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Intellectual Property – Warning

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have issued a warning that some companies have received unsolicited visitations from organisations who will ostensibly protect Intellectual Property Rights such as copyright, designs, know how etc in return for a fee.


Published: 03 Sep 2012

When is a Speed Six Bentley not a Speed Six Bentley?

In a recent case a buyer of a car described as a 1930 Speed Six Bentley pursued a case for breach of contract when it was discovered the vehicle had had many components changed, including the engine since new.  

Published: 03 Sep 2012

West Yorkshire business prosecuted for unacceptable working conditions

A Keighley lighting firm was prosecuted when a HSE inspection revealed appalling working conditions, and exposure of workers to defective equipment and welding fumes.  


Published: 03 Sep 2012

Holiday Pay and Sickness Pay

In a recent ECJ decision of ANGED v FASGA, the matter of sickness during periods of booked annual leave was discussed.  It has now been widely discussed and accepted that holiday continues to accrue during periods of long term sickness however this case discussed that happens if an employee’s falls sick during a period of holiday? 

Published: 03 Sep 2012

Pregnancy and Redundancy

ACAS have published new guidance regarding Redundancies for pregnant workers.  As you will be aware, pregnant women are protected from suffering less favourable treatment as a result of their pregnancy.

Published: 03 Sep 2012

Am I still liable if a customer complains the spare wheel won’t fit after more than a year?

We don’t use spare wheels very often and hopefully not at all.  It is therefore entirely possible the first time a customer checks the spare wheel is when he/she has a puncture.  

Published: 20 Aug 2012

Motor Factors – Are you getting the deal you deserve?

A recent client query demonstrates the problems that can arise when using Motor Factors.  A very large and well known supplier of motor parts was used by our client to supply a glow plug. 

Published: 20 Aug 2012

Bailiff Beware….

What to do when a Bailiff turns up at their premises. Here are a few tips as to how to deal with the situation in the first instance:


Published: 20 Aug 2012

The Importance of HPI / Experian Vehicle checks

HPI / Experian has for some time now has been working alongside the OFT to encourage car dealers to research a vehicles history.  This is a check that the majority of dealers will undertake when selling a vehicle to a consumer.  

Published: 20 Aug 2012

Deposits over the phone

Quite often consumers will see a vehicle online, and want to put a deposit down over the phone to take it off the market before collecting it. T

Published: 20 Aug 2012

Reduction in Employees hours may lead to Redundancy

What are the implications when an employee refuses to work a reduced number of hours, when the business dictates that it is necessary? 

Published: 20 Aug 2012

Corporate Manslaughter Revisited

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007 came in with a blaze of glory heralding a new start and greater accountability for individuals who through gross negligence cause the death of a third party or by unlawful conduct or act, involving danger or harm, causes the death of a third party.

Published: 06 Aug 2012

Director of warranty firm Motorcare Elite received jail sentence

The Director of the warranty insurance firm Motorcare Elite is reported to have been given a 9 month jail sentence 

Published: 06 Aug 2012

Government Review of Sale of Goods Law

The Government is seeking to review Sale of Goods Law.  The proposals are trying to make the law clearer for all concerned and includes:-

Published: 06 Aug 2012

Uniform Policy

Now that the summer has finally arrived (for the moment) here is a quick reminder as to employee uniforms.  Whilst employers can be flexible in allowing clothing for warmer temperatures, clothing should still be appropriate for the working environment. 



Published: 06 Aug 2012

A Jolly Holiday?

As the holiday season approaches, we are often asked about liability when vehicles are taken on Holiday, at home or abroad.


Published: 23 Jul 2012

Employing under 16’s:

Under 16’s have many more rights than 16-18 year olds as they are not yet really classed as young workers. They will still be classed as children and therefore you must always err on the side of caution when employing workers of this age. You therefore must make sure that you are following the rules accordingly.


Published: 23 Jul 2012

Another European Retirement Decision:

The CJEU upheld a recent decision that a retirement age of 67 in Sweden did not breach the Equal Treatment Directive, and thus was a lawful age for retirement.


Published: 23 Jul 2012

Employment Tribunal Fees Announced:

It has now been released as to what fees Claimants will have to pay to issue an Employment Tribunal Claim. The fees will be implemented from Summer 2013

Published: 20 Jul 2012

Debt Collection – Legal Right to Interest for Late Payment

Although this has been around for some time there does not seem to be a large take up of its use in the motor trade sector. 

Published: 09 Jul 2012

HSE Proposal to change First Aid Legislation

There has been concern for some organisations about the requirement to have a qualified appointed first aid person appointed for some low risk workplaces.  

Published: 09 Jul 2012

New Tribunal Stats released

The Government has released the new statics for the last 12 months. In essence the figures show...

Published: 09 Jul 2012

Procedural errors can lead to an unfair dismissal

A recent Court of Appeal decision has reaffirmed that procedural errors made during a dismissal process can amount to an automatically unfair dismissal. 

Published: 09 Jul 2012

Victory for dealer ‘evicted’ from internet car purchase

A client noticed a keen priced Freelander for sale from a main dealer on the Autotrader website. 

Published: 22 Jun 2012

Number Plate Suppliers Registration

As long ago as 2003 the Register of Number Plate Suppliers scheme was introduced.  The legislation was designed to put control over the supply of number plates to reduce crime.  

Published: 22 Jun 2012

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