Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

RIDDOR changes

RIDDOR

Employers and others with responsibility under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 are reminded that the reporting requirements change on 6 April 2012… Read More

No service

Postbox

Taking legal action against a person or company based abroad can present particular problems, especially with formal service of legal documents that is usually required at the start of proceedings… Read More

Libel Law to be Reformed

The law of libel, traditionally a very tricky (and expensive) area of law is to be reformed. In future, persons claiming damages for libel will have to show evidence of ‘serious harm’ in order to be… Read More

Chinese takeaway

A Chinese couple stopped at Glasgow Airport and found to be carrying £7,000 in cash have failed in their attempt to persuade the First-Tier Tax Tribunal that £680,000 subsequently found in a Chinese… Read More

New Minimum Wage Rates October 2012

The Government has announced that it has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on the rates for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) that will apply from 1 October 2012. The… Read More

Budget bullets - individuals

The Chancellor’s Budget this year was set in the context of mixed economic data and business confidence reports. The economy continues its sluggish course, aided by a softening of the emergency… Read More

Budget bullets - businesses

The Chancellor’s Budget this year was set in the context of mixed economic data and business confidence reports. The economy continues its sluggish course, aided by a softening of the emergency… Read More

New minimum wage rates

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) for this year’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. From 1 October 2012 the following rates will apply: • The adult… Read More

Right to die case proceeds

The High Court has ruled that a case concerning a man’s wish to be allowed to die at a time of his choosing should be heard.Tony Nicklinson has been paralysed since he suffered a stroke in 2005. He… Read More

Avoiding insolvency – key action points

For most companies, the most serious period of risk of insolvency occurs during the period in which when they are starting to expand again after a period of recession. When demands on working… Read More

An Englishman’s home and boundary dispute

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal illustrates the importance of having accurate plans on transfers of property, particularly when part of the land is being sold, and the essential… Read More

Your iPhone doesn’t compute!

iPhone

Your iPhone (or BlackBerry, or other smart phone) is not a computer, according to HM Revenue and Customs. If you have been supplied one by your employer and have had a tax assessment for a benefit… Read More

Swedish file-sharing site infringes copyright

Pirates

File sharing provided by Swedish website The Pirate Bay (TPB) has been declared unlawful by the High Court, in the first step towards a crackdown on copyright infringement by this popular site. A… Read More

On your marks, get set....GO YEOVIL (again) !!

GO Yeovil

We are delighted to be sponsoring Midwest Radio’s coverage of the Yeovil Half Marathon again in 2012. This year’s event will take place on Sunday 25 March starting and finishing at Huish Park, home… Read More

Missed opportunity

An expert witness appointed to report on the value of an 18-storey office block in Bristol being acquired under a compulsory purchase order from a development company forgot about three offers that… Read More

Defective play area costs council

Suffolk County Council has been ordered to pay compensation of £7,500 to a boy who was injured when he fell from a climbing frame in 2009. Jamie Griffin, now 10, was using the climbing frame in the… Read More

Council's care fight with obese woman

The High Court has ruled that Plymouth City Council must provide care to a woman until a full needs assessment is carried out. The woman suffers from morbid obesity and claims to be unable to carry… Read More

Convictions highlight risks of corrupt business practices

Four businessmen who made corrupt payments in connection with substantial contracts in Russia, the Middle East and Singapore between 2001 and 2009 have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment… Read More

Long arm of UK law

When an employee lived in Great Britain (GB) but worked in Libya on a '28 days on, 28 days off’ rota, where was he employed? The man worked for a subsidiary of a US company. Following the transfer… Read More

Jubilee licenses approved

The House of Lords has approved the general order of licensing extensions over the weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The order will allow pubs to remain open until 1:00 am on Saturday 2 June… Read More

Public access to courts reduced

The opening hours of the public counters at Family Proceedings Centres and County Courts are to be reduced from 1 April 2012. Under proposals now subject to a consultation process, the public will… Read More

HMRC launch retrospective legislation

The widely-reported tax avoidance scheme adopted by Barclays Bank is to be made unlawful by the creation of legislation which will act retrospectively, HM Treasury has announced. The Government has… Read More

Discrimination law trumps religious convictions

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the decision of the High Court that a Christian couple who refused to allow a homosexual couple to share a bed at their hotel had unlawfully discriminated against… Read More

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