Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Ombudsman Orders Compensation Following Planning Approval

A Council that took account of the personal circumstances of an applicant for planning permission, when granting an application to construct a bungalow outside the designated development area and in… Read More

Defective Wording Does Not Remove Liability

When a document contains errors, the court will often act to ensure that commercial common sense dictates its interpretation. In a recent case, a farmer sought to avoid an estate rentcharge for… Read More

No-Shows – ECJ Rules No Vat Due

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice will come as good news for hard-pressed hoteliers and has led to HM Revenue and Customs issuing new guidance on deposits. The decision confirms… Read More

Charity Trustees Given Financial Crime Awareness Warning

Charity Trustees have been reminded of the need to be aware of the possibility that their charity may be used for financial crime, with the National Fraud Authority estimating that annual losses to… Read More

Trade Mark – Whole, Not Parts of Whole, is What Matters

The High Court has confirmed that a trade mark refers to the general impression given by the mark, not to the details of the mark and this can include auditory and conceptual factors as well as… Read More

If it is in the Sky, It is Weather!

With another volcanic dust cloud threatening to disrupt aviation, a recent decision will give some comfort to travellers. The Financial Services Ombudsman has refused to refer a test case… Read More

Two Flats are Not a Residence

When a family is being housed, the provision of separate, self-contained flats with no common living areas does not mean that accommodation had been made available such that the members of the… Read More

First Company Convicted of Corporate Manslaughter Loses Appeal

Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd., which became the first company to be convicted of corporate manslaughter (under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007) in February of this… Read More

Banks Give in Over PPI

Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), which was sold aggressively by many of the clearing banks during the debt boom of the 1980s and 1990s, has led to large provisions being made for losses as the… Read More

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Vince Cable

Employers will be encouraged by moves in the pipeline to cut the number of claims to Employment Tribunals. Vince Cable (or “Vince Flex”, as some have said he should be renamed in light of the… Read More

Cookie Law Not yet Clear

The ban on using cookies where ‘explicit consent’ is not given, due to be introduced on 25 May, is likely to be postponed until the autumn pending the development of a ‘browser based’ solution to… Read More

Who is a Member of a Company?

Keeping company records up to date is not always a top priority for the directors of smaller companies. However, failing to keep the shareholders’ register up to date can have a downside if a share… Read More

More Businesses ‘Critical’

The number of businesses in the UK which are suffering from ‘significant’ or ‘critical’ financial problems on the first quarter of 2011 has risen to 186,000, according to a report by insolvency… Read More

Compromise Agreements and Professional Fees - New Guidance

Redundancies involving senior staff often involve a compromise agreement under which the employee agrees to compromise their right to take a case to the Employment Tribunal in exchange for a… Read More

New Guidance on Transferable Nil-Rate Bands

There has, since its inception, been a great deal of confusion regarding the ‘double Inheritance Tax (IHT) nil rate band’ legislation – whereby the unused proportion of the IHT nil rate band of the… Read More

Competition Act Extended to Land

The Competition Act 1998 has recently been extended from 6 Apri 2011 to cover agreements with regard to land. Such agreements were previously excluded. The Act seeks to prohibit agreements, etc… Read More

Unfair Trading Legislation Stops Bogus Prize Draws

Not many prosecutions are brought under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, which are designed to protect consumers form the activities of unscrupulous traders. Recently… Read More

Bribery Leads to $150 Million Settlement

The laws against corrupt practice in the USA are both strong and pervasive, as a recent case illustrates. It involved a London solicitor who is a US citizen and who was charged in the USA in… Read More

Divorce Rules Make Life Easier for Laymen

The following changes have been made which will, it is hoped, help the participants in family proceedings better understand the process. Old legal term… Read More

What is Reasonable (and What Isn’t)

Avoiding penalties for under-declarations of output VAT is a tricky business, even when the mistakes are innocently made. The VAT legislation allows penalties to be forgiven when there is a… Read More

Internet Privacy Law - Be Ready

The ban on using cookies where ‘explicit consent’ is not given, due to come in on the 25th, is likely to be postponed until the autumn pending the development of a ‘browser based’ solution to the… Read More

Squatters' Rights

Under UK law, anyone who is allowed unopposed occupation of a piece of land for more than twelve years (10 years for registered land if appropriate procedures are followed) can acquire legal title… Read More

Guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published guidance for employers and those in the recruitment sector on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR), which come into force on 1… Read More

EU Proposes to Tackle Late Payment

Late payment is a persistent problem for many traders and legislation to tackle the problem has been largely ineffective thus far. To combat the problem, the European Parliament recently published a… Read More

Supreme Court Abolishes Expert Witness Immunity

IThe Supreme Court has held, by a 5:2 majority, that the immunity from suit for breach of duty previously enjoyed by expert witnesses taking part in legal proceedings should be abolished, except in… Read More

The Tax Refund You Are About to Receive – is a Scam

HM Revenue and Customs have reported an upsurge in a common ‘phishing’ scam, in which an email is sent advising that the recipient is due a tax refund and that all that is required to make the… Read More

Special Treatment of Women in Connection with Pregnancy or Childbirth – Get the Balance Right

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that it is necessary to construe the wording of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 – and the Equality Act 2010 which supersedes it – in a manner which… Read More

Guidance on Letters of Intent

Letters of intent are widely used in the building trade, because it is normal for both developer and contractor to wish to make progress on a building project without having to wait until the formal… Read More

Biker Parking Challenge Fails

A motor cycle rider who challenged Westminster Council over parking charges for motor bikes and then pursued it all the way to the Court of Appeal has seen it rejected. Warren Djanogly claimed that… Read More

Reasonable Approach Pays in Court

Keeping your head (and thereby taking a reasonable approach) when all about you are losing theirs can pay dividends in court. In a recent case involving the break-up of a limited liability… Read More

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