Legal News

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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

Rolls-Royce challenged in America over the alleged non-disclosure of engine defects

A quick look through the BBC website today (5th July) sees an article whereby it is alleged by two former employees, that Rolls Royce used parts intended for scrap only.
Published: 08 Jul 2013

The wheels on the judicial bus go round and round, round and round – but ever so slowly

As a lawyer, I have to look to legal matters regardless of topic and I read with interest recently the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in a personal injury claim against a local authority. The detail is not relevant here but the dates are.
Published: 08 Jul 2013

Judgment in County Court

A word of advice based upon a few recent issues we have experienced with the County Court.
Published: 08 Jul 2013

What to do if you can’t attend Court

If you cannot attend a hearing for any reason, you must contact the Court directly as soon as you are aware that you are unable to attend and request an adjournment.


Published: 08 Jul 2013

Setting Aside Default Judgment – or Setting Aside Common Sense?

When a defendant does not lodge a defence in the County Court in response to a claim made against him/her within a strict timescale, the claimant in the action can obtain from the Court a Judgment in Default.

Published: 24 Jun 2013

Are “Payday” Lending complaints the next PPI headache for the Financial Ombudsman Service?

Last year the Financial Ombudsman Service dealt with 378,669 new complaints about mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) – and PPI matters presently constitutes 74% of the Ombudsman’s workload. 

Published: 24 Jun 2013

Beating the many options of automated call centres

An IT manager has developed shortcuts to beat some of the major companies that drive you mad ploughing through menu after menu to channel your call. 

Published: 24 Jun 2013

Falling tyres lead to serious injury of teenage worker

in a recent case reported by HSE a tyre collection and recycling company were prosecuted for failing to have a safe system of stacking tyres of varying sizes and shapes. 

Published: 24 Jun 2013

HSE launches ‘Bad Air Day’ for welders

Any clients who carry out welding operations where welding fumes could be an issue should check out the ‘Bad Air Day’ website.


Published: 24 Jun 2013

New Tribunal Fees Will Come Into Place from July 29th 2013

A definitive date for Tribunal fees has now been set in stone.

Published: 24 Jun 2013

Paying by card sir? That will be an extra 10%.....

Well, maybe not 10% but card providers often make a charge to the business for card payments and clearly a business may wish to cover that cost by passing it onto customers.


Published: 10 Jun 2013

So, who am I contracting with?

A question: Mr Lee signs a letter, and under his signature are the words “Mountain Problems”...

Published: 10 Jun 2013

And for our Derbyshire clients........

If you receive a letter claiming to be from Derbyshire County Council, which demands electronic payment to them of over £1000


Published: 10 Jun 2013

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