Blog

Supreme Court Ruling on Contractual Notice Periods

In Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] the Supreme Court has held by a majority that, in cases of dismissal on notice by post, and where there is no contractual provision governing when notice takes effect, the contractual notice only...

read more

First UK Employer faces Pension Fine

Auto-enrolment is a government pension scheme which, unless employees have already signed up for a workplace pension, automatically diverts a portion of an employee’s monthly salary into a pension pot. The employer and the government also make a contribution each...

read more

Lasting Power of Attorney Court Fee Refund

If you applied for a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 you may be entitled to a partial refund of the application fee.   This is because between 2013 and 2017, the operating costs of the Office of the Public Guardian...

read more

Records Broken by Equity Release in 2018

We have been giving you updates based on the quarterly reports of Equity Release borrowing throughout 2017 and each one has shown growth from the previous quarter, but quarter 4 has shown that Equity Release is now at a 15-year high and the market appears not to have...

read more

Right to Work Breaks

In late 2016 we reported on a case that showed employers must encourage their employees to take rest breaks or they are, in the eyes of the Employment Tribunal, ‘refusing’ a work break. A recent case looks at the nature of the 20-minute break workers are entitled to...

read more

Data Protection in the News

The High Court has found that an employer, WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC, was vicariously liable for the deliberate and criminal disclosure by a rogue employee of personal data belonging to co-workers. This is the first group litigation data breach case to come before...

read more

Worker Entitled to Unpaid Holiday

The gig-economy has been dominating the legal spotlight for a long time now, and it doesn’t seem to be changing. A window salesman worked for a company on a self-employed basis for twelve years. Upon his dismissal, he raised a claim for £27,000 in unpaid holiday over...

read more

The Budget: Stamp Duty – A week on

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 that the threshold for Stamp Duty, for first time buyers, will be raised from £125,000 to £300,000 resulting in potential savings of £5,000. Further, for first time buyers, properties valued up to...

read more

Equity Release Market Growing

In August this year, we reported in our blog that the popularity of Equity Release was at its highest ever level, and the third quarter of 2017 has shown an even larger increase. £824 million has been released from equity in the last quarter alone. This is officially...

read more

Can an unsent text message count as a Will?

In Queensland Australia, just before passing away, a man drafted a text message explaining he wished his assets to be left to his brother and nephew rather than wife and son. The Supreme Court of Australia decided to recognise the text message as a valid Will....

read more

UPDATE – Gender Segregation in Schools

Further to our post on 6th December (which can be found HERE), Ofsted has since appealed the High Court’s ruling and taken the case to the Court of Appeal. Ofsted presented the case with the arguments that the High Court ‘erred’ in its decision and that it should have...

read more

Stamp Duty and Second Properties

Since 1st April 2016, those purchasing a second home that does not replace a previous main residence have been liable for an additional 3% stamp duty on the purchase. Married couples and civil partners are treated as one unit for this purpose. If the couple jointly...

read more

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships

You may have recently read about a heterosexual couple applying to the court for the right to form a Civil Partnership, who were refused by the Judge in the first instance and then again by the Court of Appeal. Their application is for a judicial review of the...

read more