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Family Business Network announces exclusive insight event with Chairman of prominent family-owned Cumbrian business

August 29th 2019
 

The Family Business Network has announced an exclusive evening event; ‘An Audience with Peter Hensman OBE’, which is set to take place at the Percival Lecture Theatre in Ambleside on Wednesday 11th September. Peter Hensman OBE is widely known and respected throughout Cumbria and beyond for his role as Chairman of one of the county’s largest tourism and leisure businesses, Lake District Estates. With a compelling history dating back to…

More additions to ‘Good Work Plan’ to protect low-paid workers

August 20th 2019
 

By Claire Davies Director The government has introduced a new set of additions to its ‘Good Work Plan’ which aims to increase the rights of workers. Some of the key elements of the scheme include: workers to be given enhanced rights to tackle unscrupulous employers who do not comply with the law a new body that will enforce holiday pay for vulnerable workers and ensure agency workers are not underpaid…

Claire Davies

Agency worker not entitled to same hours as permanent employee

August 15th 2019
 

By Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR An agency worker has lost his claim that he should be entitled to the same number of working hours as a permanent member of staff. Dominik Kocur was employed by recruitment company Angard Staffing Solutions, who provided staff for Royal Mail. Kocur regularly worked alongside permanent members of Royal Mail staff, performing similar duties. However, whereas the Royal Mail workers were guaranteed…

Joanne Stronach

Couple can sue PwC for professional negligence despite time delay

August 12th 2019
 

By David Tew Solicitor A couple have been granted permission to take accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to court in a professional negligence claim. Sir Christopher and Lady Anne Evans hired PwC in 2001 to advise them on ways to avoid capital gains tax on the disposal of shares. They were encouraged to use a “round the world” scheme, which involved the trust becoming resident for part of the tax year in…

David Tew

Government to strengthen sexual harassment laws

August 7th 2019
 

By Claire Davies Director The government is look for ways to strengthen the law to give employees more protection from sexual harassment. It is launching a consultation and is inviting victims to have their say on what sort of changes would be beneficial. One of the things being considered is how to strengthen and clarify the law to give explicit protections against third party harassment. It had been thought that…

Claire Davies

Landlord was entitled to give tenant only two months’ notice

August 5th 2019
 

By Mark Aspin Director & Head of Dispute Resolution The Court of Appeal has ruled that a landlord was within his rights to end a tenancy agreement without giving his tenant the six-month notice period required under the Housing Act 1988. The tenant, Sarah Bamber, had agreed a seven-year tenancy on the property, which included a 12-month starter period. During this starter period, the agreement stated that the tenancy could…

Mark Aspin
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