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Big Money Divorce Case Settles for £15 million.

One of the highest-profile divorce cases in recent years has settled, after more that four years of wrangling. The case is noteworthy not only for the massive sums involved (the eventual out-of-court settlement was valued at £15 million), but also for the unconventional means by which the ex-wife tried to obtain evidence of her husband’s true worth –...

Consultations on Parental Leave and Flexible Working Code of Practice

Two consultation documents have been published that relate to more flexible working practices Firstly, the Government is seeking opinions on how its proposed shared parental leave reforms should work in practice.  View the consultation document . The closing date for submissions is 17 May 2013. The more flexible parental leave arrangements are due to be...

Light Industrial Enforcement Notice Upheld

A landowner who demolished light industrial units, replacing them with larger ones, has failed in a High Court bid to overturn an enforcement notice requiring him to tear them down. The court dismissed as ‘unsustainable’ arguments that the enforcement notice was at odds with existing development rights and not sufficiently specific. The claimant had been...

Employment TribunalsTold to ‘Take Heed’ of Public Funds

Employment tribunals and their users alike have been told to ‘take heed’ of the need to take a ‘firm grip’ on proceedings to ensure conservation of public funds. The Court of Appeal expressed disquiet that an unfair dismissal claim that raised relatively straightforward issues had taken 24 days to hear. In the context of an unsuccessful claim by a...

Tribunal had no Power to Consider Taxpayer’s ‘Legitimate Expectation’

In a ruling which clarifies the law, the upper tribunal (UT) has rejected a taxpayer’s plea that he had a ‘legitimate expectation’ that he would be granted a VAT input tax credit after being given an assurance to that effect during a telephone call to the national advice service (NAS) provided by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The tribunal...