Legal News

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New Regulations relating to Contract law

June 13th 2014 will see a number of significant changes to the law in relation to contracts.

Published: 01 Apr 2014

No More Compensation For Whiplash Claims?

It would appear that the motor insurance industry will attempt to kick start a public debate on whether it is prudent for insurers to remove giving direct compensation for low value personal injury claims such as whiplash.

Published: 01 Apr 2014

Changes to Statutory Rates from April 2014

As per standard practice the following statutory amounts will be raised from 06 April 2014:

Published: 01 Apr 2014

Facebook - Beware of the #Selfie

Recent report from one of our clients suggested that they had received a complaint from an employee who felt they were being bullied in the workplace, and wished for the employer to deal with the issue.
 


Published: 01 Apr 2014

Disclosure of Criminal Convictions – when must an employee disclose them to you?

The time scales in which employees have to disclose criminal convictions to you is being reduced.

Published: 01 Apr 2014

Dangers of testing for leaks with compressed air

HSE report that a company in Kidderminster used compressed air to check for weld quality on a compressed air tank. 

Published: 17 Mar 2014

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

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