Commercial Client Articles

Developer not allowed to convert family home into HMO

A developer has been refused permission to convert a family home into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The property was in a street which contained mainly single-family homes. The developer wanted to the convert it into six self-contained apartments. ...

Director removed after moving money during investigation

A court has ordered that a director should be removed from his position after several sums of investors’ money were dispersed into various companies. The director ran a business that sought investment for developments of hotels and care homes. ...

Warning to employers as number of disabled people in work rises

The government has warned employers that disabled people should not be considered a burden or prevented from enjoying fulfilling careers. The latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show that a record number of people have been supported by...

Insurers can access phone recordings in customer poaching case

An insurance company has been granted a disclosure order allowing it to access recordings of phone calls made to two other firms in an alleged customer poaching case. The case involved D&G, which provides protection for customers after a product...

Recruitment firm prevents former employee joining rivals

A recruitment company has successfully appealed against a decision to allow one of its former employees to join a competitor as a shareholder. Egon Zehnder moved to prevent its former employee Ms Tillman from joining a rival firm. In her contract there had...

Manager unfairly dismissed after locking customer in bank

A diabetic bank manager was discriminated against after being dismissed following an incident that saw him lock a customer in the branch. Mr B Kuppala was employed by HBOS for 14 years and worked his way up to manager of its Oxford Street Halifax branch. ...

Tighter control over the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements

New legislation to prevent company bosses misusing Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) for former employees has been announced by the government. Ministers say that while NDAs can be used by businesses for several legitimate reasons, there are occasions...

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...

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...
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