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Agency worker not entitled to same hours as permanent employee

An agency worker has lost his claim that he should be entitled to the same number of working hours as a permanent member of staff. Dominik Kocur was employed by recruitment company Angard Staffing Solutions, who provided staff for Royal Mail. Kocur...

More additions to 'Good Work Plan' to protect low-paid workers

The government has introduced a new set of additions to its ‘Good Work Plan’ which aims to increase the rights of workers. Some of the key elements of the scheme include: workers to be given enhanced rights to tackle unscrupulous employers who...

Government aims to improve parental leave entitlements

The government has launched a consultation on how to ensure greater equality in parental leave entitlements. The consultation will ask whether statutory paternity leave for fathers and same sex partners should be changed, and for suggestions on ways in...

Standard Life Assurance fined £30m for phone sales failings

Standard Life Assurance Limited has been fined £30million for failing to give its customers all the required information when selling annuities. An annuity is a type of retirement income product that can be purchased with some or all of an...

Landowners win appeal to boost blight compensation

A group of landowners have won a planning appeal that could boost their potential compensation if their property becomes subject to compulsory purchase. Their land is situated in an area that Highways England is considering for development of a new route. ...

Landlord wins dispute with tenant over service charge for insurance

A landlord has won a dispute with a tenant over service charges for insurance dating back nearly 15 years. The case involved a tenant who held the lease of a flat in a building comprising of three flats and a commercial unit. Under the lease, the tenant...

Landlord was entitled to give tenant only two months' notice

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a landlord was within his rights to end a tenancy agreement without giving his tenant the six-month notice period required under the Housing Act 1988. The tenant, Sarah Bamber, had agreed a seven-year tenancy on the...

High Court: liability for business rates not passed to sham company

The controversy in the case of Broxfield Ltd v Sheffield City Council revolved around demands for business rates sent by the local authority to the appellant on 25 January 2016 in respect of a property known as Courtwood House in Sheffield. There were three...

Meter cupboards are within the demised premises

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) (UT) has been asked to consider appeals about the extent of maintenance for which a landlord is responsible in relation to demised premises. The cases, Buttermere Court Freehold Ltd v David Goldstrom and Andrew Parissis,...

Service charges decision overturned in Westlake Estates Ltd v Yinusa

The appellant, Westlake Estates Ltd, was the freeholder of Snowshill Place, a purpose-built block of 17 flats. It acquired the freehold in 2008 from Linkhaven Estates Ltd. The respondent, Mr Yinusa, was the tenant of flat 6. He held it under a 125-year...
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