Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Decisions on disability non-delegable

Stress

In a guideline decision, the Court of Appeal has ruled that employers cannot simply rely on the word of external advisers – no matter how well qualified – when deciding for themselves whether… Read More

Mumbai attack victim wins first battle

Taj mahal

A British survivor of the Mumbai terror attacks has convinced the High Court that his fight for multi-million-pound compensation should be heard in England, rather than in India where his case could… Read More

Mistaken identity apology for 'H'

RCJ

Pop star Ian Watkins has won a public apology at the High Court over the mistaken use of his photograph on a celebrity news website reporting the guilty pleas of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to… Read More

Court cracks down on delays

Police

A police force’s defence to serious claims, including race discrimination and assault, will be hamstrung after it was refused permission to rely on the evidence of eight witnesses whose statements… Read More

Green light for rugby club’s dreams

Rugby pitches

Hereford Rugby Club has had its hopes of entering the sport’s top flight boosted after it defeated a High Court challenge to its ambitious plans to fund a new sports ground on the city's unspoilt… Read More

Henry IV battlefield turbines approved

Windmill

Controversial plans to erect a wind turbine close to a plethora of ancient monuments and historical sites in Northumberland have received the green light after the High Court dismissed a… Read More

Oil rights court battle

Pumpjack

In a case which illustrated the enormous scale of some of the litigation tackled by the Commercial Court, a dispute over oil rights in Kurdistan gave rise to a hearing spread over six months and… Read More

Tax officials' raid unlawful

HMRC

The High Court has stepped in to vindicate the rights of four members of a family whose homes were raided by tax officials investigating an alleged VAT fraud. The warrants purportedly authorising… Read More

New front in PPI scandal

RCJ

Banks and other commercial lenders have good reason to worry after the way was opened for a Supreme Court test case that could greatly increase the already enormous financial consequences of the… Read More

Justifiably sacked after heavy night

Party

An highly paid oil trader, who was sacked because he was said to be not in a fit state for work after a heavy night out during a business trip to Singapore, has failed in his High Court wrongful… Read More

Family strains excused late VAT

HMRC2

In a case which revealed that the public interest in efficient tax collection can sometimes be tempered by mercy, a small business that failed to pay its VAT on time has won an appeal against a… Read More

The factory bash

Office party

An office Christmas party is an opportunity for employers to thank members of staff for their contribution over the year and a chance to relax and enjoy the holiday season. There are pitfalls… Read More

Snow, ice - and work!

Snowy lane

There’s snow everywhere and the thermometer is stuck at the bottom. Schools are closed and the children need to be looked after. What happens if your employees decide that battling their way into… Read More

School caught in cleft stick

Lockers

In a case which threw into stark relief the ‘cleft stick’ in which employers providing services to children and vulnerable adults often find themselves, a school caretaker who was sacked after… Read More

Hairy escapes!

Wiggy

Two of the Williamson’s team have recently been involved in hairy escapades - all for good causes.  First up, Nigel “Mo” Stannard, our commercial property expert, who this year joined in the… Read More

‘Worker’ status despite ‘watertight’ contract

EAT

A scaffolder has successfully argued that, far from being a mere subcontractor, he was a 'worker’ within the meaning of the Working Time Regulations 1998 and so entitled to holiday pay. The contract… Read More

Supreme Court to consider human rights

Prisonsign

In a case which throws into stark relief the confusion in the law that can be triggered by conflicts between English and European jurisprudence, two long-term prisoners who say that their human… Read More

Health and safety at social events

Wheelchair

A student who was left wheelchair-dependent after diving into a paddling pool during 'horseplay' at a drama college summer ball has had his compensation hopes dashed by the High Court. The student… Read More

Tax reliefs for community sports clubs

Sportsclub

The Government has announced changes to the tax reliefs available to Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) which are intended to allow more clubs to benefit from the scheme. The changes will allow… Read More

BT wins competition showdown

Phone box

A group of telecoms providers has failed to convince the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal that more needs to be done to create a level playing field and tackle the ‘significant market power’ of… Read More

A pool of one

EAT

A senior charity employee, whose post was deleted after her boss decided that there were too many managers and not enough workers actually delivering services, has failed to convince the Employment… Read More

The real cost of default

Offices

A mortgage defaulter who suffered the frustration of seeing his repossessed home sold to a property developer, who turned a substantial profit, has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that he is… Read More

Innocent wife ‘aided’ unlawful scheme

Football in net

In a case of love conquering all – including good sense – a wife who was ‘swept off her feet’ by her lying husband and bore two of his children whilst he fleeced friends and relatives of three… Read More

Taxpayers – watch out for Bank Holidays!

Tax office

In a stern warning to taxpayers that they should keep a close eye on their diaries, a health and safety company was hit with a £12,000 penalty after forgetting about a bank holiday and paying its… Read More

Surveyors not liable for freak accident

Shop door

The Court of Appeal has cleared surveyors of all responsibility for a freak accident in which a shop fascia detached and fell onto the pavement, causing serious injury to passing pedestrians… Read More

High Court Cracks $5 Billion Bank Fraud

Following an extraordinary forensic exercise of Byzantine complexity, the English courts have finally got to the bottom of a $5 billion web of fraud spun by a foreign bank’s former chairman who… Read More

Design rights pie-throwing contest

Pie

An epic legal pie-throwing competition set north against south and ended in victory for a Bolton-based baker which based its design for a 'teardrop' meat treat on Leeds United Football Club’s… Read More

Rector in employment test case

Church

The heated debate over the employment rights of ministers of religion – or lack of them – is set to continue after a Church of England Rector won the right to a full hearing of his whistleblowing… Read More

Interaction of insolvency and TUPE

Lorry

In a case which raised novel issues on the interrelationship between insolvency and transfer of undertakings rules, a haulage company (company A) is facing a rash of Employment Tribunal (ET)… Read More

Crane crash costs building firm £600,000

Crane jib

A building company is facing up to a damages bill of almost £600,000 after a simple error by one of its employees in failing to extend the hydraulic feet of a mobile crane resulted in an industrial… Read More

Council's decision 'legally inadequate'

Affordable housing

Councillors will need courage to defy their own planning officers’ recommendations after the High Court quashed a controversial planning permission granted for an affordable housing development at a… Read More

Radio merger restricted competition

Microphone

Britain’s largest commercial radio operator has failed to overturn a Competition Commission order that it must divest itself of a number of its stations to ensure that advertisers get a fair deal… Read More

Homeowner grounds model aircraft

Model airplane

A homeowner fed up with the noise of model aircraft flying over neighbouring farmland has persuaded the High Court that local planners erred in law when they granted a certificate of lawful use in… Read More

Ivory seizure triggers legal row

Rising sun

Form-filling errors can have devastating consequences, as an international transport company found out when it was left to carry the financial can after a unique set of ivory artefacts were seized… Read More

‘Nationally significant’ road to go ahead

Bypass2

Controversial plans for a new road linking the M6 motorway with the Lancashire port of Heysham have been given the green light after the Court of Appeal confirmed that it had rightly been classified… Read More

Airports Commission fights off bias claim

Airplane2

A campaign group fiercely opposed to the expansion of Stansted Airport has failed to convince the High Court that a crucial resolution of the Airports Commission was infected by apparent bias… Read More

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