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Under the Housing Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011 ), any deposit paid under an assured shorthold tenancy must be paid by the landlord into a government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme and significant penalties may await landlords...
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A woman who persuaded the court that a legal charge should not be taken over her mother's Worcestershire home by the local council in order to pay her care home fees has lost in the Court of Appeal . The woman's elderly mother became a permanent resident...
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There is a general rule that the loser pays the costs of a legal dispute. When an offer to settle a claim is made by a defendant, the legal costs of the person making the claim will be paid by the defendant if the case goes to court and the claimant is...
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Under Section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 , employers have a duty to consult with appropriate representatives of employees concerning forthcoming redundancies if 20 or more employees are to be dismissed at one...
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It is generally assumed that any property that you live in as your primary residence will not be subject to a tax on any profit on sale, assuming you own no other properties that have been designated as your primary residence. However, there are...
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The procedures for obtaining planning permission are a frequent source of delay and dispute, especially where inspectors reject planning applications for reasons that do not seem clear or consistent. Planning inspectors are obliged to explain adequately...
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VAT law is clear that when a supply is made as a single supply, the VAT rate which applies is that of the principal supply. However, sales frequently include items that carry different rates of VAT. If it favours them (i.e. leads to VAT becoming payable),...
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A woman who sued her ex-partner for a half share of his £500,000 home – on the basis that she and members of her family had put two years of toil into renovating the property before the relationship ended – has had her claim rejected by a...
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Making private financial arrangements with friends and family can seem like a good idea at the time the transactions are undertaken, but they have a discouraging tendency to end in dispute unless professional advice is taken to ensure that the arrangements...
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It is exceedingly difficult to patent computer programs, although the code of a program is subject to copyright. The reason for this is that Section 1 of the Patents Act 1977 does not allow patent protection for computer programs. In order for a...