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Replacement engines – beware of easy rejection claims!

We’ve recently had a number of cases involving replacement engines on vehicles. If the work is being carried out by yourselves or you are paying for the work it is essential to remember to update the DVLA regarding the changes.
Published: 18 Aug 2015

County Court Judgments (CCJs)

Figures released on 6 Augusts 2015 by The Registry Trust show a fall in the number of CCJs recorded against businesses.
Published: 18 Aug 2015

The short-term right to reject under the Consumer Rights Act 2015

Who is responsible for returning or collecting a vehicle that has been rejected within the 30 day short-term right to reject period. You the dealer, or the customer?

Published: 18 Aug 2015

Court reduces consumer claim of £10,000 to just £230...

Our client, a car dealer, recently faced a claim for damages for amongst other things, car hire charges, the cost of a replacement gearbox, loss of earnings, the cost of a replacement warranty, interest and costs amounting to almost £10,000. However after hearing the case the Court reduced the consumer claim of £10,000 to just £230!
Published: 13 Aug 2015

Warning: HMRC to investigate Company Car and Courtesy Car Taxation and Employee use of Demonstrator vehicles

It has been brought to light this week that HMRC will be launching an investigation to ensure that employees are paying the correct amout of Benefit in Kind tax (BiC) on company cars that they use.
Published: 05 Aug 2015

Employees and Alcohol

A recent Employment Tribunal case brought about an interesting decision regarding employees and alcohol, what can an employer do if an employee arrives at work smelling of alcohol? How far can employers, realistically go in terms of controlling an employee’s social habits, when alcohol is concerned?
Published: 05 Aug 2015

Agency workers

It’s now normal practice for companies to use agencies for workers from time to time, this is generally to cover the peak or holiday seasons. Whilst it is seen as temporary staff, it is important to remember that the workers are directly under your supervision and you still have responsibilities for their safety.
Published: 05 Aug 2015

When a sheriff arrives

A popular TV show “The Sheriffs are Coming” on BBC1 (other shows and channels are available) recently featured  a consumer enforcing costs owed for a rejection of a vehicle.
Published: 04 Aug 2015

New rules mean a customer can reject a car within the first 30 days after purchase

If a consumer complains of a fault with the vehicle in the first 30 days, they will be entitled to bring it back to you for a refund. They can ask for a repair but they are not obliged to accept a repair and can simply insist on a refund which you will be legally obliged to give
Published: 04 Aug 2015

New Industry Podcast - Download TODAY!

Car Dealer Podcast is a new free to listen show aimed wholly at the motortrade
Published: 29 Jul 2015

Hand held grinders, a Health and Safety perspective

Hand held grinders are used in many garages and bodyshops, be safe when you or staff members are using them.

Published: 21 Jul 2015

Autotrader auto fill mishaps!

Following on from our last legal update about the Autotrader website and the issues with the auto fill function, we are still hearing about problems with the system.

Published: 21 Jul 2015

Worn out? Tread carefully

Be careful when selling vehicles which have part worn tyres, make sure they adhere to all legal requirements.

Published: 21 Jul 2015

Range Rover Recall

Do you have on your forecourt, or have you sold any 2013/16 Range Rovers?

Published: 21 Jul 2015

Hashtag hijacking on #Twitter - Is it right?

Many businesses these days will have a social media presence online; include, among others, a twitter account. However, companies may not be aware of a recent trend which has begun, called ‘Hashtag Hijacking’, which could be an issue for your business.
Published: 21 Jul 2015

Revving up for October

October 2015 brings the implementation of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which will become the main piece of legislation on which consumers will be relying when buying a car.
Published: 21 Jul 2015

The new Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) Rules – date change

The new rules on ADR were due to come in on 9 July 2015 in accordance with the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes Regulations 2015. However, those Regulations were recently amended and the implementation of the new Rules, in terms of business information requirements, has been pushed back to October.
Published: 21 Jul 2015

Lawgistics Execs seek old banger to ride round Europe

Lawgistics are proud to announce that we will be taking part in this years BANGERS FOR BEN. We shall be packing up our gowns and wigs and heading for the continent. They tell us it's not a race....

We'll see about that.

Published: 15 Jul 2015

Changes to Holiday Pay

There have been further changes to the law in relation to holiday pay, employees are now being limited to backdating any claims for holiday pay, to no more than 2 years.
Published: 07 Jul 2015

Can civil proceedings be served upon a defendant’s last known address?

Civil proceedings can be served upon a claimants last known address.

Published: 07 Jul 2015

Why has the County Court asked me to pay two fees

Why has the County Court asked me to pay two fees for an application to set aside judgment and a stay of enforcement?
Published: 07 Jul 2015

Vauxhall Cannibalisation

In and around Bedfordshire, owners have been waking to find their Vauxhalls dismantled overnight! Bedfordshire Police say there have been more 500 offences in which components have been stolen from Vauxhall Astras and Corsas since August 2013.
Published: 07 Jul 2015

Selling on the highway – Where do you stand?

A Wirral dealership has recently been fined £1500.00 for selling a vehicle on the public highway. The council pursued the dealer, for continually placing vehicles on the road outside their premises, with clear advertisements on them denoting that they were for sale.

Published: 07 Jul 2015

Office banter becomes harassment

In a workplace it’s common for colleagues to have conversation, play practical jokes or have “banter” but there is a fine line as to when this may be seen as harassment.
Published: 07 Jul 2015

Dealer Portal – a case of misdescription?

Although boxes of information were completed by our client, the particular information regarding the number of previous owners was not displayed. This was despite the fact that it was a mandatory element that had to be completed in order to submit the advert.
Published: 07 Jul 2015

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