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  • 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... 

  • Wholly and Exclusively

    The subject of business expenses and what can be claimed is an old chestnut that many businesses still make mistakes over. A recent case, Azam v HMRC, looks again at expenses incurred 'wholly and exclusively' for the purposes of the business. In... 

  • ACAS offers a guiding light

    ACAS,the Government's arbitration service,and the TUC have produced a new guide entitled " Mediation: A guide for trade union representatives" that aims to raise awareness amongst trade union representatives of the benefits of mediation. ...