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Does your company’s recruitment process involve psychometric testing?

Does your company’s recruitment process involve psychometric testing?

A job applicant with Asperger’s Syndrome has won an employment tribunal case after establishing her employer’s psychometric testing was discriminatory. Facts The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of The Government Legal Service v Brookes established that the employer’s requirement for job candidates to sit a psychometric test was indirectly discriminatory. The Government Legal […]

The ICO bares its teeth

The ICO bares its teeth

Ahead of far-reaching changes to data protection rules that come into force next year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has shown its willingness to take a tough stance on enforcement by imposing a record fine of £400,000 on Keurboom Communications. Keurboom breached privacy laws by making almost 100 million automated telephone calls to people without […]

Concession for Claimants? The impact of discount rate changes on Personal Injury claims

Concession for Claimants? The impact of discount rate changes on Personal Injury claims

On 27th February 2017, the Lord Chancellor issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange to announce that the discount rate for personal injury claims would be substantially cut from 2.5% to minus 0.75%. The decision was met with dismay by insurance companies and delight by litigants. Many have argued that reform is long overdue, […]

Residence Nil-Rate Band

Residence Nil-Rate Band

Every individual has a nil-rate band of £325,000, meaning that Inheritance Tax is only payable on anything over this threshold. This is taxed at 40%. As of 6th April 2017, the Government has introduced an additional Residence Nil-Rate Band (RNRB) that means by 2020, families can pass on £1 million free from Inheritance Tax. This is […]

New hope for first-time buyers

New hope for first-time buyers

4 years for 5% deposit 8 years for 10% deposit 12 years for 15% deposit This may look like an odd version of the 4 x table, but it is in fact the length of time that it takes first-time buyers to save for a deposit for their first home according to Hamptons International. Gone […]

Obtaining Possession of Properties – An Understanding of the Process for Landlords

Obtaining Possession of Properties – An Understanding of the Process for Landlords

More and more people are investing money into buy-to-let properties and renting them to tenants as a means of regular income and potential capital growth. However, in unfortunate situations, the tenant may fall into financial difficulties or isn’t as credible as he or she presented on paper. For landlords who find themselves in this situation, […]

New tougher penalties for serious speeding offences

New tougher penalties for serious speeding offences

Coming into force from today, the Sentencing Council have increased the punishment for drivers who are caught speeding. The alteration to the sentencing guidelines means that the financial penalties will increase for those speeds that fall into the highest sentencing bracket. Prior to today, drivers who recorded speeds that fell into the highest category would […]

Increased probate fees scrapped

Increased probate fees scrapped

The Government confirmed today that the plans to increase probate fees have been scrapped ahead of the general election in June 2017. The current Probate fee for all estates above £5000 is £155. Instead of a set price, the Government was planning to introduce a tiered fee structure that calculated the Probate fee based on […]

Changing job roles in the changing world of work

Changing job roles in the changing world of work

The CEO of Debenhams has announced a major shake-up of its business model. The retailer, which employs 30,000 people, will close up to 10 stores and 11 warehouses, putting several hundred jobs at risk. Part of the shake-up will also include moving 2,000 staff from back-office roles on to the shop floor. Generally a company […]

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go?

In a recent article in The Telegraph, a woman addressed her decision to take a ‘marriage sabbatical’ in a hope to save her relationship. The decision to take time out of a family relationship is entirely individual and, as this article reflects, a choice which will not necessary guarantee reconciliation. Separating before, and without taking […]