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Fixed-term contracts are often used by academic establishments where research funding is available for a set period only or when hiring staff to cover for employees on maternity or sickness leave. In the case of University of Stirling v University and...
When a man was worried that his creditors would not approve his proposals for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), he took innovative steps to ensure that when the meeting of creditors was held a majority of them voted for it. An IVA is a plan...
Marrying or forming a civil partnership in order to save tax may not be romantic, but a recent case showed the benefits of so doing when a man married his lifetime partner shortly before he died, thereby allowing his estate, on which no Inheritance Tax (IHT)...
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined a firm of estate agents after a contractor who was working for them was killed when he fell from a roof. Roger Jary, 79, was a contractor for Morris, Marshall & Poole (MMP), a firm of estate agents with...
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have won yet another victory in a tax case in circumstances in which the facts were such that it is very unlikely indeed that a challenge would have been made just a few years ago. It involved a doctor who bought a house in...
Whilst the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) operate to protect the employment law rights of employees when there is a relevant transfer of a business or part of a business, Regulation 8(7) provides that where the...
The Government has announced that it has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on the rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) that will apply from 1 October 2012. The revised rates are as follows: The adult hourly rate of the NMW...
Many people have experienced the frustration of having builders who turn up, partially complete the work they have been contracted to do and then seemingly lose interest, with the result that the original expectations as regards timing of the work go out of...
Preventing a family member from benefiting from your estate can be fraught with difficulty, even if the family member in question cannot claim to be a dependant and so is not able to make a claim on your estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and...