Legal Updates

Employment Law - Challenge to the introduction of tribunal fees fails again

28/01/2015

The High Court has dismissed Unison’s most recent challenge to the Government’s decision to introduce fees for a claim to be issued and heard in the employment tribunal.

Employment Law - No duty to make reasonable adjustments for employee still unfit to return

28/01/2015

In a recent decision the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that an employer was not under a duty to make reasonable adjustments in respect of a disabled employee who was not well enough to return to work.

Employment Law - Dismissal for offensive tweets

28/01/2015

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently held that dismissal for offensive, non-work-related tweets was potentially fair, taking into account the public nature of Twitter.

Employment Law - ECJ rules on obesity

28/01/2015

In a high-profile judgment the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that an obese worker is potentially disabled and therefore protected by discrimination legislation.

Changes to the capital gains tax regime for non UK residents

27/01/2015

The Government’s proposal to extend capital gains tax (CGT) on 6 April 2015 in relation to UK residential property could have an impact on both UK residents and non-UK residents alike.

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA): Guidance for all UK trustees

27/01/2015

You may have read in the press about legislation introduced at the behest of the US tax authority, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has the stated aim of reducing tax evasion by its citizens.

The new intestacy rules

27/01/2015

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014, amending and modernising the rules relating to the distribution of an estate where the deceased did not leave a will.

Charity donation fraud: How to protect yourself and others

27/01/2015

Technology has increased the ways you can donate and sadly with it charity donation fraud has risen.

Lasting powers of attorney for business owners

27/01/2015

While we should all have powers of attorney in place to deal with a situation where we need someone to make decisions on our behalf, particular issues arise for those with businesses.

New Scandinavian drama The Legacy: Challenging wills made in anger

23/01/2015

The Legacy - the latest Scandinavian drama to hit screens, is snapping hot at the heels of its predecessors Borgen and The Bridge for gripping watch-ability

SS v NS - a new approach to maintenance?

23/01/2015

When advising clients on possible financial outcomes we always inform them that the two components involved relate to income and capital.

Options for renewables

14/01/2015

This article highlights some of the main issues for consideration and negotiation for landowners contemplating renewable energy schemes with special reference to field scale solar pv schemes.

Fitness for work – tax break

09/01/2015

Fit for work tax breaks were introduced on 1 January 2015 and the Government’s ‘fit for work service’

Health and safety on site

07/01/2015

HSE’s construction inspectors recently carried out unannounced site visits in an initiative aimed at targeting poor standards and unsafe practices.

Workplace transport - the winding road to getting it right

07/01/2015

According to HSE statistics, each year there are over 5,000 accidents involving transport in the workplace and approximately 50 of these result in a death.

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