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  • Employment Status – Live-In Agency Carer Was an Employee

    13th February 2019

    When deciding whether or not a worker is an employee (working under a contract of service) or is self-employed (working under a contract for services), an Employment Tribunal (ET) is...

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  • Itemised Pay Statements – A Reminder

    13th February 2019

    The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 makes changes to the information that must be shown on the payslips of employees whose wages vary depending on the...

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  • New Rates of Statutory Pay for Parents

    13th February 2019

    From April 2019, the rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) will increase from £145.18 to £148.68.Statutory...

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  • Attorney Allowed to Take Over as Executor

    13th February 2019

    It is commonplace for people to appoint siblings or friends as their executors. When they do and they are of a similar age, there is a risk that when the...

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  • Husband Criticised for Vain Persistence in Contested Divorce Case

    23rd January 2019

    Contested divorces are a rarity, which is hardly surprising given that, following two years of separation, a marriage can be ended by agreement.However, they do still occur and, in one such...

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  • Bank Fined for Failure to Distribute Assets to Beneficiaries

    23rd January 2019

    Recently, Santander was fined more than £30 million for failing to distribute more than £180 million held in deceased customers' accounts to their personal representatives or entitled beneficiaries.More than 40,000...

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  • Standard Practice Gives Rise to Illegal Dividend

    23rd January 2019

    There are strict rules about the payment of dividends by companies. As well as having to follow the correct company secretarial procedures to make such payments legitimate, dividends can only...

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  • What Happens to the Property of Dissolved Companies? High Court Ruling

    23rd January 2019

    What happens to the property of a company that is dissolved and then subsequently restored to the register of companies? In providing an authoritative answer to that question, the High Court...

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  • ICO Starts Enforcement Action for Non-Payment of Annual Fees

    23rd January 2019

    It is a legal requirement that businesses which process personal data are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and pay the requisite fee, unless their reason for processing the...

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  • Executive Held to Non-Compete Clause in Share Allocation Agreement

    22nd January 2019

    Share allocations are a widely used means of incentivising staff, but they are rarely a free meal ticket and reciprocal obligations are usually imposed on those who benefit from them. That...

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  • Untaken Paid Holiday – Does Failure to Request Leave Result in its Loss?

    22nd January 2019

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has supported the opinion of the Advocate General that the mere fact that a worker did not apply to take annual leave...

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