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Tenancy or Licence? Security Company Wins Possession OrderJanuary 23, 2019

The distinction between tenancies and licences to occupy premises is crucial but not always easy to draw. A High Court case where this proved central...

Employee Copyright Agreement Achieved Legitimate AimJanuary 18, 2019

Many employers require their staff to sign copyright agreements by which they give up their intellectual property rights to designs or other works created in...

All Change for VAT on VouchersJanuary 15, 2019

If your business issues vouchers, you should be aware that the VAT regime will change significantly on 1 January 2019. From that time, the VAT treatment...

Late Appeal is Void Appeal for Property OwnerJanuary 10, 2019

When the owner of a property that had been designated as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) by his local council in 2001 chose to...

Job Interviews and the Risks of Asking Off the Cuff Discriminatory QuestionsDecember 28, 2018

Questions asked of job applicants at interview should be carefully considered in advance and formulated with the benefit of legal advice. In one case where...

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Consumer Rights Update

Businesses that deal with members of the public are reminded that the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which received the Royal Assent on 26 March, becomes...

Contractors Are Your Responsibility

A handbook produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines the responsibilities of both the contractor and the client in situations in which work is...

Dealing with Employee Absence

Employee absences can be both costly and disruptive. It is advisable to have systems in place to measure and analyse these costs so that you can...

Disputes in the EU – Rules on Applicable Law

Where a dispute has a foreign element, one of the common problems is deciding under what jurisdiction legal action should be taken. This is avoided...

Drug Policy – Recognising the Signs and What to Do

Substance abuse amongst staff can affect all areas of employment, whether it be a decrease in productivity, increased absenteeism or the increased likelihood of accidents...

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