Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Trade Mark Infringement Can be Based on Sound

Infringement of a trade mark need not be a visual issue: a trade mark can be infringed when the sound of the trade mark is infringed.. The case arose when the international toy manufacturer Hasbro… Read More

Claim Procedure Reforms Will Affect Smaller Claims

With all the hoop-la about the proposed change to the ‘no win, no fee’ regime, another set of proposals, which may well be of greater importance for many people has slipped under the radar of the… Read More

‘Set Up’ Accident Claimant Ordered to Pay Court Costs

Insurance Giant AXA has sent out a message to accident cheats that it will resist claims which it believes to be fraudulent. In a recent case, the insurer took court action in a claim for a mere… Read More

Malicious Dismissal Claims on the Rise Says CIPD

UK employers are increasingly falling victim to instances of ‘malicious dismissal claims’ from disgruntled ex-employees. A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found… Read More

Who Determines Who Inherits Your Estate?

A recent case will cause concern to anyone who has a specific wish that their estate should not pass to certain people. It involved a woman who left an estate of more than £400,000, which she wished… Read More

Is Your Intellectual Property Protected?

Today is World Intellectual Property Day and the global members of the World Intellectual Property Office have joined forces to help raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trade marks and… Read More

Banks Receive PPI Compensation Setback

The long-running battle between banks and their customers over alleged mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) plans took another step forward last week when the High Court dismissed a… Read More

Plumbers Tax Safe Plan – Time for Action

The deadline for making a notification to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the Plumber’s Tax Safe Plan (a partial amnesty) expires on 31 May 2011. Under the plan, workers in the plumbing and… Read More

Pension Entitlement Depends on Social Integration

Are the conditions of entitlement to state pension credit under the 2002 State Pension Credit Regulations compatible with EU law? That is the question raised by a recent Supreme Court case in which… Read More

LLP Case Shows Need for Member Agreement

Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) are becoming increasingly common – for example, all of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms have been LLPs for a few years. LLPs are a strange beast – a sort of halfway… Read More

Disguised Remuneration Guidance Published

The proposed rules to deal with ‘disguised remuneration’ (where remuneration or assets are made available to an employee by a third party such as an employee benefit trust) have bee published. The… Read More

Supreme Court Next Stop in Legal Privilege Case

As expected, insurer the Prudential is to appeal to the Supreme Court following the Court of Appeal’s decision that communications with its tax advisers (a leading firm of accountants) relating to… Read More

CFOs Less Optimistic

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are increasingly concerned that the UK may be headed for a ‘double-dip’ recession, according to a survey by accountants Deloitte. The survey found that 29 per cent… Read More

Looking forward to retirement


Most people are aware that significant changes are taking place in relation to the retirement age but there is some confusion about what has and has not happened so far. There were some late changes… Read More

Email Terms Apply in Contract

A recent case in the Court of Appeal has demonstrated that terms agreed by email can amount to a contract despite a formal contract referred to in the emails remaining unsigned. The case concerned a… Read More

Religion or Belief Discrimination – What Constitutes a Philosophical Belief?

When the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 were first introduced, employees were protected from discrimination by reason of any ‘religion, religious belief or similar… Read More

Protection from Unfair Selling Practices: The Law

Britain has, for years, had strong consumer protection laws and further protection for consumers from unfair selling practices was introduced in the 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading… Read More

Royal Wedding – Rates of Pay and Time Off in Lieu

The Royal wedding has already put an extra bank holiday into the calendar on the 29th of the month and the House of Lords has reacted by allowing pubs an extra two hours of drinking time on the 29th… Read More

Bridge is Sport –Official

Hitchin bridge club has successfully registered itself as a charity under the Charities Act. The application was successful after the Charity Commission accepted that sitting down for a few rubbers… Read More

Back Injury From 'Playfulness' at Work Leaves Employer Counting Cost

A factory worker who suffered a serious back injury when a colleague leapt onto him at work has won an undisclosed amount in compensation. William Jones, 46, was bending down to pick up a tool… Read More

Problems of Insolvent Landlords

It is not only tenants that go broke: increasingly, overstretched landlords are becoming insolvent. If you are a commercial tenant coming up for a rent review, it makes sense to do some… Read More

EU Cleans Up Soap Business

Soap power giants Proctor and Gamble and Unilever have been fined more than £280 million by the European Commission after being found guilty of price fixing. The pair were investigated after a… Read More

Pension Provision Shortfall Continue

A recent poll shows that less than half of a sample of people who commute into London save money by way of a pension. One in five of the sample did not believe that pensions are a safe investment… Read More

Supreme Court Rejects House Disguised as a Barn

The man who disguised his house as a barn and then claimed that the local council was ‘out of time’ to take action with regard to the breach in planning permission has lost his appeal to the Supreme… Read More

The Protection of Freedoms Bill – ‘A Return to Common Sense Government

The Coalition Government has published the Protection of Freedoms Bill 2010/2011, which contains a wide range of measures aimed at ending the unnecessary scrutiny of law-abiding individuals. If… Read More

Private Emails Lead to the Sack

A recent decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) illustrates that care should be taken over any private communication made out of working hours if this contains material or expresses views that… Read More

New Rules on Sunbed Use Come into Force

The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010, which was introduced in Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill, came into force on 8 April 2011. Regulation was anticipated after a 2009 study by the… Read More

English Courts Permit Claim Because of Residence

The English courts are well-known worldwide as being amongst the most ‘generous’ to divorcing spouses in terms of financial settlements: they start from the premise that assets built up during the… Read More

Claim Procedure Reforms Will Affect Smaller Claim

With all the hoop-la about the proposed change to the ‘no win, no fee’ regime, another set of proposals, which may well be of greater importance for many people has slipped under the radar of the… Read More

The Reform of Health and Safety Law – The Next Steps

The Government has accepted all the recommendations made in the recent review of health and safety regulation, ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’, and announced a package of measures designed to support… Read More

Will Error Sees Beneficiary Lose Out

A recent case serves as a reminder that the intestacy rules only recognise a person’s natural, adopted or illegitimate children and illustrates the need to make sure that no mistakes are made when… Read More

Massive Compensation for Boatyard Worker

A boatyard worker who suffered brain damage in a workplace fall has been awarded a compensation settlement worth £7.2 million. Kevin Cleightonhills, who was 21 at the time of the accident, was… Read More

Pension Scheme Deficits - What to Do

In accordance with the Pensions Act 2004 all defined benefit schemes must have regular actuarial valuations to ensure that the scheme meets the ‘Statutory Funding Objective’ (SFO). The Pensions Act… Read More

Email - Who Owns the Copyright?

Copyright is a right which exists without any specific steps having to be taken. It applies whenever there is a work created which contains original skill or labour. It applies to written material… Read More

Here, Beneath the Bough, is a Tax Victory

If you have ever sat enjoying a jug of wine beneath the bough near a the feature gazebo of your local pub, you may have been as contented as a publican is after a recent tax case. In it, the tax… Read More

Guidance on Bribery Act Published

The Government has now published final guidance for businesses on complying with the Bribery Act 2010. The implementation of the Act, originally scheduled for April this year, was delayed to allow… Read More

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