The Lord Chief Justice, the country’s most senior Judge, has questioned whether the dock is ‘really necessary’ during Court appearances. It has been suggested that Defendants sit with their legal team in the main part of the Courtroom rather than being required to sit in the dock.
In October 2012 the Court of Appeal announced in the case of Simmons v Castle that awards of general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity were to be increased by 10%. This decision coincided with the Jackson reforms of civil litigation. Since that time, employment law practitioners have sought to argue that the uplift could also apply in Employment Tribunal proceedings. The Court of Appeal later revised its Judgment which added to the proposition that its application could go further than just the civil courts.
The Court of Appeal will set a precedent later this year determining whether or not a trustee in bankruptcy can access an individual's pension to pay off a debt that individual owes. We eagerly await the Court of Appeal’s decision due in the Spring.
The High Court ruled in December 2014 in the case of Horton v Henry that the court does not have the power to force Mr Henry to withdraw from his un-crystallised pension policies to pay off debts of more than £387,000.
As an employer you will hold personal information about your employees. You have obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”). I have seen an increasing number of enquiries relating to data protection and the consequences of a breach of the Act so I thought what better place to set out the key information for employers to be aware of and the consequences of failing to fulfil their obligations.
Jojar Singh, Senior Solicitor at QualitySolicitors Knight Polson has acted for a number of small and medium sized businesses in the miss-selling of interest rate swap agreements.
The purpose behind many of the swaps sold to bank’s customers was essentially to fix the customers interest rate at a particular level to ensure that they were not paying huge amounts to the bank in interest if the rate was increased. Very little or no advice was given to customers outlining the position if the interest rates fell or if the customers wanted to exit the swap early.