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Landlord Succeeds in Challenge to HMO Licence Fee

An increasing number of local authorities run licensing regimes to ensure the quality of accommodation provided in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). An important High Court ruling has, however, established that licence fees levied on landlords must not...

Capital and Income Losses Mean Different Things for Tax

When an investment is made in a capital asset that subsequently becomes valueless, the loss can normally be used to reduce future liabilities to Capital Gains Tax when a capital asset is sold at a profit. There are also rules which permit trading expenses...

Child Contact Disputes Can Be Defused by Mediation - But Take Advice Soon

If parents engaged in child contact disputes take up entrenched positions, it is very nearly always the child that suffers most. Such disputes can often be defused by taking legal advice at an early stage in order to promote dialogue and an amicable...

Sovereign Wealth Fund's $3 Billion Worldwide Freezing Order Overturned

Worldwide freezing orders are an essential means by which dissipation of wrongfully obtained money and assets can be effectively prevented. However, as an important High Court ruling showed , such orders are only worth the paper they are written on if they...

Brain Infection Boy Sent Home by Hospital Wins £5.25 Million

Hospital accident and emergency departments work under intense pressure but, if negligent mistakes are made, it is only right that compensation is paid. In a case on point, a boy who was sent home by medical staff despite suffering from a rare brain...

Failure to Have a Social Media Policy Can be Costly

Firms that do not have a social media policy in place should give consideration to introducing one and taking steps to make it part of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff members. Use of the Internet during working hours can be a...

Employer Found Vicariously Liable for Injury Sustained After Office Party

Employers can be found vicariously liable for the actions of their staff when these occur in the course of their employment, which can include during an office function, but a recent case looked at the position when an employee suffered a severe brain injury...

The Rules on Time Limits for Employment Tribunal Claims

An employee wishing to bring an unfair dismissal claim must do so within three months of their effective date of termination. Time limits for presenting claims to the Employment Tribunal (ET) are normally strictly enforced. If the deadline is missed, Section...

Timeshare Credit Agreements Worth £47 Million May Be Unenforceable

Lending money to the public is, for obvious reasons, a heavily regulated activity and, as a case concerning timeshare properties showed , any involvement by those who are not authorised to carry out such activity can render credit agreements entirely...

Staff Christmas Parties - Don't Take Unnecessary Risks!

A Christmas party is a chance for staff to relax and enjoy each other's company. It's also a wonderful opportunity for employees to celebrate their achievements over the last year and for you to thank them for all their hard work. However, it's important to...

Compensation for Trips and Slips at Work

Two recent cases illustrate that employers need to be vigilant in assessing tripping and slipping hazards in areas where workers perform their tasks. If they fail in this duty, those who are injured as a result may be able to claim compensation. In one...

Employer Liable for Car Crash Injury on Way Home

A case heard by the Privy Council makes required reading for any employer who provides non-contractual benefits to their employees. In principle, the legal point was simple, although the legal issues raised were not. Could an employer who provided the...

Keep Your Records Safe

The High Court of Justice is a very expensive place to resolve a family dispute, as is evidenced by a recent case which pitted members of a farming family against each other : it shows beyond doubt the importance of documenting decisions and retaining the...

Shareholders to be Liable for Company Tax?

One of the motivations for setting up a limited company is that the risk for the shareholders is limited to the investment they have made in the company's shares. A quietly launched consultation document issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which...

1983 Fire Disaster Leads to Settlement for Family of Mesothelioma Victim

When a fire at a military base in Shropshire in 1983 covered a large area near Telford with toxic dust, the potential long-term health implications were clear. It took the local council three days to start a clean-up operation to clear the area of the dust,...

Pension Trustees Take Note

Pension transfer scams are commonplace and cause a great deal of hardship for the dupe who puts their trust in the scammer and thereby loses all or part of their pension fund. However, the loss can also extend to pension schemes, a fact of which pension...

Credibility of Witness Defeats Adverse Possession Claim

The law allows people who occupy land over a long period and use it as their own, without anyone else asserting ownership rights to it, to apply to have their title to it registered at the Land Registry. This is normally called 'squatter's rights' and...

Restrictive Covenants Are Not Necessarily Insurmountable

Property title deeds often contain restrictions on future use of the land and one of the most common is a requirement that only one house can be built on a single plot. It may be thought that such a restriction must be adhered to forever, but if the...

Don't Be Caught in a Pension Scam

Scams of all shapes and sizes are becoming depressingly frequent and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned against the rising tide of pensions scams that leave people facing years of misery in retirement as a result of passing their pension funds...

Mother of Disabled Child Ruled a 'Primary Victim' of Hospital Negligence

In order to succeed in a 'secondary victim' claim as a result of clinical negligence it is necessary to establish that the claimant suffered psychiatric illness or injury – as opposed to grief, sorrow, deprivation or the need to provide care for the...
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