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Whistleblowing and the “public interest” – it all rests on the facts

It is illegal for an employer to dismiss an employee, or to impose a disadvantage on them, for making a disclosure about unlawful activity. However, this protection only extends to “qualifying disclosures” including criminal offences, breaches of legal obligation, miscarriages of justice, violations of health and safety, and damage to the environment. Furthermore, as the…

Fixed Fees for Small Claims

If you find yourself involved in a dispute, instructing a solicitor need not be expensive. At Linder Myers we endeavour to reach a resolution efficiently. Our lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with all types of disputes and our fixed fee service provides a cost effective and straightforward solution to resolving claims with a value…

Workplace suspensions (misconduct) – A guide for employers

Employment disputes are disruptive and stressful for employers and employees alike. At Linder Myers, our employment law team is committed to helping employers avoid such disputes, with expert employment law advice and support. Helping us to help you, this short guide provides business owners, managing directors, managers, and HR professionals with some top tips on…

Are restrictive covenants enforceable?

Employers often choose to include restrictions within employment contracts. Workers who sign up to the restrictive covenants are agreeing not to do certain things once their employment is over. These restrictions work to protect employers by preventing their previous employees from using the knowledge and information gained at the workplace for the benefit of their new jobs.

Changes to the Consumer Rights Act (CRA). What do you need to know?

October 2015 heralds a wholesale overhaul of the UK’s consumer rights regime.

Designed to clarify and consolidate existing consumer law – which currently spans ten different acts – the new CRA also introduces some significant changes.

Intended to make the law clearer and easier to understand, the Act does present a number of challenges for businesses. It is expected that most companies will need to make at least some changes to their terms and conditions before it comes into force on 1 October.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act. What do you need to do now?

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEE) received Royal Assent last month and is set to herald significant changes to UK company law.

Scheduled to be implemented by October 2016, proponents hope the legislation will considerably improve the position of SMEs by reducing red tape and ensuring fair competition.

Ultimately, the Act could play a crucial role in influencing investors considering doing business in the UK.

Central to the legislation, there are a number of changes relating to what companies file with Companies House. It is expected that all companies will be affected by at least some of the changes.

Breaking bad or breaking even – how to turn break clauses into an advantage

Including break clauses in commercial property leases allows both tenants and landlords the flexibility to terminate a lease before the agreed fixed term has expired and both parties can turn break clauses into an advantage.

The economic downturn has resulted in an increased number of landlords agreeing to break clauses in a bid to make their properties more attractive to businesses. While this allows some flexibility for both parties, these can prove to be the danger that knocks however.

Forced marriage and the law – how individuals can protect themselves

Panorama recently highlighted the real issue of forced marriage which sadly, is still commonplace in some communities in the UK and the programme followed the plight of 19 year old ‘Sana’.

A British Asian, Sana was taken to Pakistan under the guise by her parents of attending university there however, while there, she overheard them discussing her being married to a man she hadn’t even met.

Don’t let the rogue traders get away with it!

If you’ve fallen victim to a rogue trader over the Christmas period particularly, it can be an extremely distressing experience.

Just think about it, how would you feel if you had given your hard earned cash to someone who then refused to do any work? Or, even worse, they completed part of the job, causing damage to your property in the process for example, before then demanding more money to finish the job which is sadly a common scenario?

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