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Planning approval for holiday homes – a break from permission?

December 3 2012 In Suffolk and Norfolk alone, it is estimated that over £4.65 billion each year is generated for the local economy by tourism.

Withholding sick pay

October 22 2007 An employer unlawfully withheld sick pay from an employee who had produced medical certificates, even though the employer itself had doubts as to the validity of the illness.

Ignorance is not bliss: the law says you do know what you don't know!

April 30 2012 When negotiating contracts, business people should be aware of the recent decision in the High Court in the case of Spencer v Secretary of State for Defence [2012].

Q: when is a fall back not a fall back? A: almost never!

February 25 2013 A High Court challenge to the grant of planning permission for a new out-of-town retail development has offered some judicial explanation of when a…

Insolvency: Secretary of State fees avoided on ‘payment in full’ bankruptcy annulment

April 16 2018 In the decision in Mohammed Safier and (1) Wendy Jane Wardell & David John Standish (Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mohammed Safier) (2) The Official…

Litigation: Litigants in person have to play by the rules

April 16 2018 In the recent decision in Barton v Wright Hassall LLP the Supreme Court has held by a narrow majority that litigants in person have to comply with the…

Failure to pay male employee enhanced shared parental pay was not sex discrimination

April 13 2018 The EAT has decided that failure to pay a male employee enhanced shared parental pay, in circumstances where it paid enhanced pay to women on…

SDLT is changing: The introduction of Land Transaction Tax in Wales

April 12 2018 For the first time in almost 800 years, the Welsh Government is introducing a new tax. On 1 April 2018, Land Transaction Tax (“LTT”) replaced Stamp…

Government Launches Consultation on Insolvency and Corporate Governance

April 9 2018 Following on from a number of recent high profile corporate failures, the Government has issued a consultation focused on specific issues concerning…