Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Witness intimidation in ET penalized

EAT

Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings are often fraught and tempers can become frayed. However, the Court of Appeal has made clear in a guideline decision that the law will come down like a ton of… Read More

Right to light worth £30,000

RCJ

As a home owner, you may enjoy a ‘right to light’ and, if your neighbour interferes with it, may be entitled to legal redress. In one striking case, a couple who objected to an extension which put… Read More

Riot damage losses not recoverable

RCJ

The London riots of 2011 are now but a dim memory for most people, but this week a significant legal decision was reached by the Supreme Court which has significance for any business whose premises… Read More

Public right of way - the wide view

Path

Public rights of way, many of them ancient, are not always obvious and finding out about them is one of the reasons why land conveyancing is a job for professionals. In one case, a couple who made a… Read More

Meningitis misdiagnosis girl compensated

Hospital

It is difficult not to have sympathy with busy doctors who make mistakes – but, when considering whether to seek compensation, it is important to remember that they are insured. In one case, a girl… Read More

Private investigators and data protection

Secrets

If you suspect that someone has personal data relating to you in their possession, you may have a legal right to know what information they hold and the source from whence it came. In one important… Read More

Pet shop protesters ‘crossed the line’

RCJ

The law protects everyone’s right to freedom of expression and to protest peacefully. However, that does not amount to carte blanche and, in one case, the High Court ruled that demonstrations… Read More

‘On call’ workers and the NMW

EAT

How are the number of hours worked by ‘on call’ employees to be calculated in the context of the National Minimum Wage? A tribunal tackled that thorny issue in the case of a school security guard… Read More

Estate agency’s ‘excessive’ fine slashed

For sale

Officialdom is not always as fair as it should be but, if you are a victim of that, the law can help you. In one case which proved the point, an estate agency which was hit with a record £170,000… Read More

Duchy row settles constitutional conundrum

Prince Charles

In a case which raised novel legal issues and addressed a constitutional conundrum, a tribunal has ruled in the context of a request for environmental information that the Duchy of Cornwall is not a… Read More

Fresh hope in disability discrimination case

EAT

A supermarket worker who was sacked after behaving aggressively towards his line manager has won a fresh opportunity to prove that he was suffering an epileptic fit at the time and that his… Read More

Contracts procured by bribery enforceable

Bribe

Many in the commercial world may be surprised to hear of an important High Court ruling which established that there is no rule of English public policy which precludes enforcement of contracts… Read More

The National Living Wage

Cash

Employers are reminded that a new statutory minimum rate of pay, the National Living Wage (NLW), applies to workers aged 25 and over from 1 April 2016. The NLW replaces the current National Minimum… Read More

Court of Appeal calls for plain English

RCJ

Those whose livelihoods are at stake are entitled to be told, in common language, the reasons for planning decisions which affect them. The Court of Appeal made that point abundantly clear as it… Read More

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