January 2017 Archive

Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

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From 25 May 2018, all organisations will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Whilst the GDPR is EU law and therefore potentially affected by Brexit, the UK Government has confirmed that the UK will be implementing the GDPR. More …

Redundancy update

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We look at two recent redundancy cases: the first where an employer tried to make use of a mobility clause, and the second an example of how not to carry out a redundancy process. More …

Reliance on previously expired warnings when dismissing

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Can an employer dismiss for misconduct when there have been several previous incidents but all warnings have expired? We consider a recent case on the relevance of expired warnings. More …

Tougher fines for most serious speeding offences

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Changes revealed today by the Sentencing Council will see drivers caught well above the speed limit facing fines of 150 per cent of their weekly income – up from the 100 per cent previously imposable. This will see those caught driving at 41mph in a 20mph zone - or 101mph on a motorway – liable to the increased fines. More …

Supreme Court Judgement: What does this mean for Wales?

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Regional Senior Partner for Wales, Emyr Lewis - The majority decision of the Supreme Court was that the UK Government cannot start the formal legal process of leaving the European Union ("triggering Article 50") without the authority of Parliament. More …

Police crack down on drivers using a mobile

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Police officers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have caught almost 8,000 drivers using a mobile phone in a recent week-long crackdown. More …

Is it unreasonable to refuse to accept a ‘reasonable offer’?

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We regularly encounter respondents to bankruptcy petitions making offers at the eleventh hour and even as late as moments before the hearing – at the court door – wishing to avoid a Bankruptcy Order being made against them. Whilst the court cannot compel a creditor to accept an offer to settle a petition debt, the court does have the power to dismiss a bankruptcy petition if a reasonable offer has been unreasonably rejected by the petitioning creditor. More …

FinTech and the future of banking in 2017 - technology companies with balance sheets and regulators?

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The start of a new year is always a time for predictions. And at Davos last week where the global great and the good of commerce and government meet there was a prediction that automation will change the face of banking - slashing jobs and allowing banks to significantly cut costs. More …

Recent news from the JCPC: January 2017

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In November 2016, the JCPC in London heard its first ever video-link case. The case ‘Cono Cono and Co Ltd (Appellant) v Veerasamy and others (Respondents)’ More …

The insolvency regime for the further education and sixth-form sector

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1. On 6 July 2016, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills ("BIS") published consultation paper BIS/16/320 Developing an insolvency regime for the further education and sixth-from sector – consultation document ("BIS/16/320") More …