Buying a Second Hand Car – Your Legal Rights

There are some who think that buying a second hand car, either from a dealer or an individual, means you have no comeback if something goes wrong. This is far from so, although it must be said that you have a much better standing under the law if you purchase from a dealer. The Sale of Goods Act applies where second hand cars are concerned, but not in its entirety where you buy from an individual: in this case there is no legal right to ensure it is of satisfactory quality or fit for the purpose, so beware.

Buying from a dealer is a different matter, and there are avenues you can go down if you have a problem. If you find your car to be faulty soon after purchasing you can reject it; this can be under the grounds of not being reasonable quality, not fit for the purpose, or not as described. In any of the above the dealer is legally bound to refund your money, or compensate you for the state of the vehicle.

Buying at Auction

Auctions can be a tricky area of the law, for they are viewed in a different manner. However, buying a second hand car at auction does not relieve you of your rights. The problem is that a simple sign saying that cars are not guaranteed to be of satisfactory quality, as described or fit for the purpose can be displayed in the auction house and in the catalogue and will relieve the auctioneers of any liability under those areas of the Sale of Goods Act.

The best advice is to buy your second hand car from a reputable dealer, to test it thoroughly beforehand, to give it a thorough inspection and – if you do find something wrong – to return it to the dealer as soon as possible.

Using a Recruitment Agency to Find a Legal Job in a Difficult Economy

Economists are currently warning that the United Kingdom may slip into a trip dip recession. This would be a serious concern for many people looking for new work. Prospective lawyers are not immune to the challenges job seekers face during a tough economy. However, you can still find a good legal job if you take the right steps.

Here are some tips that you can follow when looking for a new legal job

Consider visiting a recruitment agency to see if they can help you out. They provide a number of great services for anyone looking for work. They can negotiate with potential employers on your behalf.

The recruitment agency can also help you get all your documents in order. Your curriculum vitae (CV) is one of the most important documents you will need to have updated when you are going to be looking for any legal job. Your CV should detail all your most recent work experience, publications you’ve made and any certifications you hold. Some lawyers haven’t updated it in several years. They may be missing out some key information.

Many people wonder which recruitment firm they should work with. Most people are surprised when recruitment agencies tell them to work with other firms as well. Recruiters say that there may not be as much overlap between the job opportunities as job seekers may think.


All job applicants should use three to four recruitment agencies. That way they will be able to get the most traction from them without spreading themselves too thin trying to manage relationships with all of them.

Many recruitment agencies specialize in working with lawyers. Some agencies you may want to look at include Robert Half Legal and Kelly Services. These firms are highly rated by attorneys who have worked with them in the past.

The role of finance lawyers in tax investigations

Anyone can cringe at the idea of having a tax investigation. It is definitely one of the most stressful things in life. It is necessary to find a specialist in helping you in resolving tax investigations and give you some peace of mind. Things like investigations, enquiries, disputes as well as conflicts can affect you not only mentally but also with many other aspects of your life. The HM Revenue and Customs are very stringent when it comes to these tax issues and that is why it is necessary to be aware about your situation and seek help from a professional finance lawyer to help you should you be under investigation for your tax activities.

Finance lawyers often deal with cases from sole traders as well as large corporates, and even trustees or partnerships. Should there be some inconsistencies with the past tax payments, the finance lawyer will shoulder the pressure, and help these entities to find better ways to handle the situation and avoid sanctions that could affect their business, employees and their reputation. Through the help of a finance lawyer, the client need not to have contact with the HMRC since he or she will represent the client and fight hard to ensure that the tax penalties will be fair and not make the matter too complicated for both parties. It is necessary to have a team of professionals who will make an exhaustive analysis of the tax history of the client and they will analyze every detail to avoid serious problems in the future.

One of the most popular ways a lawyer can give to the client is preparing voluntary disclosures and paying the necessary amounts to ensure that they pay their dues and not be subject to more serious legal sanctions. They also help in resolving tax investigations and deal with tax enquiries for different entities.

Legal Tips for Employers in the Coming Year

Small business owners need to be aware of any changes to employment laws. The ramifications for breaking any of these laws can be serious, even if the employer wasn’t aware of the change ahead of time.

These laws are changing quickly so employers will need to be diligent about keeping up with them. A number of new laws are already being introduced in 2013 that you will need to be aware of.

What Changes Should We Expect in 2013?

The government is passing several new laws that will extend more rights to employees throughout the United Kingdom. Here are some of the biggest changes that you will need to be aware of.

Shareholder Contracts with Employees

Many employers have shareholder contracts with their employees. A new law will require these contracts to be structured differently two months from now. Shareholder contracts will give employees the right to demand training when needed and file a complaint when they believe they were unfairly terminated.

Addition of Tribunal Fees

The government has grown concerned that too many employees have tried to manipulate the complaint system and file compensation claims against their employers. This new system will charge a fee of 250 pounds to discourage employees from trying to exploit their employers.

Limits of Compensation on Any Claims

More jaded employees have filed unjust termination claims against their employers. The government wants to ensure employees who have a legitimate case will still be able to seek compensation. However, they are also going to place some limitations on the amount that they can claim. There are two new criteria that set the limit of the amount an employee can claim:

  • The employee cannot be awarded more than  £74,200
  • The employee also will not be awarded more than a year’s salary

Wrongful termination claims can be financially devastating to small and medium sized businesses, so these new standards should limit the financial damages they will face.

Be Aware of these Laws in the Coming Year

Employment laws change drastically throughout the year. You will want to make sure that you understand the changes that will go into effect in 2013 and adopt to them as best as possible.