Legal News

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Former rental car was sold by a dealer to a buyer who thought the vehicle had one previous owner

This week we have seen a case where a former rental car was sold by a dealer to a buyer who thought the vehicle had one previous owner - little did he know!

Published: 30 Sep 2014

Renting out properties as an additional source of income

Many of our clients are also Landlords of residential properties.


Published: 30 Sep 2014

Just what is the Golden Rule?

Following our update on potential new rules for debt claims and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock’s “do you know who I am?” moment when he was tackled by the High Court Enforcement Officers in ‘Can’t Pay?

Published: 30 Sep 2014

REMINDER – INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE FROM 01 OCTOBER 2014

Yes it’s that time of year again, minimum wage is increasing again for those aged 21 and over from £6.31 to £6.50 per hour and those aged 18 to 20 will also increase from £5.03 to £5.13 per hour.

Published: 30 Sep 2014

REMINDER – Antenatal rights for expectant fathers from 01 October 2014

Further to our update of 06 June 2014, the change in rights for expectant fathers will come into force from 01 October 2014.
Published: 30 Sep 2014

A costly lesson - a thorough investigation must be undertaken before a dismissal is made

A recent employment tribunal decision involved a well known mobile phone provider, which became liable for a large pay out to an employee who claimed unfair dismissal after she was dismissed, along with several other members of staff when a spate of bullying got out of hand.

Published: 30 Sep 2014

Potential new rules for debt claims in the County Court

The days of filling out forms and queuing at the counter at your local county court to issue a debt claim are long gone.

Published: 16 Sep 2014

Section 75 Refunds – a reminder!

Any dealer who accepts payment by credit card should be aware of Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Published: 16 Sep 2014

Court Directions are an Order and not a Wish List!

These were the words of a District Judge at a recent hearing we attended on behalf of a client. 

Published: 16 Sep 2014

Car Seat Danger warnings follow Trading Standards’ investigation

A recent series of tests by one Trading Standards service has highlighted a major concern with the failings in car seats made in China, which fail the UK safety laws.
Published: 16 Sep 2014

What to do about Military Reservists?

The law in relation to the employment of military reservists is due to change from 01 October 2014.


Published: 16 Sep 2014

Dress to Impress... It’s your call

We often get asked how far employers can go when regulating employees' personal appearance, as well as their clothing or uniform.

Published: 16 Sep 2014

New Road Tax (RFL) Rules. Are you up to speed?

There is a lot of disquiet about the lack of publicity over the new Road Tax/Road Fund Licence (RFL) rules coming in to play on 1 October 2014 (that’s just over one month!). 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

New rules for finance advertising taking hold

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is taking a closer view at the way motor dealers (acting as credit brokers) advertise finance. 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

Telephone and person to person sales are still tying dealers into contracts they don’t want

We still receive many complaints when dealers are introduced to a deal, often with utilities, but also with rate reduction companies, business directories etc by a keen salesperson over the phone of face to face. 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

Consumer Rights Bill

This has been going through the law making process for longer than one could possibly have imagined. 

Published: 01 Sep 2014

“Expert” witness inspections

It is not unusual for a court to order those in dispute over an allegedly defective vehicle to obtain a report that has not been written by a “hired gun”.  

Published: 01 Sep 2014

We have moved...

On Friday 1st August 2014 we moved to our new offices.
Published: 07 Aug 2014

Reduce energy bills now!

It’s a chilling thought in this hot summer weather but we’re over half way to the end of 2014! 

Published: 04 Aug 2014

HSE proposals to exempt self-employed from Health and Safety requirements

In the government’s programme of deregulation HSE are consulting about the possibility of taking the self-employed out of the HSE requirements.

Published: 04 Aug 2014

Will finance sales become the next PPI scandal?

Increasingly the new controls sought by the Financial Conduct Authority, and in turn, the Financial Ombudsman Service, will give rise to motor retailers who ‘push’ finance coming under the spotlight. 


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Finance/Credit Advertising – a timely warning

We see a number of dealer advertisements including credit deals which have not yet picked up the 'need to declare' how independent the dealer is when offering credit from one or more credit suppliers.


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Consumer Rights Bill

On 1 July the Bill got its second reading in the House of Lords which means that it’s getting late in the proverbial day now for too many amendments to be made. 


Published: 04 Aug 2014

Spot the spelling errors

From time to time we see spelling by consumers that are as wayward as their complaints are.

Published: 04 Aug 2014

Indication that obesity may become a form of disability

The UK has recently referred a case to the European Court of Justice for a ruling to be made, as to whether an obese employee may be afforded discrimination protection if they receive unfair treatment as a result of their obesity.


Published: 04 Aug 2014

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