Legal Updates

Agricultural Brief - Security of tenure


Security of tenure under the Rent (Agriculture) Act 1976

Agricultural Brief - March of the drones


Until very recently the use of drones, or unmanned aircraft (UA), was limited to the military or for specialist commercial use.

Agricultural Brief - New higher rates of SDLT for residential property


From 1 April 2016 the acquisition of residential property in the UK may attract an additional 3% rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

Agricultural Brief - Farming: A way of life...


While it is important for all of us to have a plan in place for ill health and death, particular issues arise for those with a family business

Agricultural Brief - The gift of giving: gifts of land


Our legal system (the best in the world) lays down some strict rules about transferring ownership of land.

Motoring offences: don't be tempted to 'pass the buck'


The recent case of Ahmed has demonstrated that drivers need to be very careful when giving information to the police about alleged driving offences; as providing false information can lead to proceedings for perverting the course of justice.

Employment Law Update - Quick Fire! - April 2016


National minimum wage, Trade Union Bill and pregnancy and maternity discrimination are covered in this month's quick fire

Immigration Update - April 2016


In this month's update: right to work checks and unfair dismissal, salary threshold for Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to Remain and more

Employment Law Update: Immigration status and dismissal


The EAT has agreed with a tribunal’s ruling that an employer with a belief that an employee was no longer permitted to work in the UK was fairly dismissed.

Employment Law Update - Exaggerating injury was misconduct


The Employment Appeal Tribunal has concluded that the dismissal of an employee who exaggerated the extent of an injury was fair by reason of conduct

Employment Law Update - Enforceability of restrictive covenants


The High Court has held that contractual post-termination restrictive covenants imposed on an agronomist were unenforceable.

Employment Law Update - Contacting an employee while on sick leave


The Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed a tribunal’s decision that an employee contacted by her employer whilst absent was constructively dismissed

Probate fees or inheritance tax in disguise?


Death is an expensive business. What with coffins, cremation fees and wake expenses the cost of the average funeral is £5,500. But this is just the start.

IP East - In brief


In this edition we cover EU-US data transfers, repeal of section 52 CDPA, useful resources and an introduction to our data protection training.

IP East - Children and the digital age


A minor as the end user of a service is never easy to address. In contractual terms the age of capacity (for England and Wales) is 18 years old

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