Legal News

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Tips on how to spot fraudulent consumer behaviour

We have numerous enquiries regarding traders that have been the unfortunate victims of fraud. The most common form being that goods are purchased on a stolen credit card before the card has been reported as stolen.

Published: 14 Dec 2012

The cost of a heat of the moment decision

In a recent case, an employee won £10,000 in compensation against their employer on the basis of unfair dismissal.

Published: 14 Dec 2012

And it wasn’t Friday the 13th

A report last week on Mail Online (15.11.12) showed a rather sad faced Andrew Mitchinson when he crashed a £220,000 Lamborghini Murcielago whilst driving it for a customer to test the brakes during an MOT test. 

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Tax implications for renting out storage space

A recent article by Smith and Williamson, Tax Consultants, suggests many owners of premises may not be aware of a new piece of law starting on 1 October 2012 in regard to VAT implications for people renting out space to third parties. 

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Distance Selling and Hyperlinks

As many clients still struggle with compliance with Distance Selling Regulations the European Court of Justice has ruled that it is not adequate to direct consumers to the necessary information to be provided in a ‘durable medium’ by way of hyperlink. 

Published: 26 Nov 2012

New EU tyre labelling rules

From 1st November 2012 if you retail new tyres they must be marked with information about fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise levels. 

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Facebook Dismissals

With Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter now being an entrenched part of everyday life, we are often asked how employer can act if an employee posts negative comments about them on Facebook.

Published: 26 Nov 2012

Payment of Holiday Pay – What is included in an employee’s ‘normal remuneration’?

Should employees receive only their basic wage when taking annual leave, or should they also be paid performance related bonus/additional supplements that they would be paid but for their annual leave?

Published: 26 Nov 2012

How approximate is approximate?

A recent case (Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Service v Bycroft and others 2012), involved an estate agent approximating the size of gardens. 


Published: 12 Nov 2012

It’s a slippery slope – on ice and leaves

This time of year there are two main hazards which can lead to employees slipping over outside your premises.  

Published: 12 Nov 2012

How to reduce staffing costs temporarily

It is common at this time of year that trade is not as frequent as businesses would like. As such, employers often have to look at ways of reducing the wage bill, without resorting to making unnecessary redundancies.


Published: 12 Nov 2012

PRS, PPL and TV Licences?

If you have a TV in a customer waiting area or staffing area that broadcasts radio or music channels, you may also be required to have a PRS and PPL Licence as well. 

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Bio-fuel - Chipping In

A recent query about the premature failure of a diesel injector pump highlighted the growing problem of drivers looking for cheaper fuels to offset the rising costs at the pumps.  

Published: 25 Oct 2012

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

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