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New laws on petrol filling stations

There are new regulations The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 affecting those motor dealers/repairers who also sell petrol. 

Published: 23 Oct 2014

Caution when chased for payment by business directory organisations

We have received concerns from clients about two business directory companies, ‘Industry and Commerce’ and ‘Clever Business Directory’.

Published: 23 Oct 2014

Please Santa, a Calendar for Christmas...

One of our clients had a letter from their local County Court:


Published: 23 Oct 2014

1066 - A good year for motor traders!

Most people know this to be the year of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest;

Published: 23 Oct 2014

T & C’s or not to be, that is the question…

Placing terms and conditions (“T & C’s”) on the reverse of sales invoices is rather like closing the stable gate after the horse has bolted! Under contract law an invoice is generally a post contract document.

Published: 23 Oct 2014

The UKIP Factor - New rules for West Midlands landlords

As this Government tries to win back voters from the UK Independence Party, new rules are being introduced by the Home Office under the Immigration Act 2014.

Published: 23 Oct 2014

New ACAS Guidance on dealing with difficult conversations

ACAS have this week, tried to refocus the employers attention on dealing with difficult conversations you may have with members of staff. The link below is to a guidance booklet they have produced for employers.

Published: 23 Oct 2014

Selling a vehicle subject to a finance agreement – where does the buyer stand?

As is so often the case ‘it all depends’.  In the era of the ‘never-never’ (or Hire Purchase as we now know it) the Government were concerned how easy it was for a HP Customer to sell on their motor vehicles to an unsuspecting buyer but leaving the HP company able to repossess it since they held the legal title to it. 

Published: 13 Oct 2014

Hasty payouts by Finance or Credit Card Providers

We have seen it a lot recently.  Where customers who have cars on finance (hire purchase) or which have been partly paid for on a credit card, go to their finance provider when something has allegedly gone wrong. 

Published: 13 Oct 2014

Bright ideas! Substance over style – the law on after-market light bulbs

A common question from customers looking for bulbs with styling benefits is ‘…are blue car bulbs legal?’

Published: 13 Oct 2014

Have you seen my catalytic converter?

We have had a few calls of late regarding catalytic converters, specifically missing ones.


Published: 13 Oct 2014

Unfair on Employees? Latest figures from Employment Tribunals

New figures released by HM Courts and Tribunal Service show that claims to Tribunals are down 71% for the quarter April to June 2014

Published: 13 Oct 2014

NEW - Health and Work Service -what's it all about?

The government announced earlier in the year that employers would no longer be able to recover statutory sick pay payments from the government.

Published: 13 Oct 2014

Road Fund Licence Changes – FAQ’s

As most of you will know 1st October 2014 is ‘D- Day’ for the Road Fund Licence changes.
Published: 30 Sep 2014

We recently appealed a decision given against one of our clients by a District Judge in a small claims court matter (i.e. under £10,000)

During the intervening time period our client’s business had a CCJ (County Court Judgment) recorded on their credit files, causing them significant inconvenience.  The appeal was successful.

Published: 30 Sep 2014

Lemons that don’t leave a bitter taste

The UK law on what a consumer’s rights are when they buy second hand vehicles is the subject of much debate and, even more, misinterpretation of those laws.  After all, aren’t we all perceived to be a “reasonable” person? 

Published: 30 Sep 2014

Britain’s Got Talent – but not always in spelling!

It never ceases to amaze me the numbers of basic spelling errors I see in letters of complaint.  Here is a sample of some of my most recent favourites:
Published: 30 Sep 2014

Former rental car was sold by a dealer to a buyer who thought the vehicle had one previous owner

This week we have seen a case where a former rental car was sold by a dealer to a buyer who thought the vehicle had one previous owner - little did he know!

Published: 30 Sep 2014

Renting out properties as an additional source of income

Many of our clients are also Landlords of residential properties.


Published: 30 Sep 2014

Just what is the Golden Rule?

Following our update on potential new rules for debt claims and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock’s “do you know who I am?” moment when he was tackled by the High Court Enforcement Officers in ‘Can’t Pay?

Published: 30 Sep 2014

REMINDER – INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE FROM 01 OCTOBER 2014

Yes it’s that time of year again, minimum wage is increasing again for those aged 21 and over from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour and those aged 18 to 20 will also increase from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour.

Published: 30 Sep 2014

REMINDER – Antenatal rights for expectant fathers from 01 October 2014

Further to our update of 06 June 2014, the change in rights for expectant fathers will come into force from 01 October 2014.
Published: 30 Sep 2014

A costly lesson - a thorough investigation must be undertaken before a dismissal is made

A recent employment tribunal decision involved a well known mobile phone provider, which became liable for a large pay out to an employee who claimed unfair dismissal after she was dismissed, along with several other members of staff when a spate of bullying got out of hand.

Published: 30 Sep 2014

Potential new rules for debt claims in the County Court

The days of filling out forms and queuing at the counter at your local county court to issue a debt claim are long gone.

Published: 16 Sep 2014

Section 75 Refunds – a reminder!

Any dealer who accepts payment by credit card should be aware of Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Published: 16 Sep 2014

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