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Statutory Pay Rate Increases – April 2017

Changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will take effect from 1 April 2017, bringing the date in line with the change to the National Living Wage (NLW). The NLW, which applies to workers aged 25 and older, will increase from the present £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour. Other changes occurring at the same time are as follows: The adult rate of the...

Landlord and Tenant – Court Urges Simplification of ‘Right to Manage’ Rules

Procedures that have to be followed by flat tenants in order to wrest managerial control of their premises from freeholders are replete with traps for the unwary and, as one Court of Appeal case clearly showed, such a course should never be attempted without expert legal advice. The case concerned a right to manage company that had been formed with a view to...

Claiming for Dilapidations

It is established law that when a lease comes to an end, the landlord cannot use the dilapidations clause to make a windfall profit out of a tenant. This might occur, for example, when the schedule of dilapidations is agreed and payment made, but the landlord demolishes the property in order to redevelop it. The principles that govern the payment under a...

Using the Internet to Infringe Copyright? You Could Be Jailed!

The Internet is unfortunately fertile ground for those intent on wholesale infringement of copyright. However, as one case involving a music lover who made more than 600,000 pirated tracks available online showed, such behaviour does not go unpunished. The man operated three websites that were used as conduits for pirated music. His activities were sustained and...

How Do You Define the ‘Limits’ of a Port? Court of Appeal Guidance

Anyone involved in international trade will know that ports get busy and that vessels are often required to anchor offshore and wait for a berth. Such delays can have serious financial consequences and, in an important decision, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on what exactly is meant by the ‘limits’ of a port. By the terms of a charterparty, the...

Territorial Scope of UK Employment Laws – Guideline Decision

British Employment Tribunals (ETs) can in some circumstances hear claims brought by foreign nationals or those who work abroad. However, as one case concerning a merchant seaman revealed, their territorial scope is not without limit. The mariner was employed by a company based in Aberdeen. Although his original employment contract had lapsed prior to his...