Legal News

A Decree Absolute is not the absolute end

Date: August 02, 2019 by idu-net

UK law regards the actual divorce itself to be the main issue and resolving the financial aspects is considered “ancillary” to that. In reality of course, the main dispute in any divorce is usually over the question of the division of assets and income.  However, most people would assume that the grant of a Decree …

Can I be chased for overpayments if I’ve left the company?

Date: July 03, 2019 by idu-net

Fraudulent attempts to “massage” expenses or any deliberate attempt to “con” the firm out of cash cannot be justified in any circumstances, however happy mistakes (for the employee at least) sometimes happen. Despite rigorous payroll and HR processes, sometimes you might wind up with more than usual in your pay packet or expenses. Of course …

What’s the difference between periodical and interim payments?

Date: June 12, 2019 by idu-net

  If you’ve been involved in a legal claim for compensation following personal injury or medical negligence the settlement sum (whether agreed by negotiation of determined by a court) isn’t a windfall – it is to ensure that your needs are met now and in the future.   The aim of any compensation award is …

Latest HSE statistics reminder of workplace hazards

Date: May 14, 2019 by idu-net

The latest statistics on health and safety at work for the year 2017/18 are a sobering reminder of just how dangerous certain occupations can be and the continued need for employer vigilance and compliance with measures designed to protect their workforce from harm.   Headline figures   The stand out headline figures in this latest …

Asbestos-related lung cancer claims and smoking

Date: April 01, 2019 by idu-net

Asbestos is certainly a potential cause of lung cancer but around 85% of all lung cancers are believed to be caused by smoking. Many people therefore believe that making some sort of claim for compensation that will help them in easing the effects of their illness is not worth making, since they think a court …

Support for life – not just the claim

Date: March 07, 2019 by idu-net

Leysa Jane Hardy is not an IDU member, but her case is a good example of the expertise and lifetime support IDU members can draw on in similar unfortunate circumstances.  Paul Ashurst tells how she got the help she needed.   Leysa was involved in an atrocious road traffic accident that left her with serious …

A brief guide to buying a home

Date: February 06, 2019 by idu-net

  Through IDU Legal, union members have access to one of the largest law firms to be accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.  A firm that has helped more people move home throughout Great Britain than any conveyancing solicitors and has been the preferred conveyancing partner of consumer organisation Which? since 2016. So …

New hope for justice for low level asbestos exposure victims

Date: January 02, 2019 by idu-net

Mr Bussey was a plumber, installing domestic heaters and boilers. As part of his work he had to saw, handle and manoeuvre asbestos pipes and rope. He was exposed to ‘safe’ low levels of asbestos (as defined in a Technical Data Note (TDN13) issued by the Factory Inspectorate in 1970) between 1965 and 1968 and sadly died …

The importance of Informed Consent

Date: November 22, 2018 by idu-net

Any doctor or healthcare professional should obtain their patient’s permission or agreement to undergo a course of treatment – now termed ‘informed consent’ following a Supreme Court judgment in the case of Montgomery –v- Lanarkshire Health Board in March 2015. This means that a doctor or healthcare professional should discuss all the treatment options (not …

Challenging an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Date: November 07, 2018 by idu-net

Challenging an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) In September 2014, the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms came into effect. From 1 September 2014, any child or young person referred to a local authority for assessment was considered under the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan assessment process.   Department for Education …