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The basis on which stamp duty is charged is being changed in a move that will benefit most purchasers of property. The old system applied a single rate of stamp duty based on the value of the purchase. This 'single slab' system led to some creative...
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In Windle and Another v Secretary of State for Justice , foreign language interpreters who claim that they suffered race discrimination whilst working for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have had their compensation hopes boosted by the...
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The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published its 2015 report in which it makes recommendations to the Government on National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. The recommendation as regards the hourly rate for adults, which applies to workers aged 21 and over, is...
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A little-reported case shows the danger of taking matters into your own hands when you buy goods of inferior quality. It dealt with the sale of a pony. The buyer of the pony considered it to be unsafe for use by children and that it had been...
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A recent decision is good news for the proprietors of brands that suffer from the trepidations of counterfeit copies of their goods being sold over the Internet. The High Court ruled that the owner of a variety of luxury brands that suffered this problem...
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Two couples who entered into a protracted legal argument over the ownership of a ditch have been left facing legal costs of £500,000 after the dispute ended up in the Court of Appeal . The dispute arose when one of the couples asserted the right to...
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Benefits in Kind (BIKs) have always been an administrative nightmare for employers, with the amount of paperwork generated sometimes out of all proportion to the value of the benefit to the employee. Employers will therefore welcome the consultation on...
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The right to light has always been a complex and confusing area of law in the UK. In order to bring more certainty to the subject, the Law Commission undertook a consultation process in 2012/2013. As a result, the Commission has published a draft Right to...
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Parents-to-be whose babies are due on or after 5 April 2015 are reminded that they can start sharing up to 50 weeks of parental leave, provided they are eligible to do so. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has developed an online...
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The children of a farmer who suffered from depression and committed suicide in 2013 had expected to inherit his estate. After his death, however, they discovered that he had made a new will in 2011, leaving his entire estate to a woman he had become close to...