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The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is seeking views on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates that should apply from April 2017. Whereas the NMW rates have traditionally been set on the basis of 'helping as many low-paid workers as...
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The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 , which received Royal Assent on 28 January 2016, came into force on 26 May 2016. The Act makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, import or export any psychoactive substance if it is likely to be...
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Deciding on a business name and URL for a website can be one of the most important steps a business takes – but it is essential to take professional advice to ensure that you do not step on others' toes in doing so. In one case, a car manufacturer came...
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Selling the shares in a business you own and run attracts very favourable tax treatment in the UK and one of the most beneficial reliefs is Entrepreneurs' Relief (ER), which for most small businesses limits the Capital Gains Tax payable by the...
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A recent Court of Appeal case shows how important it is to carry out procedures properly in order for a person who clearly has impaired mental capacity to create a will that can withstand legal challenge. It involved a will created in 2005 by an...
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In a case which underlines the high standards expected of employers when investigating alleged misconduct, a mental health nurse who was accused of assaulting a patient and sacked from his post has succeeded in his claim of unfair dismissal ( Pennine Care...
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In an important decision for property professionals , the High Court has ruled that, when considering the nature of a single unit of accommodation, a simple application of the 'bricks and mortar' test is too narrow and that the use to which rooms are...
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The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced as a means of raising cash from developers to fund public projects. However, it is not always welcome to those who have to pay it and, in one High Court case, a shopping centre owner succeeded in...
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Officialdom is a necessary, if occasionally irritating, fact of life, but one case has shown that an overzealous application of the rules can be beaten with tenacity and good legal advice. It involved an award-winning flower dealer, which had almost 1,500...
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The voices of children will always be heard by family judges in care proceedings, but they are not always decisive and can be outweighed by other factors. In one case, a boy's vociferous wish to live in England with his mother was overruled by a judge who...