Commercial Team Monthly Newsletter

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In this issue of the commercial team monthly newsletter we have articles on the proposed changes to the Consumer Rights Bill and you can find out how our involvement with the Wakefield Works scheme went. We also have past articles from the commercial team in our resource archive and on our dedicated department websites. In…

New Consumer Rights Bill

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A long and overdue reform of consumer law is currently being considered by Parliament through a new Consumer Rights Bill. This Bill seeks to consolidate and reform consumer law in a number of areas, the most important of which for businesses includes changes to consumer rights and remedies in respect of goods, services and digital…

Consumer Rights

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New Regulations came into force on 13 June 2014 to protect the rights of consumers. It is important that if you deal with consumers that you fully understand what their rights are and what your obligations are. It is particularly important if you sell online to make sure that you do not fall foul of…

Worker or self-employed?

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The question of what constitutes a “worker” was addressed again in a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case*. What is the significance of the worker category? Classification as a worker gives the individual more employment rights than being self employed. Workers are protected against unlawful deductions from wages, by the Working time legislation which prescribes maximum…

Commercial Team Monthly Newsletter

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In this issue of the commercial team monthly newsletter we have articles on the question of what constitutes a ‘worker’ and our upcoming tax seminar. We also have past articles from the commercial team in our resource archive and on our dedicated department websites. In the November issue you can also find out what upcoming…

Tax Seminar hosted by Jordans

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The Jordans Solicitors Commercial Team are hosting a breakfast seminar presented by Paul Davison of PD Tax Consultants. Following the Chancellor delivering this year’s Autumn Statement on 3rd December 2014 Paul and his team would like to share their in depth perspectives on the Government’s economic proposals. As tax specialists, they are able to provide clarity on…

Landmark asbestos ruling offers new hope to victims

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In October 2014 the Supreme Court ruled that an asbestos-related cancer victim should receive compensation, even though he was not working directly with the toxic substance. The victim, who died in February 2014, from mesothelioma, was a lorry driver attending Battersea Power Station between 1954 and 1958 to pick up waste products. Altough the Devon…

Holiday pay — floodgates could be opened for backdated claims

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Employers are urging the government to rush through emergency legislation to save thousands of companies from having to pay out hundreds of millions of pounds in backdated holiday pay to up to 5 million people. The Institute of Directors (IoD), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warned on…

Claimants who are fundamentally dishonest or exaggerate their claims risk losing all their compensation

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New legislation contained in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which is currently before Parliament, sets about once again to reduce perceived widespread fraud and deter claimants from exaggerating their personal injury claims, without incurring significant consequences. The Bill is expected to come into force by January 2015. In essence, Courts will be required to…

Changes to low value Road Traffic Accident claims

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The Government continues to introduce reforms to crack down on perceived money making scams relating to personal injury claims. New rules have been introduced to bring changes to low value soft tissue motor claims where the Claim Notification Form is submitted onto the portal system on or after 01 October 2014. Soft tissue injuries are…