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General Data Protection Act Regulation; Greater Protection for Individuals

Posted by on August 27th 2017 in Blog Posts

With cyber attacks and security breaches prominent in our minds following a series of attacks over the course of the last few months, most noteworthy of course being the attack against the NHS involving masses of personal data being held to ransom. As a result, perhaps now more than ever we are considering who holds data about us, and exactly what data they hold.

At present, Data Protection is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’) but this is due to be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) which comes into force on 25 May 2018. This new...

The Defective Premises Act 1972 in Practice

Posted by on August 23rd 2017 in Blog Posts, Property

The Defective Premises Act 1972 in Practice

The Defective Premises Act 1972 (“the 1972 Act”) charges landlords with a duty of care to anyone who it might be reasonable to expect would be affected by defects in the state of its premises.  The duty applies if the tenancy imposes an obligation on the landlord to maintain and repair the premises or if the tenancy reserves the landlord the right to enter the premises to carry out repair. 

In Dodd v Raebarn Estates Ltd and others [2017] EWCA Civ 439 the tenant’s visitor, Mr Dodd, fell down the stairs from the first floor flat to the ground floor. He...

UK First: Requesting to the Court of Another Country

Posted by on August 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family

UK First: Requesting to the Court of Another Country

Kitsons Family Law Solicitor, Carolyn Croft, has been involved in a UK first - involving the power to submit a request to the court of another country for authorisation to exercise jurisdiction under Article 9 of the 1996 Hague Convetion.

The case included disputes surrounding the living and contact arrangements for two boys (A & B) after their parents' separation. After separating in July 2014 the mother who is originally from Norway, wanted to go back to her home country with both children. The English family court had concluded in 2015 with the mother consenting for one of the children...

Supreme Court Ruling - Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed

Posted by on August 2nd 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Supreme Court Ruling - Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed

A Supreme Court decision in the case of R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor has declared that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (Fees Order), which imposes fees for employment tribunals, to be unlawful and prohibitive as it prevents access to justice. The Fees Order was found to be unlawful under both domestic and EU law. It has been called a landmark ruling and is perhaps one of the most important judgements in employment law in the last 50 years.

As a result of the ruling, from 26th July 2017 tribunal fees cease to...

Reports Consider the Implementation of the NLW and NMW

Posted by on August 1st 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Reports Consider the Implementation of the NLW and NMW

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) has published two reports looking at how successfully the implementation of the new rules surrounding national living wage and national minimum wage has been.

The first report, called National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, provides information on the subjects of compliance and enforcement. The report highlights that, following the implementation of the National Living Wage, 360,000 workers received less than the National Minimum Wage.

In order to resolve this and encourage efficient enforcement, HMRC resources were increased by £7 million – from £13 million to £20 million – for the year 2016/2017,...

Preventing the Sale of Marital Property on Divorce

Posted by on July 28th 2017 in Blog Posts, Family, Litigation, Property

S39(1) Senior Courts Act 1981 (“the Act”) allows the Court to make an order requiring a person to execute a conveyance, contract or document. If that person fails to execute such documents then a person nominated by the Court can sign on behalf of that person if they neglect or refuse to comply with the order or they cannot be found.

In the case of Welch v Welch [2017] Mr Welch obtained an order  which required his wife to sign the Conveyancing documentation in the sale of their property (a property in which Mrs Welch only held a 1% beneficial ownership). Despite the...

Government Plans a Ban on Leasehold New-Build Houses

Posted by on July 27th 2017 in Blog Posts, Commercial Property , Property

 

The Government plans to ban the sale of new-build Leasehold houses under drastic changes amid the concerns regarding the growing trend of extortionate ground rent increases. Leaseholds on new-build houses would be outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under Government plans subject to public consultation.

Presently, purchasers of new-build Leasehold houses have been at risk of unacceptable rises in ground rents to scales simply unaffordable. These Leaseholds have been criticised heavily for being unfair and penalising those who manage to make it onto the property market. With the ground rents increasing, the property may then become impossible to...

State Pension Age Changed Again

Posted by on July 25th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

It has been announced by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that six million individuals in the UK will be forced to wait a year longer than anticipated to receive their state pension.

The change, which affects men and women born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978, follows recommendations made in the Cridland Report – an independent review of State Pension arrangements after 2028 carried out by John Cridland CBE.

The government anticipate that the changes will save the taxpayer £74 billion by 2045/2046, and while it was initially due to...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What Companies Need to Know

Posted by on July 21st 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What Companies Need to Know

In recent news; Emma Stone shone a light on the difference in pay between actors and actresses, and the BBC released a list of their highest paid male and female earners.

Because of this large companies will be considering the reputational impact the release of such information will have on their businesses.

The Gender Pay Gap Regulations 2017, mean employers in the private, public and voluntary sector with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their “gender pay gap” by April 2018. 

Companies will have to publish a number of calculations to both their website and a government website, which...

Thakkar Reminder to Mediate

Posted by on July 13th 2017 in Blog Posts

Thakkar Reminder to Mediate

Thakkar –v- Patel [2017] EWCA Civ 117; a reminder of the cost consequences where there is a failure to mediate

It is known that the courts have a wide discretion on what costs orders to make during proceedings and after trial. Ordinarily, the successful party will recover its costs, however as the recent case of Thakkar –v- Patel [2017] EWCA Civ 117 (‘Thakkar’) reiterates, the importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (‘ADR’) should not be underestimated as in certain circumstances even an unjustified delay to engage in ADR can result in successful parties having a cost order made against them!

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