Legal News

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The law to become clearer on unfair contract terms (maybe....)

We often get asked to look at contractual terms and to give an opinion as to whether they are enforceable or not. 

Published: 29 Apr 2013

Optimistic purchasers “clutch”ing at straws.....

We sometimes wonder if we should compile an annual “Top 10” of the most “optimistic” complaints we have received for those purchasers who give somewhat interesting reasons and justifications for demanding a refund or cost of repair.

Published: 29 Apr 2013

London Congestion Charge – an Olympic sized problem for hire firms

When a company hires out a car, the hirer should sign to say that they accept parking, speeding and the London Congestion charges.  But that may not be enough! 

Published: 29 Apr 2013

A legal point worthy of consideration

Did you know that if a car dealer simply swaps or exchanges a car with a customer, with no actual cash (or other forms of money payment) being paid by the customer for the swap, the Sale of Goods Act doesn’t apply?

Published: 29 Apr 2013

Interim Hearings

During the small claims process, you may receive notification that an interim hearing has been scheduled, such as an allocation hearing, an application hearing, or a case management hearing.


Published: 29 Apr 2013

Another planned Minimum Wage increase

The government announced last week that Minimum Wage will be increasing again from October 2013.

Published: 29 Apr 2013

Covert Recordings

A recent case at the Employment Tribunal has ruled that covert recordings made by Claimants to use as evidence will not be admissible.

Published: 29 Apr 2013

New rules for Consumer Insurance

Up to now, when you purchase personal insurance it has been the consumer’s duty to disclose all material facts to the insurer without the insurer necessarily specifying what they want to know.


Published: 15 Apr 2013

OFT relinquishes Codes of Practice approval and management to Trading Standards

The vehicle industry will be aware of a number of OFT approved Codes of Practice applicable to their sector including Robert Bosch Ltd (‘Bosch Car Service’), Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association Ltd and the two Motor Codes Ltd codes for New Cars and Car Service and Repair. 


Published: 15 Apr 2013

“Forint” it rather a cheek.....?

The Forint is the currency of Hungary and to an interesting case we’ve recently had to consider.  A client sells a car in the UK whereupon 18 days later the buyer has driven it all the way to the land of the Goulash and alleged father of Granville from “Open All Hours”.

Published: 15 Apr 2013

Check for outstanding recalls – a cautionary tale

A client takes a car in part exchange and (you’ll be pleased to know!) sold it shortly afterwards.  Not so pleasingly, a defective component caused the timing belt to snap causing £4000 worth of damage. 


Published: 15 Apr 2013

Reminder – Small Claims Limit change

A quick reminder that the monitory limit for the small claims track rose to £10,000 from this month.


Published: 15 Apr 2013

New ACAS Guidance on collective redundancies

As the new shorter consultation period for large scale redundancies came into effect on 06 April 2013, ACAS have produced a new guidance booklet.

Published: 15 Apr 2013

Proof read before sending! Employer Bound by Mistaken Job Offer

In a recent case, an Employer was forced to honour the written pay grade stated on an employee’s offer letter.



Published: 15 Apr 2013

Give A Car – raise money for charity when scrapping cars

Not the usual legal information but did you know that you can scrap or sell an old car for charity and it's free!

Published: 28 Mar 2013

Signs advertising your business – a guide from the Government

We recently advised a client who had concerns over an area of land next to his business, which was empty and up for sale. 


Published: 28 Mar 2013

I’ve spoken with Trading Standards and......

And the first thing to remember is that your customer probably hasn’t spoken with Trading Standards at all – they just think they have!  We read this in letters all of the time but it’s not always accurate so do take it with a pinch of salt.



Published: 28 Mar 2013

You have 7 days to respond – or else!

It’s a fact of life for car dealers that components within second hand cars will fail at some point.  Sometimes this is due to an actual defect, other times through wear and tear alone. 

Published: 28 Mar 2013

Be Ready for More Employment Law Changes

The following changes will come into effect at the start of the tax year, 6th April 2013.



Published: 28 Mar 2013

£46,000 fine for Bedfordshire dealer selling unroadworthy cars and a string of other offences

In a recent article in TS Today it was reported that Shaah Brothers t/a SB Motors of Dunstable, Bedfordshire not only sold unroadworthy vehicles but also were prosecuted for many other offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRS).

Published: 18 Mar 2013

A tall fire safety story about smart clothes

The popular clothing supplier Jack Wills Ltd was recently prosecuted regarding a dangerous fire escape situation at a store in York.

Published: 18 Mar 2013

Changes to local authority Health and Safety inspections

If you have been on a ‘regular inspection’ list by the local authority or Health and Safety matters then you will probably find this change over the immediate future. 

Published: 18 Mar 2013

Facebook Friends….a Danger post Employment?

We have discussed previously the dangers that social media can cause with Employees in the workplace.


Published: 18 Mar 2013

Real Time Reporting – Are you ready?

As of 6 April 2013, Employers will have to report to HMRC in a different way. This will affect all employee wages that are subject to the PAYE system.

Published: 18 Mar 2013

Small Claims get bigger!

From April 2013 the County Court Small Claims limit is to be increased from £5,000 to £10,000. 

Published: 04 Mar 2013

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