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Employee who threatened staff wins unfair dismissal appeal

When dealing with disciplinary issues at work it’s essential that employers are consistent in the way they treat different cases. A lack of consistency can undermine a decision, as illustrated in a recent case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. ...

Surge in couples citing unreasonable behaviour for quick divorce

There has been a huge rise in the number of couples citing “unreasonable behaviour” as grounds for obtaining a quick divorce. Researchers at Oxford University found that the number of divorces granted to wives because of unreasonable behaviour...

Company must compensate employees for breach of contract

Three employees have won claims of unfair dismissal and breach of contract after their employer tried to alter the terms of their pay structure. The employees worked in insurance and underwriting. They had been headhunted by Neon Management Services Ltd in...

Contractor can't escape paying damages for building delays

A contractor was liable for delays on a building project even if it was not responsible for all the factors associated with those delays. That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal in a case involving North Midland Building Ltd and Cyden Homes Ltd. The two...

First-time home buyers save £284m because of stamp duty cut

More than 120,000 first-time home buyers have saved a total of £284m because of the cuts to stamp duty introduced last November, according to government figures. The first £300,000 of the price of a property is now exempt from tax for people...

Bus driver who became stranded in flood wins dismissal claim

A bus driver who was fired after driving his vehicle into a flooded area has won his claim of unfair dismissal. Piotr Borowicki had worked for Bluebird Bus Ltd for eight years when the incident happened. He believed that he would be able to get through the...

Court corrects error in family trust to restore tax benefit

The High Court has corrected an error in a trust to make it effective and ensure that it provides the intended tax benefits. The case involved the family of a woman who during her lifetime made three settlements of shares. The beneficiaries were her three...

Tenants given government guidance on their rights when renting

Tenants and leaseholders can now access official guidance on their rights when renting their home. The online rental guides, published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, are part of a continuing crackdown on poor practice by a...

Developer fails in negligence claim against engineers

When relying on reports drawn up by professionals, it’s important to ensure that they are liable if their advice turns out to be wrong or incomplete. Failure to do so could prove costly, as illustrated in a recent case involving BDW Trading Ltd and...

Government introduces new powers to ban reckless directors

Directors could soon be banned from running a business and face large fines if they dissolve their companies to avoid paying employees or making required pension contributions. The crackdown is part of government plans to safeguard workers, pensions and...
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