201802.23

Commonhold – Law Commission Call for Evidence

As part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform, the Law Commission has begun a call for evidence on commonhold law. Introduced in 2004, commonhold allows a person to own a freehold ‘unit’ (such as a flat in a block of flats) and also be a member of the company that manages the shared areas…

201802.22

Slandered in Public? A Good Lawyer Will See You Properly Compensated

If your reputation is damaged by false accusations, specialist lawyers can see to it that you are not only vindicated but fairly compensated. Exactly that happened in one case in which a businessman successfully sued a neighbour who he claimed had branded him a wife-beater in public. The man claimed that his neighbour had uttered…

201802.21

Suffering Industrial Deafness? Don’t Delay Consulting a Solicitor!

Industrial deafness can be slow to develop and those affected have a tendency to suffer in silence. However, as a Court of Appeal ruling powerfully underlined, you should seek legal advice immediately if you have the slightest suspicion that your noisy workplace has caused hearing loss. The case concerned a man in his 60s who…

201802.19

National Minimum Wage Rates

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018 were published on 6 February and provide for the following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates with effect from 1 April 2018: The NLW, which applies to those aged 25 and over, will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 per…

201802.19

Official Decisions Change Lives and Intelligible Reasons Are Required

Transparency really does matter and official decision-makers are required to explain their reasons for reaching conclusions that affect people’s lives. That definitely did not happen in one case in which the High Court sent a man’s house-building plans back to the drawing board. The man had obtained outline planning consent to build a new home…

201802.15

Using the Internet to Spread Malicious Rumours Is Not Fair Competition!

Legitimate competition is one thing, but using the Internet to spread false rumours about a rival’s products is quite another. In a recent case, a businessman who resorted to such methods found himself under threat of imprisonment. A company that produced stabilisers for use when towing caravans objected to videos that had been posted on…

201802.13

Dealing with Social Breakdown – Family Judges Are at the Sharp End

Family judges deal on a daily basis with the consequences of social breakdown and, in every case in which children are involved, their welfare is the primary concern. That was certainly so in one case in which the High Court ruled on the future of a two-year-old boy whose father was aged just 14 when…

201802.12

Employers Can Always Recruit the Best Candidate? Oh No, They Can’t!

At first blush, it might appear obvious that employers are entitled to take on the best candidate for a job. However, as one case concerning a highly qualified medical practice manager showed, immigration law requires that suitable, EU-resident, candidates must be preferred to those from overseas. The case concerned an Indian national with a first-class…

201802.09

The Government Responds to the Taylor Review of Employment Practices

In July 2017, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a former policy chief under Tony Blair, issued his report, commissioned by the Government, on how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business needs. The Review, entitled ‘Good Work’,…