Attorneys appointed to manage a person’s finances and property under a Lasting Power of Attorney must ensure they only use such of the donor’s funds as are reasonably required for their needs, or risk criminal prosecution.
Divorcing spouses who used Form E on the Ministry of Justice website to help calculate financial settlements, should consider taking advice after a software error was found in it which may have reduced the amounts that should have been paid to their ex spouse/civil partner.
A lease to an ‘anchor tenant’ in a shopping centre which allowed it to veto the grant of leases to other tenants (who might be competitors) could breach competition law depending on its effect, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
A tenant required to pay quarterly rent in advance before exercising a break clause to end the lease had no implied right to repayment of the part of the rent relating to the period after the lease ended, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Employees facing disciplinary proceedings must be told of all factors the employer is taking into account when deciding on the sanction to be imposed, and must be given opportunity to make representations about each factor, a recent ruling makes clear.
Tenants wishing to challenge service charges should expressly say so when paying those charges, to avoid the inference that payment amounts to agreeing the charges or an admission they are valid. They should bring a claim for payment without delay.
Employers will welcome a government announcement that there will be no increases in maternity and other payments to employees.
Landlords and tenants of both domestic and non-domestic private rented premises should start preparing for new regulations requiring many of them to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties before they can continue to be rented out.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) has published a new guide to help businesses and other organisations handle ‘subject access requests’ under data protection law.
Former employers giving oral references must take great care what they say, particularly where an agreement has been made with the employee concerned about the contents of a written reference, a ruling makes clear.