Legal News

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Hire Purchase - do finance companies actually know the law?

The writer has noticed this several times and was recently challenged on a finance companies’ interpretation of a consumer’s rights when receiving a car on hire purchase (and this article should be restricted only to hire purchase).

Published: 14 Oct 2013

More about Minimum Wage

It was reported last week that 3 in 10 apprentices are still not being paid the correct wages, and thus are being paid below the national minimum wage.

Published: 14 Oct 2013

Calculating Holidays

It is always a burdensome subject, which can leave employers in hot water.


Published: 14 Oct 2013

Minimum wage increase – October 2013

A reminder that the National Minimum Wage will be increasing again from October 2013.


Published: 30 Sep 2013

Investigating Gross Misconduct…. How far do you have to go?

In a recent court of appeal case, it was discussed how far an employer is reasonably expected to go when undertaking an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct.

Published: 30 Sep 2013

Redundancy and Parental Leave

In a recent ECJ decision, it was held that Employees, who have taken parental leave, can be made redundant during the course of their employment providing this is not a part of the criteria which singles them out from the rest of the pool.

Published: 30 Sep 2013

Financial Ombudsman says Finance Company does not have to pay for wear and tear

Customer takes delivery of a car with 90000 miles on the clock.  5000 miles later he claims there to be a fault with the clutch. 

Published: 30 Sep 2013

Parking – an end to fining by covert means?

We have enquires from time to time in relation to the legalities and enforceability of Penalty Charge Notices  for parking on private land and occasionally from those who have received parking fines from local councils. 

Published: 30 Sep 2013

Log Book Loan scam – be on guard!

One of our clients has been the victim of a scam where they sold a second hand car only for the customer to point out shortly afterwards that there were a number of issues with it that he was not happy about. 

Published: 30 Sep 2013

Washing Cars – Health and Safety Considerations

It is important that washers/valetors have the appropriate gloves to avoid frequent contact with water and detergents.

Published: 30 Sep 2013

Latest complaints published by Financial Ombudsman Service

From 1st January 2013 to 30 June 2013 a record number of 327035 complaints were dealt with, an increase of 15% on the previous 6 months. 

Published: 13 Sep 2013

HSE RIDDOR changes apply from 1st October 2013

Just a reminder that the new requirements come into play from 1st October 2013. 

Published: 13 Sep 2013

Trading Standards Officers prosecute suppliers of fake golf clubs, accessories and equipment on eBay

Following a complaint to Havering Trading Standards Offices in 2005 by a member of the public, about the quality of golf clubs he had purchased, an investigation was launched to find a ten strong gang operating between mid 2003 and 2008

Published: 13 Sep 2013

Northern Ireland car dealer prosecuted for selling clocked cars

Michael Gahan formerly of Limivady admitted three charges under the Fraud Act 2006 and ten under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

Published: 13 Sep 2013

Lawgistics Envelope in Court to Save the Day!

One of our clients was expecting to receive County Court papers but they were seemingly not forthcoming. 


Published: 13 Sep 2013

Debt Recovery - When Do 'Reminders' Become 'Harassment'?

The Court of Appeal recently agreed with the initial court to award a compensatory sum of £7500 to be paid by a bank to a customer where it had attempted to make a number of calls to a customer in relation to their accounts.

Published: 13 Sep 2013

Photocopying - Seemingly a Thorny Issue for the County Courts

One of our clients was a defendant in a Small Claims case. 


Published: 13 Sep 2013

Tribunal Rules - SIFTS

Following from our previous update, here are further highlights of the key changes to the Employment Tribunal Rules.

Published: 13 Sep 2013

Reminder - The importance of Employment Contracts

Having spoken with a number of clients recently, it is apparent that employers are still taking some time to issue contracts out to new employees. In some cases, no contracts are being issued across the board.


Published: 13 Sep 2013

Lawgistics successfully remove defamatory postings

We have had a recent spate of clients have issues with consumers posting reviews, forum blogs or websites that defame their company name. Having made contact with the individuals in question and the organisation that hosts the website where the posts have been made, we were able to successfully have the offending posts removed.


Published: 02 Sep 2013

Update - Sale of Goods Act and the CAB website

The bane of this writers 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

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