You Need a Lawyer to Help Make Those Knife-Edge Decisions

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Litigation is often an exercise in brinkmanship and the need to make knife-edge decisions under pressure is one very good reason why advice from experienced professionals frequently makes the difference between victory and defeat. One case exactly on point concerned a seven-figure professional negligence claim by a bank against a firm of chartered surveyors. The […]

16/10/2017 by MrFinch

The dangers of using Whatsapp for work purposes

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WhatsApp, the instant messaging app used by circa 1.9 billion people (according to Statista, July 2017), is in my opinion, the next best chat invention since MSN. With 58% of global users logging on more than once a day, the uses of the chat app are beginning to be recognised in the workplace. With WhatsApp […]

13/10/2017 by MrFinch

Local Planning Authority Fined £150,000 for Data Protection Breaches

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Uploading information to the Internet takes seconds and mistakes are easily made, but the consequences of publishing private data online can be severe. In one case, a local planning authority was fined £150,000 after it posted personal information about a family of travelers on its website. A statement had been submitted to the authority that […]

13/10/2017 by MrFinch

The Wording of Contracts is All Important – but Context Matters Too

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The wording of contracts is the first port of call for judges who are asked to interpret them – but context matters too. The Court of Appeal made that point in resolving a long-running dispute that arose from the closure of a packaging factory and the loss of over 100 jobs. The factory’s demise was […]

12/10/2017 by MrFinch

Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm

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A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled. Judge Wyeth said Ersan & Co Solicitors, based in North London, could not unilaterally vary a contract with Cemal Yucetas that entitled him to up to 10% of profit […]

09/10/2017 by MrFinch

Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

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An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a private event on the basis of her gender. Stephen Simpson rounds up recent first-instance tribunal judgments. Withdrawal of offer to female chef of paid extra work at all-male event In Ndebele v A Bubble Company […]

09/10/2017 by MrFinch

Lawyers? Small businesses still prefer advice from accountants

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Lawyers are still failing to persuade the small business community they are anything but a risk, the Conservative Party conference has heard. Martin McTague, policy director for the Federation of Small Businesses, said most of his members would prefer to fall back on self-help, advice from friends or even an accountant for legal support, rather […]

04/10/2017 by MrFinch

Price transparency proposals ‘encouraging’ says super regulator

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Regulators’ action plans for legal practitioners to publish prices up-front provide a ‘sufficient starting point’ to meeting demands for pricing transparency in legal services, the super regulator said today. The Legal Service Board said its assessment of plans published in response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) legal service market study suggests that regulators […]

03/10/2017 by MrFinch

Hugh Hefner’s little-known lesson for HR

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Hugh Hefner, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, lived a life that made media headlines – in two ways. He was the proprietor of Playboy Magazine and his lifestyle attracted the gaze of red-carpet reporters as well hacks who thought something else was up. However, during his early years, Hugh Hefner had […]

02/10/2017 by MrFinch

Addison Lee wrongly classed drivers as self-employed, tribunal rules

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Verdict in test case brought by three drivers against minicab firm could lead to wave of claims for unpaid wages and holiday pay Drivers for London-based minicab company Addison Lee could be owed wages and holiday pay after an employment tribunal test case found that some had been wrongly classed as self-employed. The tribunal in […]

02/10/2017 by MrFinch