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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?
Published: 06 Jan 2014

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.
Published: 18 Dec 2013

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.

Published: 09 Dec 2013

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.

Published: 09 Dec 2013

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!

Published: 09 Dec 2013

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.


Published: 09 Dec 2013

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.


Published: 09 Dec 2013

“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.

Published: 09 Dec 2013

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.
Published: 09 Dec 2013

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.
Published: 25 Nov 2013

Loan sharks to have to hand over £300,000 worth of assets

And on the topic of loan sharks.....
Published: 25 Nov 2013

Car dealer imprisoned for “clocking”

A car dealer based in Ballymena (County Antrim Northern Ireland) has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. 
Published: 25 Nov 2013

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. 

Published: 25 Nov 2013

Financial Ombudsman interpretation of “ Market Value” of car

An interesting complaint to the Financial Ombudsman here.

Published: 25 Nov 2013

“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. 


Published: 25 Nov 2013

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.

Published: 25 Nov 2013

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.

Published: 25 Nov 2013

Warning! Don’t commit to contracts over the telephone! – make sure you know what is offered and your liabilities

We have all received calls both at home and work with offers of goods and services often made under pressure to “sign up now and receive a huge discount!”
Published: 08 Nov 2013

Chorley car mechanic receives severe burns in inspection pit

HSE have reported how a Chorley based car mechanic received severe burns whilst removing fuel from a van due to the fuel fumes settling in the pit and then igniting.

Published: 08 Nov 2013

Young people’s employment – Health and Safety

HSE has issued new guidance on employing young people. 

Published: 08 Nov 2013

Terms and Conditions – can verbal or discretionary agreements become binding?

In a recent Court of Appeal Case, it was discussed whether a group wide policy of enhanced redundancy payments could become an implied term of an employee’s contract of employment, if that employee worked in a subsidiary branch of that group.

Published: 08 Nov 2013

Pensions – Are you planning ahead?

We have previously mentioned the auto enrolment plans that have already been implemented into larger companies.


Published: 08 Nov 2013

Compensation awarded to individual was who offended by racist jibes aimed at a colleague, but not them!

An employee has been awarded £27,000 in compensation on the grounds of constructive dismissal and racial harassment, as they left employment due to the Company making continual racist remarks to a fellow black colleague.

Published: 25 Oct 2013

The devil is in the detail – Lawgistics Tip!

It may seem an obvious Lawgistics tip but make sure all the detail is accurately entered onto business documents eg Order Forms/Invoices.

Published: 25 Oct 2013

Don’t misdescribe inadvertently – Lawgistics Tip!

We have experienced two potential misdescriptions recently which could lead to problems.

Published: 25 Oct 2013

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