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  • Email can be binding

    Can a contract be formed by email? Yes is the simple answer. In a 2010 case involving Prestige Homes v Neal, the Court of Appeal decided, amongst things, that an agreement made by email can become binding. Following a site visit to Mrs Neal,... 

  • Chips every night as Brits turn to PC dinners

    It looks as if research conducted by video on demand service SeeSaw may have helped coin a new term for the 21st century. We're all familiar with TV dinners but SeeSaw's research found that one in five of those surveyed regularly ate their evening me... 

  • Secondhand love

    Can a user of purchased software resell their licence (and hand over the software) to a third party? That's a question that a German court has asked the European Court of Justice to consider. The case involves Oracle who are upset that usedSoft a... 

  • Employees are protected

    The Transfer of Undertakings for the Protection of Employment - TUPE - protects employees and their employment when they transfer between businesses. When businesses are trading normally, employees are thought of as being protected. But what of emplo... 

  • Be anti-social and stay private

    Social media - Twitter, Facebook and the like - have a lot to answer for. Divorce, terrorist threats and dismissals are all well known consequences of poorly judged postings. Indeed, the biggest mistake that many users make is to assume that posts ar... 

  • Don't bank on the Ombudsman

    Banks are often a law unto themselves. However, customers - both personal and commercial - can seek redress via the Financial Ombudsman Service. Whilst the the FOS can help almost all personal customers of banks when it comes to maladminstration of t... 

  • Empty property - empty relief?

    Property owners liability for business rates on empty properties changed in 2008; previously limited to 50 per cent of the rates bill, the cap was increased to 100 per cent of the rates bill. A huge problem and expense for anyone with unlet property.... 

  • Oscar gives three 'Likes' to The Social Network but prefers the king

    Not such a good night for The Social Network at the Oscars after all. Despite all the buzz around Facebook and social media, a film about an extremely posh English bloke with a speech impediment set in England in the 1930s took the major honours inst... 

  • Postal service hit with new VAT regime

    Death and taxes. The two certainties in life according to US founding father Benjamin Franklin. Well not to disappoint, the Government has now added VAT to certain postal services as of 31 January. So whilst standard UK services are still VAT exempt,... 

  • Productivity's very human limitations

    Productivity is an unwieldy sounding word but it comes up a lot in IT speak, usually as a promise or an outcome. "Increased productivity" is the favourite - well, people are hardly likely to trumpet "decreased productivity" in the...