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Copying the design of another company's product can prove expensive, as a manufacturer of ice cream vans found out to its cost recently. Although it may be considered that ice cream vans are all similar to one another, a company which has been making them...
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The settlement of the financial arrangements is often seen as the final step in the break-up of a marriage. Regrettably, in too many cases, the arrangements, which are set out in a 'family financial order' (FFO), are not adhered to and the proceedings...
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A service provision change under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) takes place when, immediately before the change, there is an 'organised grouping of employees' that has as its principal purpose the carrying...
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The first commencement order made under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 , which received the Royal Assent on 26 March 2015, has banned exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts with effect from 26 May 2015. Specifically, Section...
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It is not always appreciated, but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will not hesitate to bring criminal proceedings when tax evasion is significant, as the jailing of a woman who under-declared the Inheritance Tax (IHT) due on her mother's estate demonstrates. ...
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According to a recent survey by the Co-Op, more than 94 per cent of all adults in the UK have an online account, yet only a quarter have put in place any mechanism for them to be dealt with after they die. With the average online asset value exceeding...
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A property developer who lost a fortune when his bank pulled the plug and refused to finance his plans to build a luxury home within sight of the Gleneagles golf course will get his money back following a Supreme Court ruling . The developer bought a...
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The Charity Commission has stressed that it is important for trustees of a charity to review regularly their charity's effectiveness, and it is especially important to review how it operates in changing or uncertain economic climates. No charity is immune to...
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The recent confirmation by the Court of Appeal that maintenance payable to a woman by her ex-husband should be substantially reduced as he approached retirement is a reminder that the courts can exercise discretion when determining such matters. The former...
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Disputes over what insurance policies do or do not cover are legion, and a recent survey carried out by the British Insurance Brokers' Association is a timely reminder of the risks of not knowing the scope and limitations of the insurance policies you buy. ...