28 Aug

Verdict on obese employees hangs in the balance

Against a backdrop of soaring levels of obesity, employers are waiting on the outcome of a European Court ruling which may mean that special treatment has to be given to employees whose weight is causing them problems in the workplace. Since 1993, obesity levels have doubled, with statistics1 showing that a quarter of the current… Read More »

14 Aug

Consumers get more clout with new laws

Consumers who are subjected to lies or pressure selling by unscrupulous traders have new rights from October. When the changes come into effect, the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations will give consumers the right to unwind contracts, claim a discount or raise a claim for damages against businesses who have subjected them to misleading or aggressive… Read More »

08 Aug

New Missing Persons law comes into force

Families of missing people will be given help to cope with the complex legal and financial issues they face as a result of new rules that come into force on 1st October 2014. From this date, Presumption of Death certificates will be able to be issued which will be equivalent to death certificates and can… Read More »

07 Aug

Children to be heard in family disputes

Children will be given a greater voice in the family justice system so that they can tell judges how they feel and what they think about the family disputes in which they are involved. David Rose a partner at Spire Solicitors LLP said, “Children and young people must by law have their views heard before… Read More »

22 Jul

Commission decision hits holiday pay sums for employers

Sales staff heading for the sun will have a rosier return in future, following a ruling by the European Court that commission payments be considered when calculating holiday pay. The Court has said that commission-based employees could be put off taking leave if they are worse off when they take a holiday, and that undermines… Read More »

21 Jul

Availability of mortgages on residential leases

It may not be possible to obtain a mortgage on the security of your residential lease if it has less than 70 years to run. This is now becoming a problem for leases granted as recently as the 1980’s. Nick Lightbown from Spire Solicitors LLP examines the options for tenants wishing to extend their lease… Read More »

14 Jul

The Red Tape Challenge

Rules and regulations around claims management companies, simplifying Land Registry rules and removing low risk businesses from unnecessary health and safety regulations are among 69 being scrapped or improved by the Ministry of Justice following a review as part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge. Roger Margand, a partner said, “By reducing red tape, the… Read More »

11 Jul

Beware challenging a Will

The England & Wales High Court has upheld a will executed on his deathbed by a man who left everything to his long-term partner. Alisdair Liddle, a partner in Spire Solicitors LLP said, “The law provides individuals with wide discretion on how their estate should be distributed on their death; although there are specific circumstances… Read More »