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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

RBS “squeezed struggling businesses to boost profits”

RBS “squeezed struggling businesses to boost profits”

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) secretly tried to profit from struggling businesses, a BBC report has revealed. Leaked documents, exposed by the BBC, show that the bank had purchased assets cheaply from failing businesses it claimed to be helping. The BBC claims that RBS staff could boost their bonuses by finding firms which could…

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October 10, 2016
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Landlords lose legal battle over buy-to-let changes

Landlords lose legal battle over buy-to-let changes

A group of landlords this week lost a legal challenge over changes to buy-to-let rules. They had argued that a new system, set to take effect next year, was tantamount to a tax on tenants, since it would significantly increase the financial burden on buy-to-let investors. Under the rules, buy-to-let costs will no longer be…

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October 7, 2016
Posted in Blog, Property

Buy-to-let sector continues to showcase stability

Buy-to-let sector continues to showcase stability

The buy-to-let sector has continued to grow despite the recent changes to taxation on investment purchases for landlords, a new report has revealed. The report, conducted by mortgage industry tech supplier, IRESS, found that the sector grew by 49 per cent compared with figures in 2015. The 2016 study analysed the responses of 18 lenders…

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October 7, 2016
Posted in Blog, Property

Charity group calls to end age discrimination in the workplace

Charity group calls to end age discrimination in the workplace

In a bid to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a charity group backed by several big-name businesses is calling for a “shift to an ageing workforce”. Community outreach charity Business in the Community has released a report entitled Age in the Workplace, which calls for a fairer society in employment. The report, which hopes…

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October 6, 2016
Posted in Blog

Hopes campaign will improve coverage of family cases

Hopes campaign will improve coverage of family cases

A legal charity has this week unveiled a new campaign to tackle some of the misconceptions that can arise as a result of inaccurate reporting of family law cases. The Transparency Project has launched Family Court Reporting Watch, monitoring press coverage of divorce proceedings and other related areas of the law. The charity is concerned…

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October 5, 2016
Posted in Blog, Family Law