201910.05

Cohabitation

According to the Office of National Statistics the number of couples living outside a marriage is growing faster than the number of married couples. Guardian reports “The overall number of families in the UK rose by 8% between 2008 and 2018, from 17.7 million to 19.1 million, accompanied by a marked change in the ways…

201910.02

#internationalcoffeeday

Today marks International Coffee Day. I think this is the first year that this esteemed day is on my radar, perhaps because in the last year I have switched from an avid tea drinker and succumbed to coffee culture. Coffee giant costa has been the first to seize the PR opportunity that is the worldwide…

201909.30

Auctions – What you should know before the hammer hits!

With the property auction market back in full swing since the summer, never has there been a better time to look at securing a bargain. Auction houses across the UK have a wealth of stock to offer. Know when to stop It is easy to get carried away in the auction room when trying to…

201909.26

Buying at auction – read this before the hammer drops!

With the property auction market back in full swing since the summer, never has been a time to look at securing a bargain, auction houses across the UK have a wealth of stock to offer. It is easy to get carried away in the room when trying to secure your next home / project or…

201909.23

Holiday season is definitely over for #thomascook

As holiday makers are left stranded and others are dismayed that they won’t be going on their long awaited sunshine break, reports are circulating that around 21,000 employees, 9,000 of whom are employed in the UK face redundancy. #ThomasCook, the 178-year-old holiday giant was put into compulsory liquidation this morning as attempts to save one…

201909.16

Redundancy – not a time to clown around!

The BBC has reported an unusual choice of companion at a work related meeting by an employee in New Zealand. When you know, you know When copy writer and part time stand up comedian Josh Thompson received an email inviting him to attend a meeting to discuss his role at the company, he had a…

201908.29

FCA held liable in disability discrimination claim – Employers beware

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has been held liable in a recent Employment Tribunal decision which serves as a stark reminder to employers to tread carefully when taking any disciplinary action against employees who may be protected under the Equality Act against disability discrimination. The ET held that an employee who had been diagnosed with…

201908.28

FCA held liable in disability discrimination claim – Employers beware!

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has been held liable in a recent Employment Tribunal decision which serves as a stark reminder to employers to tread carefully when taking any disciplinary action against employees who may be protected under the Equality Act against disability discrimination. The ET held that an employee who had been diagnosed with…

201908.27

Outgoing Leaseholders – How your Landlord reaps the benefit!

Is ignorance bliss? Sellers of Leasehold Properties in Blocks can be blissfully ignorant of the expense involved in supplying information on their flat and satisfying the requirements of the purchaser’s solicitors and their mortgagees before they are in a position to exchange contracts. Hidden costs In addition to the usual fees and disbursements payable to…