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Understanding anti-discrimination rules

discrimination

Any business, however small, that deals with the public would be wise to seek legal advice on how to ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws. In one case that made that point, a retail… Read More

Uber drivers in employment rights test case

Cabs

Taxi app phenomenon Uber has suffered a serious blow to its business model after its claim that it works for its 30,000 London drivers, rather than the other way round, was dismissed as pure fiction… Read More

Misused confidential information?

Confidential

Commercial relationships almost always involve a powerful element of trust and it is common for confidential information to pass between buyer and seller. However, one important High Court ruling… Read More

Stately home damage not caused by mining

Home

There is a legal right to compensation if your property suffers from subsidence due to coal mining operations – however, it can be hard to establish cause and effect and that was certainly so in one… Read More

Bonuses can be a battleground!

bonus

Bonus provisions in employment contracts provide fertile ground for dispute and that is why professional drafting is necessary to iron out ambiguities. That point was well made in a Court of Appeal… Read More

SFO suspicion enough to threaten solvency

Bribery

Public awareness of corruption accusations, whether true or false, can be enough to undermine valuable trading positions and that was said to be so in the case of one company that faced a Serious… Read More

No duty to warn against the obvious

Footbridge

Property owners owe a legal duty to ensure that their visitors are reasonably safe – but that does not mean that they have to warn against obvious risks. The Court of Appeal made that point in… Read More

Adjudicators’ awards will be enforced

Highway

Regardless of factual or legal errors, contact adjudicators’ rulings will generally be enforced by the courts, on the basis that reaching the right result is secondary to rapid dispute resolution… Read More

Facebook in naked photo dispute

Facebook

Social media websites are under no duty to monitor information that they transmit for indications of illegal activity. However, in one important case, a judge has refused to strike out a teenage… Read More

Commercial skulduggery

RCJ

The commercial courts are often instrumental in exposing skulduggery and that was certainly so in one case in which the director of a shipping company was found to have masterminded the scuttling of… Read More

Valuing a company?

Bank card

Putting a price on companies can be a tricky business and there is more than one formula for assessing their worth. In one case, a firm of professional valuers who used the wrong method were found… Read More

Settlement of employment disputes

EAT

What happens if one of the parties to a settlement in an employment dispute does not have the capacity to reach such an agreement? That quandary was considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal… Read More

Bankrupt’s pension protected

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy laws strike a delicate balance between satisfying creditors and enabling debtors to make a clean break so that they can get on with their lives. In one ruling that clarified the law, the… Read More

Online property sales market competition

House For Sale

Heavy investment in Internet-based businesses has resulted in the establishment of powerful trading positions in many fields of endeavour. However, in one important test case, the impact of such… Read More

Suffering noise nuisance?

Noise

Homeowners have a right to live in reasonable peace and the courts have all the powers required to ensure that their tranquillity is respected. In one case that proved the point, the High Court took… Read More

Health and safety fines

Machine switch

Employers whose breaches of health and safety rules result in injury to workers are hit hard in the pocket – but, as with individuals, penalties levied are tailored to the seriousness of offences… Read More

Partners subject to forfeiture principle

RCJ

It is established law that agents who breach their duties can be deprived of their remuneration. Following a landmark High Court ruling, that forfeiture principle has been extended to profit shares… Read More

Will fighting crime be a Brexit casualty?

Confidential

The Government will need to be careful to ensure that Europe-wide cooperation in fighting organised crime does not become a casualty of Brexit. One novel case in which working in harmony with a… Read More

Third party litigation funder’s success

money

Litigation is expensive and there is sometimes no option but for those involved to rely on third party funding that is available in the marketplace. In a test case concerning such an arrangement… Read More

Paid employee or equity partner?

cash

The sometimes blurred distinction between paid employees and equity partners can store up trouble for the future and that is one reason why it is important to take legal advice so that clarity can… Read More

No duty for the reasonably careful

Safety

Health and safety rules are tight but there is no duty on property owners to guard against every eventuality and those who take reasonable care have no reason to worry. A judge made that point as… Read More

Council sued over ‘whispering campaign’

Council

Rumours can have a grave impact on businesses and, where the source is an official one, they can be particularly damaging. The point was illustrated by a case in which the owner of a property… Read More

Gas salesman in holiday pay dispute

EAT

Thousands of sales personnel and other workers who rely on commission payments for much of their earnings could be in line for substantial increases in their holiday pay following a landmark Court… Read More

Council trips up !

SSDC

A judge hearing a pensioner’s claim against a district council for compensation after she was badly injured said it sounded like the nearby theatre was “a sick bay for the walking wounded”. Adam… Read More

GP blocks disclosure of expert report

Doctor & patient

Deciding whether or not to disclose information under the Data Protection Act 1998 can involve a delicate balance being struck between privacy rights and the benefits of transparency. That was… Read More

Government rapped over emissions

Emissions

The UK government has received a stern rap over the knuckles from the European Court of Justice after failing in its obligation to limit nitrogen oxide emissions from one of the country’s largest… Read More

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