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The taxi-booking service Uber has received a boost after the high court ruled that its app was legal in London. Had it lost the case, the company would have been forced to change its service to comply with rules that protect black cab drivers, according to The Guardian. ... read more
October 16th, 2015
A former insider at the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has alleged that the contract procurement process due to conclude today is flawed, according to the Law Society Gazette. Criminal defence firms are due to find out if they have won one of a reduced number of contracts to provide 24-hour cover at police... ... read more
October 16th, 2015
Two ex-wives have won a Supreme Court battle to set aside their divorce settlements as a result of non-disclosure by their former husbands. ... read more
October 15th, 2015
The new Consumer Rights Act, which came into force on 1 October 2015, will for the first time give shoppers the clear right to a repair or replacement when web-based products, including downloaded or streamed content such as apps, music, movies and games, fail to work. ... read more
October 2nd, 2015
A senior magistrate who paid £40 of his own money to pay the court fine for a destitute asylum seeker has resigned his position, after being suspended. Nigel Allcoat, a magistrate for 15 years, said he despaired at the mounting fines and costs being accrued by an asylum seeker at Leicester... ... read more
October 1st, 2015
People who have been stripped of benefits could be charged by the government if they appeal against the decision to an independent judge, according to an internal Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document leaked to The Guardian. ... read more
September 25th, 2015
A Harrods security guard, John Perrett, was awarded £18,000 by an employment tribunal but was not reinstated in his job after claiming that he was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct. ... read more
September 22nd, 2015
The government is contemplating introducing legislation to reinforce changes to the School Admissions Code that offer children born in the summer the option to delay entry to reception until they have passed five years old. ... read more
September 11th, 2015
Magistrates have warned that the criminal justice system is “on the cusp” of breaking down as a result of growing delays, court closures and funding cuts. Cases heard in the magistrates' courts currently take 149 days on average to complete, which is a week longer than they took four years ago. ... read more
September 8th, 2015

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Employment disputes in the workplace cost time and money, with the fear of tribunal often acting as a significant barrier for businesses, particularly SMEs. It is often cited a factor in dissuading companies from taking on staff, which could, ultimately, disrupt the growth of their business. posted on October 1st, 2013
A former Met Police officer who sued the force for wrongly using its powers to investigate her has won a case over a breach of human rights and misuse of private information. The case arose after Andrea Brown, a detective constable, was quizzed after going on holiday with her daughter while on sick... posted on August 26th, 2016