Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Company fined after staff exposure

AC

Employers who fail to ensure the health and safety of their workers can expect to receive financial penalties that are designed to hurt. In one case that proved the point, G4S Cash Solutions, a… Read More

Mistreated cancer survivor compensated

Discrimination

When an employee falls ill, it is absolutely vital to avoid discrimination and treat them with sensitivity. In one case where that certainly failed to happen, breast cancer sufferer, Eimear Coghlan… Read More

Woman compensated for misdiagnosis

Ambulance crop

Ambulance personnel can make mistakes in emergency situations but it is only right that damages are paid if they are negligent. In one case, a woman who was left badly disabled after a… Read More

Employment Tribunal fees struck down

Fees

In a resounding decision that emphasised the right of everyone to have affordable access to the justice system, the much criticised fees levied on complainants to Employment Tribunals have been… Read More

Salvager of bronze cannon will get no reward

Diver

A diver who was refused a reward after recovering eight bronze cannon, worth up to £1.2 million, from a centuries-old wreck will no doubt be ruing his failure to seek prompt legal advice. The High… Read More

Don’t wait until you’re old to make a will!

Will

Making or changing your will in advanced old age is a positive invitation to disputes after you are gone, and that is one good reason why you should not put off seeing a solicitor. A case concerning… Read More

Quantity surveyors see off negligence claim

RCJ

Professionals are rightly exposed to compensation claims if they give negligent advice – but they are not whipping boys who can be blamed for the faults of others. The point was resoundingly made by… Read More

Upset by employee leaving? Don’t be hasty

Data

The departure of trusted workers who set up in competition is a frequent source of fury to employers. However, as one High Court libel case showed, the sensible course is to take legal advice rather… Read More

Can civil servants step into ministers’ shoes?

Redundant

To what extent can civil servants stand in the shoes of their ministerial masters and make decisions on their behalf? The High Court tackled that issue in an important test case concerning the… Read More

Whistleblowing in the public interest

Whistleblowing

Workplace whistleblowers only enjoy the protection of the law if the disclosures they make are in the public interest – but what exactly does that mean? The Court of Appeal has analysed that issue… Read More

Discrimination outlawed against gay partners

LGBT flag

The Supreme Court has struck a ground-breaking blow against discrimination in the case of a gay employee whose husband was denied the right to a full survivor’s pension in the event of his death… Read More

'Good Work' – The Taylor Review

Staff

In October 2016, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair, to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business… Read More

Judges protecting the weak and vulnerable

Elderly

Amidst an aging population, the role of judges in protecting the weak, vulnerable and infirm is of ever increasing importance. In one case that reaffirmed the point, the High Court stepped in to set… Read More

Manager pays for safety incompetence

Health & Safety

Health and safety in the workplace must be taken seriously and a failure to do so can have severe consequences. In one case, a car repair shop manager’s woefully inadequate performance in that… Read More

Retirement – avoid age discrimination!

Discrimination

Employee retirement is a sensitive issue that needs extremely careful handling in the light of age discrimination laws. In one case, a veteran solicitor claimed that he had been forced to resign… Read More

High Court cracks down on ‘car cruising’

Gearstick

Judges are not powerless when coming to the aid of those whose lives are blighted by the anti-social behaviour of others. One case that proved the point, a man who engaged in so called ‘car… Read More

Hiatus was 'not in the public interest’

Underground

The fairness of public contract tendering is rigorously enforced and the award of any such contract is automatically suspended if a dispute arises. However, in one case, the High Court ruled that… Read More

Student bed-sits are not ‘separate dwellings’

Bedsit

In a decision of great importance to landlords of student accommodation, a tribunal has found that bed-sits with communal facilities are not separate dwellings. The ruling meant that the tribunal… Read More

BMW cracks down on trade mark usage

BMW

Vast investment in nurturing public recognition of trade marks is almost equalled by the resources that go into protecting them against misuse. In one case, motor manufacturing giant BMW triumphed… Read More

Personality clashes at work?

School

Personality clashes at work are sadly anything but rare, but employers are under a duty to take reasonable steps to resolve such issues before they get out of hand. In one case where that signally… Read More

Drafting wills is a job for the experts!

Will

Drafting wills may appear easy and many people are tempted to save a few pounds by dispensing with legal advice but as one High Court case clearly showed, the words used can have particular legal… Read More

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