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Breach of Contract has galactic consequences...

Apr 27, 2018

Interfering with another person’s contractual relationship is unlawful, and with the right legal advice, you may be able to claim appropriate compensation for loss of profit or other earnings. In a recent case, the worlds of science fiction and contract law collided, when a Star Wars fan was unlawfully prevented from beaming an interview with a well-known actor, who played Darth Vader in the original trilogy, into cinemas.

Don't make promises you can't keep...

Mar 16, 2018

Promises that are relied upon to their detriment by those to whom they are made are enforceable by the courts. In one case that demonstrated this point, a daughter of a farmer who worked long hours for low pay on her family farm, after her father assured her that she would have her reward in time, was awarded a seven-figure stake in the business.

A reminder of the importance of due diligence!

Feb 28, 2018

When buying a company, professional advice is always absolutely necessary so that you have a full understanding of exactly what you are taking on. In Teoco UK Ltd v Aircom Jersey 4 Ltd [2018], the purchaser of part of a global management consultancy group claimed to have found itself facing millions in unexpected tax liabilities.

£70 million negligence claim against Mayfair law firm blocked by settlement agreement

Feb 28, 2018

Settlement agreements are typically offered to employees when their employer wants to terminate their contract. Often this is due to redundancy but can also be offered if an employer thinks they are performing badly or believes there is misconduct. Usually an employee is given money in return for certain conditions, including not bringing a claim against their employer.

Buying a Company: Do You Really Know What You Are Taking On?

Feb 02, 2018

When buying a company, professional advice is always absolutely necessary so that you have a full understanding of exactly what you are taking on. In one case that proved the point, the purchaser of part of a global management consultancy group claimed to have found itself facing millions in unexpected tax liabilities.

Gender pay Gap Reporting- Deadline Approaches

Feb 01, 2018

Whilst the BBC and Easyjet have headlined the news on the topic of differences in pay between male and female employees, it is important to remember that the requirement to publish annual gender pay gap data applies to all private sector employers with 250 or more employees and the deadline for the year commencing April 2017 is 4 April 2018. If the rules apply to you and you are not registered, it should be remembered that registration can take up to a week.

Are ‘Casual’ Staff Entitled to Workers’ Rights?

Jan 31, 2018

Are so called 'casual' staff entitled to the panoply of rights afforded to 'workers' by the Employment Rights Act 1996? A tribunal grappled with that vital issue in a case concerning a pipe fitter who found a temporary job through a recruitment agency.

Informal business partnerships are a recipe for strife

Nov 26, 2017

Business partnerships do not need a written agreement to be legally binding: they can be created orally or by conduct indicating that an accord has been reached: this can make it very easy for the parties involved simply to continue without considering what may happen if relations go sour.

Social Media and work: know your rights

Nov 25, 2017

In general, social media can be an effective way to keep in touch with friends and family, however, when using social media to discuss work, even the most innocent postings can potentially have major consequences.

Overpaid Tribunal Fees? Now you can claim them back!

Oct 19, 2017

The government has recently announced its employment tribunal fees refund scheme. In summary, all fees will be repaid along with interest of 0.5%. Applicants should be contacted directly in due course, but can pre-register their claims by emailing [email protected]

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to make sure that these articles reflect the law at the time they are written, they are not maintained as the law is constantly changing and affects each person or business in different ways. If you require specific advice on a matter please call our office or email the relevant solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

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