A number of our clients have experienced issues since the flash floods that occurred just before Christmas.
Case law to look out for in 2014
The end of 2013 left some interesting tribunal decisions which are now in the process of being appealed. The key ones we will be watching will be:
Customers increasingly using mobile phones to buy online – but beware
In a recent article by 4D Hosting it is estimated that 40% of online traffic is coming from mobile phones, and whilst it is a modern way of buying online it is also another avenue where fraudsters seek to take your hard earned cash.
HSE Consultation on Petroleum legislation
Some clients operate businesses which have petroleum sales or storage as part of their business.
No need to produce insurance document when taxing vehicle and SORN change
Recently it was announced that there will be, starting in October 2014, the beginning of no tax discs in windscreens.
Re-think by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) over their charges for having a credit licence
The FCA held its first “webinar” recently (and It was evident that it was their first!) where I was able to log in and watch staff from the FCA discuss how they are handling this role, previously undertaken by the Office of Fair Trading.
On the 10th day of Christmas my true love scammed me by...
Bulgarian and Romanian Employees
New rules in relation to the employment of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants came into place on 01 January 2014.
Challenging a Redundancy Dismissal – What Defence does the Employer have?
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal examined if a Tribunal can assess if
a Redundancy dismissal is unfair, if they do not plead that the
Employer failed to follow correct procedure?
Lawgistics Christmas Break Closure
Our office will be closed from 1.00pm on 24 December 2013, until
Thursday 2 January 2014. We would like to wish all clients a very Happy
Christmas and New Year.
Lawgistics ANNUAL membership – or pay up to £850 an HOUR instead?
The Independent ran an interesting report recently, which stated that partners at law firms are now charging clients up to an amazing £850 an hour! They report that even newly qualified lawyers are charging up to £425 an hour. Just 10 years ago it was “only” £185.
Child’s car seat recalled over safety concerns
I dare say many people are not aware of the publically available online list of product recalls made by retailers and manufacturers.
Hot sausage roll “evidence” that car is faulty?
Ridiculous as it seems, it has been alleged that a car was defective in that whenever it was parked outside the owner’s home its alarm was seemingly being set off at random times. It was then established that it only did so whenever the user operated his microwave!
Beware of buyers claiming to be from Botswana
A car advert was placed in a motoring publication for sale by our client. Nothing unusual with that or unique about the car – it was a fairly mundane model up for sale for about £3k and advertised with an unknown minor problem with the engine.
Report a friend for £200
A seasonal initiative from West Midlands Police is for people to report a friend who has been drink-driving and, if that person is arrested and prosecuted then the “friend” who reported them could receive a £200 reward.
“Golliwog” – racist or not?
The Court of Appeal is currently considering whether racial discrimination existed in a situation where a white manager, whilst talking about Roberston’s jam, used the word “golliwog” in the presence of a black African-Caribbean colleague.
Good riddance to the tax disc!
I hate the tax disc. I’m glad it’s going. I’ve never managed to remove it from its perforation without putting at least a 2 inch tear right through the day, month or year of renewal.
Payday lending costs to be capped (allegedly!)
The government has declared that it will introduce law to cap the cost of credit that payday lenders will be allowed to charge borrowers.
Loan sharks to have to hand over £300,000 worth of assets
And on the topic of loan sharks.....
Car dealer imprisoned for “clocking”
A car dealer based in Ballymena (County Antrim Northern Ireland) has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.
National Consumer Week – Buying a used car
November is the month of the “mo” (growing a moustache for charity) and also of National Consumer Week.
Financial Ombudsman interpretation of “ Market Value” of car
An interesting complaint to the Financial Ombudsman here.
“Small Claims” limit for personal injuries NOT being increased
In April 2013, the general limit of claim within the “Small Claims” track of the County Court system was increased from £5,000 to £10,000.
Slips and trips in the winter months
We don’t need reminding that winter is around the corner however the HSE are making a number of recommendations to minimise the chance of customers and employees falling over in wintry conditions.
Road Safety week 18-24 November 2013 - Avoid Distractions
It would be a rare person who has not been guilty of some distraction while driving which is an admission that we are not fully focussing on our driving.