Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Insensitive redundancy criticised

EAT

A senior property management company employee who was made redundant in an insensitive and perfunctory manner after more than 40 years' service has had his compensation hopes boosted by a powerfully… Read More

Plumbing retailers in internet keywords row

Plumbing

Online businesses can stand or fall on the acquisition of Internet ‘keywords’ that put them first on search engine listings – but what happens if two competing companies have very similar names? The… Read More

Veteran awarded seven-figure sum

Injury

The courts control the progress of litigation with a firm hand and the consequences of failing to comply with case management directions can be severe. In one case that proved the point, the… Read More

Christmas party!

Champagne

The firm's annual Christmas party gives employers the opportunity to thank staff members for their contribution over the past year. It is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy the holidays but… Read More

Gas pipeline arbitration award

RCJ

Commercial arbitration awards are not always enforced. In one case, however, the High Court gave unequivocal backing to a $74 million award in respect of a dispute concerning a gas pipeline in… Read More

British citizenship matters

British Flag

One of the most important benefits of British citizenship is that it means that the law is always there to protect you, both at home and abroad. In one case that proved the point, the High Court… Read More

Alternative investment companies shut down

Diamonds

It is an essential role of government to ensure that companies do not operate against the public interest. In one case, the High Court compulsorily wound up two companies, Caledonian Limited and… Read More

HM Land Registry to remain public

Downing Street

The Government will retain the HM Land Registry in the public sector and the focus will now be on the service becoming a ‘more digital data-driven registration business.’ In his Autumn Statement… Read More

Driven mad by unsolicited texts?

Phone

Unsolicited text messages and emails are a modern scourge. However, one case in which a company, Nouveau Finance Limited in North Finchley, was fined £70,000 in respect of 2.2 million direct… Read More

Litigation funders liable for costs

Funding

Third party commercial funding is a feature of modern litigation and, if it did not exist, many would be unable to afford access to justice. However, the risks involved are not for the… Read More

Charity update

Thank you

During the course of 2015 Hillview Riding Stables held a number of events, including a charity horse show and bingo night, to raise money for two charities, Make-A-Wish and Horseworld Trust… Read More

New employee? Check credentials!

Credit card

As any sensible employer knows, it is essential to check workers’ credentials before taking them on, particularly if they will be handling money. In one case where that did not happen, a company… Read More

Employers to ensure workers get breaks

Bus

In an important test case concerning a bus driver who claimed to have been forced to work eight-hour shifts without a break, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has warned employers that they are… Read More

Pest controller sees off fire damage claim

Mouse

Tradesmen who work in people’s homes are often unaware of the potential liabilities to which they are exposed. In one case that proved the point, a pest controller was sued for almost £700,000… Read More

Liability for damage to sea-borne cargoes

Cargo

In a test case of importance to those involved in the international trade in perishable goods, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the correct interpretation of the Hague Rules – the… Read More

All rise!

Jury

From next month, UK residents will be eligible for jury service until the age of 75. The current upper age limit for jurors in England and Wales is 70 but this latest change is seen to reflect the… Read More

Unwise intransigence

Farmhouse

In almost any dispute, legal advice is vital so that you know when to dig your heels in and when to give ground. In one example of unwise intransigence, a 91-year-old widow’s refusal to pay a… Read More

Cruise passengers compensated

Cruise ship

Holidaymakers let down by tour operators need not take their disappointment lying down and can win compensation with the right legal advice. In one case, more than 200 passengers whose luxury cruise… Read More

Wrongful dismissal claim

RCJ

In a case that broke new legal ground, a former company director has been granted permission to pursue a wrongful dismissal claim in conjunction with unfair prejudice proceedings under Section 994… Read More

Teenager receives £500,000 from NHS

Surgeon

Determination combined with expert legal advice often brings results, and that was certainly so in one case in which parents won £500,000 in compensation from the NHS in respect of disabilities with… Read More

Nasty smells? You are not powerless!

