A father has won his appeal against a court decision that he should no longer have supervised contact with his two children.
A Government proposal could cut costs for many people planning to build a new home.
The Government has made significant concessions on its ‘shares for employment rights’ scheme in order to get it through the House of Lords.
The new National Minimum Wage rates include an increase for apprentices.
There has been a surge in the number of unfair dismissal claims as people try to avoid tribunal fees which come into effect in the summer.
The Government is introducing a new Code of Practice to ensure that pub tenants are treated fairly and are allowed to run their businesses as they wish.
A firm of surveyors has been ordered to pay compensation to a finance company for negligently providing a property valuation that was far too high.
A council has been ordered to compensate the owners of an amusement arcade which lost business when a seaside pier was closed for safety reasons.
The Government has unveiled plans to introduce a 90-day patent service to help creative and innovative businesses
Letting agents are to be regulated to protect both tenants and landlords against unfair practices.
There’s been a large increase in the number of couples drawing up living together agreements – sometimes known as cohabitation agreements or ‘no-nups’.
A woman who was sexually harassed by a male colleague at work has been awarded £12,293 pounds compensation by an industrial tribunal.
The number of family disputes over wills has increased dramatically, according to research carried out by the Independent newspaper
Prime Minister David Cameron has become a ‘Dementia Friend’ as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the illness and the traumas it can cause.
A father has been granted parental responsibility for his son despite being denied direct contact with the boy. The Court of Appeal held that the two issues should be dealt with separately.
Courts usually try to share marital assets equally during divorce settlements, but what happens if some assets don’t become available until several years after the separation?
A buyer who pulled out of a house purchase has been ordered to pay compensation for the fall in value that took place in the two years after the deal fell through.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced two new schemes designed to help potential homebuyers who can afford to pay a mortgage but find it difficult to raise a large deposit.
The Government has announced new measures designed to simplify and improve the employment tribunal system.
Discrimination against mothers and pregnant women is still a major problem in the workplace, according to research by the charity, Working Families.
A company has been granted an interim injunction to prevent a former employee from soliciting its clients.
Many businesses overestimate the burden placed on them by employment regulations, according to Government research.
A distribution company has been ordered to pay damages to a perfume manufacturer after it failed to meet several requirements of a longstanding contract.
A contractor has been found liable for the damage caused by a factory fire even though the client was partly responsible for what happened.
Many UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are struggling with cash flow and are relying on their reserves to finance growth, according to new research.
When drawing up contracts with automatic renewal clauses it is important to ensure that you fully understand what is being agreed.
The Government says thousands of firms are being freed from red tape as result of its campaign to reduce business regulations.
A homeowner who objected to proposed building work next to his property has been granted a court declaration asserting his right to light.
An 88-year-old woman who fell backwards from a bus when the doors started to close on her unexpectedly has been awarded £42,000 compensation.
A mother has won her appeal against a court order which meant that her five-year-old daughter would no longer be able to live with her.
The number of first-time buyers in the property market has reached a five-year high, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) provide an excellent way for people to protect their interests in case their health or mental capacity deteriorates at some point in the future.
Divorcing couples are being urged to use mediation to resolve disagreements instead of going to court.
A shop assistant who suffered psychiatric damage and attempted to commit suicide after being bullied by her manager has been awarded £13,565 compensation.
Government proposals relating to trusts mean that thousands of people may have to rewrite their wills to protect the interests of their children, the Law Society has warned.
When you draw up your will, it should reflect your true wishes and not be unduly influenced by other people
A woman with learning difficulties is capable of deciding for herself whether to continue with her pregnancy, the Court of Protection has ruled.
A leading judge has criticised property laws which he says can be unfair to unmarried women when they separate from their partners.
A businessman has been jailed for persistently failing to provide details about his finances during his divorce case.
The Government’s NewBuy scheme is now offering part-exchange deals to enable homeowners to take the next step on the property ladder.
A musician who said he’d been subjected to harassment and bullying at work for several years has been awarded £73,000 compensation for unfair dismissal.
The Government has announced that awards for unfair dismissal are to be limited to one year’s salary. However, the overall cap will remain at £72,300.
A Government minister has warned Britain’s top companies that they will be named and shamed if they fail to sign up to the Prompt Payment Code.
The danger of tick box valuations was highlighted in a recent professional negligence case involving a firm of property surveyors
The Government has announced new proposals to make it easier for consumers and small firms to take action against unfair business practices.
When you consult a solicitor, your conversations and the advice you receive are covered by legal professional privilege. This means all your communications are confidential and protected from disclosure – even to official bodies like HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
An estate agents firm has been fined nearly £12,000 for failing to comply with anti-money laundering regulations
A glass manufacturer has been granted an interim injunction to protect the design of its beer glasses.
