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Imperial loses contract dispute but can recover overpayments

A company was not justified in terminating a contract due to alleged defects in work carried out but that did not remove its right to recover overpayments. That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving a multi-million-pound contract between...

Company directors banned after making illegal payments

Three directors have been banned from running a company for up to seven years after making illegal payments to benefit themselves instead of creditors. The three directors ran a family owned demolition company that was placed into liquidation with an...

Some rich fathers 'are paying too little in child support'

A leading judge has called for reforms to prevent rich fathers manipulating their finances to reduce the amount they pay towards their children’s upbringing. The call follows a change in the law in 2012 that means maintenance payments are based only...

Up to 1 in 5 minimum wage workers 'could be underpaid'

Up to 1 in 5 minimum wage workers may be receiving less than their legal entitlement, according to research by the Low Pay Commission (LPC). Between 305,000 and 580,000 people could be affected. Most of them are female, part-time and hourly paid. Thousands...

Health Secretary looks forward to a cure for dementia

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has posed the question of whether we might find a cure for dementia in near future. Speaking on World Alzheimer’s Day he said: “This is the question that for years no one has dared to ask. We assumed – wrongly...

Landlord not liable for tenant's death from asbestos exposure

The landlord of a flat containing asbestos was not responsible for the death of a tenant who suffered from malignant mesothelioma. That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving the family of the tenant and Hammersmith Council. A claim for...

Employees who worked for insolvent firms may be due extra pay

Employees who worked for a company that became insolvent may be due extra holiday pay dating back several years. The Insolvency Service (IS) is contacting potential claimants after the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that holiday pay should take...

Businesses urged to prepare for new data processing regulations

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which oversees data protection in the UK, has urged businesses to prepare for major regulation changes coming into force next year. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU initiative to...

Use of new technology 'didn't remove TUPE responsibility'

A company’s decision to use new technology to bring one of its services back in house did not remove its responsibility under TUPE to hire workers affected by the change. That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in the case of Anglo Beef...

£2.3 billion fund to unlock 100,000 new homes

The government has announced a £2.3 billion fund which will help unlock 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said hundreds of housing developments were being held up because of a lack of local infrastructure. ...
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