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Levy change could make it cheaper to build your own home

A Government proposal could cut costs for many people planning to build a new home. A Government proposal could cut costs for many people planning to build a new home. Under the current system, new homes above a certain size are subject to the Community Infrastructure Levy. The levy allows ....

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Essex company in court after massive chemical spill

An industrial estate was evacuated and access roads closed as a result of the incident at Industrial Chemicals Limited (ICL) in Grays on 11 July 2013 after four of its chemical storage tanks failed. The incident occurred when a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) tank catastrophically failed, releasin....

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Compensation obtained due to Tragic Miscarriage

We recently dealt with a case where a woman was awarded £15,000 in compensation following a tragic miscarriage experience at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH). We recently dealt with a case where a woman was awarded £15,000 in compensation following a tragic miscarriage experience at Princess A....

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Victim of sexual harassment at work awarded compensation

A woman who was sexually harassed by a male colleague at work has been awarded £12,293 pounds compensation by an industrial tribunal. A woman who was sexually harassed by a male colleague at work has been awarded £12,293 pounds compensation by an industrial tribunal. Noeleen McAleenon says s....

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Surveyors must pay compensation for negligent valuation

A firm of surveyors has been ordered to pay compensation to a finance company for negligently providing a property valuation that was far too high. A firm of surveyors has been ordered to pay compensation to a finance company for negligently providing a property valuation that was far too high. ....

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Directors disqualified for paying themselves instead of creditors

Two directors have been disqualified for five years for taking a total of £59,000 from company funds instead of paying creditors after their business got into financial difficulties. Two directors have been disqualified for five years for taking a total of £59,000 from company funds instead of ....

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Company wins compensation from council for loss of business

A council has been ordered to compensate the owners of an amusement arcade which lost business when a seaside pier was closed for safety reasons. A council has been ordered to compensate the owners of an amusement arcade which lost business when a seaside pier was closed for safety reasons. Th....

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Letting agents to be regulated to protect tenants and landlords

Letting agents are to be regulated to protect both tenants and landlords against unfair practices. Letting agents are to be regulated to protect both tenants and landlords against unfair practices. Housing Minister Mark Prisk has promised legislation that will raise standards across the indust....

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Government makes concessions on ‘shares for employment rights’

The Government has made significant concessions on its 'shares for employment rights’ scheme in order to get it through the House of Lords. The Government has made significant concessions on its 'shares for employment rights’ scheme in order to get it through the House of Lords. The scheme....

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Man awarded £2,750 after suffering food poisoning at hotel

A 42-year-old man who suffered severe food poisoning after eating a meal at a charity event at a hotel has been awarded £2,750 compensation. A 42-year-old man who suffered severe food poisoning after eating a meal at a charity event at a hotel has been awarded £2,750 compensation. After the ....

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Family disputes over wills ‘increase by 700%’

The number of family disputes over wills has increased dramatically, according to research carried out by the Independent newspaper. The number of family disputes over wills has increased dramatically, according to research carried out by the Independent newspaper. Its figures show that the nu....

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Call for Urgent Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery Industry

A review led by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has severely criticised the cosmetic surgery industry. He warned that filler injections were subject to “no more control than a bottle of floor cleaner”. A review led by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has severely criticised the cosme....

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