The Government is introducing new permitted development rights to allow offices to be converted into homes without the need for planning permission
A landlord has won his appeal against the level of penalties imposed on him for operating an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
The Government is seeking views on its plans to alter some Inheritance Tax (IHT) regulations in April.
It’s traditional to make resolutions to improve our lives at the start of a new year. Usually it’s to do with things like eating less or exercising more. However, lifestyle resolutions are not the only way you can improve matters for yourself and your family.
The Supreme Court is to hear the controversial divorce case involving the oil tycoon Michael Prest and his former wife.
The Leasehold Advisory Service has provided a detailed guide for council tenants who would like to buy their home.
A McDonald’s worker who was sacked for serving an “over generous” topping of chocolate on a dessert has accepted a four-figure out-of-court settlement in compensation
A model agency has won its case against a former employee who defrauded it of £21,000 and disclosed some of its confidential information while helping to set up a rival business.
Nine out of ten small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) say they would quickly go out of business if they didn’t have access to an overdraft, according to a recent survey.
A director has been given a 28-day suspended prison sentence after defying court orders during a dispute with another company
There’s to be a new Groceries Code Adjudicator with increased powers to protect supermarket suppliers from unfair practices.
Businesses will soon be able to use a new 90-day premium service when applying for patents.
Planning permissions for new homes rose by 36% in the third quarter of last year, according to figures released by the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
The courts are seeing an increasing number of disputes between landlords and commercial tenants over break clauses.
The value of having your will properly drawn up by a solicitor was highlighted in a recent case before the courts.
An alcoholic father has been told by a judge that he can have no direct contact with his two children.
The number of homes for sale which have had their prices reduced from the original valuation is at a two-year low, according to the property website, Zoopla.
A company manager has won a breach of contract action against his employer after he was demoted for posting a comment on Facebook.
A bus company has lost its appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that its 12-month contract with a local authority should not be subject to the TUPE Regulations 2006 (TUPE).
Parents of new born babies will be able to share up to a year’s leave from work under new reforms being put forward by the Government.
The Government has begun a public consultation on its plans to clamp down on “binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour”.
A homeowner has been fined for contempt of court after failing to obey an order relating to a dispute with a neighbour.
Figures released by the credit reference agency, Experian, show that companies in the UK paid their bills 1.3 days earlier in the third quarter of 2012 than they did during the same period in 2011.
The Government has announced a new blitz on bureaucracy that should see red tape slashed at twice the present rate.
Complying with data protection regulations remains a problem for many companies and organisations.
A director has been ordered to pay compensation to his former company after breaching his legal duties.
When drawing up contracts of sale across different countries it is essential to specify in advance the currency and exchange rate to be used.
The Government is to introduce new measures designed to make it easier for homeowners to make improvements to their properties.
The Court of Appeal has imposed the maximum penalty possible on a landlord who failed to comply fully with the requirements of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).
A man has won the right to inherit his uncle’s house even though he had been written out of the will.
There’s been a sudden rise in the number of estranged couples taking court action in disputes over their children, according to the latest official figures.
Many British couples are hiding debts and secret bank accounts from each other, according to new research.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that businessman Michael Prest does not have to give his former wife £17.5m worth of assets belonging to some of his companies.
House sales are likely to increase over the next two months, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The Government is now finalising its plans to introduce a new employment status in April 2013 in which some workers will be able to become ‘employee owners’
A group of 174 women have won a landmark case which effectively extends the deadline for making equal pay claims from just six months to six years.
Pubs and clubs that open late can now be made to contribute to the cost of dealing with alcohol related crime and disorder, as part of a Government clampdown on irresponsible drinking
Three estate agents face prosecution for printing misleading information about the size of a garden in a property they were selling - even though they included various disclaimers
It’s a principle in law that if a person regularly travels across a piece of land for several years without being challenged by the owner, he may eventually establish a legal right of way.
The number of firms going out of business reached its highest level for two years in the first quarter of 2012 as the economy hit a “period of stagnation
The High Court has ruled that a group of engineering consultants were not negligent when advising on a major development – even though they failed to predict some important issues
A total of 300,000 new businesses have been set up in the UK, according to the latest figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Businesses are being urged to make sure their websites comply with consumer protection law ahead of the Christmas period
Rent control is one several ideas being considered by a Commons Select Committee looking into the quality and regulation of rented housing.
