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Government Updates Policy on HMRC Enforcement for Breaches of NMW Law

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (which has replaced the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy and Climate Change) has updated its policy paper on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enforcement, prosecutions and naming employers who break National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation, to take into...

Warning – New HMRC Hoax Threatens Private Individuals

A new series of hoax calls is taking place up and down the country, in time with the 31 July due date for payment of the semi-annual tax instalment. The caller represents themselves as being from HM Revenue and Customs’ debt collection section and claims that HMRC is considering legal action against the person called because tax arrears have arisen. A...

Part-Time Judges Score Landmark Equal Treatment Victory

In a resounding decision which will help to bring an end to pay discrimination against part-time workers, two part-time judges who complained that they were treated less favourably than their full-time brethren have scored a comprehensive victory in their quest for equal treatment by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The judges both acted as part-time chairs of a...

Can Illegal Contracts Be Enforced? Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

It is a fundamental rule of law that the courts will not assist anyone to profit from his own illegal or immoral acts. However, in a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has ruled in the context of a debt recovery claim that that maxim should not be so slavishly applied as to achieve arbitrary, unjust or disproportionate results. Businessman A gave £620,000 to...

Ralph Lauren Moves to Protect ‘POLO’ Trade Marks

International brands are big business and few are more valuable than the polo player logo which appears on the ubiquitous range of Ralph Lauren clothes. In one case, the fashion house came down hard on a businesswoman who tried to register a trade mark in respect of a device which included the word ‘POLO’. The woman, a polo club member, was engaged in...