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  • Friday 16th August 2019

    Government consultation for new build home owners

    Government consultation for new build home owners The Government is currently holding a consultation to seek the views of the buyers of new build residential properties who have had problems with their home on the role and powers of the New Homes Ombudsman. The Government want the Ombudsman ...

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    Voluntary Overtime ruling

    A recent ruling on the voluntary overtime pay for ambulance workers could have wider implications in the future for other employees in both the public and private sector. The Court of Appeal recently ruled in favour of ambulance crews whose contracts included both mandatory and non-guaranteed ...

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    Orchestral related hearing loss

    In April the Court of Appeal found in favour of a viola player claiming compensation for hearing loss against the Royal Opera House. The claim was unusual, in that it involved a sudden onset injury known as “acoustic shock”, rather than gradual hearing damage over a period of ...

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    Employers must accurately record staff breaks

    The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that employers must accurately measure the length of time that their staff work. This means employers need to make sure they have in place a sufficiently adequate system which records the exact number of hours so that if needed, they can provide ...

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    Deductions from wages

    In the news recently there have been reports that some well-known restaurant chains such as Wahaca here in the UK have been taking money from their servers’ wages or tips to cover the cost of customer walkouts. There were numerous examples given in news reports however when ...

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    Rights for Minority Shareholders

    As a minority shareholder in a business how do you protect your rights especially if there is a disagreement with other shareholders? It is important to have a shareholder agreement in place and this should specifically cover how minority shareholders will be protected if a range of issues ...

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019

    Employment quick reference section

    Statutory minimum notice periods: An employer must give at least: One week’s notice to an employee who has been employed for one month or more, but less than two years. One week’s notice for each complete year of service for those employed for more than two ...

  • Monday 1st July 2019

    Inheritance rule change on UK Vineyard land

    Earlier this year HMRC clarified its guidance on Agricultural Property Relief (APR) which confirms land on which grapes or apples are grown will now be free of Inheritance Tax either during their lifetime or as part of a Will. This clarification extends the definition of what constitutes food to ...

  • Monday 1st July 2019

    Vineyard Licensing

    Wine growing is booming here in the UK with a 25% year on year increase in the amount of land which is now planted with vines and it is also becoming a popular area for farmers and landowners to diversify into. If you are planning on going a step further and opening a vineyard to sell wine directly ...

  • Monday 1st July 2019

    Farming Succession – the importance of getting it right

    Whatever type of farm business you run, having clear plans about the future of that business and succession planning in place is vital to avoid disagreements and disputes, especially within a family. However sometimes disputes begin whilst all parties are still alive. In a recent ruling the High ...

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