Legal Updates

Employment Law Update - Discriminatory pay for shared parental leave


An employment tribunal has recently ruled on the level of compensation awarded to a male employee...

Employment Law Update - Working time and holiday pay


The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in a case dealing with statutory holiday pay and whether this should be calculated to include commission

Motor Matters - The impact of the Brexit vote on motor dealers...


For many in the sector the big question was (and is) whether the Brexit vote causes a big downturn in new car sales – or otherwise badly affects the sector.

Motor Matters - Equal pay legislation in the motor retail sector


Reporting in respect of Equal Pay (Gender Pay Gap Reporting) will affect many businesses next year if you have more than 250 employees on the payroll...

Motor Matters - Pretty vacant


Last time in Motor Matters we discussed pitfalls relating to payments under leases. This time we look at another common pre-condition in termination clauses

Motor Matters - Risk management in the retail automotive sector


Lee Cohen, Managing Director of Hamilton Leigh Insurance Brokers explains why managing risk in the sector is now more important than ever.

Motor Matters - Selling a motor dealership


Marc Matthew, former owner and Chairman of the Lifestyle Motor Group, recounts his experience of selling the business.

Tesco set to face legal dispute over pay cuts


Following on the heels of the junior doctors’ dispute and ‘Marmitegate’, we now have news of a pay dispute between Tesco and some of its long-standing employees who are unhappy at proposals to reduce rates of pay for unsociable hours worked on weekends, nightshifts and bank holidays.

A Grove Warning – “a classic case of one party making a bad bargain”


The Court of Appeal (CA) has upheld the decision of the TCC in the case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited v. Grove Developments Limited [2016] EWCA Civ 990.

A speedy start for the Neighbourhood Planning Bill


The Neighbourhood Planning Bill had its second reading yesterday, with the Government giving little away on substance.

Birketts attends bfa Forums


Members of the Birketts Franchising Team have recently attended a number of bfa forums to discuss hot topics, the new European Code of Ethics for Franchising and mandatory arbitration clauses in franchise agreements.

Private Lives - An advance decision or a health and welfare LPA


Following the introduction of health and welfare lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005), individuals have a choice

Private Lives - Giving to trusts and the loss to donor principle


The value of a gift for Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes is calculated by comparing the value of the taxpayer’s assets before and after the gift is made.

Private Lives - Death in the digital age


From social media to bank statements, almost everything today is conducted or at least available in digital form.

Private Lives - Rural accidents and the Air Ambulance Service


Jess Down of the East Anglian Air Ambulance explains how the EAAA raise funds and how you can learn more about the positive impact a gift in a Will can make

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