Legal News

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Court Directions are an Order and not a Wish List!

These were the words of a District Judge at a recent hearing we attended on behalf of a client. 

Published: 16 Sep 2014

Car Seat Danger warnings follow Trading Standards’ investigation

A recent series of tests by one Trading Standards service has highlighted a major concern with the failings in car seats made in China, which fail the UK safety laws.
Published: 16 Sep 2014

What to do about Military Reservists?

The law in relation to the employment of military reservists is due to change from 01 October 2014.


Published: 16 Sep 2014

Dress to Impress... It’s your call

We often get asked how far employers can go when regulating employees' personal appearance, as well as their clothing or uniform.

Published: 16 Sep 2014

New Road Tax (RFL) Rules. Are you up to speed?

There is a lot of disquiet about the lack of publicity over the new Road Tax/Road Fund Licence (RFL) rules coming in to play on 1 October 2014 (that’s just over one month!). 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

New rules for finance advertising taking hold

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is taking a closer view at the way motor dealers (acting as credit brokers) advertise finance. 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

Telephone and person to person sales are still tying dealers into contracts they don’t want

We still receive many complaints when dealers are introduced to a deal, often with utilities, but also with rate reduction companies, business directories etc by a keen salesperson over the phone of face to face. 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

Consumer Rights Bill

This has been going through the law making process for longer than one could possibly have imagined. 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

“Expert” witness inspections

It is not unusual for a court to order those in dispute over an allegedly defective vehicle to obtain a report that has not been written by a “hired gun”.  

Published: 01 Sep 2014

We have moved...

On Friday 1st August 2014 we moved to our new offices.
Published: 07 Aug 2014

Reduce energy bills now!

It’s a chilling thought in this hot summer weather but we’re over half way to the end of 2014! 

Published: 04 Aug 2014

HSE proposals to exempt self-employed from Health and Safety requirements

In the government’s programme of deregulation HSE are consulting about the possibility of taking the self-employed out of the HSE requirements.

Published: 04 Aug 2014

Will finance sales become the next PPI scandal?

Increasingly the new controls sought by the Financial Conduct Authority, and in turn, the Financial Ombudsman Service, will give rise to motor retailers who ‘push’ finance coming under the spotlight. 


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Finance/Credit Advertising – a timely warning

We see a number of dealer advertisements including credit deals which have not yet picked up the 'need to declare' how independent the dealer is when offering credit from one or more credit suppliers.


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Consumer Rights Bill

On 1 July the Bill got its second reading in the House of Lords which means that it’s getting late in the proverbial day now for too many amendments to be made. 


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Spot the spelling errors

From time to time we see spelling by consumers that are as wayward as their complaints are.

Published: 04 Aug 2014

Indication that obesity may become a form of disability

The UK has recently referred a case to the European Court of Justice for a ruling to be made, as to whether an obese employee may be afforded discrimination protection if they receive unfair treatment as a result of their obesity.


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Faking sickness – how not to get found out

A funny case which hit the news this week regarding the Commonwealth Games.

Published: 04 Aug 2014

Training your staff….a financial investment….what return will you get from it?

It is commonplace within the motoring industry for employers to pay for training for their staff, either to begin their career as a mechanic, or accountant, or to enhance or refresh the skill base of more experienced staff.

Published: 04 Aug 2014

ACAS Early Conciliation - what impact will it have on Employers?

-    Any claim lodged with the Employment Tribunal after 06 April 2014 will now automatically be subject to something called Early Conciliation.  This is a service run through ACAS, which expands the scope of the service previously provided by them.



Published: 04 Aug 2014

Car Dealer prosecuted by Trading Standards

Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards recently prosecuted a car dealer within their area.

Published: 21 Jul 2014

Fake vehicle diagnostic equipment lands supplier in court

York Trading Standards have prosecuted a supplier of counterfeit vehicle diagnostic equipment and fake car key rings.

Published: 21 Jul 2014

That’s another “fine” mess you got me into!

We recently had cause to challenge the imposition of a traffic penalty imposed on one of our clients by London Borough of Bromley Council.

Published: 21 Jul 2014

Holiday pay – but at what rate?

There has been continuous debate in the courts as to whether holiday pay should also include a proportion of commission an employee could have earned had they not been on annual leave.l





Published: 21 Jul 2014

Changes to Distance Selling

On 13 June 2014, the Distance Selling Regulations were replaced by the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013:

Published: 21 Jul 2014

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