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  • 20th April 2015

    Soldier Injured on Exercise Let Down by Army

    All employers are under a duty to take appropriate measures to safeguard workers against the risk of injury, and the Army is no different. In a case which illustrates this...
  • 17th April 2015

    Putting Assets in Your Children's Names Can Be Risky

    Transferring title of your assets to your children may have advantages but is not without risks, as one businessman found out when his son's bankruptcy left the family's substantial buy-to-let...
  • 15th April 2015

    April 2015 Employment Law Changes

    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...
  • 13th April 2015

    Loss Relief Denied on Uncommercial Farming

    The general rule in tax law is that for a trading loss to be set off against other income in order to reduce a tax liability, the trade which incurred...
  • 10th April 2015

    Electrocuted BT Worker Due Big Damages Payout

    A British Telecom (BT) worker, who was badly injured when electrocuted by power lines whilst in the bucket of a 'cherry-picker' hoist, is due substantial damages after the High Court...
  • 8th April 2015

    Failure to Take Legal Advice Costs Tenant

    In a cautionary tale for any commercial tenant who thinks professional legal advice is an unnecessary luxury, a shopkeeper who would have been entitled to substantial compensation on the early...
  • 6th April 2015

    Online Assets 'In Limbo' Warning

    According to a recent survey by the Co-Op, more than 94 per cent of all adults in the UK have an online account, yet only a quarter have put in...
  • 3rd April 2015

    Accident Settlements are Final – Even if Fraud is Subsequently Proved

    In a decision that will be unwelcome to the insurance industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a man who lied his way to a £135,000 damages settlement following...
  • 1st April 2015

    IHT Return Failings Mean Jail

    It is not always appreciated, but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will not hesitate to bring criminal proceedings when tax evasion is significant, as the jailing of a woman who...
  • 30th March 2015

    Law Commission Attempts to Address Enforcement of Orders for Family Provision

    The settlement of the financial arrangements is often seen as the final step in the break-up of a marriage. Regrettably, in too many cases, the arrangements, which are set out...
  • 27th March 2015

    Court Rejects Cash Settlement Over Uncertain Share Values

    Financial settlements on divorce in which company shares that are not traded on a recognised stock exchange must be valued often present very considerable difficulties for the court, as a...
  • 25th March 2015

    Cohabitant Entitled to 25 per cent Share

    Yet another case has come to court which illustrates the wisdom of cohabiting couples making a 'living together agreement' or formalising their respective rights over the property in which they...
  • 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...