Remedying defects - what amounts to an “appropriate deduction”?
Clause 2.30 of the JCT Intermediate Contract 2005 deals with the remedying of defects by the contractor during the rectification period...
What impact has ACAS Early Conciliation had on tribunal claims?
What effect has the new ACAS Early Conciliation (“EC”) scheme, which was introduced on 6 April 2014 and became mandatory on 5 May 2014, had on the number of claims reaching the employment tribunal? We report on recent ACAS statistics...
Business interruption insurance and brokers' duties
The trend of insurers taking technical points on coverage issues continues to lead to an increase in professional negligence claims against insurance brokers by their clients...
October changes
October 1st represents a significant date in terms of changes to employment law legislation. For details of what to expect from this October, read on…
The importance of record-keeping
A recent case highlights the importance of maintaining adequate records of the terms and conditions which apply to supply contracts and when they are amended...
Party penalised for refusal to mediate
There have been a number of cases in which the court has encouraged parties to mediate and a recent case is no exception. Garritt-Critchley and others v Ronnan and Solarpower PV Limited [2014] serves as another reminder of the importance of considering mediation carefully and the sanctions that can apply if you fail to do so...
Time off to accompany at antenatal appointments
Over the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, employers will see many changes in the area of family friendly legislation. With effect from 1 October 2014, fathers and partners will have the right to take time off to accompany their pregnant wife or partner at antenatal appointments. We report on this change...
Consumers' Rights to claim damages for misleading or aggressive trading
On 26 May 2008 The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (“the 2008 Regulations”) came into force. These gave protection to consumers from traders who sought to promote aggressive and/or misleading trading practices...
ACAS dress code guidance
The issue of what to wear in the workplace can often be a difficult issue for employers. However, ACAS has released new Guidance on dress Codes and appearance in the workplace in order to highlight the different issues that employers must consider. We report on this new Guidance...
Health and Work Service
The government’s new Health and Work Service will launch at the end of this year with a phased roll-out to close by the end of May 2015. We report on this new service...

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