Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Court authorises Caesarean delivery

Hospital corridor

The High Court has given doctors the authority that they required to perform a Caesarean section on an expectant mother who suffers from acute bipolar disorder. The woman was 38 weeks pregnant with… Read More

BNP loses in £389,000 will dispute

Wills

In a case which threw up novel issues relating to wills and foreign donations to UK political parties, the British National Party (BNP) found itself in legal hot water after failing to convince the… Read More

Airport operators accused of abusing dominant position

Coach

A company that for over 30 years ran a lucrative coach service from Luton Airport to central London – but which lost its concession to a competitor following a tendering exercise – is mounting a… Read More

Girl injected with glue wins multi-millions

Surgeons

Lawyers representing a girl whose brain was accidentally injected with glue during treatment at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital have achieved a multi-million-pound settlement of her damages… Read More

Age discrimination success

EAT

Two civil servants who received lower severance payments than younger colleagues would have been entitled to when leaving their posts on a voluntary basis have achieved a resounding success in their… Read More

Sewage leak company's persistent record

Sewage

A water company has been criticised by the country's top judge for its handling of a leak which led to raw sewage being pumped into the sea off Kent. Defective equipment at a pumping station had… Read More

Childbirth death an ‘unmitigated catastrophe’

Hosp

In a unique decision, the High Court has ruled that an NHS Trust which admitted full liability for a mother's tragic death in childbirth is nevertheless not obliged pay compensation to her gravely… Read More

‘Vindictive’ council refused lease renewal

Office

A council has been heavily criticised by a judge for its 'vindictive' attempt to 'punish' a solicitor whom it viewed as a costly thorn in its side. Joanna Trafford had represented a number of… Read More

Health and Safety poster latest version

H&SE

Under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989, employers have a legal duty either to display the Health and Safety Executive-approved poster containing essential health and… Read More

Charity’s ad opens political can of worms

Westminster

The Court of Appeal has directed further investigation of a charity’s claims that its controversial adverts were ‘pulled’ from the Transport for London (TfL) network at the instigation of the Mayor… Read More

Army race discrimination test case

Soldiers boots

An ex-soldier who claimed compensation after he was dismissed as a ‘dumb black b***ard’ by an Army sergeant was not the victim of ‘very serious’ racism, Ministry of Defence (MoD) lawyers have argued… Read More

IP private prosecutions guidance

TV

In a decision of huge significance to Internet providers, broadcasters, publishers and others whose income streams depend on intellectual property rights, the nation’s most senior judge has… Read More

Email sent in error was privileged

Email

A worker has failed to convince a tribunal that he should be permitted to rely upon a solicitor’s email which was sent on to him in error. The shop worker had launched a constructive unfair… Read More

Asbestos widow wins test case

Asbestos

In a ground-breaking decision likely to herald an increase in compensation in fatal accident claims, a widow who was stricken by terminal lung cancer after years spent washing her husband's… Read More

Supreme court cures wills blunder

rcj

In an important case which marks a distinct liberalisation of the courts’ approach to the formalities of will writing, an adoptive son who was caught in a legal nightmare after his parents… Read More

Green light for high-speed rail project

Rail station

The Government’s controversial plans for a new high speed rail link between London and the North (HS2) have been boosted after the Supreme Court rejected arguments that there had been a failure to… Read More

Pub protection policy under spotlight

Pub

As pubs continue to disappear up and down the country, one London council has taken a stand at the High Court. The London Borough of Islington is asking the Court to quash a planning inspector’s… Read More

Underground gas storage plans boosted

Gas tank

Controversial plans for a huge underground gas storage facility in Lancashire have been boosted after the High Court identified ‘real deficiencies’ in the Government’s decision to reject the scheme… Read More

Transparency drive in family proceedings

Family

In his continuing drive to open up family proceedings to scrutiny by the press and the public, the nation’s most senior family judge has emphasised the overriding need for transparency and ruled… Read More

Kit Kat battle headed for Europe

Kit kat

Confectionary giant Nestlé will have to fight its case before the European Court of Justice if it wishes to establish a perpetual monopoly, via trade mark protection, in the distinctive… Read More

Islamic chaplain's discrimination claim fails

Prison

An Islamic prison chaplain who complained that Christian colleagues were generally paid more than him due to their greater length of service has had his race and religious discrimination claims… Read More

£700,000 nuclear waste fine upheld

Sellafield

In a case which signals a judicial crackdown on the enforcement of environmental protection and health and safety rules, the owner of the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria has failed in an appeal… Read More

Judge enlists press help to find missing girls

rcj

In a rare move, a family judge has enlisted the assistance of the press in the hunt for three missing girls who were spirited away by their parents on an unaccompanied flight to Pakistan following a… Read More

Google faces landmark privacy claim

Google

Google Inc. has failed to block landmark High Court proceedings brought by three disgruntled internet users who say that they were caused ‘acute distress and anxiety’ due to the tracking and… Read More

Confusion of ‘abusive’ health card websites

EHIC

A company accused of duping the public into paying unnecessary fees to obtain free European Union (EU) health cards has been ordered to give up two of its ‘objectionable’ internet domains to the… Read More

Mining deaths case set for trial

Drilling kit

The tragic deaths of four miners in South Wales in September 2011 led to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) bringing criminal charges against the owners of the mine under the Corporate Manslaughter… Read More

New flood maps now online

River2

The commencement of the publication by the Environment Agency  of flood maps that show the danger of flooding from surface water will be an unwelcome development for homeowners in the areas shown on… Read More

Ballooning company cash-flow takes off

Hot air balloons

A hot air ballooning company will enjoy a substantial cash-flow advantage after it convinced the First-tier Tribunal that VAT is chargeable on its gift vouchers not when they are paid for but when… Read More

Tenants’ rights of self-determination boosted

Flat block

In a significant boost to the rights of flat tenants who want to take control of their own homes, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has ruled that a single ‘Right to Manage’ (RTM) company can validly exercise… Read More

Office to home conversions approved

Offices

London councils who were refused exemptions from a fundamental shift in planning policy – designed to tackle the acute housing shortage by allowing the wholesale conversion of offices into homes… Read More

Blow to agency workers

EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has rejected novel arguments that agency workers who complete a 12-week qualification period become automatically entitled to the same rights as directly… Read More

Stop the clock

Stop clock

When an adjudication decision is made in a contractual dispute, does the 'clock' start again for bringing an action? That was the question before the Court of Appeal recently. In the case in point… Read More

Racing car buyer swindled out of £1 million

Mclaren

When two innocent collectors each paid £1 million or more to a ‘rogue’ classic car dealer for the same McLaren Formula 1 racing car, only one of them could obtain good title to the vehicle and the… Read More

Ex-employee jailed for IT chaos

PC

A disgruntled computer expert who used his technical skills to take retribution on his former employers after he was made redundant has failed to persuade the Court of Appeal that his jail term was… Read More

Oxford University trademarks infringed

Oxford spires

Oxford University has come down hard on an institution that dubbed itself 'Oxford Law School' and used familiar navy blue and dreaming spires imagery to sign up students on its website. The… Read More

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