Since the Supreme Court’s quashing of the Employment Tribunal Fees Order in July 2017, there has been a steady rise in claims and corresponding waiting times. A recent report has found that the average waiting time between a claim being lodged and a hearing taking place is now nearly eight months. It is believed a…

It is not uncommon in business (e.g. a small limited company) to be compelled to accept often very biased or unfavourable terms in a contract offered by a much bigger company, particularly when the survival of the small company depends on it.  The Court of Appeal has recently considered when such a contract might be…

Following a £2million Metropolitan Police investigation Carl Beech from Gloucester was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. Operation Midland was a 2 year investigation into allegations made by Beech whereby he accused senior politicians, army and security chiefs including former prime minister…

Adidas has lost its EU trademark of “three parallel equidistant stripes of identical width, applied on the product in any direction”, which was registered in 2014 after the General Court of the EU ruled this mark was not “distinctive” enough. Adidas first registered a variation of its three stripe logo back in 1949. In 2014 Adidas registered a…

Mark Higgins comments upon the possible effect of the recommendation that NDAs should be banned or significantly curtailed. There has been much protestation in recent months over the use of “non-disclosure agreements” (usually referred to as ‘confidentiality clauses’) in employment settlement agreements. Employers’ use of such devices, so the argument goes, gags employees in return…

Recent Department of Transport figures indicate that 629 people were injured in accidents involving an animal in the road. The figure excludes horses. Four people were killed. Figures show that 100 people died between 2005 and 2017. The Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP who is currently Transport Secretary (having tried his hand at a few…

Affordable housing is always a hot topic and in recent times it has been at the centre of successive Governments’ pledges to tackle the housing crisis, by providing affordable homes for Tenants in the private sector. The introduction of the new Tenant Fees Act which came into force on the 1st June 2019 is expected…

Administration and the Payment of Rent The recent demise of Jamie’s Italian seems to make it an appropriate time to review the position of the Landlord on the primary issue for them – who is going to pay the rent? In brief, when a company goes into administration, rent will either be paid as an…

Should rape victims be asked to hand over their mobile devices to the police? There has been much publicity on this topic of late with many groups objecting to the proposals. Here we look at both sides and whether this is something new. In any criminal case there is a duty to investigate. That means…

The Clean Sweep On 23 May 2019 the Government introduced a bill in Parliament aimed at creating a new sentencing code in the criminal courts. The declared aim of the bill is to tidy up the country’s complex sentencing laws. The intention is that those convicted will be sentenced according to the law at the…

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