Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

TUPE and administration

In a case concerning the sale of a business in administration, which amounted to a ‘relevant transfer’ for the purposes of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006… Read More

Pub TV sport landlady scores again!

Portsmouth publican Karen Murphy has defeated the High Court challenge to her right to show televised sport provided by a Greek TV channel. Reserving judgment on certain questions of copyright, the… Read More

Weight Watchers to lose thousands of pounds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have won another significant battle in their quest to reclassify ‘self-employed’ workers as employees after slimming club Weight Watchers (WW) failed to persuade the… Read More

Bans for Farepak directors

Two former directors of Farepak, the Christmas savings business whose parent company went into administration in 2006, have accepted disqualifications from acting as directors. Joanne Ponting was… Read More

Partner or employee?

Is a partner who receives only a small share of the firm’s profit and takes no part in the management of the firm really a partner? That question was at the heart of a recent case heard in the Court… Read More

Unfair dismissal territorial jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has dealt with a further case concerning territorial jurisdiction in unfair dismissal claims (Ravat v Halliburton Manufacturing and Services Ltd), which is likely to have relevance… Read More

Pub TV sport row replay

The widely-reported victory by a Portsmouth Landlady who was taken to court for using a Greek provider to screen live televised sport is to be challenged. In a recent case, the High Court held that… Read More

Government promotes prompt payment

With economic times still tough, but some potential green shoots visible, the Government has issued a call to encourage prompt payment and for small firms not to be chary in chasing debts. The… Read More

£175,000 for hand injury

Damaged skips which led to a skip worker's hand being crushed and him receiving a settlement of £175,000 from his former employer. Heath Riley, who was 42 when the accident occurred, was… Read More

Costs legacy

A recent case illustrates that those who challenge a will may find themselves liable for costs unless the challenge has some substance to it. George Wharton, 78, had terminal cancer. In 2008 he made… Read More

Deathbed will invalid

A controversial ‘deathbed will’ decision has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. The case involved a challenge to a will made only hours before the testator died in hospital. His revised will… Read More

Unoccupied home not 'business asset’

Owners of agricultural businesses should note the implications of a recent decision of the Upper Tribunal after a successful appeal by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) regarding the availability of… Read More

Domestics - Minimum Wage

It is widely thought that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) applies to all workers, but there is a specific exemption from the NMW regulations when a domestic worker is treated as a member of their… Read More

Commercial lease status

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 gives commercial tenants the right to a new tenancy in normal circumstances except where the landlord requires the property for its own purposes. However, to be… Read More

Court not 'shocked' by breach!

Contracts involving property are often ‘messy' with obligations on the seller (and sometimes the buyer) extending beyond the completion date. This can cause problems when one of the parties fails to… Read More

New data protection

The European Commission has announced its proposals for changes in data protection law. These will have important implications for most businesses. The most important changes for businesses are: •… Read More

Bungled beauty

A journalist whose skin was left scarred after she underwent a cosmetic procedure for a newspaper feature she was writing has won damages from a spa in London. Charlotte Cripps, an arts writer for… Read More

Fairer haulage charges

The Government is intending to introduce ‘road user charging’ in the UK to create a more level playing field in the haulage industry. At present, UK hauliers must pay to drive in other European… Read More

iPad IP !

One of the most important things to make sure of in any legal agreement involving the purchase of assets is that the transferor actually owns the assets you are buying. Electronics giant Apple… Read More

Gerry Rafferty's estate claim

The fiancée of Rock Musician Gerry Rafferty, who died in 2011, is to apply to the court for financial provision to be made for her out of his estate. Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and… Read More

Olympic guidance for employers

With less than six months to go before the London 2012 Olympic Games commence on 27 July 2012, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has begun publishing guidance for employers… Read More

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