Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Who Bears the Financial Burden of Fencing Boundaries? High Court Guidance

Fencing off land costs money and it is not uncommon for landowners on either side of a boundary to dispute where that responsibility lies. In a case that involved in depth analysis of the law on the… Read More

Fairness to employees – Follow the rules!

Discrimination

Many small family businesses have informal working arrangements, but that does not excuse them from the legal requirement to have proper procedures in place to ensure fair treatment of employees. A… Read More

Employment or self-employment?

Unfair Dismissal

The distinction between employment and self-employment is difficult to draw but, as one case concerning a senior property professional showed, tribunals are used to looking beneath the surface in… Read More

National Minimum Wage rates

NMW

The draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018 were published on 6 February and provide for the following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW)… Read More

Spreading rumours is not fair competition!

Rumours

Legitimate competition is one thing, but using the internet to spread false rumours about a rival’s products is quite another. A businessman who resorted to such methods found himself under threat… Read More

Judges triumph in ‘ageism’ public sector case

Pension

In a test case of importance to all public sector employees, the employment tribunal has ruled that transitional provisions put in place to prepare the way for full adoption of a new judicial… Read More

£1 million ‘negligent education’ claim fails

Graduates

Not every student can achieve the exam results they want and proving that negligent teaching is the cause of perceived failure is notoriously difficult. In one case, Oxford University graduate, Faiz… Read More

Binding contract or ‘agreement to agree’?

Agree

One good reason why contracts should always be drafted by a lawyer is to avoid subsequent debate as to whether a document represents a binding deal, or merely an ‘agreement to agree’. Exactly that… Read More

The Taylor review of employment practices

Employment

In July 2017, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a former policy chief under Tony Blair, issued his report… Read More

Powers of attorney – consult a lawyer!

POA

A case in which a son abused his power of attorney to get £230,000 of his frail mother’s money underlined the wisdom of appointing the right person to manage your finances if you lose the ability to… Read More

Important blow in whistleblowing case

Whistleblowing

In an important decision for limited liability partnerships, the former managing partner of a law firm who claimed that he was persecuted for whistleblowing had his hopes of winning £3.4 million in… Read More

Dishonest accident victim stripped of award

Dishonesty

A dishonest minority of accident victims harm themselves and others by over-egging their compensation claims. The point was powerfully made by one case in which pensioner, Haydn Sinfield, who was… Read More

Confidentiality and public interest collide

Security

Communications between lawyers and their clients are confidential, but what happens when they fall into the hands of journalists who say that the public interest demands their publication? The High… Read More

Businessman jailed for ‘staged’ road accident

Car Accident

Motor insurance fraud is far from being a victimless crime in that honest drivers have to pay for the deceit of others in the form of higher premiums. The courts are not blind to the problem… Read More

Gender pay gap reporting deadline

Equality

It is important to remember that the requirement to publish annual gender pay gap data applies to all private sector employers with 250 or more employees. The deadline for the year commencing April… Read More

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