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National minimum wage rate increases take effect from today – 1 October 2016

Posted by Lynne on October 1st 2016
(Business, Employment, Uncategorized)

The national minimum wage (NMW) applies to all workers and is paid at different rates according to age. There is a separate rate for apprentices and from April 2016 a new National Living Wage (NLW) applies to workers aged 25 and over. The current and future rates for the hourly rates of national minimum wage […]

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Law Society – Rights after Brexit

Posted by Lynne on June 30th 2016
(Uncategorized)

Human rights law and Brexit Leaving the EU does not remove the UK’s membership of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) or its obligation to uphold the rights set out in the ECHR. Nor would leaving the EU remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The Law […]

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Chief Executive of the Law Society, England and Wales, speaks on Brexit

Posted by Lynne on June 29th 2016
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Catherine Dixon, chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, said yesterday, changes to key laws in the wake of Brexit could take years to accomplish and pledged the Law Society would work with the solicitor profession, their clients, the public and with government to support a calm transition in the wake of […]

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Success Fees on a new CFA and ATE no longer recoverable

Posted by Lynne on March 1st 2016
(Uncategorized)

From 1st April 2016 success fees on a new conditional fee agreement and new ATE premiums are no longer recoverable. Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) will be faced with non recoverable ATE policies/bonds to avoid adverse costs and applications for security thereafter. Many smaller litigation and debt collection cases will prove uneconomic to run. As a result […]

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Small Business commissioner to tackle late payment

Posted by Lynne on July 27th 2015
(Business, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery, Litigation, Uncategorized)

Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how small businesses resolve disputes with larger companies was set out yesterday. The government is publishing a discussion paper on the Small Business Commissioner and is asking businesses for views on its proposals. The Small Business Commissioner would help small businesses handle […]

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Update on The Law Society’s campaign against the MOJ’s 600% Court Fee Rises

Posted by Lynne on April 15th 2015
(Uncategorized)

Last month we published an article following The Law Society issuing of a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review to challenge the government’s decision to increase some court fees by over 600 per cent. The Law Society yesterday gave the following update; “In January the government announced increases in civil court fees of 600 per […]

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Employment Law News – Time off for antenatal appointments

Posted by Lynne on October 9th 2014
(Blog, Employment, Uncategorized)

Employment Relations manager Jo Swinson announced at the beginning of the month that fathers and partners now have the right to take unpaid time off to accompany expectant mothers to up to 2 antenatal appointments. From 1 October 2014 an expectant father or civil partner, (including same sex) in a long term relationship with the […]

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Business Briefs – Manchester Update Seminar 25th April 2013

Posted by Andrew Stripe on April 26th 2013
(Blog, Business, Commercial Litigation, Contract Law, Corporate and Commercial, Debt Recovery, Insolvency, Uncategorized)

The third installment of the “Business Briefs” seminar was a resounding success last night. Attended by 40 delegates, the audience was treated to a wealth of five minute talks on matters of interest to small business, without the handouts, breakout sessions and plenaries which make seminars the nightmare they can be ! Mark Attwood, of […]

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10 Aug
Taylor Review of employment practices

Matthew Taylor, former aide to Tony Blair, in a recent government review of employment practices has suggested all work in the UK’s economy should be “fair and decent”. The report pays particular attention to the gig economy recommending the creation of a new category of worker, known as a ‘dependent contractor’, to provide additional rights […]

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