Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Bank worker fairly dismissed for punch

Party

Some misbehaviour at office social events is usually tolerated, but workplace rules continue to apply and those who go over the top can be lawfully dismissed. Exactly that happened in one case where… Read More

Thinking of whistleblowing? Get legal advice

Whistle

Workplace whistleblowers play an essential role in society and are protected by law. However, one striking case has underlined that confidentiality rules still apply and that you would be wise to… Read More

National security prevails

EAT

Those employed in sensitive government jobs should take note of an unusual case in which a chess master and computer security expert was refused employment at top secret intelligence base GCHQ after… Read More

‘Do not resuscitate’ – landmark decision

Surgery

There are more important things than money and sometimes judges deliver moral victories as well as financial ones. In Winspear v City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, the High Court has… Read More

One digit error triggers will dispute

Courts

Anyone considering saving a few pounds with a home-made, or DIY, will should reflect on the recent case of Guthrie v Morel where a one-character typing error triggered a costly High Court dispute… Read More

High Court backs contract adjudicator

Construction

The courts are generally keen to support contract adjudicators whose task it is to resolve disputes speedily and at much lower cost than litigation. In one case which proved the point, a company was… Read More

Penalty clauses – Supreme Court updates the law

Car park

Whether in the commercial sphere or when dealing with consumers, the ancient and haphazard rule that contract terms must not be penal in nature has not weathered well and is often a source of… Read More

‘Experimental’ heart surgery death award

Surgeons

Everyone has the right to make an informed choice before submitting to medical treatment. In one case which strikingly proved the point, the daughter of an elderly army veteran who died after… Read More

Employment judge fell into substitution trap

EAT

Decisions about what action to take in response to workplace misconduct are a matter for employers, and employment judges are not entitled to substitute their own views on factual matters for those… Read More

Divorcee slammed for ‘abysmal behaviour’

rcj

Divorce proceedings can be emotionally fraught and legal advice can help to settle feelings. In one case, however, a husband was hit hard in the pocket for his truly abysmal behaviour, including an… Read More

Developers can’t prove bank's misconduct

RCJ

Suspicions are rife that certain banks may have deliberately engineered clients into defaulting on loans so that they can step in to pick up the pieces and make a profit from turning around viable… Read More

No unlawful discrimination without detriment

Goldfish

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a finding of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 can only be made where a worker has suffered an actual detriment by reason of less… Read More

When is disclosure ‘in the public interest’?

Whistleblowing

In order to qualify as a workplace whistleblower, protected by law, you need to show that the disclosures you make are ‘in the public interest’. The meaning of that phrase has been a constant source… Read More

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