Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Dismissed - or did you resign?

Unfair Dismissal

Before accepting an employee’s resignation, it is crucially important to be certain that that is their true intention. In one case, an Employment Tribunal (ET) found that a letter in which a woman… Read More

Can you trust shopping on the internet?

Payment

Great care is needed when shopping for goods and services on the internet and it is worth having the credentials of those you deal with professionally checked. In one case, a woman, Mrs Holt, who… Read More

Persistent beggar jailed six times

beggar

Court orders must be obeyed. In one case that proved the point, a persistent beggar who simply refused to stop pestering people for money was sent to prison no fewer than six times. Addicted to… Read More

Compensation for injury to your feelings

Feelings

If you suffer discrimination in the workplace you can be compensated for injury to your feelings as well as for your financial losses. A £12,000 award was made under that head in one striking case… Read More

A reasonable offer of accommodation?

Flat block

Local authorities have a legal duty to provide accommodation to homeless people in priority need – but the demand for public housing is so great that it cannot be satisfied. That impasse was clearly… Read More

Industrial espionage in the recycling trade

Data Security

Tales of industrial espionage are not restricted to fiction and a Court of Appeal case revealed an alleged conspiracy within the recycling trade that was said to have been exposed by forensic… Read More

Hit-and-run victim can sue ‘unnamed driver’

Car accident

In a decision of great importance to the motor insurance industry and personal injury lawyers, the Court of Appeal has upheld the right of a hit-and-run accident victim to sue the unidentified… Read More

Lottery winner not bound by promise

Cash

Promises are just promises and do not generally have the force of contract – but if you rely on another's word to your detriment it can be legally binding. That was precisely the issue in one case… Read More

Rain is inevitable but damage is ‘fortuitous’

Rain

As anyone who lives in England knows all too well, rain is inevitable. In an important decision for the construction and insurance industries, the High Court has ruled that damage caused by heavy… Read More

Commercial disputes move fast

RCJ

Commercial disputes can move very fast but the High Court has power to hold the ring and ensure that no irreversible losses are suffered pending a resolution. Exactly that happened in one case… Read More

Price drop - powers of attorney !

25% off

  Powers of attorney just got cheaper! Whilst not unprecedented, it’s unusual to see a fall in prices in most sectors including legal services.  There are too many upward pressures, largely beyond… Read More

Kit Kat shape cannot be trade mark

kit kat

The long-running 'chocolate wars' between Cadbury and Nestlé over the shape of the Kit Kat has led to a judgment today from the Court of Appeal. The case resulted from an attempt by Nestlé to… Read More

Do the title deeds reflect your contributions?

Keys in door

Loving couples often contribute together to the cost of buying a home. However, if legal advice is unwisely dispensed with, such arrangements are often not recorded on title deeds and, as one… Read More

Does your insurance cover what you need?

Insurance

There is no point taking out insurance policies that do not meet your needs and it is well worth taking professional advice to ensure that they are tailored to you. The issue was highlighted by one… Read More

Record fine for nuisance calls

Phone

The ICO has fined a firm that made nearly 100 million automated nuisance calls over an 18-month period £400,000 after receiving more than a thousand complaints. This is the largest such fine levied… Read More

Football assistant manager unfairly dismissed

Unfair dismissal

Disciplinary proceedings are a source of anxiety for any employee and, if they drag on for too long, that in itself can be unreasonable. An Employment Tribunal (ET) made that point in awarding… Read More

Aircraft noise immunity prevails

Helicopter

A couple who said that shattering helicopter noise from a nearby aerodrome made their lives a misery and wrecked their hopes of selling their £4 million home are back to square one following a Court… Read More

Motorbike accident victim compensated

Motorbike

A surgeon who was seriously injured when the brakes of his motorbike seized due to a manufacturing defect has won more than £40,000 in damages under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The bike had… Read More

Arbitrator's findings accorded judicial respect

Cargo

The decisions of contract arbitrators are accorded due respect by the courts and only in exceptional cases will judges go behind their findings of fact. That point was made clear in one case… Read More

Family compensated after childbirth death

Pregnant

The NHS owes a duty to every patient who comes under its care and, when negligent mistakes are made, compensation is payable. The widower and five-year-old son of a Jehovah’s Witness who bled to… Read More

Judge points finger at coma toddler’s father

Pills

When children suffer non-accidental injuries, suspicions inevitably follow and family courts are often called upon to perform the difficult task of identifying perpetrators. In one case, a judge… Read More

'Campaign within the law' warns ICO

Data security

The Information Commissioner has written to all the major political parties to remind them of their data protection obligations when contacting potential supporters during the General Election… Read More

Neighbourhood plan defeats development

Housing development

Neighbourhood plans made under the Localism Act 2011 are a vital means of ensuring that the voices of local people are heard in the planning process. In a High Court case that underlined the point… Read More

Devoted daughter overturns tax penalties

HMRC

Death and taxes are famously inevitable but the collection of revenue can sometimes be tinged with mercy. In one case, a carer who was coping with the loss of both her parents when her… Read More

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