UK house prices jumped 0.7% between March and April

July 31st 2019

By Elizabeth Crouch Head of Residential Conveyancing The latest House Price Index figures show that the cost of an average home in the UK jumped 0.7% between March and April. The annual rise to April was 1.4%, bringing the cost of the average property to £228,903. In England, the annual rise was 1.1%, with the average property costing £245,128. The regional data for England shows that: the North East experienced…

Buyer of insurance firm compensated for warranty breach

July 29th 2019

A company has been compensated for a breach of warranty after it bought an insurance firm. David Tew Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The case involved a firm that sold policies related to motor or household insurance. When it was sold in 2014, the seller provided warranties that the company accounts were accurate and a fair representation of the company’s financial situation. The agreement stated that the seller…

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Parental leave is not equivalent to statutory maternity leave

July 25th 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR Two recent cases involving fathers taking paternity leave have highlighted a defining difference between parental leave and a mother’s statutory maternity leave. One male employee who worked for a technology firm sued for sex discrimination after his employers insisted he should not be paid at the same rate as mothers on statutory maternity leave. A similar case saw a policeman claim sex…

Property owner must pay £81,000 for work completed on cancelled job

July 22nd 2019

By Stephanie Johnson Associate A dispute between a property owner and builder has been settled by the High Court, with the owner ordered to pay for work completed, even though he was not happy with it and the job was cancelled. The parties had entered into a JCT minor works building contract for work to be done on the owner’s property. However, after some initial work had been completed, the…

Ambulance staff entitled to have overtime included in holiday pay

July 18th 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR A court ruling in a dispute between ambulance workers and the NHS could affect employers across all sectors when it comes to factoring overtime into holiday pay. The dispute centred on whether ambulance staff were entitled to have an average amount of their voluntary overtime pay included when calculating their holiday pay. The Employment Tribunal ruled in favour of the NHS Trust,…

Huge fines being threatened by the ICO in two landmark cases

July 16th 2019

Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR gives her views on recent headline. The ICO has issued a ‘Notice of Intention’ (NOI) to fine British Airways a huge £183.39 million for GDPR infringements. It is for a breach that took place last September, in which personal data of approximately 500,000 BA customers was compromised. The ICO has also issued a NOI to fine Marriott £99 million for a cyber incident…

Live The Dream #FiveReasonsWhy

July 16th 2019

#FiveReasonsWhy Haltwhistle is an ideal location to enjoy a great career and a fantastic standard of living which will be the envy of many of your family and friends. Located in the centre of Britain with excellent road and rail connections, you can explore all the country has to offer in every direction – Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland Coast, the Lake District and the Scottish Borders, and all the…

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New measures being planned to ensure SMEs are paid on time

July 15th 2019

By Carly Davies Credit Conrtol & Debt Recovery The government is planning to ease the cash flow burden on small firms by making the boards of large companies accountable for late payments to suppliers. It is part of an ongoing effort to tackle the issue of late payment, which can be the difference between success and failure for many SMEs. Large companies could also face fines and have binding payment…

KAPOW! Superhero Challenge raised over £450

July 11th 2019

  On Saturday 6th July #TeamCartmells Cape Crusaders took on the KAPOW! Superhero Challenge to raise money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria. Kapow Superhero Challenge Our fab five donned orange capes and masks while navigating an obstacle course made up of crazy challenges. Lydia, Mandy, Gemma, Laura Murphy and Lauren arrived at Cockermouth Rugby club on a beautiful sunny day and kicked things off with…

Kapow Superhero Challenge

Worker was discriminated against because of poor language skills

July 11th 2019

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a transport worker was discriminated against because of his ‘lack of command’ of the English language. Mr A Khawaja, from Pakistan, worked for Transport for London (TfL) but was overlooked for development opportunities such as training and conference calls. The office held conference calls twice a day and the team members also took part in regular…

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