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There’s been a 20% rise in the number of people taking out Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) over the last year, according to official figures
The way a married couple’s assets are divided if they divorce could undergo major changes following a study being carried out by the Law Commission
The family lawyers group, Resolution, has launched a guide to help couples avoid conflict during divorce proceedings
People who can’t raise a deposit to buy a new home could benefit from the Government’s NewBuy Guarantee scheme which has been under-subscribed
The Government has announced a series of employment law changes designed to reduce the burden on businesses while retaining reasonable protection for employees
Nearly 10 million workers in the UK are completely unaware of upcoming pension reforms, according to a report by Scottish Widows.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has started to name and shame firms that flout National Minimum Wage regulations
A former Royal Mail employee has been awarded compensation after winning his race discrimination claim
Businesses are being invited to air their views on plans to implement the EU Directive on combating late payment in commercial transactions
A company has been awarded £50,000 compensation from a former director after he breached a restrictive covenant preventing him setting up a rival business within a set period
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has issued new guidelines explaining how it will set tougher penalties for breaches of competition law
The Government says it will reduce health and safety regulations to promote economic growth and protect businesses from ‘compensation culture’ claims
The Government has introduced new measures to allow up to two flats to be built in office or storage space above shops without the need for planning permission
Tenancies are lasting longer and landlords are increasing their portfolios as the private rental sector continues to grow, according to the National Landlords Association
People are often surprised to find that anyone can set up in business providing will writing and probate services - even if they have no qualifications and no insurance to protect their clients if something goes wrong
A father has won his appeal to have direct contact with his daughters despite opposition from their mother
A husband has won the right to have his divorce case re-opened after providing evidence suggesting that his wife may have concealed some of her financial assets
Married couples who once loved each other can end up tearing each other apart as they go through a difficult divorce
People putting properties on the market are being urged to be realistic about prices if they want a quick sale
A crane driver has been awarded £38,000 compensation after he was subjected to disability discrimination by his employer
The law offers employers some protection against libel claims arising out of references they provide for employees
A company has won an injunction preventing a former employee and his new firm from using some of its confidential documents
A homeowner has won compensation from her local council for subsidence damage caused by tree roots
The Government is backing efforts by the Small Business Economic Forum (SBEF) to tackle the ongoing problem of late payment of invoices
The Government wants to scrap some planning restrictions to encourage more start-up businesses and attract shoppers back into town centres
A managing director has been held personally liable for his company’s infringement of a rival’s trademark
A firm has been fined £10,000 after making a slight change to its name without telling HM Revenue and Customs
Government ministers have welcomed proposals to boost the private rented sector by easing planning restrictions and encouraging investment
The problem of rent arrears is increasing with 49% of landlords saying that they have experienced difficulties in the last 12 months, according to the National Landlords Association (NLA).
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are a well established way of appointing someone you trust to make decisions of your behalf if you ever lose the ability to manage your affairs at some point in the future.
A leading judge has called for cohabiting couples in England and Wales to be given the same legal rights as those in Scotland to prevent the kind of injustice and hardship that can occur when relationships come to an end
A mother has been prevented from taking her son on holiday with her because of fears that she might not bring him back again to England
The Government has stepped up its campaign to encourage a new generation of social tenants to become home owners through the Right to Buy scheme, which was launched in April
Employees will soon have to pay £1,200 to bring an unfair dismissal claim to an employment tribunal.
People over 50 are still being discriminated against by many employers, according to the research organisation Policy Exchange
A heterosexual sales rep has been awarded nearly £44,000 compensation after he was repeatedly called gay at work because he doesn’t like football
A man has successfully challenged his father’s will after suspecting it w
A British engineering firm has won its legal battle with a French company that refused to pay its invoices after claiming the goods supplied were unfit for purpose
The Government wants to see more women starting new businesses in the UK
EU leaders have reached agreement on a Unified Patent Court and a unitary patent system across 25 European countries.
A property developer has won his appeal to quash a decision by a planning inspector in a case involving the proposed construction of six houses.
The Government has announced further changes to the planning system to make it simpler and quicker to use
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The High Court has provided a welcome boost for landlords wishing to avoid paying rates on empty commercial property.
Break clauses are a good way for businesses to hedge their bets when moving into new premises.
There's a growing trend for people to record their internet passwords and login details when drawing up their wills, according to new research.
A householder who cut down several trees on a farm that bordered his house has been ordered to pay £2,500 compensation.
The Home Office is to introduce new rules to control the price of alcohol in retail outlets.
Most family lawyers fear that divorcing couples are increasingly likely to conceal assets from each other during proceedings in order to get a better settlement.
A nurse who was sacked after raising the alarm about the way residents were treated at a care home has been awarded £15,000 compensation for unfair dismissal.
The Government has put forward proposals to allow more small firms to avoid the need to submit audited accounts - saving businesses in the UK an estimated £206m a year.
The number of data security breaches by private companies has risen by 58% over the last year, according to figures released by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
The renewed interest in buy to let properties is spreading from London to other areas throughout the UK, according to new research.
The cost of a terraced house has risen more than any other kind of home over the last 10 years, according to research by the Halifax.