Regulatory Matters

New Fire Alarm Law Introduced to Protect Tenants

From 1 st October, a new law requires private landlords to fit properties with smoke alarms. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 requires a fire alarm to be fitted on each floor of a property which contains a room wholly or partly used as living accommodation. A carbon...

Uber - Employee Rights and Regulatory Issues

Uber, the taxi app, is facing legal action in the UK over the treatment of its drivers. The GMB union is bringing a case on the basis that Uber does not provide its drivers with basic workers’ rights such as minimum wage, paid holiday or rest breaks. Uber argue that its drivers are not entitled to...

The price of justice?

In addition to any financial penalty and order to pay prosecution costs, from 13 April 2015 Criminal Courts will be imposing a Criminal Courts Charge if you are found guilty of an offence committed on or after that date. You may also receive a Criminal Courts Charge for an unsuccessful appeal or...

Legal Aid Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act - Fines to increase from 12 March 2015

Most people will never appear in a Magistrate’s Court to face a custodial sentence or probation order. Fines are however regularly imposed in motoring cases and prosecutions, for instance, brought by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Trading Standards. Milton Keynes crime and...

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