THE Consumer Crew are here to solve your problems.
Mel Hunter will take on readers’ consumer issues, Jane Hamilton will give you the best advice for buying your dream home, and Judge Rinder will tackle your legal woes.
Jane Hamilton, property expertJane Hamilton has some decorating tips for the new year ahead
WANT a fresh look for 2021? Then decorate your home with yellow and grey.
This zingy combo of shades , Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow, has been chosen as the 2021 Pantone Colour of the Year, only the second time a pairing has scooped the annual gong.
Grey and yellow has been voted as next year’s top combination
Amanda Pollard, of renovation and design platform houzz.co.uk, says: “The grounding tones of grey mixed with uplifting yellow are the ideal balanced colour combination for our homes after a year of uncertainty.”
But how easy is it to work such vibrant tones into your home? The site’s experts share their tips . . .
Plump for cushions: Quick and cost effective, cushions are an easy way to add sunshine to your home. Try a cheerful shade of yellow on a grey sofa. Asda has a range starting at just £5.
Make a statement: Grey walls have been popular for a few years but update them with yellow accessories such as velvet curtains or a statement chair. Ikea’s £199 Wing chair in Skiftebo yellow will lift any home.
A combination of yellow and grey can liven up your home
Future-proof a nursery: Yellows and greys are a stylish colour option for nurseries. Introduce bold yellow patterns through soft furnishings, and blinds and bedding. It will help to create a room that works for babies, toddlers and beyond.
Create a restful bedroom: Calming grey is an ideal bedroom shade but warm up its neutral tone with plenty of textured cushions, throws and bedding in sunshine yellows and rich mustards.
Be mellow for yellow: Find the idea of lots of yellow daunting? Add just a little to build your design confidence. Layer on more when it gets sunnier.
Buy of the week
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Snap up this luxury three-bedroom house for £229,950 at zoopla.co.uk/new-homes/details/57117039.
Deal of the week
Buy a bargain diffuser at Dunelm
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Judge Rinder, legal expert
Judge Rinder helps readers with property advice
Q) MY son worked for a short time at a pub but never got the wages he was owed so made a small claim at court.
Since the defendant failed to respond to the claim, it was ruled in favour of my son and the instruction to pay £404 was made.
The claim was against the manager’s name trading as the pub rather than directly against the pub.
The manager has now parted ways with the pub and the claim remains unpaid.
Since the claim directly names the previous manager, is the claim against him directly or against the pub?
Who is responsible for payment? If the judgment is directly with the ex-manager, does it need to be changed to take the claim further.
If so, how is this done? Scott, Essex
Judge Rinder helps a reader’s son who worked in a pub and needs advice
A) This is a rather tricky situation, I’m afraid. In order to enforce this judgment, the right person (or business) should have been correctly identified as the defendant, which does not appear to have happened here.
The small claims court judgment should have been issued against the owners of the pub, not the manager, who was, by the sound of it, just an employee.
Your son has two options. The first is to email the pub’s owners including the court’s judgment and to argue that, as their manager was “trading as” the pub, they are clearly liable for the money owed.
Given the relatively small amount involved in this case, I would be surprised if this didn’t do the trick.
If the owners insist that your son has the judgment amended, this could possibly be done administratively by writing to the court with evidence of what has happened and asking for the judge to amend the original order.
Either way, I’m afraid this is all a legal hassle that should have been avoided.