that she was...
  • 27th February 2015

    Fatal Injuries in the Agricultural Sector

    The incidence rate of fatal injuries in the agricultural sector continues to be a cause for concern, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report entitled 'Fatal injuries in...
  • 25th February 2015

    Redundancy – Meaning of 'Place of Work'

    In Exol Lubricants Limited v Birch and Another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) was called upon to determine the place of work of two HGV drivers who had been made...
  • 23rd February 2015

    Company Name Changes

    Changes to the rules governing company names have come into force which simplify and reduce the restrictions imposed on the names that can be registered at Companies House.Fewer words need...
  • 20th February 2015

    Two Defendants Share a Single Damages 'Cap', Rules Court

    When a breach of patent can be demonstrated to have occurred, one of the legal remedies available to the firm whose patent has been breached is to require an 'account...
  • 18th February 2015

    Tax Reliefs on Goodwill Transfers Quashed

    For unincorporated businesses, one of the more important elements of the Chancellor's statement of 3 December 2014 was the decision to abolish, with immediate effect, entrepreneur's relief for transfers of...
  • 16th February 2015

    Daughter Stripped of Power of Attorney

    In an example of the law stepping in to protect the vulnerable, a daughter has been stripped of responsibility for managing her mother's affairs after she failed to provide the...
  • 13th February 2015

    Cohabitation Rights Bill Receives Second Reading

    There have been hundreds of legal disputes relating to the division of property built up during a period of cohabitation by couples who are not married. The arguments arise on the...
  • 11th February 2015

    Builders Next Door Stopped in Tracks

    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...
  • 9th February 2015

    Allegations Cut No Ice in Court

    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...
  • 6th February 2015

    Redundancy During Maternity Leave

    A recent case (Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright) provided some clarity on the application of Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999, which entitles a woman...
  • 4th February 2015

    Confidentiality Clause Means What it Says, Rules Court

    When a company made an investment in a joint venture (JV) with other businesses, the shareholders' agreement required the participants to keep all information confidential (except when dealing with their...
  • 2nd February 2015

    It Only Takes One

    What happens to a tenancy when the tenant dies or a tenant couple split up has led to many legal cases over the years.A recent case dealt with a situation...