Legal News

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Company Secretaries – check your headed paper!

This week we received an enquiry from a company that used a trading style but had omitted reference to the Company from its headed note paper, which were likely to be made available to third parties.
Published: 21 Nov 2014

BREAKING JUDGEMENT - Overtime could now be included in Holiday Pay

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has this week made a landmark decision in relation to the calculation of holiday pay.

Published: 10 Nov 2014

Parking Ticket Refunds

A recent ruling by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal has led to 13 motorists in Gloucestershire receiving a refund of their parking fines.

Published: 07 Nov 2014

Car Insurance costs drop – allegedly!

A major insurance company has announced that due to the way the court system now handles whiplash claims (the ones that prove to be bogus or exaggerated), there has been a significant saving of millions of pounds.

Published: 07 Nov 2014

Test the water before you dive in...

Used cars break down – fact!  Take your time to work out what you need and don’t need to do.

Published: 07 Nov 2014

Are you up to date with your CONC?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have their own rules concerning credit advertising overlaid on the existing legal framework in the Consumer Credit (Advertisement) Regulations 2010. 

Published: 07 Nov 2014

Should I stay or should I go?

This week we advised on a case involving a client running a workshop from rented premises who had received notice to quit from his landlord giving him just two weeks to vacate. Understandably alarmed the client posed a question that left ‘The Clash’ ringing in our ears?

Published: 07 Nov 2014

Accepting credit cards for payment and Section 75 refunds

A recent survey by the consumer organisation Which? shows that a quarter of people are unaware of the protection offered to them by Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.
Published: 07 Nov 2014

A Clamp down on Spamming!

The government have opened consultation in relation to the fines imposed on companies who ‘spam’ their customers by text, email and phone.
Published: 07 Nov 2014

Watch thy mouth

Employers and employees must be careful when using certain words within the workplace, as they could be seen to be committing religious discrimination.

Published: 07 Nov 2014

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

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