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Sacked Maritime Armed Guard Has Compensation Hopes Boosted

Where there is a complaint of misconduct, an employer will not normally be judged to have acted reasonably unless a full and fair investigation into the circumstances is carried out, giving the employee the chance to speak in his or her defence. Where an...

Investment Opportunity? Take Advice First

Promises of generous returns on backing novel products can be awfully tempting for investors, but such investments should only be undertaken with the benefit of professional advice. In one case that underlined the point, the creator of a weight-loss drink...

Changes in Trustees - Who Appoints New Trustees?

Trusts are relatively common and the death of a trustee is by no means rare. A trust deed normally contains a clause stipulating how new trustees are to be appointed in the event of the death, incapacity or inability to serve of a trustee, and normally it is...

Government Cracks Down on Salary Sacrifice Tax Perks

As had been widely anticipated, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that the Government is making changes to salary sacrifice arrangements so that many schemes that currently attract tax and National Insurance Contributions...

Expert Resolution of Boundary Dispute 'Final and Binding'

Neighbours engaged in boundary disputes would generally be wise to submit their differences to an independent expert for resolution, rather than fighting it out in court. However, as one High Court case underlined , it is important to remember that the...

New Minimum Wage Rates

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Autumn Statement that the following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will come into effect on 1 April 2017: The NLW for those aged 25 and over will increase...

IVAs and Mental Capacity - Test Case Ruling

Can individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs) be valid if debtors who enter into them lack the mental capacity to make rational decisions? In an important test case that has clarified the law, the High Court answered that question in the affirmative . The...

Can Developments That Conflict With Local Plans Ever Be 'Sustainable'?

In a guideline decision on the correct interpretation of the sustainability provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the High Court has scotched plans for 150 new homes on the edge of a market town. Planning permission for the...

Disability Discrimination - A Question of Cause and Effect

Findings of disability discrimination require proof not only of unfavourable treatment but also of a causal connection between that treatment and a person's disability. That point was thrown into relief in the case of a PE teacher who was dismissed after...

Bank Fails to Avoid Guarantee Liability

The sums of money involved in international trade are so vast that without bank guarantees to underpin contracts, the wheels of commerce would cease to turn. However, as one High Court case vividly revealed , banks normally insist that all the formalities...
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