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  • Cross border mediation

    Do you have a cross border dispute? If so, then the EU's Mediation Directive, which was recently implemented in the UK may be able to assist with disputes that arose on or after 20 May. The directive, which has been partially implemented in the U... 

  • When is a nuisance a nuisance?

    A recent ruling from the Technology and Construction court has given more guidance on the unpleasant situation of an industrial neighbour that is perceived to be causing an odour nuisance. In the case - Barr & others v Biffa Waste Services Li... 

  • HMRCs systems don't help small businesses

    According to the Forum of Private Businesses, HMRCs online tax systems just can't cut the mustard and they certainly aren't helping small businesses. The FPB describes the systems as 'including complex and unwieldy online procedures' and are very... 

  • Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder

    Staff absence costs employers a fortune every year. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with an average salary of £25000, this amounts to some £32 billion a year. The CIPD also reckon that less than 50 per c... 

  • Be careful with ex-gratia payments

    How often have employers found it expedient to dismiss an employee and then give them an ex-gratia payment to keep them happy (and quiet)? Well those that follow this practice should be aware of a recent case - Publicis Consultants UK Ltd v O'Farrell... 

  • Corporate hi-jacking

    According to credit reference agency, Graydon UK, there's been a huge rise in fraud attempts perpetrated against businesses. The statistics indicate a rise of 130 per cent over the first five months of 2011 to 214 instances, the hijacking of companie... 

  • Women aren't hot (potatoes)

    It appears that the Government, Europe and society wants more women to be employed at board level. Starting with the (old) news that last February, Lord Davies published a report for the Government recommending that UK FTSE 100 companies should h... 

  • Government money laundering consultation kicks off

    The Government is consulting on proposals to revise the Money Laundering Regulations following a review. 

  • Wiggle-room for retirement

    Whilst it should be common knowledge that the default retirement age is being abolished from this October, it appears that the European Court of Justice has given employers a little latitude so that some employees can be compulsorily retired. The... 

  • Are you reading this on your phone? In a meeting? You're in good company

    Here's something that shouldn't really be all that surprising: technology is making people ruder in social situations. Many of them just can't tear themselves away from their phones. Anyone with a teenage son or daughter could testify to the fact tha...