Ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies [under Section 8 and Section 21 of Housing Act 1988] With the demand for social housing at record levels and social housing stock at historically low levels across the country, obtaining a possession order is becoming harder and trickier for landlords. With the courts and Judges being meticulous when considering possession […]

What is IR35?

IR35 legislation was introduced in 2000 specifically to challenge the tax position of those individuals who provide their services via an intermediary service Company. The advantage to the individual of such an arrangement is that they pay less Income Tax and National Insurance than a directly employed worker. These types of service company arrangements continue […]

How does HMRC determine employment status under IR35?

Crucial to the determination of whether IR35 applies or not is the question of ‘Whether an individual would (for tax or NICs purposes) have been an employee of the client if they had been working directly for the client?’ If the answer is no then the intermediary and individual will not be caught by the […]

Party Wall Act Injunction

Are you faced with a Party Wall Act Injunction? Are you contemplating applying for one? There are a number of important facts that should be considered very carefully before you do anything else. What is a Party Wall Act Injunction? A court order which tells a party to do something or to stop doing something. Read more […]

HSE Investigations and Interviews under Caution

Whenever serious incidents do occur (whether or not they are subsequently subject to HSE investigation) companies must seek to ensure that their policies and systems are designed to quickly and effectively respond; in order to minimise any potential likelihood of repetition and to properly manage any potential consequences for affected parties. Where the Health and […]

“Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful” – Supreme Court

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has held that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal Fees Order 2013 is unlawful under both domestic and EU law. The Court ruled that it was unlawful as it prevented access to justice, imposed unjustified limitations on an individual’s ability to enforce EU right and was indirectly […]

ORJ wins new client.

ORJ wins new client: The Stafford based law firm has been instructed by one of the country’s largest independent travel companies, in place of city firm Penningtons to defend a claim valued by the claimants at £13.5M. The case is already issued but following an adverse interlocutory hearing, the company decided it was time to […]

Employment Contracts – FAQs

When it comes to Employment Law, our Specialist Andrew Lester is usually asked these 11 questions by Employers to ensure they’re covering all the bases in Employment Contracts. Here are his responses: 1. Do I have to give all employees a contract? Employers are only legally required to give every employee a Section 1 written statement of […]

If you’re selling your business, how long can you count on Entrepreneur’s Relief?

If you’re at the stage where you’re considering selling your business as part of your exit strategy, how long can you count on Entrepreneur’s Relief being available? ORJ’s corporate and commercial law specialist, Lorraine Smith, responds to a question a number of clients have asked, given the current political uncertainty. It has been government policy […]

Father’s Day Child Arrangements

Did you have amicable child arrangements for Father’s Day? Father’s Day is often a wonderful celebratory time for many families. However, it can also be a painful reminder of difficult circumstances if you are unable to spend time with your children on this special day. It can be the small things that can make you feel […]

Successful £1.7m management buy out

The ORJ Corporate Team headed up by Lorraine Smith, Partner, have recently completed the £1.7m management buy out of a local environmental services business who is a key supplier to Network Rail. Lorraine commented on the transaction “This was a particularly complicated transaction. The vendor had received external offers for the Company but was committed […]