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Earlier this month, the Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech in front of parliament outlining the government’s priorities for the coming year. 

There were 38 new bills in the Queen’s speech that government ministers intend to bring into law this year, covering issues spanning a wide number of sectors such as infrastructure, digital, security, Brexit, education, the environment, finance and housing.

The lack of discussion for reform to employee rights has brought about criticism from unions and industry groups, accusing the government of ‘turning its back’ on workers. Unfortunately, as far as employment law updates 2022 has to offer, from this speech, they are so far non-existent.

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Howells Solicitors were delighted to win three awards at the South Wales Law Awards last Friday.

Attending the glittering ceremony in The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, our team of solicitors were invited onto the stage three times to collect their awards for the following categories:

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At face value, there are plenty of benefits to the idea of self-driving cars. From reducing numbers of drugged or drunk drivers to potentially acting as a taxi service, there is certainly an idealism to the notion.

In theory, these cars would be exemplary drivers that perfectly obey the rules of the road. However, as we all well know, a lot of good driving comes down to interacting with and responding to other drivers. Would autonomous cars be able to predict their human counterparts? And if not, what does that mean for the likelihood of collisions, and fault?

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities confirmed the Leasehold Reform Act 2022 will come into law in England and Wales on 30th June 2022 after receiving Royal Assent on 8 February.

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2022 is seeing in a number of landlord and tenancy law changes. From landlord tax to the default stance on allowing pets, below are the most important changes that landlords need to be aware of.

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With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com