Inheritance Claims

Inheritance Claims – Recent Court of Appeal ruling The right of people to leave money and assets to whom they wish in their will has just  been seriously undermined by a landmark court of appeal decision. A woman has been awarded £164,000 from her estranged...

Zero-hours contracts

Exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts finally banned Some two months after claiming that they had been banned, the government has finally acted to outlaw the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts from 26 May 2015. This and other employment...

Small Businesses

Help for small businesses? Sajid Javid, the new Business Secretary, has announced the creation of a new “small business conciliation service” which will aim to resolve payment disputes where that business is owed money by a large firm. Based upon an Australian model,...

That’s entertainment!

That’s entertainment! The entertainment exemptions under the Licensing Act are now in force. Live music in premises licensed for the sale of alcohol, and for an audience of up to 500, no longer requires an authorisation. Karaoke is included within the definition,...

Fines unlimited!

Fines unlimited! The cap on the maximum fine that can be imposed for many licensing offences has been abolished. The Magistrates’ Court can now impose an unlimited fine in respect of certain offences under the Licensing Act 2003, including allowing the sale of alcohol...