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What permission do you need for ‘change of use’?

Covid has changed the way we work. Hundreds of companies are discovering that the service they provide can be done by employees working from home, and in many cases, it’s been found to be far more financially viable to have a team that telecommutes and uses Zoom for meetings, rather than having a bricks-and-mortar office.…

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Toxic workplaces – when does it become a legal matter?

The school playground is notorious for bullying. But if you think that stops when you leave school and go to work, you’d be sadly mistaken. Bullying in the workplace is a common occurrence for thousands of UK employees, who are subjected to daily harassment and undue pressure from both bosses and work colleagues. So when…

New build disputes: what can you do?

Buying a new build may seem like a great idea. The property you’re buying is quite literally brand new, it’s been finished to building regulation standards, and the developer is still in the chain so if anything goes wrong, you can get them to sort it out. Right? Well, no, not always. Dealing with new…

Buying a property at auction: what you need to know

Buying a property at auction is exciting, exhilarating, and just a little bit scary. There’s an opportunity to pick up a real bargain (as long as someone doesn’t start bidding against you), it’s an instant purchase, and once you’ve bought your property it’s yours to do with as you wish (subject to any restrictions imposed…

GDPR: three years on

The GDPR legislation was introduced in May 2018. Since then companies such as Google have been hit with hefty fines and there have been over 160,000 breaches. While most larger firms will understand GDPR inside out (and indeed have a data protection officer in charge of this) some smaller companies are still not fully up…

Managing long covid in the workplace

The long-term effects of covid-19 will be felt for years to come. The pandemic has changed so much about our everyday lives, from how we work to how we interact with one another. For those who have suffered from covid-19 infections, many are still feeling the effects daily due to what is known as ‘long…

SCC Design Build ltd redundancies and protective awards

SCC Design Build – redundancy claims The employment team at Linder Myers has been made aware that the ex-employees of Stockport-based SCC Design Build Ltd have been made redundant without consultation. Those staff may be entitled to claim for a protective award. Facing redundancy due to administration The redundancy process is often a difficult time…

Total Glass redundancies and protective awards

Total Glass – redundancy claims Over 100 Total Glass employees are facing redundancy due to the collapse of the Knowsley-based company. Facing redundancy due to administration The redundancy process is often a difficult time for the individual facing redundancy, but when its a mass redundancy due to the collapse of a company it can be…

Bredbury Hall redundancies and protective awards

Bredbury Hall – redundancy claims We’re very saddened to hear of the mass redundancy at Bredbury Hall in Stockport, following its parent company, Newco Ventures Limited, falling into administration.  The business had been forced to closed its doors following the restrictions placed on the hospitality industry back in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,…

Cartwright collapse: redundancy and protective awards

Cartwright – redundancy claims Hundreds of people are expected to be made redundant after manufacturing giant Cartwright enters administration. The Cartwright Group has cited financial difficulties due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the collapse. Facing redundancy due to the Cartwright collapse The redundancy process is often a difficult time for the…

Self-isolation and Statutory Sick Pay: what are the rules?

Most people will have experienced a significant change to both their work and personal life as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While some normality seems to be resuming, it is clear from the local lockdown measures and additions to the ‘travel quarantine list’ that regular changes to regulations are to be expected for quite…

Positive news for landlords experiencing trespassers during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. This change is effective from 18th April 2020 and clarifies that the stay of 90 days imposed from 27th…

How do I implement a homeworking policy?

Following the UK outbreak of Covid-19, organisations are looking to protect their staff long term and offer a flexible work environment. Many businesses are looking to make home working a permanent part of their business.An effective home working policy will protect employers and set out what is expected of staff. What is considered as home…

Taking Stock of HR Documentation During Lockdown

The outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK, and the government enforced lockdown resulted in many organisations making quick decisions, hoping to ensure the long term future of their business. . It is likely that a number of business owners will have reacted in haste to the shut down and potentially breached their employment contracts with…