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Archive for July, 2014

Jul 14

Resolving Workplace Disputes

As of 6 April 2009, the Employment Act 2008 repealed the Statutory Dispute Resolution Procedures in their entirety. In their place is a voluntary Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)...

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Jul 14

Informing and Consulting Employees

The EU Information and Consultation Directive 2002 established minimum requirements for companies with more than 50 employees for consulting and informing them on a wide variety of subjects. The Directive...

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Jul 14

ECHR Rules in Religious Discrimination Claims

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was asked to rule in four UK cases in which Christian employees claimed to have suffered discrimination at work on account of their...

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Jul 14

Early Conciliation – How Does it Work?

For Employment Tribunal (ET) claims lodged on or after 6 May 2014, it is a legal requirement, unless an exemption applies, for the claimant to first notify the Advisory, Conciliation...

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Jul 14

Age Discrimination – Life After the Abolition of the Default Retirement Age

Since the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA), it is no longer permissible for an employer to dismiss an older worker on the ground of retirement unless this can...

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Jul 14

A Guide to Third Party Harassment

With effect from 1 October 2013, the third party harassment provisions contained in Section 40 of the Equality Act 2010 were repealed. The provisions made employers liable for harassment of their...

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Jul 14

A Guide to Preventing Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

Under the Equality Act 2010, which repeals all previous discrimination law and brings together the relevant legislation in one place, it is unlawful to discriminate against a worker on account...

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Jul 14

A Guide to Garden Leave

‘Garden leave’ is the term used to describe the situation in which an employee who has resigned or been dismissed is required to serve out their notice period at home,...

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Jul 14

Is it All-Change for Trust Law?

The directors and shareholders of private companies and the beneficiaries of trusts may be required to be named in a centrally-held, publicly-accessible register. In February 2014, the European Parliament passed...

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Jul 14

Why I Never Promise to be Exclusive

Like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the symptoms of a booming property market are riding roughshod over the normal conveyancing process leaving chaos and havoc in their wake. Farmland...

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Jul 14

Apprentices make their Mark in the Law

Two of Harrogate’s leading law firms have joined the Government’s drive to offer apprenticeships by appointing three young people in the town under the scheme. Local solicitors Raworths and Berwins...

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Jul 14

Yorkshire Couple Win Judgement Against UKIP Bloom’s Company

A North Yorkshire couple are celebrating a multi-million pound judgment awarded against a York financial advisor for negligent advice. In the High Court last week Mr Andrew Mohun-Smith and Mrs...

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Jul 14

Harrogate Law Firm among Legal Leaders

Chambers and Partners 2015, the leading independent directory for the legal profession has recognised four senior partners at the Harrogate law firm, Raworths, as leaders in their field. In addition...

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Jul 14

Law Society President Puts Innovation to the Fore

Sarah Minors, the youngest ever President of Harrogate and District Law Society, unveiled her plans for her year of presidency with innovation at the top of the agenda at her...

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Jul 14

When Green is Brown (and Vice Versa)

Development in rural areas presents a number of challenges for planning teams and developers alike. Whilst planning policy is clear that previously developed (i.e. 'brown') land is to be used...

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Jul 14

The Duty to Manage Asbestos – HSE Guidance

According to statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. Every year 1,000 people who have been...

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Jul 14

Termination of Leases – Tips for Tenants

Break clauses in commercial leases have probably received more attention from tenants in the last year or so than at any time since the early 1990s. For tenants seeking to...

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Jul 14

Termination of Leases – Tips for Landlords

When tenants seek to vacate premises, reduce the size of their premises or renegotiate their leases, problems can be created for landlords. Here are some tips for landlords to help deal...

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Jul 14

Registering a Trade Mark

Your business has its own unique brand and reputation and it is vital in a competitive marketplace to ensure that these are protected from unscrupulous third parties. Some business owners do...

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Jul 14

Intellectual Property: Who Owns It?

One of the biggest sources of disputes in industries based on innovation is a difference of opinion about who owns the intellectual property (IP) created in terms of designs, software,...

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Jul 14

Protecting Your Design Rights

Protecting intellectual property has always been a complex area of law, but in one specific area things may be getting clearer. The Registered Designs Regulations 2001 include several protections for...

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Jul 14

Data Protection Policies and Personal Devices

A recent YouGov survey showed that 47 per cent of all UK employees now use their smartphone, tablet PC or other portable device for work purposes and the Information Commissioner’s...

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Jul 14

Bribery Act Guidance

The Government provides guidance for businesses on complying with the Bribery Act 2010, which came into force on 1 July 2011. The Act was originally scheduled to take effect in...

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Jul 14

Who is Under the Influence?

The law recognises that some people (such as solicitors or accountants) have a high degree of influence over other people (their clients), since clients hire their professional advisers for the...

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Jul 14

Planning Law Basics

Whether you are planning to refurbish and sell a house or to construct a whole new apartment block, almost all your plans will be governed by planning laws and any...

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Jul 14

Credit Card Purchases: Know Your Rights

  When you order something and pay using a credit card, you are protected against loss...or are you? Although many people think that the protection that applies is absolute, it is not....

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Jul 14

Correcting Your Credit Rating

Most people require credit at some time, whether it is in the form of a credit card, a loan or an overdraft. However careful you are, it is possible to...

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