Legal News

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Lawgistics Discuss: Checkout number 4 please!

Having seen the recent news article regarding the controversy a Morrisons’ employee caused on Facebook this week, a discussion was had in the office in regards to the merits of both sides case in this dispute.

Published: 10 Jun 2013

Road Traffic Offences – Failure to identify the driver

We periodically hear of clients finding problems when they cannot identify a driver of a vehicle who has committed an offence, usually speeding. 

Published: 28 May 2013

Distance Selling Regulations – eBay

We receive queries concerning eBay sales and whether the Distance Selling Regulations (DSRs) apply. 

Published: 28 May 2013

Motorhouse 2000 Ltd fined for chemical injuries to boy on work experience

A 16 year old boy suffered burns from remnants of toxic paint stripper when assisting another employee refilling a wheel stripping tank according to a recent HSE report. 

Published: 28 May 2013

New Consumer Bill of Rights proposed in Queen’s Speech

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Norman Lamb, is to consult on ways to ‘simplify, strengthen and modernise’ the consumer law framework. 


Published: 28 May 2013

A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court (and Employment Tribunals)

Not much to add to that really.  The Bar Council has produced a “user friendly” guide running to some 74 pages, the link to which is below. 

Published: 28 May 2013

Article on Cam-Belt Breaks all Records Known to Man (maybe not) and results in “unwanted” honour...

Clearly the first bit is somewhat exaggerated/an outright lie although I guess it might have broken one record if there was a category of “most call-back requests that can be placed on one desk in any 5 day period”. 

Published: 28 May 2013

When Staff Make a Pig’s Ear of Horseplay

Conversation is never dull here but one lunch-time earlier in the week focused on the Employer liability and Employee obligations that were presently facing a certain Premiership football club. 

Published: 28 May 2013

Thou doth Tweet too much information!

The resignation last month of Paris Brown following racist and homophobic tweets posted on her profile raises questions for Employers as to what can be defended by employees in regards to their private social media accounts.


Published: 28 May 2013

Judge rules against dealer who didn’t replace timing belt pre-sale

It is often put to us that timing belts are wear and tear items that the seller can’t be held responsible for should one snap after purchase. 

Published: 13 May 2013

The cost of enjoying music in the workplace. Silence is golden – and an awful lot cheaper than the radio

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) grant annual licences to establishments that play radio/TV music in their workplaces - dealer showrooms, garage workshops, staff canteens etc. However, you are encouraged to read any new licence renewals bills carefully.

Published: 13 May 2013

Got CCTV? If you don’t register it you could be fined!

Our attention was recently drawn to the Information Commissioner’s website (www.ico.org.uk) whereupon we read quite an alarming story. 


Published: 13 May 2013

Watch what you write on an invoice:

BBC’s Watchdog, on 01 May 2013, discussed the second hand car market.

Published: 13 May 2013

Unpaid parental leave extended to 18 weeks

The Parental Leave (EU Directive) Regulations 2013 SI 2013/283, which implement the revised EU Directive on Parental Leave (No.2010/18), came into force on 8 March 2013

Published: 13 May 2013

Changes to Automated First Registration and Licensing system (AFRL)

Dealers are set to have a quicker and easier system in place to get RFL tax discs on new vehicles when they are registered. 

Published: 29 Apr 2013

HMRC/DVLA link up to tackle VAT avoidance for car imports

A change in the law means that vehicles imported into the UK permanently, must be notified to HMRC within 14 days and any VAT owing must be paid.  If this does not happen the vehicle cannot be registered/licensed with DVLA. 

Published: 29 Apr 2013

The law to become clearer on unfair contract terms (maybe....)

We often get asked to look at contractual terms and to give an opinion as to whether they are enforceable or not. 

Published: 29 Apr 2013

Optimistic purchasers “clutch”ing at straws.....

We sometimes wonder if we should compile an annual “Top 10” of the most “optimistic” complaints we have received for those purchasers who give somewhat interesting reasons and justifications for demanding a refund or cost of repair.

Published: 29 Apr 2013

London Congestion Charge – an Olympic sized problem for hire firms

When a company hires out a car, the hirer should sign to say that they accept parking, speeding and the London Congestion charges.  But that may not be enough! 

Published: 29 Apr 2013

A legal point worthy of consideration

Did you know that if a car dealer simply swaps or exchanges a car with a customer, with no actual cash (or other forms of money payment) being paid by the customer for the swap, the Sale of Goods Act doesn’t apply?

Published: 29 Apr 2013

Interim Hearings

During the small claims process, you may receive notification that an interim hearing has been scheduled, such as an allocation hearing, an application hearing, or a case management hearing.


Published: 29 Apr 2013

Another planned Minimum Wage increase

The government announced last week that Minimum Wage will be increasing again from October 2013.

Published: 29 Apr 2013

Covert Recordings

A recent case at the Employment Tribunal has ruled that covert recordings made by Claimants to use as evidence will not be admissible.

Published: 29 Apr 2013

New rules for Consumer Insurance

Up to now, when you purchase personal insurance it has been the consumer’s duty to disclose all material facts to the insurer without the insurer necessarily specifying what they want to know.


Published: 15 Apr 2013

OFT relinquishes Codes of Practice approval and management to Trading Standards

The vehicle industry will be aware of a number of OFT approved Codes of Practice applicable to their sector including Robert Bosch Ltd (‘Bosch Car Service’), Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association Ltd and the two Motor Codes Ltd codes for New Cars and Car Service and Repair. 


Published: 15 Apr 2013

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