Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Cohabitee awarded bereavement damages

Bereavement

In a decision that will be greeted with joy by Britain’s 3.2 million cohabiting couples, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the exclusion of unmarried partners from entitlement to damages for… Read More

Is It OK to hold ticket-only events in parks?

Tickets

Public parks are frequently rented out by local authorities as ticket-only venues – but is there any legal basis for that practice? Following a test case, the Court of Appeal has answered that… Read More

Discrimination – Identifying the comparator

Discrimination

The most common way of detecting discrimination is to conduct a comparison between the treatment of complainants and colleagues in a similar position. However, as one Employment Appeal Tribunal… Read More

Liability for accidents caused by animals

Bullock

Winning compensation following an accident requires proof of negligence – but there are very rare exceptions to that rule and one of them concerns the legal liabilities of animal owners. In a Court… Read More

Let down investor awarded compensation

Investment

Investors inevitably take risks but are entitled to expect that finance professionals in charge of their portfolios will follow their instructions. That certainly did not happen in one High Court… Read More

Alcohol pricing in Scotland approved

Wine

With the budget due today, the decision of the Supreme Court to approve the Scottish decision to introduce 'minimum pricing' may offer the Chancellor the opportuity to introduce a similar scheme in… Read More

Restrictive covenant seen as reasonable

Data Security

Restrictive covenants in employment contracts involve the imposition of restraints on employees’ personal freedom and have to be reasonable to be enforceable. In one case, the High Court ruled that… Read More

Near-fatal accident triggers safety appeal

Ear Def

Many people do dangerous jobs, but employers are required by law to do all in their power to minimise risks, and the consequences of failing to do so can be severe. In one case, an equipment… Read More

Informal business partnerships - Be careful!

Handshake

Business partnerships can be created orally or by conduct indicating that an accord has been reached. However, as one case concerning a troubled medical practice showed, it is always wise to have… Read More

Time to pay

Debt Recovery

On 1 October 2017 a fourteenth specific pre-action protocol was added to the list that accompanies the Civil Procedure Rules.  The aims of pre-action protocols generally are to encourage the parties… Read More

Employment Tribunal fees refund scheme

Money

Following a four-week pilot scheme, the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme is now open to anyone who paid fees in respect of an Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeal Tribunal claim after… Read More

Monarch not entitled to valuable slots

Plane

In a decision of interest to insolvency practitioners, the High Court has ruled that insolvent airline, Monarch, is not entitled to be allocated valuable take-off and landing slots, in which there… Read More

Giant Killer !

Goal

Crewkerne amateur footballer Kelvin Charles is celebrating his own personal giant killing after a long contest with national retailer, Specsavers. The 29 year old from Crewkerne was injured during a… Read More

Dental practice buyer wins damages

Dental Practice

Just like property buyers, those who purchase businesses are entitled to have their questions honestly answered by the vendors before a price is agreed. In one case where that sadly did not happen… Read More

Equality rights - EU law takes priority

Police Officer

In a decision that underlined the primacy of European law, the Supreme Court has opened the way for a police officer to appeal against her dismissal to an Employment Tribunal (ET) on disability… Read More

'Worker' status of Uber drivers confirmed

Taxis

In a ground-breaking ruling, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that drivers for online cab giants Uber are ‘workers’, as defined by the Employment Rights Act 1996, and are thus… Read More

Confidential data? Don’t be nosy!

Secrets

Your job may give you access to confidential data but the consequences of giving in to nosiness can be severe indeed. In one case, a midwife who took the opportunity to snoop through the files of… Read More

Disciplinary proceedings - be open minded!

Unfair dismissal

Hard-edged opinions are all too easily formed in the heat of disciplinary proceedings, but employers must be careful to stand back and take a balanced approach. In one case in which that did not… Read More

Mental health aftercare services test case

Mental Health

If negligence victims come into funds, in the form of compensation for their injuries, to what extent do they lose their entitlement to free assistance from local authorities? In a ruling, the Court… Read More

Court discerns true wishes of pensioner

Health

It is a sad fact that those who are very ill can become incapable of expressing their own wishes as to their medical treatment. However, as one case concerning a pensioner in a minimally conscious… Read More

Minimum wage compliance in care sector

Payrise

The position of 'live-in' workers as regards employment status and rights has long been a bone of contention in the care industry in particular, leading the Government to create a new compliance… Read More

HSE's annual health and injury statistics

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published annual statistics for health and safety at work in Great Britain for the year April 2016 to March 2017. These show that an estimated 31.2 million… Read More

GDPR – ICO launches helpline for businesses

Data Security

The clock is ticking fast regarding compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be fully enforced from 25 May 2018, with severe penalties for non-compliance. The GDPR… Read More

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