Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Lottery Scots win cross-border skirmish!

RCJ

In an unusual jurisdictional tussle, a Scottish couple who won a record £161 million lottery jackpot have convinced the English High Court that it has no power to hear a claim that they unlawfully… Read More

Student pays for poor record-keeping

Library

A hard-working student nurse who held down several jobs to fund himself through university paid the price for his poor record-keeping after the tax authorities refused to allow the deduction of… Read More

Failure to mediate penalised

Agreement

In a landmark decision, the Court of Appeal has emphasised that litigants who refuse to engage in mediation will be penalised heavily in legal costs. One party to a landlord and tenant dispute had… Read More

Court penalises delay

RCJ

A widow who hesitated for more than six years before taking legal action, despite her conviction that her wealthy husband had not made reasonable financial provision for her in his will, has paid a… Read More

TUPE service provision changes

EAT

In Lorne Stewart plc v Hyde and Others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has clarified the application of the ‘service provision change’ rules in the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of… Read More

Changes to pension enrolment rules

Early retirement

Following a consultation exercise, the Government has announced changes to the automatic enrolment rules aimed at making it easier for employers to enrol their workers into a pension scheme… Read More

Court rules on rock band ruck

Guitar

The peace and love of the 1960s gave way to bitter acrimony over 40 years later as two former frontmen of legendary rock band, Wishbone Ash, fought it out in court over the right to use the iconic… Read More

Eco Solutions - "World leader"

Ivor Chivers

Somerset based Eco Solutions has firmly established that the highly innovative products it patented fifteen years ago are still properly described as ‘world-leading technology’.  The Winscombe… Read More

Credit-crunched pension fund compensated

Losses

A pension fund that lost more than $30 million as its investments in sophisticated financial products unravelled at the height of the credit crunch has been awarded damages against a bank that acted… Read More

Tropical storms and ‘force majeure’

Crane2

In a unique decision, the Privy Council has analysed the concept of ‘force majeure’ in the context of a dramatic accident in which a crane collapsed and severely damaged neighbouring buildings… Read More

Victim may sue after slow 999 response

Police car

In a decision of enormous significance to police forces nationwide, a crime victim who was beaten almost to death by a baseball bat-wielding gang - and who blames police for responding late to an… Read More

Court ends South Bank saga

London eye

An artist who for decades has exhibited his work on an assortment of historic barges on the south bank of the Thames is facing eviction after the High Court pleaded for an end to a legal saga that… Read More

The Irony of the Sub-Prime Lenders

In one of life’s little ironies, two businessmen whose sub-prime lending companies charged some of their borrowers rates of interest exceeding 400% - but who are now themselves labouring under… Read More

HMRC violated religious couple’s rights

Adventist church

In what many will consider a victory for the simpler way of life, staunchly religious beekeepers who shun computers, televisions and mobile phones have won a landmark battle with the tax… Read More

Girl, 11, to receive £8.1 million from NHS

Hospital depts

Lawyers representing a brave 11-year-old girl, who was left facing a lifetime of acute disability by a negligent delay in her delivery at an NHS hospital, have achieved an £8.1 million settlement of… Read More

Madoff securities directors cleared

Wall St

Five long-suffering directors of Bernard Madoff’s London operation have been cleared of groundless accusations levelled at them by the company’s liquidators after the High Court found that they were… Read More

DBS update service

DBS

In December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks and the… Read More

Distinguished auctioneer robbed by carer

Gavel

A ’dictatorial’ woman who ripped off a celebrated auctioneer who made his name orchestrating the sale of the Duchess of Windsor's jewellery is facing utter ruin after a judge ordered her to pay him… Read More

Age discrimination can be justified

RCJ

A civil service worker who received a much smaller payment on taking voluntary redundancy than she would have done had she been 10 years older has had her compensation hopes dashed by the Court of… Read More

Injured schoolboy stripped of compensation

School

In a reminder that accidents are often no-one’s fault, the Court of Appeal has stripped a schoolboy of the damages he was initially awarded after cutting his thumb on a playground water fountain… Read More

Absence management survey published

Cough syrup

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published the findings of its fourteenth absence management survey, carried out in partnership with Simplyhealth. Key findings are… Read More

Securities battle to be fought in England

Skyscraper

In a case that illustrates the jurisdictional difficulties that so often arise in disputes involving companies with a global presence; the High Court has asserted its exclusive right to resolve a… Read More

Stroke victim’s contract 'frustrated'

EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that where a worker was laid low by a serious stroke, rendering him incapable of carrying out the functions of his job, his employer was entitled to treat… Read More