Rotten

Nasty industrial smells are a grave blight on people’s lives but one case, concerning an odour of rotten eggs said to have emanated from a vegetable processing plant, showed that taking legal advice… Read More

Manifestly inappropriate

Dismissal

Workplace disciplinary processes often have a number of distinct phases and legal errors in any one of them can be enough to infect the whole. Dismissal is never easy, but when a final written… Read More

Directors' duties

Secrets

Company directors have a duty to carry out their functions responsibly and honestly and, when they do not, the courts have broad powers to bring them to book. In one case exactly on point, an… Read More

Contractual certainty

Car park

The process of negotiation and give-and-take involved in finalising contracts can be demanding and time-consuming – but one High Court case, involving a £40 million claim in respect of an allegedly… Read More

Elderly targeted by fraudsters

Telephone scam

The vulnerable and elderly are sadly often targeted by fraudsters, but such risks can be minimised by taking expert advice before entering into important transactions. In one case that proved the… Read More

Enforceability of restrictive covenants

Hairdressers

Share purchase agreements commonly contain restrictive covenants and the courts are showing an increasing willingness to enforce them to the hilt. In one case, a hairdresser who sold her business… Read More

Open justice

Lady of Justice

The judiciary and the courts work hand in hand in the administration of justice; but what happens when the judiciary are overlooked? In a recent case involving the founder of Fathers4Justice, the… Read More

Family dispute over £2.5 million cottage

Farmhouse

The right of individuals to do as they wish with their own assets is jealously guarded by the law. In one telling case that proved the point, the High Court rejected claims that a wealthy farmer… Read More

'Employment status' discrimination

EAT

Discrimination in the workplace comes in many guises, not all of which are obvious at first sight. In one case, an Employment Tribunal (ET) identified an unusual example in the form of a policy that… Read More

Negligent failures

Doctor

Monetary compensation may never be enough to make up for the profound impact of medical negligence, but it does ensure that those left disabled are properly cared for. In one case, a woman who was… Read More

Surrogacy agreements

Test tubes

Surrogate births are an increasingly popular option for childless couples but they are replete with potential legal difficulties. In one highly unusual case, the refusal of a surrogate mother and… Read More

Confidentiality duties of public officials

HMRC

Public officials, particularly the tax authorities, frequently come into possession of sensitive and private information about individuals and a landmark Supreme Court ruling has underlined their… Read More

Casino cheating does not require dishonesty

Gambling

In a decision of crucial importance to anyone involved in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a professional card player, Phil Ivey, who won £7.7 million at the baccarat table… Read More

Manufacturer in trade marks tussle

RCJ

Cross-border intellectual property disputes can raise tricky jurisdictional issues and such difficulties were put into high relief by the case of a British audio equipment manufacturer that accused… Read More

Boathouse plans stopped by covenant

Rowers

Many cherished patches of green in urban areas are protected from development by restrictive covenants that date back many years. Their antiquity, however, does not make them any less enforceable… Read More

Trouble with the neighbours?

Horse

Some neighbours are friendlier than others and, if you feel that your rights are being trampled upon, a good lawyer can help you. In one case, an equestrian couple who were harassed by a farmer, who… Read More

Time is no barrier for the determined!

Clinical negligence

A recent case in which solicitors negotiated a £2.5 million settlement of a man’s claim against the NHS – 47 years after he was starved of oxygen during his birth – illustrates the importance of… Read More

No show !

Show cancelled

It is more than three years since we first reported on what had become fairly regular encounters with a firm of commercial property agents who operate nationally and appear to sue many of their… Read More

Charities in transfer of undertakings test

EAT

Four charity workers whose roles were shifted from one employer to another during a consolidation exercise will suffer no ill effects in terms of their pay and conditions after convincing a tribunal… Read More

High Court delivers Brexit bombshell

EU

In a bombshell decision of fundamental constitutional importance, the High Court has ruled that the Government has no power to trigger the UK’s departure from the European Union without first… Read More

Limitations on liability for losses at sea

Ship

The perils of the oceans are obvious and, in order to facilitate international trade, the law has long placed limits on potential liabilities in respect of losses incurred at sea. However, in a case… Read More

Investment bank in undue influence claim

Undue influence

Business relationships depend on cordiality and trust – but at what point do such arrangements give rise to dependency and a duty of care? The High Court addressed that thorny issue in the case of a… Read More

Fine upheld after offshore gas leak

Gas rig

Fines imposed on companies for health and safety breaches are meant to hurt and their size in part depends on the scale and prosperity of the perpetrator. In one case, an energy company with a… Read More

High court enforces bank judgments

RCJ

Diplomatic relations between nation states ebb and flow but political differences are not a bar to cross-border cooperation between legal systems. In one case, the High Court directed enforcement of… Read More

Vicariously liable?

Bicycle crash

Companies are routinely ordered to pay compensation for the negligent acts of their employees – but only if they are at work at the relevant time. In one case involving a salesman who walked into… Read More

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