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The Court of Appeal has (albeit narrowly) ruled that a local council did not act quickly enough in repairing a pothole - even though it did so the next working day. The case was brought by an injured jogger who hurt himself when he fell over a pothole one Saturday evening in January (some years previously). http://www.lawgistics.co.uk/read-news/1143

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Putting aside my little twist on a quote from the Bard - recent research has shown that it’s much more cost effective to comply with health and safety legislation and to meet employer’s duties; rather than leaving it to chance that nothing will go wrong and with it the subsequent enforcement action. http://www.lawgistics.co.uk/read-news/1144

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Workshops contain a number of flammable materials but if you store fuel on your premises as well, this is also a risk. So when an employee causes an explosion or an accident which has created a dangerous situation on the premises it needs to be dealt with appropriately. http://www.lawgistics.co.uk/read-news/1145

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For 10 years now, PCP has been the most utilised form of car finance by value. This has been good news for new car sales but financial regulators are now getting jittery about the entire thing as they also are about the numerous long term 0% credit card deals which just keep on coming. The fear of course is that people are borrowing beyond their means as credit seems to be back in the pre 2008 ‘easy to get’ territory, and we all know where that and sub-prime lending landed the economy.

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The notion of “good work” has hit the recent headlines with the pending publication of the Government review into modern working practices in the UK which is due to be published next month, following persistent scandals over bad working conditions such as at Sports Direct and insecure contracts in the gig economy.

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One of our clients found themselves dealing with a rather persistent consumer whose list of alleged issues kept on growing. Despite disputing the issues, the client took a commercial decision to offer a refund just to draw a line under the matter as it was clear this was a consumer who was not going to go away. However, the consumer did not want to return their lovely 10 year old convertible BMW, they wanted money and so many backs and forths later, they issued a claim against our client for over £7200 – £700 more than the sale price.

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We regularly receive calls and emails from dealers who have been told they must participate in ADR. Often the dealers will receive a letter from one of the many ADR providers offering their services for a fee. Understandably dealers are miffed at having to pay a fee to negotiate with a consumer when a) they are car dealers and negotiate for a living and b) by the time mediation is offered, the dealer has already made their position clear to the consumer and so they do not want to waste more time in fruitless discussion.

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It is widely known that late payments in business to business contracts attract statutory interest, presently at 8.5% unless another rate is envisaged under the contract. The Late Payments of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 stipulates also that the interest will generally start running from 30 days after the goods are received or services provided. The contract may stipulate longer interest free periods, however a period longer than 60 days is very likely to be deemed unreasonable and curtailed to the 60 days’ maximum.

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You may recall the recently reported £36m dent in John Lewis profits due to a payroll error and potential breach of the minimum wage rules. In view of the costly paybacks, not to mention fines – doubled in 2016, how can one ensure compliance?
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