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The Property Investor & Homebuyers Show 2015 - Stand 130

We have the pleasure of exhibiting at the Property Investor and Homebuyers Show this year at ExCel London on the 9th and 10th October!

Aimed at Investors and homeowners/homebuyers, the show will prove very useful to those looking for services associated with buying a property.

Lying on a CV Could Land you a 10-Year Sentence

Fraud Prevention service CIFAS Internal Fraud Database, found that 63% of all fraud recorded and confirmed with them in 2014, were Employment Application Frauds. This includes giving false information regarding an individual’s employment history, qualifications and criminal record.

Caught out with Connaught! - The Principle of Set-Off

There has been much litigation on the equitable remedy of ‘set-off’. The typical scenario involves a tenant seeking to withhold rent because the landlord has breached one (or more) of his obligations in the lease. So is the tenant allowed to do this?

Social Media Risks - How to Protect your Business

Facebook is reported as having 1.44 billion monthly active users, and Twitter some 302 million active users. LinkedIn is currently reported as having 364 million users.

Social Media is a wide-reaching tool that can be extremely advantageous to businesses.

·        But what happens when employees take social media into their own hands and make your business look bad?

Travelling Time = Working Time

The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that if you are a mobile or home worker, then the time spent travelling to your first or last appointment of the day IS considered to be time working for the purposes of the Working Time Directive.

Brand Management: Protecting your Reputation from Competitors

In order to protect your brand from erosion by similar but inferior products it is not enough to register a trademark. If you have developed a unique offering and gained a loyal following, competitors may attempt to siphon off your customer base by promoting their businesses in ways confusingly similar to your own.

Protecting your Children upon Remarriage

What is the legal status of children following the death of one parent and the re-marriage of the other?   If there is no Will in place then upon the death of the surviving parent who has remarried and under the Rules of Intestacy, the first £250,000 of the estate plus personal belongings would pass to their new spouse.  The spouse or civil partner will also receive half of the balance of the estate if it is worth over £250,000.  The remaining

Lousy Leases - Plantation Wharf Management Company vs Jackson [2011]

Is your lease clear and unambiguous as to the recoverability of your lawyer’s legal costs?

These were the words Lord Justice Taylor echoed when considering the case of Plantation Wharf Management Company Ltd v Jackson and another [2011].

Budget 2015 - Key Points

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, gave his Budget to Parliament on Wednesday 8th July.

This stated that the 2015 Budget will be one "for working people," it is a Budget that "sets out a plan for Britiain for the next 5 years to keep moving fro a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy; to the higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country we intend to create."

Protecting your Children and Step Children

What is the legal status of a step-child following the death of the step-parent without a Will.  Surprisingly, the step-child has very little protection or rights.

If somebody dies without making a Will, the property and assets of that person are distributed to certain of their surviving relatives in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy.

Data Privacy in the Digital Age

The Data Protection Act 1998 applies to all businesses that collect personal data in the United Kingdom. Data covered by the Act includes any information relating to a living person by which they can be identified. This includes their name, address, date of birth and preferences as well as others’ views about them.

Trade Union Bill - Government crackdown on Industrial Strikes

Following the recent Tube Strikes and the impact they had on London’s workers and businesses, the Tory government have just published the draft Trade Union Bill. This was drafted to tackle the measurable economic and commercial damage that industrial action has been known to and will continue to cause if preventative measures are not put in place.