Neighbour dispute has feudal history

Rural Lancs

The villagers of Ireby have lost their latest battle with the Lord of the Manor as the Court of Appeal dismissed their challenge to a High Court judgment last year. Retired businessman Peter… Read More

Ex-director poached customers

Filofax

A company director who lured away a string of his ex-employer’s prime customers within days of being made redundant and in breach of his contract has been ordered to pay £50,000 in damages. Leonard… Read More

A&E closure plans approved

Hospital corridor

The High Court has rejected as unarguable a local authority's challenge to the proposed closure of a local accident and emergency department. The London Borough of Ealing had sought permission to… Read More

West London regeneration to proceed

Earls Court

Residents groups have failed in a wide-ranging legal attack on ambitious plans for the regeneration of the Earl's Court and West Kensington areas. The High Court’s decision opened the way for the… Read More

Religion in the workplace

Hospital sign

In a case which gives useful guidance to employers on the role of religion in the workplace, a devoutly Christian doctor who was sacked by an NHS Trust after refusing to obey an instruction not to… Read More

Bank fights off ‘mis-selling’ test case

Interest rates

Two businessmen who accused their bank of mis-selling them a financial product which left them seriously out of pocket have had their compensation hopes dashed by the Court of Appeal. The case was… Read More

Sub-contractor ‘robbed Peter to pay Paul’

Construction

In the context of a construction dispute, the High Court has taken the rare step of staying execution of an adjudicator’s award on the basis that the precarious financial position of the successful… Read More

Scrabble tile mark invalid

Scrabble

The Court of Appeal has ruled invalid a trade mark that the makers of ‘Scrabble’ hoped would protect the household name board game from online rivals. The Court found that, regardless of the… Read More

Employer had honest belief

White van2

In a case which yet again underlined the wisdom of taking professional advice before embarking on employment tribunal proceedings, a former charity worker has failed in his marathon unfair dismissal… Read More

Nursery funding cuts upheld

Playground

Four mothers who fiercely objected to Sheffield City Council’s withdrawal of subsidies from 20 independent nurseries in some of the city's most deprived areas have failed in a judicial review… Read More

Teaching hospital was negligent

Emergency room

The son of a leading Oxbridge scientist who suffered catastrophic brain damage due to a medical blunder during his traumatic birth at a London teaching hospital has won a multi-million-pound… Read More

Battle over steel works fittings

Steelworks

In the context of a bitter landlord and tenant dispute in respect of a steel works which had been kept in mothballs for almost two years since its closure, the High Court has refused to grant an… Read More

Insurance blunder costs housing association

JCB

A social housing association’s insurance cover in respect of a £4.6 million construction project was not worth the paper it was written on after it misidentified the building company that was… Read More

Dental practice manager unfairly dismissed

Dentist

A dental practice manager has won her constructive unfair dismissal claim and been awarded more than £9,000 compensation. The manager was suspended after being accused of showing favouritism towards… Read More

Judge laments ‘Bleak House’ dispute

Bleak House

Family disputes can end in disaster if the people involved are unwilling to compromise. This week, a judge  told three siblings engaged in an intractable row over their inheritance from their… Read More

Dangers of jumping the planning gun

Girders

A developer found itself mired in judicial review proceedings after prematurely starting work on a major waste incinerator project prior to obtaining council confirmation that pre-commencement… Read More

ESO receives muted welcome

Shares graph

The Government’s new Employee Share Ownership scheme (ESO), which came into effect on 1 September 2013, has received a very muted welcome, bordering on total indifference, from the business… Read More

Businesses targeted by bogus tester

Trading estate

A fraudster who pretended that scores of commercial premises needed to have their drinking water compulsorily tested hit them with substantial charges. John Stewart Richmond targeted businesses in… Read More

Ectopic pregnancy tragedy

Ambulances

Lawyers representing the bereaved family of a pregnant mother, who died after she was twice sent home from a hospital accident and emergency department without appropriate treatment, have achieved a… Read More

Multi-national's $4,000,000 options claim

Skyscraper

A multi-national company that was struck by a blizzard of margin calls after engaging in a series of ill-fated currency option transactions has been found liable to cover multi-million-pound losses… Read More

IPO launches patent opposition fast-track

IPO

The Intellectual Property Office  (IPO) has today announced a ‘fast-track’ scheme for opposing patent applications. It claims that ‘the fast track will provide a faster, cheaper and less complicated… Read More

3rd party harassment protection ends

Shouting woman

From 1 October 2013, the third party harassment provisions contained in Section 40 of the Equality Act 2010 have been repealed. The provisions made employers liable for harassment of their… Read More

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