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Government proposes ‘minimum bedroom size’ for HMOs

Government proposes ‘minimum bedroom size’ for HMOs

The Government has outlined plans to clamp down on ‘rogue landlords’ in the UK by introducing a new ‘minimum bedroom size’ for homes in multiple occupation (HMO). The news follows a controversial case in December 2015, which saw a Tribunal rule against Oxford City Council in a dispute with a landlord who was seeking to…

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October 24, 2016
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Couple embroiled in bitter boundary dispute over garden hedge

Couple embroiled in bitter boundary dispute over garden hedge

A UK couple have found themselves embroiled in a bitter boundary dispute with their neighbours over the ownership of a garden hedge. Steve and Sandra Marshall, East Yorkshire, first fell out with their neighbours nearly four years ago when they discovered that part of a hedge which they believed to be theirs had been trimmed…

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October 21, 2016
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Charity research highlights importance of proper wills and probate advice

Charity research highlights importance of proper wills and probate advice

An increasing number of Britons are failing to write a will to protect their assets – and hundreds of thousands of properties across the UK are left empty and derelict every year as a result. The news comes from charity Empty Homes, which estimates that approximately £132billion worth of UK property is slowly rotting away…

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October 20, 2016
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Tribunal rejects “right to work flexibly”

Tribunal rejects “right to work flexibly”

A Judge has ruled that there is no absolute obligation on employers to accept new mothers’ requests to work flexibly on their return from maternity leave. In Whiteman v CPS Interiors Ltd and others, an Employment Tribunal upheld the employer’s decision to reject Ms Whiteman’s request to work from home following her designated maternity leave….

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October 20, 2016
Posted in Blog, Employment

Ex-wife claims increase in maintenance above the £100,000 she receives now

Ex-wife claims increase in maintenance above the £100,000 she receives now

A woman has demanded additional money from her former husband to maintain a “reasonable standard of living.” Ekaterina Fields had previously been awarded £3.3million in assets, in addition to annual maintenance payments, as part of her divorce settlement, which was agreed by Mr Justice Holman last year. The package had been put together so that…

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October 20, 2016
Posted in Blog, Family Law

Rogue landlord found guilty of 23 charges under HMO rules

Rogue landlord found guilty of 23 charges under HMO rules

A rogue landlord has been fined £162,000 upon being found guilty of 23 charges under House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) management regulations. Mr Abbas Rasul was found to have ‘crammed 18 tenants’ into his central London flat – a Grade II listed building which Mr Rasul had failed to license as a HMO. A Court…

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October 17, 2016
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Hefty health and safety fines for UK delivery company

Hefty health and safety fines for UK delivery company

A UK parcel delivery company has been ordered to pay more than £130,000 in fines and costs, after it was found guilty of serious health and safety breaches. Buckinghamshire-based Delivered UK found itself facing legal action after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the company had taken insufficient measures to…

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October 14, 2016
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Strike! Post Office puts wheels in motion for further walkouts

Strike! Post Office puts wheels in motion for further walkouts

The Post Office is proposing further industrial action after the trustees of its pension fund voted to approve a plan to cut pension benefits. Around 50 per cent of its workforce will be forced to take a defined contribution scheme in place of their generous final-salary pension scheme, which The Communication Workers Union (CWU) say…

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October 13, 2016
Posted in Blog, Employment

Employee unfairly dismissed for his age wins more than £6,800 in tribunal

Employee unfairly dismissed for his age wins more than £6,800 in tribunal

A man struck off for being “too old” has won more than £6,800 in a case against his former employer. Brian Smith, 75, was told he should “go and find a job at B&Q” by his ex-boss while working at Leytonstone-based newsagents, Bennetts of London. A tribunal heard how his former boss, Veronica Bennett, made…

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October 12, 2016
Posted in Blog, Employment

Campaign follows concerns not enough people consider mediation

Campaign follows concerns not enough people consider mediation

A week-long campaign to make the case for using mediation in family law proceedings is officially underway. UK Mediation Awareness Week will be used to argue the advantages of using a mediator to resolve disputes rather than launching straight into traditional court proceedings. An official website, set up to publicise the event, makes the case…

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October 12, 2016
Posted in Blog, Family Law