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Homes, Fitness for Human Habitation, Act 2018 commences on 20 March 2019

The new Act will become law from 20 March 2019 and amends section 8 and 10 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. The Act requires that all rented properties in England must be “fit for human habitation”.   When will the Act apply? To new...

Food supplier prevents former employee soliciting its customers

A food supplier has been granted an injunction to prevent a former employee from soliciting its customers for a rival business. The case involved Fresh Asia Foods Ltd, which specialised in supplying Chinese foods to shops and restaurants.The former employee...

SMEs won't be forced to disclose their gender pay gap

The government has confirmed that small and medium-sized enterprises will not be obliged to reveal their gender pay gap. Currently, business employing more than 250 people must publish the pay differential between men and women. It’s part of an...

Security guard was unfairly dismissed after submitting grievance letter

The dismissal of a security guard after he submitted a grievance letter on behalf of work colleagues has been ruled unfair by the Employment Tribunal. The case involved Mr M Brough, who worked for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at the Royal...

Workers should have received statement of rights after one month

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a hotel worker is entitled to compensation because her employer failed to give her a statement of rights after one month of employment. The case involved three Polish workers who were dismissed after they...

Employee dismissed over Facebook comments awarded £5,376

A company had not acted unfairly when it dismissed an employee for gross misconduct after he made offensive comments about the managing director on Facebook. However, the employee’s behaviour had not been so bad that it warranted dismissal without any...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - Recent guidance from the Office of the Public Guardian

The Court of Protection has made decisions on two recent bulk cases which have been brought forward by the Office of the Public Guardian. The office of the Public Guardian brought the cases to the Court of Protection as test cases so that useful guidance...

The pitfalls and risks when you are a personal representative

You may have been appointed as an Executor in someone’s Will or be acting as an Administrator (when there is no Will) and therefore need to deal with the administration of the deceased’s estate. A Personal Representative (PR) is the collective...

The Common Law Marriage Myth

When a person dies, the best method for them to be able to dictate who inherits their assets, is to leave a properly prepared Will. The Will, if drafted correctly, allows the testator to set out their wishes for who will administer the estate, and who will...

Development agreement was in fact a public works contract

The Court of Appeal has ruled that an agreement for the disposal of land was not a public works contract at the time the agreement was entered into but, because it contained contingent provisions which would require the developer to carry out development...
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