News and Blogs

The New Government Apprenticeship Levy: Your Questions Answered

In the summer 2015 Budget, the Government introduced a charge on some UK employers called the “apprenticeship levy”. It is expected to raise £3bn each year which will be used to fund new apprenticeships; the aim being 3 million by the end of 2020.

 

Why?

National Living Wage: April Fools Joke?

We have read the headlines, we have seen the TV advert, and we all know that the National Living Wage (NLW) comes into force on April Fools Day. Since the proposal was announced in the Summer Budget 2015, there has been much debate and media coverage surrounding the NLW.

The Business Show 2016 & Social Media Seminar - 11th & 12th May

After a successful two days exhibiting at last year's Business Show, we couldn't wait to secure our place for this year. With our Employment Team expanding, we're eager to get hands on and help your business with it's every legal need.

We're Hiring: Assistant Employment Lawyer/ Experienced Paralegal

We are recruiting an Assistant Employment Lawyer. If you are a recently qualified solicitor, Cilex or experienced paralegal with ambition, enthusiasm and top notch skills, please email hr@gelbergs.co.uk enclosing your CV and a cover letter explaining what you have to offer and why you want to work for Gelbergs. No agencies please.

Right to Rent - Legal Update

What is the new law?

From the 1st February 2016, landlords in England will now have to ensure that their tenants have a right to rent.  This means checking that your tenant is either a British citizen, a citizen of a country in the EU or EEA or a citizen of another country with no limits on their permission to live in the UK. 

Landlord's Licences Coming to a Council Near You!!!

As you may have already heard, certain Councils are now introducing the landlord’s licencing scheme to their respective boroughs. The scheme places a mandatory obligation on private landlords to obtain a licence to show that their rented accommodations are compliant with relevant health and safety legislations, with the aim of raising the standard of living conditions.

Fundraising for Text Santa 2015

Back in December, ITV ran a fundraising appeal called Text Santa to hold a nation-wide Christmas Jumper Day on December 18th. 

To do our bit, we decided to hold a 2 day jumper-thon and do a Christmas Themed Bake Sale alongside. This appeal is in aid of three fantastic, worth-while charities; Make a Wish, Save the Children and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Relief from Sanctions: Are you Relieved?

Recent changes in the law have meant that the courts are now becoming harsher when it comes to missed court deadlines. The recent case of Sinclair -v- Dorsey & Whitney (2015) showed Mr Justice Popplewell deciding that no relief from sanction would be given to the claimants who had breached an unless order, even though their case was estimated to be worth £30 million.

Do your bit in a Festive Knit! - Text Santa Fundraising

Here at Gelbergs, Charity work within the community and wider area are what set us apart from other firms. We hold strong belief in helping others, and this year, we thought we'd get into the festive spirit this December by helping those less fortunate!

We Sponsored Islington's Menorah Lighting

We are proud sponsors of Chabad Lubavitch, Islington. They a very worthwhile charity which helps provide Jewish education, social welfare and outreach in Islington and the wider UK.

Scottish Power vs. BP: Can a Court Ignore the Plain Language of a Contract?

The recent case of Scottish Power v. BP shows that sometimes a court can ignore the plain language of a contract and place its own interpretation on a clause. This case concerned clauses limiting the liability of a party for breach of contract. The court determined that such clauses were too restrictive in light of the parties’ commercial intentions and considerations of fairness and just compensation to the injured party.

Work Experience at Gelbergs LLP - By Hilal Yavuz

Joining us for a week back in June from Highbury Fields School, Hilal was bright and enthusiastic. Shadowing solicitors and our marketing manager, she saw a real insight into the inner workings of a London-based Law firm. We really enjoyed having her with us and we wish her the best of luck in the future and hope that she is able to pursue her dream of becoming a legal  professional, specialising in EU Law.