British Gas Trading v Lock, EAT Last week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down its judgment in the employer’s appeal against the Employment Tribunal judgment in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd. Disappointingly, the appeal decision is noteworthy more for its review of the rules relating to binding judicial precedence (i.e….

Are Insurers Exercising Too Much Power? There is a growing unease in some quarters about the influence which large multinational Insurance companies appear to have on the present UK Government. Many greet the spin that Insurers will pass on savings made by inadequately compensating whiplash victims with a cynical nod of the head. The public…

Will the upcoming changes to employment law cause wider issues for employers? Earlier this month, Ralli LLP Employment Law Solicitors Manchester reported the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling that would see travel to and from work counted as working hours for employees. The controversial ruling for employers will have greater ramifications in sectors where…

Human Rights Act and the Criminal Courts Charge up for review It was confirmed this week by Justice minister Dominic Raab, that proposals for the new British Bill of Rights would be brought forward this autumn, an act that will see the Human Rights Act abolished. Raab himself said it would take the time to…

New UK offshore tax laws must prove criminal intent according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) The institute has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will be pressing ahead with the introduction of a new ‘strict liability’ offence for offshore tax evasion and the stated intention of the new laws to target tax evaders…

Cameron advises the UK is no place for “dirty money” David Cameron – currently on a four – day tour of South East Asia has vowed to expose the use of “anonymous shell companies” to buy luxury UK properties. Shell companies are non-trading companies that serve a particular purpose for their owners. As part of…

Barristers quit new law cases in Northern Ireland Following last weeks news regarding the largest law firm in Northern Ireland Kevin Winters and Company’s decision to quit all major cases.  Barristers in Northern Ireland have now made the decision to withdraw from all new criminal law cases. Advising that it was making the move “with…

“Jennifer Smith (Solicitor)”It was reported last week that Marlon King is to be jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of sexual assault and actual bodily harm over an incident in a London nightclub. The Professional Footballers Association deputy chief executive commented that Marlon King had brought the situation on himself: “I don’t think…

Ian Hazeldine – Finance Director I remember hearing a statistic that said the probability that a business would experience a disaster in any given year was 4%. That’s once every 25 years. If that happens a business with a simple, as opposed to a detailed, business continuity plan stands a 75% chance of recovering. A…

The FA (Football Association) has warned players that comments made on any social media site may be considered public comment. They also warned that they could also be sued by third parties over contentious internet postings. The FA stated: “Comments made on [social network sites] may be considered public comment, any comments which are deemed…

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