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The Supreme Court has backed Lambeth Council over store planning condition 'drafting error'.

Acquiring or disposing of commercial property can be a challenging and complicated process. Securing the right financing agreement for the purchase of property will often be crucial to the success of your transaction, so having the best support from the earliest stage is vital when it comes to securing a successful outcome for you and your business. 

The sickie - the one or two days a year where some people are defeated by a hangover or plan a shopping trip and resort to calling into work sick. The question is, can an employee be dismissed because of it? The recent case of Metroline West Ltd v Mr Ajaj UKEAT/0185/15/RN looked at when is it 'fair' to dismiss an employee if the employer suspects the employee may be exaggerating their ailments. To give you a bit of background

Ladies, put your hands up if you’ve had to consider what to wear for the office based on the temperature of the workplace? And men, how many of you are sick of women complaining that it’s too cold when you’re desperate to open a window? This is one of the age old battles of the sexes. But have you ever considered that it may be creating a divide between the males and females in your office? An underlying, unaddressed issue which may lead to potential conflicts. Michael Labrum, from Labrums Solicitors in St Albans, said: “Conflicts within the workplace can develop over time from small niggling issues. “Something as simple as the temperature the air conditioning is set at can be the catalyst for bigger issues and grievances. “I read an article on air conditioning. It stated that women prefer a temperature three degrees warmer than men. “Air conditioning was built with the temperature of a white male, in his 40s, of medium build in mind. The temperature is based on this profile, rather than an average man or a mixed sex workplace. “When it comes to disputes, as a general rule prevention is better than cure. “A lot of offices could avoid conflict to prevent a bitter workplace atmosphere by levelling the playing field, or in this case taking the average temperature of all their employees into account.” Conflicts in the office are usually because of historic reasons. This could be rates of pay, male dominated management, break times, maternity and paternity entitlement and hours of working. Michael said: “Companies need to think outside the box. With most workplace disputes there’s a tendency to look at the black and white rather than the grey areas. There are other reasons, other niggles, that fester to create tension in the workplace. “Rather than following the crowd or following tradition companies need to take a look at their organisation and make the necessary changes that suit their business needs. “We go into companies and offer MOTs for their terms and conditions and details of employment and create a template for them that they can use in the future.” Now ask yourself again, is there a battle of the sexes in your workplace?

5 Things to Remember About the Legalities of Rebranding It's no secret that effective branding is critical to getting ahead in business. Here are the five legal points you need to be aware of if you intend to make your brand a success. Protection is about more than just a nameIt's a common misconception that a brand is only the name of the company in question. Actually, the notion of protecting your unique business identity

It's common for entrepreneurs to go into business without planning contingencies for the future. Being driven and enthusiastic in your mindset is a positive way to start a new business endeavour, but untempered optimism can be problematic when you're planning for the long term. A shareholders' agreement is essential for anyone that is about to enter into business together, regardless of how well they may know one another. Here is a brief