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Belfast Student Takes Legal Action Over Letting Agent Fees

A Belfast student is taking what could be a landmark legal challenge against letting agencies over the extra administration fees that they are charging him. Paul Loughran, who is a student at Queen`s University in Belfast, believes that the extra charges they are asking him to pair are unfair and unreasonable.
Contesting Unfair Admin Fees He was told that the charges were for `admin` and `application` fees and when he contested the...

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Unions Warn Of The Ticking Time Bomb Of Legal Claims For Exposure To Diesel Fumes

Union chiefs have warned that there could be a huge surge in legal claims over the next few years over workers being exposed to toxic fumes at work. They have warned that the situation at present has many similarities to the asbestos problem previously where claims are still coming to court.
Inadequate Protection From Diesel Fumes The Royal Mail is one particular high profile employee who is getting sued by some of...

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Social Media & Its Impact On The Legal System

The governments chief legal adviser, Jeremy Wright QC, has expressed concerns that social media is having a very real impact on the legal system and can on occasions put the right to a fair trial at risk. In a public consultation about this issue he has requested that an assessment of the impact of social media on criminal cases is carried out to see whether there is a requirement to provide extra reporting restrictions regarding this issue.
Public Consultation On Effects Of Social Media This public consultation comes after the initial abandonment of a trial involving the trial...

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Legal Case Won By Belfast International Airport Over Rates Revaluation

In what is being billed as a landmark case, Belfast International Airport has won its legal battle after a rates hike had been imposed on them following major redevelopment work 7 years ago. The fact that the airport have won their case after an appeal could well lead to other businesses appealing against their rates revaluations by Land & Property Services (LPS).
Rates Assessment Was Excessive The LPS had assessed the airport as having a £3 million net annual value following the redevelopment...

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Court Ruling Will Mean Businesses Have To Be Careful Not To Breach Workers Privacy

After an appeal in Strasbourg the European Court of Human Rights has come to the conclusion that a Romanian engineer had his privacy breached when his employers monitored his internet use at work and looked at his personal and private interactions. After they found he had been chatting online to his fiancee about his sexual health they dismissed him.
Monitoring Internet Use At Work The engineer claimed unfair dismissal in the Romanian courts but his case was unsuccessful so he...

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Radical Proposals Put Forward For How Courts In Northern Ireland Operate

There has been a two year review of the family and justice systems in Northern Ireland, and how the courts operate. Following this review proposals are being published which will call for some radical changes to the present system so that it is more in tune with the present age in which we live.
Legal System Proposals In Northern Ireland The new proposals which are going to be considered include: There is going to be a...

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New Laws Taking Effect In September

There was a very interesting article in the Independent the other day which mentioned 4 new laws which are due to be introduced this month, so we thought we would share them with you as you may find the information useful. As you know the law is fast moving and is in a constant state of flux, and there are many changes every year to our UK rules and regulations so it is important we keep up to date with every legal change.
4 Laws To Be Introduced HMRC, in partnership with the government of the day, have made a big, concerted effort to...

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An Online Probate Application System Is Introduced

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service have announced that they are now accepting online probate applications from personal applicants. This move has been coming for some time and will not be the last service to be moved online as we live in an increasingly digital world.
The Law Society Has Concerns The move to accept online probate applications has been welcomed by most bodies and experts but...

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Legal Action Could Soon Be Taken Against Governments Over Climate Change

Texas has been in the face of the storm over the last few days as hurricane Harvey brings devastation to the region, including flooding on a pretty unprecedented scale. Now activist groups are claiming there could be a wave of legal action over governments lack of action in tackling climate change. The scientific community as a whole seem to becoming more clear over the fact that many of the extreme weather conditions that we are seeing across the world are attributable directly to climate change, and this could lay governments open to legal battles from affected people, businesses and communities.
Duty Of Care To Plan Ahead And it is not only governments that could be on the receiving end of legal...

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Fight For Right To Choose A Civil Partnership Goes To Supreme Court

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have been granted the right to take their case to enter into a civil partnership to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal had earlier this year thrown out their appeal against the original High Court decision which came to the conclusion that there should not be a judicial review over any changes to the bar on opposite sex couples entering into a civil partnership.
Supreme Court Decision Significant The couples solicitor, Louise Whitfield of Deighton Pierce Glynn, was delighted with the decision saying: "This is...

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