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Decommissioning a fuel tank led to explosion

HSE reported a case whereby a company that decommissions fuel tanks committed safety failings leading to an employee being burned while cutting up a disused fuel tank.

Published: 17 Mar 2014

Teenage Apprentice crushed to death

Although not in the motor vehicle sector this case highlights the potential of a fatality when risk assessments are not carried out adequately when dealing with heavy items of equipment.



Published: 17 Mar 2014

The County Court system – do you know what the date is?!

When a County Court sends out a document with a date stamped on it, that date is known as the “Issue” date.

Published: 17 Mar 2014

The County Court system – A complete U Turn?

Sometimes a person involved in a county court dispute will need to make a straightforward written Application to a Judge to determine a side issue that is separate from the main dispute.
Published: 17 Mar 2014

The County Court System – Consistent in its Inconsistencies

Spot the difference:- 
Published: 17 Mar 2014

Nominations for “Worst Spelling in Letters of Complaint” Award

On a lighter note, I noticed a decline in the spelling contained in some of the letters that arrived on my desk this week.

Published: 17 Mar 2014

Tribunal Fees – Winner takes all?

In a recent Tribunal Appeal case, the issue of fees was again the subject of conversation.

Published: 17 Mar 2014

HSE Poster to be Updated

Many clients will have been contacted by HSE to inform them that their current Health and Safety Poster will require replacement in April 2014.

Published: 17 Mar 2014

Another Rise in Minimum Wage

It has been announced this week, that the minimum wage is set to increase again this year to £6.50 for workers aged 21 and over.

Published: 17 Mar 2014

Check your Health and Safety Law Poster

HSE have issued a reminder that the Health and Safety law poster issued in 2009 must be displayed from 5 April 2014.


Published: 03 Mar 2014

Former senior immigration officer prosecuted for selling vehicles with false mileages

In the recent TS Today magazine it was reported that a former Senior Immigration Officer Liaqat Ali, working for a Manchester Law Firm has been prosecuted and fined £1200 plus costs for selling cars that have been ‘clocked’.



Published: 03 Mar 2014

Consumer Rights Directive – Single repair only?

Contrary to much common belief, a car seller cannot insist that a consumer has to bring a car in to them to repair it if there is a problem.

Published: 03 Mar 2014

February’s Most Optimistic Complainant Competition – The Winner.....

Along the lines of “I bought a car from you 2 months ago.

Published: 03 Mar 2014

Porsche bore-scoring. A defect or fair wear and tear?

Could we be about to get a ruling from a court? 

Published: 03 Mar 2014

Taking an award of compensation after a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman prevents taking legal action

The Court of Appeal has, by reversing a lower court’s earlier decision, made it clear that in England and Wales a consumer is prevented from going to the courts for compensation if they have already accepted an offer of settlement by the Financial Ombudsman.



Published: 03 Mar 2014

Religious Discrimination Case Won

Two Muslims who worked for a supermarket chain, have recently won a Religious Discrimination case because they were restricted as to when they could use their designated prayer room.


Published: 03 Mar 2014

A joke too far?

In a recent Employment Tribunal, a lesbian worker was able to claim discrimination on the basis that her employer and fellow colleagues had made crude comments to her because of her sexual orientation.


Published: 03 Mar 2014

Consumer Rights Bill

Summer/Autumn 2014 could see the biggest change in consumer rights in over a decade.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Toyota Recall 1.9 Million Prius Hybrids

This is a precautionary measure due to a potential software problem that could see the car suddenly slowing down to a stop.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Use of Trade Marks and domain names similar to established businesses

We are seeing more and more complaints against clients who register domain names that the public are likely to believe have a connection with an already existing established business. 

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Age Discrimination: what are the odds?

A recently reported case regarding a high profile Racing Pundit caught our attention this week, as it makes some clear distinctions as to what a Tribunal will consider when judging an age discrimination case.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Sleeping on the Job....do they still get paid?

It was recently discussed whether workers who are required to sleep at work, are entitled to be paid whilst they sleep.  It was ruled that in some cases, yes they are.

Published: 17 Feb 2014

Dangerous Counterfeit airbag caps for BMW cars

A recent article in TS Today highlighted the danger of certain airbag caps showing the BMW emblem.

Published: 03 Feb 2014

IMPORTANT! New regime for regulation of finance sales

From 1 April 2014 the previous Office of Fair Trading credit broker licences will not be valid and motor dealers will have been required to apply for interim permission to carry on such a business from the new FCA. 

Published: 03 Feb 2014

Reversing van leads to fatal accident at Car Care business

HSE have reported a case whereby the business owner of Complete Car Care of Berkshire inadvertently reversed into a customer.

Published: 03 Feb 2014

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