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  • 3rd February 2016

    The Apprenticeship Levy

    The apprenticeship levy on employers, first announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the July 2015 Budget, is being introduced in April 2017 with the aim of enabling the...
  • 1st February 2016

    Are Your Anti-Money Laundering Procedures Compliant?

    It might be thought by many that money laundering is an esoteric crime that is practised only by professionals in positions of authority or influence, but this is not so....
  • 29th January 2016

    Son Who Fleeced His Dementia Sufferer Mum Stripped of Power of Attorney

    Most people would rather have their affairs looked after by a loved one if they lose the ability to make decisions for themselves. However, a case in which a son...
  • 27th January 2016

    Ship Owners Pay Dearly for Failing to Meet Litigation Deadline

    A case concerning a maritime collision at the entrance to a Black Sea port serves as a warning to all that litigation deadlines are strictly enforced and that failing to...
  • 25th January 2016

    Trade Mark Scammers Lose

    Anyone who has applied for or been granted a trade mark will know that even before the official notification is received, bogus invoices for 'registration' are likely to arrive from...
  • 22nd January 2016

    A Guide to Unfair Dismissal

    Only employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed. The right does not extend, for example, to people who are self-employed, independent contractors, members of the armed forces or...
  • 20th January 2016

    Workplace Injury; Don’t Delay Making a Claim

    Compensation claims are subject to strict time limits and one pensioner whose life was blighted by an asbestos-related condition paid a high price for sitting on his hands and failing...
  • 18th January 2016

    Court Approves Cost Control of Attorneys’ Contested Wills

    It is common for people to appoint a family member as their attorney to manage their affairs for them should they become unable to do so.However, unless there is a...
  • 15th January 2016

    What is a House?

    We all know what a house is – or at least we think we do. However, the question of what constitutes a house has been an active issue among lawyers...
  • 13th January 2016

    Impractical Child Custody Order Leads to Court Appearance

    The family courts are kept busy these days with disputes over which parent children should live with – especially when the parents are of different nationalities.In a recent case, an...
  • 11th January 2016

    Supreme Court Takes Tough Line on Breach of Contract Penalties

    Following the Court of Appeal decision earlier in the year, the Supreme Court has backed the case presented by ParkingEye, a firm that charges car park overstayers mouth-watering sums for...
  • 8th January 2016

    Court Decides 'Issue' Issue

    Words are the very stuff of law. Whilst in most instances the legal meaning of a word is the same as its meaning in everyday use (and the courts generally...
  • 6th January 2016

    Calculation of Holiday Pay When Workers Change Their Hours

    In Greenfield v The Care Bureau Limited, the Employment Tribunal (ET) requested a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the following points:•  In...
  • 4th January 2016

    Valid Lease Offers Elderly Couple Comfort

    It is only natural that many parents who wish to pass their estates on to their children give their home to them or sell it to them on preferential terms. However,...
  • 30th December 2015

    HMRC Toughen Stance on VAT on Business Sales

    It is well known that when a business passes from one VAT-registered trader to another who continues it, the transfer will normally be a 'transfer of a going concern' (TOGC)...
  • 23rd December 2015

    Beneficial Interest in Property Changed by Common Intention

    Arguments over property ownership are very common, despite being easily avoidable provided the correct legal paperwork is put in place.A recent case dealt with the ownership of a property after...
  • 21st December 2015

    Time Limits in Discrimination Claims

    Under the Equality Act 2010, the time limit for lodging a discrimination claim with the Employment Tribunal (ET) is normally within three months of the date on which the discriminatory...
  • 18th December 2015

    Decision to Return Bullied Child Not Unreasonable

    It is a fundamental principle of family law that the courts will always put the welfare of a child first in making any decision about where the child should live.However,...
  • 16th December 2015

    Court Revokes Unfair Property Sale

    There have been dozens of cases involving equity release and similar arrangements that have gone wrong. However, there are not many circumstances in which the courts will overturn an agreement...
  • 14th December 2015

    Will Irregularities Mean Substantial Bequest for Charities

    Charities are well known for their doggedness in contesting wills when they think they have been improperly deprived of a bequest, and a recent case has left each of four...
  • 11th December 2015

    'But They Promised'

    When a guarantor gave a guarantee in respect of a loan which subsequently went bad, the company that advanced the loan sought to enforce its guarantee.The guarantor claimed that he...
  • 9th December 2015

    Court of Appeal Accepts Errant Valuation Not Negligent

    Property valuers will breathe a collective sigh of relief following the decision of the Court of Appeal to overturn a ruling by the High Court that a December 2005 valuation...