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Latest legal news from Docklands Solicitors, Kaslers Solicitors LLP.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009


1 October 2009 Budget increase in statutory redundancy pay

The one-off 2009 Budget increase in the maximum amount of "a week's pay" for calculating redundancy pay increases the maximum from £350 to £380.


Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Illegal File Sharing and music privacy

Pop star Lilly Allen, an outspoken critic of both musical piracy and the Featured Artists Coalition’s (FAC) softly-softly approach to the issue, has set up a blog
to discuss the problem of illegal file sharing.

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Monday, 21 September 2009


Data Protection

In August 2009 The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found an doctor in Ipswich in breach of the Data Protection Act, for failing to secure a computer containing patient information.

The computer was found in a car park by an employee of Suffolk Primary Care Trust. The computer contained employee and patient details.

The doctor has to sign an undertaking to keep personal information securely
Sally-Anne Poole, Head of Enforcement and Investigations at the ICO, said it is vital that sensitive personal information, such as patient information, is handled securely.


Thursday, 10 September 2009


Illegal Workers Penalties

Employers who employ illegal workers face a maximum penalty of £10,000 per illegal worker.

Contact: Michael Breeze (Solicitor, Partner) m: 07 900 195.195
e: skype: michael.breeze.kaslers


Monday, 7 September 2009


Redundancy Consultation

An employer is obliged to consult with recognised trade unions (or if there are none, employee representatives) if 20-99 redundancies are proposed within a period of 90 days

Consultation must begin at least 30 days before the first dismissal takes effect

If 100 or more redundancies are proposed, then a 90 days consultation period is needed

Contact: Selwan Yousif Tel : 0845 270 2511 email :


Thursday, 3 September 2009


Redundancy and Length of service

Length of service alone on a last in first out basis will probably be discrimatory on grounds of age as younger employees tend to have less service.

However, it might be justified if the employer can show that the discriminatory act was a ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’.

The courts have decided that length of service was an indirectly discriminatory criteria, but it could be justified on the basis of rewarding loyalty and achieving a stable workforce.

Contact: Selwan Yousif Tel : 0845 270 2511 email :


Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Deposit Forfeiture

A buyer usually forfeits his deposit if he fails to complete a land purchase – this is not regarded as an unenforceable penalty

The court does have power to order the repayment but it will only do so in exceptional circumstances

The amount of money does not make a case exceptional - a recent case involved a 400k pounds deposit on a 4m pounds transaction

The fact that the seller later sells at a better price is irrelevant

Failing to get or renew a mortgage offer is not sufficient.

Contact: Simon M. Scott (Solicitor, Partner) Mobile: 07979 916619

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Call Michael Breeze on 07900 195 195 or call 0845 270 2511 to if you need legal advise about any of these issues

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The LLP Members are Michael D Breeze LL.B (Hons) (SRA reg no 110184) and Simon McCree Scott LL.B (Hons) (SRA reg no 298202).