Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Patents made simple

Responding to many representations about the cost of obtaining intellectual property (IP) protection in the UK, the Intellectual Property Office have announced a new, free patent system called… Read More

Immigration rule changes – NHS debts

Some NHS treatment is only free to those who are ordinarily resident in the UK or who are exempt from the charges under the law. Changes to the Immigration Rules currently before Parliament will… Read More

Tax man after life coach..

Life coaches may need help to get their lives back on track if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is successful in its latest blitz. Life coaches, music teachers and other private tutors are being… Read More

First Bribery Act conviction

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011 making it an offence for a person to request, agree to receive or accept a financial or other advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant… Read More

Horses for courses

It is generally accepted that property valuation is at best an imprecise science. Accordingly, when the accuracy of a valuation is in dispute, the courts have adopted the idea of a ‘bracket’ or… Read More

Disabled husband wins extra

A recent dispute over a divorce settlement dealt with an unusual situation. The husband had been in an accident and was partially disabled. He had received £500,000 in compensation as a result. The… Read More

Sister fights £5,000,000 gifts to ‘Favourite Daughter'

A ‘favourite’ child often inherits a disproportionate share of the estate of their parents, but the scale of inequality which arose when a Jersey multi-millionaire died was such that there is every… Read More

Blow for wind farm shareholders

When the co-founder of two companies in the wind farm business was effectively ‘frozen out’ of them by his fellow shareholders and excluded from participating in their management, he went to court… Read More

Tax exiles face HMRC onslaught

The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in Gaines-Cooper. The case involves a businessman who has been defending his right to be treated as a non-resident for UK tax purposes on the basis… Read More

Houseowner not to blame for pool injury

An experienced swimmer who dived into a pool at a friend's late-night party and was rendered tetraplegic after hitting her head on the bottom of the pool has lost her claim for compensation. The… Read More

Pub protection plans

The Government is to consult over the use of restrictive covenants in the licensed trade following representations that the sale of pubs subject to covenants that they will not be used as pubs again… Read More

Dogs home

The question of where somebody is 'resident' is important not only for tax purposes, but also to determine where divorce proceedings can be brought. For those who lead the ‘jet-set’ lifestyle, such… Read More

Accident claimant jailed for false claim

A claimant who grossly exaggerated his injuries and claim for compensation following a motoring accident has been given a nine-month prison sentence for contempt of court. The claims were… Read More

Stress levels in the workplace

For the first time, stress has been reported as the most common cause of long-term sickness absence according to a survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 39% of… Read More

Companies warned as informal strike-off rules change

Friday the 14th of October 2011 is a date almost certain to be remembered with sorrow following a poorly-publicised change to the rules governing the informal striking-off of companies. It has long… Read More

IP Infringement in the workplace – IPO Guide

Legal liability for some actions can result even where these are performed by someone else. The concept of ‘vicarious liability’ can apply in a number of situations and means that (for example) an… Read More

Qualifying Period for unfair dismissal claims to rise

The Government has announced its decision to extend the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal from one year to two. The change will come into force on 1 April 2012. The… Read More

Supreme Court outlaws young spouse ban

The Supreme Court has accepted that the UK legislation which prohibits the non-EU national spouse (if under 21 years old) of an EU national being granted the right to remain in the UK as of right… Read More

Mobile advertisements - planning permission

Landowners are reminded that the placing of a mobile advertisement in a field or other space next to a road may well need planning permission. There is a widespread belief that the provisions in the… Read More

A different age..


We reported in April this year on the Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011. These rules are now with us. Consequently, any dismissal by reference to retirement… Read More

Landlords beware!

Most landlords who have tenants on assured shorthold tenancies will be aware of their obligations to tenants with regard to the protection of their deposits and the provision of information to… Read More

Company insolvencies rising

Accountants PwC have reported that corporate insolvencies have rocketed by 9 per cent compared with the same quarter last year. Particularly hard hit were the construction (up 11 per cent)… Read More

Damages for botched hip

A woman who was left permanently disabled after a routine hip operation went wrong has won over £100,000 in damages. Margaret Peabody, 51, was suffering from painful osteoarthritis and, in 2008… Read More

VAT refunds – who benefits?

If you charge a customer VAT and subsequently discover that the transaction was exempt or zero-rated (so that VAT should not have been charged), can you just reclaim the output VAT paid incorrectly… Read More

Supernova dazzles Sky

A pub landlady, who has fought all the way to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for the right to use Nova, a Greek satellite TV company, to show Premier League matches at her pub in Portsmouth… Read More

Injury time

There is a general rule that an action for damages for personal injury must be brought within three years of the claimant becoming aware of his or her injury. Recently, a man sought damages from his… Read More

Employer not employee must assess risk

A recent case illustrates the danger for employers of falling into the trap of believing that because some training has been given, that is sufficient for them to fulfil their duty to adequately… Read More

Patents and design rights

A new regulation should make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to bring actions to protect their patent and design rights. The Patents County Court (Financial Limits) order (No. 2)… Read More

Tobacco – new limits

For travellers within the EU, there is – technically – no limit on the amount of tobacco products that can be brought into the UK for ‘personal use’. However, the importation for resale of tobacco… Read More

Parish council survives!

In the first case of its kind, the proposed abolition of a parish council has been blocked after the decision was judicially reviewed. Residents of the parish of Offerton Park objected to the… Read More

Fancy a Swift 2/3rds?

From 1 October, pubs and restaurants have been allowed to sell draft beer and cider in 2/3rd pint glasses (called ‘schooners’). Fortunately for those favouring a more traditional approach, they… Read More

Agency Workers Regulations

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) came into force on 1 October 2011. All agency workers are now entitled to access certain workplace facilities and information on job vacancies from day one… Read More

Employment law "Red tape challenge" – act now!

If you have any suggestions as to how employment law regulations could be improved, simplified or even abolished, now is the time to act. From 3 to 19 October, the Government is conducting a ‘Red… Read More

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