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Archive for March, 2015

Mar 15

Buying a House and Consumer Protection

With the appointment of a Property Ombudsman, the laying down in statute of the duties of estate agents and the passing of the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007...

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Mar 15

Buying Abroad – Considerations

After another cold, wet summer and with dull economic prospects at home, you might be thinking of buying a property abroad or even making a permanent move to foreign climes....

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Mar 15

Package Tour Problems and Travel Delay – Your Rights

We often hear of problems associated with package tour holidays and customers' attempts to gain compensation. It is important, therefore, to know what is and what is not a package...

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Mar 15

Paying For a Permanent Home Care Place

These regulations will be subject to change, starting in 2015. Many people, as they grow older, worry about where they will live if they are no longer able to manage in...

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Mar 15

Helping Your Executors

Being an executor is a demanding job at the best of times and a task that is made all the more difficult when the deceased has not given proper thought...

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Mar 15

What Happens on Intestacy?

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act came into force in late 2014. It changes intestacy law in England and Wales to allow a deceased's estate to pass to their widow,...

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Mar 15

Cohabitees and Death – Who Can Claim?

When one member of a cohabiting couple dies, it can come as an unpleasant surprise to the bereaved partner to discover that not all of their late partner’s estate will...

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Mar 15

Charity Trustees – Guidance

The regime governing charities has been progressively tightened up over the years, making the sort of scandals that were once not uncommon much more of a rarity. This means that...

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Mar 15

In Brief: Data Protection Guidance for Employers

Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that employees' personal details are respected and properly protected. The Employment Practices Data Protection Code contains guidance on the impact of data protection laws...

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Mar 15

In Brief: Acas Guidance on Holiday and Holiday Pay

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has useful guidance for employers puzzling over staff holiday pay entitlements. The guidance leaflet gives a summary of holiday entitlements, setting out: the right...

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Mar 15

Overtime and Holiday Pay

The right to paid annual leave is an important principle of EU law, the purpose of which is to allow a worker time to rest and enjoy a period of...

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Mar 15

Offensive Tweets and Unfair Dismissal

In a case which dealt with the issue of misuse of Twitter by an employee in the context of an unfair dismissal claim (Game Retail Limited v Laws), the Employment...

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Mar 15

Employment Rights – Ministers of Religion

In President of the Methodist Conference v Preston, the Supreme Court ruled that a Methodist minister was not an employee of the Church and so could not pursue her claim...

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Mar 15

Employees' Right to Request Flexible Working Arrangements

Since 30 June 2014, all employees have had the right to ask their employer for a change to their contractual terms and conditions of employment so that they can work...

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Mar 15

A Guide to Selecting Employees for Redundancy

When an employer faces having to dismiss employees by reason of redundancy, there are certain procedures that should be followed in order to comply with the relevant law. Redundancy is a...

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Mar 15

Shared Parental Leave – Will it Really Change Things?

The arrival of a baby is an exciting but challenging time.  There are sleepless nights, nappy changing and a crying baby to deal with.  A mother can now share all...

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Mar 15

Agricultural Employment Contracts: Protection is better than cure!

Farmers and agricultural businesses are often more used to dealing with and adapting to vast swathes of legislation than many regular commercial businesses. Employment legislation and its impact on rural...

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Mar 15

Dealing With Subject Access Requests

Many businesses regard the Data Protection Act 1998 as something that merely requires a lot of form filling and the payment of fees, but there is a lot more to...

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Mar 15

VAT on Electronic Services: New Rules

  If you supply electronic products (telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services) to non-business customers through online sales, you should start thinking about how you will comply with the new VAT 'place of...

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Mar 15

VAT on Business Assets With Private Use

It is very commom for a smaller business to have assets which have been acquired which are used for both business and private use. Traditionally, this could be dealt with...

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Mar 15

Tax Avoidance Disclosure Rules

UK tax law is almost unique in that it contains regulations which require professionals to advise HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of information regarding tax avoidance schemes (TAS). Failure to...

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Mar 15

How to Reclaim Foreign VAT

It is commonly thought that within the EU, recovering VAT on expenditure made whilst abroad is merely a matter of calculating the VAT at the applicable rate and claiming it...

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Mar 15

Data Protection Guidance for Landlords

The Information Commissioner's best practice guide for landlords - written to to assist them in complying with the Data Protection Act can be downloaded from the Information Commissioner’s website. The...

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Mar 15

ICO 'Must Do' Data Protection Guide

  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a guide to protecting personal data, ' which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow to ensure data security. In the wake...

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Mar 15

Your Home Office – The Legalities

If you run your own business, working from home, there are legal ramifications which need to be considered. There are few regulations that apply to 'normal' businesses that do not apply...

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Mar 15

Outsourcing the Processing of Personal Information – Guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance for smaller businesses on how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when you outsource the processing of personal information, such as your...

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Mar 15

Cookie Law

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 require consent to be obtained for the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on...

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Mar 15

New Contract, New Danger

Every business needs customers, but every customer, especially a new one, represents a risk to your business. It is a very serious issue but there are many things you can...

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Mar 15

VAT and Electronic Goods – Take Care

In order to combat ‘missing trader’ fraud, which is estimated to have cost the Exchequer hundreds of millions of pounds, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have introduced measures which can,...

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Mar 15

Guide to the Technology and Construction Court

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has issued updated guidance to assist those engaged in litigation bound for the TCC. This takes into account developments in case law and regulatory changes...

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