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Do You Offer Work Experience Placements? Make Sure You Understand the Rules!

Many businesses take on people in search of work experience on a casual basis – but such informality has its hazards and taking legal advice before entering into such arrangements is always a good idea. The point was clearly made by a tribunal’s ruling that a young woman’s work placement with a law firm amounted to employment for the purposes of statutory...

Neighbourhood Plans and Local Authority Powers to Amend Them

Neighbourhood plans put power into the hands of local people but are not always popular with developers. That was certainly so in one case concerning a proposal to build 26 new homes on farmland that once formed part of the Green Belt. The 4.5-hectare site had been removed from the Green Belt by the local planning authority (LPA) and placed within a special area...

Squatters’ Rights – Make Use of Your Land or Face Losing It!

Those who do not make use of their land take a risk that title to it will be acquired by others in the exercise of so called squatters’ rights. Exactly that happened in one case in which property owners objected in vain to their neighbour incorporating a slice of what they claimed was their land into his garden. The case concerned a banana-shaped strip of...

Trust in Your Friends Can Never Replace Professional Investment Advice

A friend you do not trust is hardly worth having, but warm relations are sadly no replacement for professional advice when it comes to investments. The point was graphically made by a High Court case in which a woman who put £1.25 million into a friend’s business venture ended up losing every penny. The woman, a professional who had inherited substantial...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Tomorrow is the Deadline

Published Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 01:10 PM Employers in the private or voluntary sector with 250 or more employees are reminded that tomorrow, 4 April, is the deadline for publishing statutory calculations for the year containing the snapshot date of 5 April 2017 showing the pay gap between male and female...