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Doctor hired through her company still classed as a 'worker'

A doctor who provided services through her own company has been classed as a “worker” for employment law purposes, giving her various rights and protections. Reshma Narayan was registered with Community Based Care Health Ltd as a "duty...

Manager unfairly dismissed after 'seriously flawed' investigation

A council manager who was unfairly dismissed has been awarded £100,618 compensation and reinstated in his job. Mr J Thornhill had worked at Camden Borough Council for 37 years. In 2017, the council was ordered to pay compensation over the mishandling...

Help to Buy scheme is not delivering expected value, say MPs

The value of the government’s Help to Buy scheme has been called into question by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee. They say much of the money invested could have been better spent elsewhere. The Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme was introduced in...

Printer wins claim after being misled when purchasing a business

A print firm has won its claim that it was deceived into buying a business because the seller had fraudulently misrepresented key issues and withheld damaging information. Glossop Cartons and Print Ltd had bought Contact (Print and Packaging) Ltd after...

Vegetarianism 'not a protected belief' under the Equality Act

Vegetarianism is a “lifestyle choice” and not a philosophical belief capable of protection under equality legislation, the Employment Tribunal has ruled. The landmark judgment came in a case involving a waiter at the Fritton Arms hotel on Lord...

Dismissed worker awarded £7,800 despite false accident statement

A warehouse worker who gave false evidence about a workplace accident has been awarded £7,800 for unfair dismissal. George Hope worked as a warehouse operative for United Biscuits in Scotland. He suffered a double fracture of his ankle in an incident...

Nearly half of letting agents surveyed 'are breaking the law'

Figures released by London Trading Standards (LTS) show that 46% of letting agents in the capital are breaking the law by failing to comply with new regulations. They were fined a total of £1.2m for not displaying their fees or for not being members...

FTT rules there was no need for consultation in an emergency

An application was made by Little Kelham CIC to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) under Section 20ZA of Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (the Act) for dispensation from the consultation requirements of section 20 of the Act and the Service Charges (Consultation...

No fettering: period for appeals can be extended

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has ruled that the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) has an unfettered discretion to extend the 28-day period for appeals from financial penalties that can be imposed under the Housing Act 2004, section 249A. In the case of...

New guidance on the Party Wall Act from RICS

New guidance from RICS on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and the circumstances under which the Act applies is now available to RICs members. The guidance assumes that those accepting such appointments possess the necessary knowledge and professional...
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