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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

Money Claim Online- the £ has to go!

Modern technology means that it is now very quick and easy (perhaps a bit too quick and a bit too easy) to submit a county court claim form online via Money Claim Online.


Published: 03 Feb 2014

Mid contract price increases within landline, mobile and broadband contracts

From 23 January 2014, consumers and small businesses who receive unexpected hikes to their monthly charges are now able to opt out of the contract without penalty.



Published: 03 Feb 2014

The “Houblon” £50 banknote to be withdrawn in April

Clients should be aware that £50 notes featuring Sir John Houblon (no, I’ve not heard of him before either*) are to be withdrawn from circulation from 30 April 2014.

Published: 03 Feb 2014

21st January 2014 – a bad day for Cockney Car Clocker(s)?

This is the day that Trading Standards, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London officers came a knocking for those thought to be a clocking!


Published: 03 Feb 2014

Another minimum wage increase?

With the Government announcing that they feel that minimum wage should rise to over £7.00 per hour from 2015, we ask what effect this will have on small businesses, as their costs in other areas will not be reduced to compensate for this extra cost.

Published: 03 Feb 2014

Updates on Non payment of Minimum wage fines

The government has now confirmed that the fines that companies could face if they fail to pay minimum wage to their employees (including apprentices) will increase from February 2014. 


Published: 03 Feb 2014

Trading Standards raise an alert on rogue traders offering repairs for flood damage

On the Kent Trading Standards website they are raising an alert that rogue traders, far from being the good guys in times of need, are out and about using the recent flood damage to line their pockets


Published: 20 Jan 2014

Home Office provides useful guidance for SMEs buying CCTV

A useful guide to CCTV

Published: 20 Jan 2014

Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) – now part of the MOT test AND an offence not to have one

We get lots of complaints from customers who have failed to “regenerate” their DPF causing it to block with soot and thus preventing it from working. 

Published: 20 Jan 2014

Magistrates fine parents for taking children on holiday during term time

Like many of us, taking the family holiday during the school holiday periods can add considerable amounts to the travel and accommodation costs.


Published: 20 Jan 2014

Don’t get done – get Dom to provide you with a highly misleading and legally inaccurate letter instead

One of the writer’s biggest gripes in his working life is the constant mis-interpretation of the Sale of Goods Act, especially around the so called “reverse burden of proof” also known as the “six month rule”. 



Published: 20 Jan 2014

Judge tells man that although he is alive, he is legally dead!

Every now and again a legal decision is so surprising that it is hard to believe it came from a sane source! 


Published: 20 Jan 2014

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