Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Sole agency and restraint of trade

Handcuffs

Sole agency agreements, just like employment contracts, must be reasonable to be enforceable and the courts will strike down provisions that seek to restrict personal freedom or fair competition. In… Read More

Workers must be awake to be working!

EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a night worker who lived in at the residential care home where he was employed was not entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for… Read More

'Wealthy' divorcees on brink of bankruptcy

House

In an age of easy credit the appearance of wealth is often illusory and, in one striking case, a couple who enjoyed a six-figure income and lived in a house worth almost £2.5 million were pushed to… Read More

Minimum wage offenders named & shamed

Cafe

The Government has published details of more than 100 employers identified by HM Revenue and Customs as having failed to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The 'naming and shaming'… Read More

Job vacancy - office junior/trainee

Williamsons

   We have a vacancy for an office junior/trainee legal assistant.   Want to be part of a winning team? Do you aspire to excellence? Do you want to 'make it happen'? Join us...   Applicants should: … Read More

TUPE – Laid-off workers an ‘organised grouping’

EAT

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) provide vital protection to workers affected by commercial decisions over which they have no control. However, as one… Read More

Judges must focus on child welfare

RCJ

In a decision which is bound to cause consternation within the Home Office and may well prompt a change in the law, the Court of Appeal has emphasised that family judges must focus on the welfare of… Read More

Uber wins taxi meters test case

Taxi

Advances in technology can sometimes leave the law far behind and that is certainly so in the case of burgeoning online minicab company Uber. A dispute between Uber and London’s black cab trade all… Read More

Credibility crucial in unfair dismissal case

EAT

The outcome of employment cases often depends on the credibility of witnesses, and tribunals cannot duck their responsibility to resolve conflicts of evidence. That point was forcefully made in the… Read More

Court declines to order surgery

RCJ

Mentally ill people are often viewed as having limited capacity to make important decisions for themselves but the High Court’s refusal to sanction a life-saving operation against the wishes of an… Read More

Safe harbour – ECJ says not safe enough

Data stick

The ruling by the European Court of Justice that Safe Harbour (the protocol that protects data transferred abroad) is inadequate will come as something of a shock to many businesses. Data transfer… Read More

Gifting property to children? Get it right

Family

It is only natural that many parents should wish to give property to their children or sell it to them on preferential terms but family relationships can change and a tribunal decision has… Read More

Bank error in your favour?

RBS

Players of ‘Monopoly’ are rewarded for bank errors in their favour – but that may not be so easy in the real world after a judge opened the way for banks to track down those whose accounts are… Read More

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