The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and thoughts will soon be turning to the festive season and the inevitable parade of office Christmas parties. However HR departments, perhaps mindful that Halloween comes first, might have their minds on the spooky concept of vicarious liability. Might one overly merry employee’s fun come at a cost?
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (“The Ministry of Housing”) introduced a database in April 2018 which allows local authorities to bring banning order offences against serious rogue landlord and property agents. The local authorities are to input the banning orders received by landlords.
Education and training the focus for boosting diversity in the tech sector
The Tech sector has long been recognised as male dominated, with a survey by agency Inclusive Boards identifying that only 12.6% of board members in the sector are women, compared to the 30% female representation now achieved by FTSE 100 businesses. The release of GCSE and A-Level results earlier this month have therefore shown some encouraging signs for the future in tackling this gender gap.
Back in March of this year I published an article on the recent case of Cowan V Foreman, a case where not only did Mr Justice Mostyn refused Mrs Cowan’s application to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”) out of time, he also (worryingly for estate practitioners) provided obiter comments suggesting that the common practice of parties entering into standstill agreements should cease with immediate effect.