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Ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

Exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts are to be banned so that employees can no longer be tied to a company that may not have any work to offer them. Some firms, including recruitment agencies, have been using exclusivity clauses to prevent an individual from working for another employe....

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PA unfairly dismissed after affair with her boss was discovered

A personal assistant who was sacked after her affair with her boss was discovered has won her claim of unfair dismissal. The PA lost her job after the affair was discovered by the boss’s wife. The PA, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been in a relationship with her boss who was chi....

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Applying for a mortgage?

The UK mortgage application process is undergoing the largest changes in a decade on 26thApril 2014. Many lenders have already implemented these changes in anticipation of the formal change. Affordability check At the heart of the changes, known as the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), is the new ....

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When companies rise from the ashes

We have all probably faced the situation of discovering that a company with which we have been trading seems mysteriously to have gone off the face of the earth, only to reappear in a slightly different guise after just a few days. The end result is, for instance, that the old company owes us ....

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Are you ready to hand over your business in the right way?

After many years building up a business, directors often worry about how to bow out successfully while ensuring that the firm continues to thrive. After many years building up a business, directors often worry about how to bow out successfully while ensuring that the firm continues to thrive. ....

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Widow awarded £705,000 after contracting same disease as husband

A widow has been awarded £705,000 compensation after developing terminal lung cancer as a result of washing her husband’s overalls. A widow has been awarded £705,000 compensation after developing terminal lung cancer as a result of washing her husband’s overalls. Monica Haxton’s hu....

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Delighting clients

A delighted client of our Harlow office kindly sent several bouquets of flowers to our residential property team. We had assisted with the purchase of a number of properties at auction and he was extremely happy with the service. ....

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Allegedly ‘lived by the gun’ – Lawfully ‘died by the gun’

Mark Duggan was a 29-year-old man hailing from Tottenham, North London. He was shot dead by armed police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, at 18:15 BST on 4 August 2011. Mark Duggan was a 29-year-old man hailing from Tottenham, North London.   He was shot dead by armed police in Ferry Lane, Tottenham, ....

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Engineer awarded £19,000 for hearing loss caused at work

A 62-year-old engineer who suffered hearing loss after being exposed to excessive noise at work has been awarded £19,372 compensation. A 62-year-old engineer who suffered hearing loss after being exposed to excessive noise at work has been awarded £19,372 compensation. The county court heard....

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Is Popcorn dangerous?

No this is not a trick question. "Popcorn Lung" more correctly known as "bronchiolitis obliterans", is a rare and irreversible illness that can affect people who inhale large amounts of the chemical Diacetyl, which is a volatile, colourless liquid with an intensely buttery flavour. Diacetyl occu....

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Government to consider tougher action against late payers

The government is looking at ways to ensure that large businesses pay their suppliers on time. The government is looking at ways to ensure that large businesses pay their suppliers on time. The Prompt Payment Code (PPC) was set up in 2008 to encourage companies to pay invoices within the agree....

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Accountant must pay nearly £1m after giving negligent advice

An accountant must pay £943,000 damages to a client after giving him negligent advice about saving tax during the sale of a business. An accountant must pay £943,000 damages to a client after giving him negligent advice about saving tax during the sale of a business. The case involved ....

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