Manufacturer Hit Hard in Pocket After Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreaks

<p>Money spent on ensuring that health and safety rules are religiously met is money well spent. The point was resoundingly proved by a case in which a car parts manufacturer&rsquo;s failings led to outbreaks of Legionnaire&rsquo;s disease.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s plant had an extensive water system comprising four cooling towers and 22,000 metres of pipework. The… Read more »

ACAS Suffers Setback in Dispute With Its Own Employees’ Trade Union

<p>Few would fail to appreciate the irony of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) being embroiled in a dispute with a trade union representing its own employees. However, the falling out provided the occasion for an important test case on the extent to which public employers are obliged to consult their staff.</p> <p>The Public… Read more »

Lack of Consultation Not Enough to Derail Social Housing Development

<p>Transparency and public consultation are the bulwarks that ensure the fairness of the planning system. However, as a High Court case concerning a social housing development showed, not every lapse in those respects will result in a planning permission being overturned.</p> <p><img alt=”Garages” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />A social housing provider wished to… Read more »

Increases in National Minimum Wage Rates

<p>Employers are reminded that new National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates apply from 1 April 2019. These are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>The NLW, which applies to those aged 25 and over, will increase from &pound;7.83 to &pound;8.21 per hour;</li> <li>The NMW for 21- to 24-year-olds will increase from &pound;7.38 to &pound;7.70… Read more »

Court of Appeal Acts to Close Managed Service Companies Tax Loophole

<p>For those who provide their services personally, there can be significant tax advantages in interposing a corporate vehicle between themselves and clients who would otherwise pay them directly. Such arrangements are, however, frowned upon by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and are likely be a great deal more difficult to operate following an important Court… Read more »

Shifting Sands of Airport Worker’s Claim Broke Golden Rule of Litigation

<p><img alt=”Airport departures board 2″ src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />One of the golden rules of litigation is that issues to be resolved must be established at the outset so that all sides understand the case they have to meet. That sadly did not happen in an employment case in which an airport worker… Read more »

Making a Valid Will Requires Freedom of Choice and Understanding

<p>Making a valid will involves a free exercise of choice by someone who understands the effect of the bequests they are making. A judge emphasised those points in finding that a mother&rsquo;s independent wishes were overborne before she cut her five daughters out of her will.</p> <p><img alt=”Restaurant” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />The… Read more »

TV Personality Paid Through Company Overturns £900,000 Income Tax Bill

<p>Media personalities frequently offer their services through corporate vehicles and the tax implications of them doing so have long been controversial. However, in one case, a TV entertainer's company succeeded in overturning a six-figure Income Tax demand after persuading the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) that she is in business on her own account.</p> <p>The entertainer established… Read more »

Transferring Money to Your Children? Always See a Lawyer First!

<p><img alt=”House” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />Parents who transfer money to their children should always take legal advice if they wish to ensure that their generosity does not end up benefiting others. The point was strikingly made by the case of a promising young doctor who received substantial sums from his parents before… Read more »

Reasonable Employers’ Views on the Gravity of Misconduct Deserve Respect

<p><img alt=”Fire Door” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Employment Tribunals (ETs) are not entitled to substitute their own view of the gravity of an employee&rsquo;s misconduct for that of a reasonable employer. In one case, however, an ET fell into precisely that trap when it found that two distribution centre workers&rsquo; breaches of their… Read more »