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Don't risk a family split as you hand over your business

If you’ve worked hard to build up a successful business it’s only natural that you wish to hand it on to your sons or daughters. However, there are several risks involved. In some ways, succession plans involving family members are more likely...

Engineer wins appeal against employer monitoring his emails

An engineer who was dismissed after his employer monitored his emails has won his appeal that his right to privacy had been breached. The case involved a Romanian company that set up an IT system and Yahoo messenger account to enable employees to send...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

Franchisee wins dispute over setting up rival business

An international company has failed to get a court order to prevent one of its franchisees setting up a rival business. The case involved an Australian gym and fitness firm that opened centres in the UK on a franchise basis. It entered into an agreement...
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