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Update - Sale of Goods Act and the CAB website

The bane of this writer’s life is the incorrect interpretation and application of the so called “six month rule” of the Sale of Goods Act.

Published: 02 Sep 2013

Applying for Summary Judgment - is there any point?

The purpose of applying for Summary Judgment is to ask the court to dismiss a Claim or Defence on the grounds that it is so weak and incapable of succeeding that Judgment should be granted without the need for a full hearing.


Published: 02 Sep 2013

Tesco in a Jam over Misleading Strawberry Prices

Tesco failed to price their strawberries (in 2011!) at £3.99 for long enough to justifiably advertise them for sale at “half price”.

Published: 02 Sep 2013

Employment Tribunal Procedure changes - Timescale Changes

Rule 4 discusses timescales for responding to directions or case management orders. 4(1) makes it known that parties will have until 12am (midnight) of a deadline day to comply with the relevant direction.

Published: 02 Sep 2013

Car Dealership forced to pay out for dismissing employee deemed �too old�

In a recent case at the Employment Tribunal, a car dealer was made to pay over £10,000 to an ex employee that they had dismissed.

Published: 02 Sep 2013

The Hidden And Growing Costs Of A Credit Licence

We reported in our last legal update on the urgent need to BEFORE 1st September make sure your Consumer Credit Licence is fully up to date and with all relevant categories on it.

Published: 20 Aug 2013

Lawgistics – more than just legal consultants.....

We are dealing with a case whereby because of our client’s geographical remoteness he has difficulty in being located by the postman.  This has resulted in him not receiving important court documents. 

Published: 20 Aug 2013

Office of Fair Trading suspend car dealer’s consumer credit licence

I’m afraid the OFT haven’t disclosed the precise reasons why and it is certainly not our wish to “name and shame” the individual or his business here.



Published: 20 Aug 2013

The Postman Only Knocks Once – but seemingly not at all at Northampton County Court!

Once is possible.  Twice is coincidence. Three times is worrying. 

Published: 20 Aug 2013

Fees, fees, fees!!

After the launch of the new Employment Tribunal fees system, there are further interim fees that some parties may not yet be aware of:



Published: 20 Aug 2013

Passwords – necessary so don’t get hung up

A recent article from the small business advice and information service – ‘is4profit’ – offered some very useful tips when choosing passwords for the various serves we need to keep secure. 


Published: 06 Aug 2013

HSE report fall in fatal injuries

HSE recently reported on annual drop in fatal injuries for year end March 2013 to 148 compared with 172 the previous year.

Published: 06 Aug 2013

Check your Consumer Credit Licence – urgent!

In a report by Automotive Compliance, it is suggested (by them) that up to 75% of car dealers do not have the necessary accreditation to transact under changes to the Consumer Credit Licence system.

Published: 06 Aug 2013

New Tribunal Procedure Regulations

Further to our last legal update, here is the second revised rule

Published: 06 Aug 2013

New Tribunal Procedure Regulations – COME INTO FORCE NEXT WEEK.

The government have revised the Employment Tribunal Procedure Rules once again.

Published: 23 Jul 2013

Financial Ombudsman Service uphold complaint for quality of vehicle over one year after sale

A case recently reported by the Financial Ombudsman Service shows how traditional court cases may be increasingly bypassed using the Financial Ombudsman Service ombudsman route. 


Published: 23 Jul 2013

HSE changes to RIDDOR

HSE have provided guidance on the changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) which will be introduced on 10 October 2013.

Published: 23 Jul 2013

Trading Standards Officers prosecute ebay trader for sale of unroadworthy vehicle

A fine of £5515 and legal costs of £5000 was given to AR Motors of Warwickshire when selling an unroadworthy Skoda Felicia on ebay as reported by TS Today.


Published: 23 Jul 2013

The Sale of Goods Act “6 months” rule explained (briefly!)

Time and time again we get them.  Template letters stating that a consumer wants to get all their money back on a car purchase and that because something has gone wrong within the first 6 months

Published: 23 Jul 2013

135 pages may be excessive but 0 pages is worthless

In a previous legal update we mentioned how we were assisting one of our clients who had been given Congestion Charge fines on a vehicle that they had given to a customer on a “courtesy” basis whilst their own was being repaired.

Published: 23 Jul 2013

Reminder: Key changes in Employment Law coming into place from 29th July

From Monday 29th July 2013 the following changes will be taking effect in the employment law sector:

Published: 23 Jul 2013

£3.4million Tribunal payout!

A Cambridgeshire businessman was awarded an astronomical £3.4 million award at an Employment Tribunal recently.

Published: 23 Jul 2013

Update of BS 5306 for Fire Extinguishers

There have been some small updates to the British Standard BS 5306 for Fire Extinguishers.
Published: 08 Jul 2013

Payment Protection Insurance or a ‘Debt Freeze’ product?

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has recently brought to light the next generation of financial product misselling in the form of ‘debt freeze’ plans. These, when activated e.g. due to unemployment, ill health etc, freeze the internet on an account balance and suspect late payment charges.
Published: 08 Jul 2013

30 Days to return faulty goods for a full refund?

The proposed Bill of Consumer Rights is making its progress through the legislation process. Wording in place now may change before it becomes law in the form of an Act of Parliament.
Published: 08 Jul 2013

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