Legal News

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Proposed new power for OFT to immediately suspend Consumer Credit Licences

Consultation has begun on the way the OFT can ‘shut down’ businesses by suspending their Consumer Credit Licences in certain circumstances.  

Published: 25 Oct 2012

Sale of imported goods being challenged under copyright laws

In a recent article (Market Watch – The Wall Street Journal 12-10-12) it was revealed that there is a challenge in the US Courts to the resale of products made and imported from outside the US. 

Published: 25 Oct 2012

How do ‘Without Prejudice’ Discussions work?

Such discussions are normally saved for when there is a dispute with an employee or you are discussing the particulars of an employee’s departure. 


Published: 25 Oct 2012

Can a contract be binding without a signature?

Can the terms of an unsigned contract still be binding on an employee? 


Published: 25 Oct 2012

Employees avoiding a disciplinary hearing at all costs – what can you do?

Employees are partial to trying to delay inevitable proceedings in a number of ways. 

Published: 25 Oct 2012

Health and Safety inspectors’ time is money

Health and Safety inspectors will now be charging £124 per hour for their time when investigating any ‘material breaches of the law’. 


Published: 25 Oct 2012

Exposed electric cables on hoist leads to Health and Safety prosecution

Health and Safety inspectors banned a Barking garage – M&K Autos Ltd from using a two post vehicle hoist when electric cables were noticed exposed.  


Published: 25 Oct 2012

HSE Proposal to exempt some self employed workers

HSE is looking at proposals to exempt health and safety law from those whose work poses no potential risk of harm to others.  


Published: 25 Oct 2012

Log Book Loans reappears

The OFT have allowed another company, Hermes Property Services Ltd to use the trading style of Log Book Loans. 

Published: 15 Oct 2012

So what is special about Log Book Loans?

A ‘Log Book Loan’ is a loan agreement generally secured on a car.  The specific name ‘Log Book Loan’ is the trading name of Hermes Property Services Ltd but this article refers to all similar types of loan. 

Published: 15 Oct 2012

More Employment Law Reform from George Osborne

It was announced last week at the Conservative Party Conference that further reforms to employment law would be implemented in the coming months.

Published: 15 Oct 2012

New Wheel Clamping Laws come into forces

As of 1 October 2012, the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will come into force.  S54 of this act deals with the much discussed issue of illegal wheel clamping.  The Section looks to ban such activity.


Published: 15 Oct 2012

Equality Act Reform

It was announced last week that changes would be being made to the Equality Act 2010, regarding third party harassment. The Reform proposes to remove these provisions (Section 40(2)-(4)) altogether.

Published: 15 Oct 2012

National Minimum Wage Increase

A quick reminder that the minimum wage is set to rise again from 01 October 2012. Whilst the rise will only effect certain age groups employers should be reviewing all wages at this time to insure that employees are working for at least the minimum wage for their age.

Published: 01 Oct 2012

Liability - Betterment / Wear and Tear

It’s a fact of life that some cases can’t be defended or perhaps it’s just simply not worth going on with the agreement.  

Published: 01 Oct 2012

Liability – Mitigation

There is a duty of anyone making a claim to mitigate their loss.  This means they should keep their claim to a minimum.  


Published: 01 Oct 2012

Customer Services – what’s that?

It’s not the usual area of legal articles, but it is worth a mention since it has a big bearing on the legal outcomes for many of our clients.  

Published: 01 Oct 2012

The Communications Act 2003 - If Tweet ‘Trolls’ aren’t being prosecuted then what is the point?

After the announcement last week that Daniel Thomas will not be being charged under the Communications Act 2003, we ask, what this piece of legislation actually covers.

Published: 01 Oct 2012

Working Time for Under 18s

Employers who are of school leaving age (16) but are under 18 cannot work as many hours in a week as those over 18. 


Published: 01 Oct 2012

Cutting Electricity and Gas Charges

We get a lot of bombardment by price checking sites to cut down our domestic utility bills but did you know that www.energyhelpline.com/business will do the very same service for energy suppliers to business.  


Published: 17 Sep 2012

New powers to shut down business offering credit

The Office of Fair Trading is to be given powers to shut down finance of businesses with a Consumer Credit Licence with immediate effect, where needed to protect consumer interest.  


Published: 17 Sep 2012

The New Laws on Squatting

It was announced on 01 September 2012, that squatting in the England and Wales had become an illegal act.  Looking into the Ministry of Justice Guidance, we can shed a little more light on the ins and outs of the new rules. 

Published: 17 Sep 2012

Penalty for not paying at least minimum wage

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently published the details of an employer who has been recently prosecuted for failing to pay their staff the correct minimum wage. 


Published: 17 Sep 2012

National Minimum Wage Increase

A quick reminder that the minimum wage is set to rise again from 01 October 2012. Whilst the rise will only effect certain age groups, employers should be reviewing all wages at this time to ensure that employees are working for at least the minimum wage for their age. age range. 

Published: 17 Sep 2012

Hidden Website terms may not be binding on a consumer

In a recent case (Spreadex Ltd v Cochrane 2012) a Defendant was successful in arguing against payment of £50,000 of debts allegedly run up by his girlfriend’s young son who, without his knowledge or permission, has accessed his account.  

Published: 03 Sep 2012

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