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You'd have to be living on Mars not to know that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force. Its strict provisions must be complied with (the penalties for failing are swingeing) and it is practically impossible to run any organisation or...

Health and Safety - Employer Fends Off Defective Ladder Claim

Employers who fail to provide their staff with the equipment they need to safely carry out their work positively lay themselves open to compensation claims, but not all accidents are the result of health and safety breaches. A High Court ruling in the case...

Witnesses Save the Day for Widow in Will Argument

A divorced man who remarried in his late 50s made a new will in 1998, one year after the marriage, which left his entire estate to his new wife. After he died, a home-made will was discovered, made shortly before his death. This left virtually his entire...

When Does Notice of Termination Take Effect?

Exactly when notice of termination takes effect can impact on an employee's entitlement to certain benefits or employment rights. In the absence of an express term in the employee's contract, if they are dismissed in writing and the letter is posted to their...

Over 2,500 Deaths from Mesothelioma in 2016

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), widespread use of asbestos-containing products in the past, particularly in the building industry, has resulted in a large increase in asbestos-related disease in Great Britain since the Second World War. ...

Jail for Husband Who Flouted Court Ruling

Court orders have to be obeyed and those who defy them can ultimately be sent to prison. Exactly that happened in one 'big money' divorce case in which an 83-year-old businessman repeatedly tried to thwart his ex-wife. Following the end of the former...

Umbrellas shield you from the rain... but not your taxes

In 2014, the government indicated that it was concerned whether umbrella companies were being used to avoid employment obligations, tax or paying the national minimum wage. An umbrella company invoices the client (end user) for an individual’s...

Enforcing restrictive covenants

Employers who have restrictive covenants in their contracts of employment will appreciate the recent Court of Appeal decision in Dyson Technology Limited (Dyson) v Pellerey, where the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s decision to grant an...

Landlords - Children Count Too!

When a landlord appealed against his prosecution for breaking a planning enforcement notice with regard to a house in multiple occupation (HMO) he owns, he used a rather novel argument to justify exceeding the limitation on the number of residents of the...

Inheritance Tax - 'Hope Value' Relevant to Property Valuations

When valuing a property for Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes, is it legitimate to take into account its potential for enlargement or improvement – so-called 'hope value'? In a guideline ruling, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has answered that question in the...
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