New Headquarters for Lawgistics
Lawgistics have moved. We have waved goodbye to our old home on the ex
US airbase at RAF Alconbury and we have said hello to the slightly more
historical and grandiose surroundings of Vinpenta House, a three storey
Georgian town house in the centre of local market town Whittlesey.
Abolition of the Vehicle Identity Check
The vehicle identity check was brought in 2003 to prevent vehicle
ringing (where criminals make it easier to sell stolen vehicles by
swapping the identity of cars no longer economical to repair with a
stolen vehicle of a similar make/model).
For those of you who may not be aware of the Regulations yet they cover
the promotion of ADR (which is predominantly mediation and negotiation)
in all disputes. The aim is to promote the resolution of disputes
between consumers and traders prior to having to resort to court action.
One owner vehicle?
We have had a few calls recently regarding vehicles that have been
advertised as a “one owner” vehicle, later turning out to be previously
owned by a vehicle hire company.
Reasonable adjustments during recruitment
In a recent tribunal decision, an NHS worker was awarded a rather large
pay out of £115,000, by successfully pleading disability discrimination against the NHS.
With Remembrance Day now behind us, it was interesting to see the number
of news story which commented on who was, and who was not wearing a
poppy, on TV.
Entertaining can be Taxing!
As the festive period fast approaches, employers maybe look to plan an
office Christmas party, or general gathering. The question is, can these
be considered a business cost for tax reasons?
The Logistics of Moving Lawgistics
We shall be waving goodbye to our present home on the ex US airbase at
RAF Alconbury and saying hello to the slightly more historical and
grandiose surroundings of Vinpenta House, a three storey Georgian town
house in the centre of local market town Whittlesey.
Seems that actions do speak louder than words!
You may have heard on the news recently that the first case regarding
gestures has been ruled as discriminatory. It is the first case of its
kind to relate to gestures rather than words being said which has been
Constructive dismissal? A bad case of the blues...
It has recently been reported in the news that Chelsea FC, Premier
League champions 2014/15, could be facing a case for constructive
dismissal. There has been a lot of media attention regarding how club doctor Eva
Carneiro left the club.
One month in – The Consumer Rights Act 2015
Following the introduction of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 last month,
we have seen a surge in sales of our PDI pads as dealers have taken on
board our advice to review their pre delivery procedures.
A Case of Judicial Familiarity
You have been involved in a long running legal dispute of some 18 months
or so. Finally, the big day arrives where your case is in court for
Emissions crisis - falling sales hit VW hard
Evidence that customers are turning away from VW in their droves has
emerged this week in the new car registration figures published by the
Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).
Supreme Court sets an important precedent in consumer contracts law
A motorist has lost his Supreme Court challenge against ‘unfair’ fines
imposed by a car park, in a case which sets an important precedent in
consumer contracts law.
Last week VW… This week Vauxhall!
There have been reports of potential faults in the Vauxhall Zafira
(Zafira B model launched in 2005) leading to vehicle fires. As a result
of this, Vauxhall has carried out an investigation into the heating and
ventilation systems of Vauxhall Zafira models.
Vehicle Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI)
As the Consumer Rights Act 2015 has now been passed we have been heavily
advocating that all our clients carry out thorough PDI (Pre Delivery
Inspection) checks on vehicles before sale.
Useful new FCA guidance on consumer credit applications
Those of our clients who are FCA registered often complain about navigating their way around the GABRIEL system.
Displaying your Company name….What are you obligated to do?
A Judge recently allowed a Claimant to pursue proceedings against a
Director personally rather than the limited company. The reasoning the
Judge gave for allowing this was that the company did not communicate
clearly to the customer/claimant that the they were contracting with a
limited company. The government guidance suggests that the company name should be
displayed at any address where the business operates and at the
registered company address.
Something which has been a hot topic in the news for some time now,
is the regulation of Zero Hour Contract, so as to crack down on their
mis-use, the Department of Business and Innovation has released guidance
for companies regarding the use of zero hour contracts.
The Financial Ombudsman (FOS) and complaints
We often get calls from car dealers who feel they are being pushed into a
corner by a finance company following a customer complaint. The usual
scenario is that the customer has complained about a fault which the
dealer has not upheld and so the customer has marched off to the finance
company who worry about the complaint being escalated to the FOS.
It was announced last week, that the Government plan to extend the new
‘Shared Parental Leave’ Rights, to
Travelling time maybe considered 'Working Time'
In a recent ruling, it was decided that any employee, who does not have a
fixed place of work, will be allowed to claim that their travel time,
to their first job and from their last job form part of the employees
Breach of Trust and Confidence?
Section 10 of the employment Relations Act 1999 sets out the rights for
workers and employees to be accompanied by a trade union representative
or a fellow worker at a disciplinary hearing. This does not apply to
Bodyshop Spray booth risks
Figures report an estimated 50 workers being newly diagnosed each year
for occupational asthma, which could lead to you, as the employer having
to make adjustments to the employees working conditions, or potentially
becoming liable for a personal injury claim
Where do you keep your petrol cans?
It’s a common perception to store flammable liquids in a gas store
however guidance from the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA)
suggests this should not be the case!