Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Flexible working

Fish

Employers are reminded that from today, 30 June 2014, the right to request flexible working arrangements is extended to all employees who have completed 26 weeks' qualifying service. The statutory… Read More

LSE tax blunder

HMRC

There will be red faces at the London School of Economics (LSE) after it was hit with a £10,200 penalty by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for filing its employers’ annual return and end of year… Read More

Government to ban zero hours exclusivity

Handcuff

Following a consultation seeking ways to prevent the abuse of zero hours contracts whilst also maximising opportunities both for employers seeking to create jobs and for individuals to obtain work… Read More

Tribunal case aborted after secret approach

EAT

An ‘extraordinary’ case in which police officers contacted an employment judge in the midst of a lengthy hearing, passing information to her which was prejudicial to one of the parties, has resulted… Read More

Court saves ‘tree of heaven’ from axe

Tree of heaven

Campaigners fighting to save a much-admired ‘tree of heaven’, which shades a Grade II listed library within a city conservation area, are celebrating after the London Borough of Lambeth’s decision… Read More

Green light for flight delay claims

Airport info

In a decision of vital importance to airline passengers and the industry which carries them, the Court of Appeal has effectively extended by four years the time within which passengers can claim… Read More

Privacy rights after death

Privacy

In a landmark decision of enormous importance to the reporting of many sensitive cases, the Court of Protection has ruled for the first time that individual rights of privacy are capable of… Read More

Tax victory for itinerant tunnel worker

HMRC

In an encouraging ruling for itinerant workers, a tunnelling expert whose hazardous job took him from project to project around the country has saved himself more than £14,000 after convincing the… Read More

Hospital blunder admitted

Hospital sign

A mother-of-two who was left with catastrophic brain damage after hospital medics delayed referring her for vital tests has been guaranteed a substantial compensation award after the NHS accepted 90… Read More

Top judge questions legal aid cuts

RCJ

In a decision which exemplifies increasing judicial concern at the impact of legal aid cuts on the administration of justice, the country’s top family judge has questioned the withdrawal of public… Read More

New consumer protection regulations

Cash

The EU Consumer Rights Directive covers all consumer contracts for goods and services and is intended to harmonise and simplify consumer protection rules across EU member states. The Directive is… Read More

Pothole test case to proceed

Pothole

A pothole on a remote mountain lane is the focus of attention in the Court of Appeal after a cyclist rode into it whilst avoiding a pile of manure and was seriously injured. Melvyn Griffiths had… Read More

Passenger wins airline test case

Airliner

The Court of Appeal has clarified the rights of air passengers whose flights are delayed in ruling that a businessman who endured 27 hours of ‘misery and annoyance’ after his flight home from Spain… Read More

King's state immunity expired on death

RCJ

A woman who claims that she was a teenage bride of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won a crucial round of her High Court fight for a slice of the deceased monarch's multi-billion-pound fortune. Janan… Read More

Affirmation in constructive dismissal cases

EAT

In an important decision which helps to define the concept of ‘affirmation’ in the employment context, a worker who gave more notice than he was contractually obliged to do following his resignation… Read More

Dragon Boat!

The mighty Corsairs

Sunday 8 June 2014 and the Clerksroom Corsairs mustered quayside ready to set sail upon the high seas intent on vengeance for a cruel and surprising defeat twelve months earlier... Well – OK – the… Read More

Developer personally liable for £1.7 million

RCJ

A developer who reluctantly signed bank guarantees to secure his company’s debts at the height of the property boom is facing liabilities in excess of £1.7 million after failing to convince the High… Read More

Aldi brushes off hair oil claim

Aldi

Aldi Stores has defeated a claim brought by the manufacturers of a market leading hair oil who fiercely objected to a rival product appearing on supermarket shelves. Moroccanoil Israel Limited (MIL)… Read More

Can gross misconduct be cumulative?

EAT

In cases of unfair dismissal, if the Employment Tribunal (ET) accepts that the employee’s dismissal took place for one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissal and a fair procedure was… Read More

Talented musician awarded £8 million

Surgery

Lawyers representing a young woman who has developed a talent for music, despite suffering grave disabilities due to allegedly negligent medical treatment when she was a 10-year-old, have achieved… Read More

2014 World Cup Brazil – are you ready?!

Football

The football World Cup will kick off shortly. The opening match, Brazil v Croatia is on Thursday 12 June at 21.00 UK time and England's first match, against Italy, is scheduled for 23.00 on Saturday… Read More

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