Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Euro setback for redundant workers

Woolworths

Thousands of shop workers who were made redundant when their employers went bust in the recession have suffered a set-back in their fight for compensation after the European Court of Justice (ECJ)… Read More

Compensation for man who jumped from taxi

Taxi rank

A man who jumped from a moving taxi – after the cabbie 'imprisoned' him in the back seat in the mistaken belief that he planned to dodge his fare – will receive substantial compensation for his… Read More

Parking charges not disguised revenue raising

Car park

Vehicle parking in inner cities can be a source of fierce controversy, not least due to its potential impact on property values. However, in one High Court case, a London borough has fought off… Read More

Final warnings must be 'in good faith'

Dismissal

The Court of Appeal has made it clear that final warnings given in bad faith are not to be taken into account when assessing whether there was sufficient reason for dismissing an employee. A… Read More

Whistleblower 'acted in public interest'

Whistleblowing

In a guideline decision which will come as a comfort to workplace whistleblowers, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the recurring issue of whether a disclosure is ‘in the public… Read More

Supreme Court win for homeless mother

Tenement

The Supreme Court has ruled that a London council failed to meet its legal duty when it offered a homeless mother and her five children temporary accommodation outside the capital, a long way from… Read More

Paid leave for public office

EAT

Employers are bound to give workers paid leave so that they can hold public office. However, a tribunal has questioned whether it was right for a city mayor to be paid as a school mentor for two… Read More

Delay sinks €7.3 million debt appeal

RCJ

Legal action is almost always subject to strict time limits and failure to seek prompt professional advice can have catastrophic consequences. In one case, a woman’s hopes of challenging a €7.3… Read More

Intermediaries – new HMRC requirements

HMRC

On 6 April 2015, the Income Tax (Pay As You Earn) (Amendment No 2) Regulations 2015 came into force. These aim to crack down on false self-employment and abuse of offshore working by introducing… Read More

Cohabitee rights not equal

RCJ

It is a common misapprehension that the legal position of those who live together is nowadays almost identical to that of married couples. A woman who lived for 15 years with a senior RAF officer… Read More

£15.4 million inheritance 'not enough'

RCJ

The widow of a property magnate, who was left assets worth £15.4 million in his will, has won the right to argue that the inheritance was insufficient to keep her in the style that she was entitled… Read More

Outsourcing not an excuse

Prison

In a ground-breaking decision, the High Court has ruled that the Government cannot escape liability to those injured whilst in custody merely because it has outsourced the management of many prisons… Read More

Manufacturer fined after worker cooked alive

Factory

A manufacturing company which was convicted of corporate manslaughter after one of its workers was burnt alive in an industrial oven from which he could not escape has been fined £200,000. Its… Read More

Confide in your lawyer!

Country property

Everyone is entitled to play their cards close to their chests when dealing with their own property but in one case, a father’s reluctance to confide in others or to seek proper legal advice led to… Read More

Drug driving

Lorry

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Commencement No 1) (England and Wales) Order 2014 came into force on 2 March 2015 and sets limits for 'drug driving' similar in operation to those used for drink… Read More

April tax change summary

HMRC

HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs have published a list of the tax changes that came into effect on 1 April 2015. These include the following: • A reduction in the rate of Corporation Tax to 20… Read More

Seagull cull blocked by Court of Appeal

Seagull

The Court of Appeal has blocked plans to cull over 1,000 seagulls which posed a ‘bird strike’ threat to military aircraft which were developed and built near their nesting site. Large numbers of… Read More

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