Unmarried couples need to protect themselves

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner’s pension, with commentators saying it’s likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples.  But, in the meantime, cohabitees should face up and formalise arrangements, rather than keeping their fingers crossed.  …

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Clampdown for employers who call a spade a shovel

Ride hailing app Uber has won attention for revolutionising the taxi business worldwide, but is now grabbing headlines for different reasons, following legal action by drivers claiming workers’ rights.  The GMB Union brought the action on behalf of a group of Uber drivers, who are described as self-employed ‘partners’ by Uber.  The action argues that…

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Mistakes that mean landlords lose right to break-up

Landlords looking to break a lease have received a blunt reminder of what it takes to serve a valid break notice after a legal battle reached the High Court.  The ruling in Vanquish Properties (UK) Limited Partnership –v- Brook Street (UK) Limited centred around premises ear-marked for development on Fenchurch Street in London.  The premises were let…

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Lifting the lid on tricky toilet problems

Customer toilet facilities have been causing a stink for take-aways and travel operators in recent weeks.  First, it was take-away outlets with tables who found themselves falling foul of the law.  Then a ferry company was in trouble, after being challenged on its attitudes towards transgender users of its facilities.    It’s estimated that the…

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