Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

More protection for holidaymakers


New regulations requiring the vendors of ‘flight plus’ holidays (ones where the flight is sold together with accommodation or car hire) to provide additional protection to UK consumers if the booked… Read More

Rest breaks – ‘Sleeping protest’


In Ajayi and another v Aitch Care Homes (London) Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) that an employee’s ‘refusal’ or ‘proposed refusal’… Read More

Late filing fees - reminder


Companies filing their accounts after the due date are subject to late filing penalties which were last changed in February 2009. Private companies are required to file their accounts within 10… Read More

Government plans further tax breaks for R&D


Recognising the importance that research and development (R&D) has in adding value to products of all kinds and the increasing need for companies of all sizes to invest heavily in R&D, the… Read More

How wide is a right of way?

Field gate

A recent dispute over the extent of a right of way over farmland in County Durham may be of interest to property owners, particularly of agricultural land. Farming brothers Colin and John Oliver… Read More

IHT & compensation

Tax bill

The Court of Protection recently had to decide whether to grant consent for an inheritance tax (IHT) mitigation plan for a mentally disabled 20-year-old boy. The boy, referred to as ‘James’ in the… Read More

Child's welfare above all

A man who fathered a child for a lesbian couple and then sought a contact order, contrary to his initial agreement with them, has been successful in the Court of Appeal. After changing his mind, he… Read More

Attorneys and gifts

A commonly asked question by the holder of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is whether the attorney has the right to make gifts on behalf of the person whose… Read More

Claim cold-shouldered!

When a man using the Swansea park and ride stepped off the bus, slipped on nearby ice and fell over and injured himself, he claimed against the council. He argued that the bus driver, who was aware… Read More

Love thy neighbour

Two recent decisions of the Court of Appeal have shown how difficult it can be for a tenant on an introductory or ‘starter’ tenancy to prevent a social landlord from obtaining possession if the… Read More

Will he, won't she..

The intended beneficiary of a £70,000 estate has lost out after a major blunder at the time the wills of his deceased ‘parents’ were signed. Terry Marley befriended a married couple who, in 1999… Read More

Collective redundancy consultation – Advocate General’s ppinion

In United States of America v Nolan, the Court of Appeal sought guidance from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as to the point at which the obligation to consult arises under Directive 98/59/EC –… Read More

Pushing the boundaries

As Lord Justice Mummery recently commented, the cost of bringing an action over a boundary dispute is almost always more than the value of the land in dispute and the situation is even worse when… Read More

Tax crackdown - first conviction

The crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on ‘cash trading’ in the building industry has led to the conviction of a West Midlands plumber for failing to pay more than £90,000 in income tax and… Read More

One in five building sites unsafe

According to a recent article in Workplace Law, a safety inspection blitz in Merseyside and Cheshire revealed that one in five building sites was unsafe, with half of the unsafe sites breaching… Read More

Beach? Or village green??

Obtaining registration as a village green of a piece of land used by inhabitants of the neighbourhood offers a considerable degree of protection from the possibility of unwelcome development. A… Read More

Renewal of IP rights – IPO warning

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued a warning after some trade mark owners have reported receiving unsolicited reminders from one or more companies that offer to renew their trade… Read More

New asbestos regulations

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force on 6 April, replacing the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. A change was necessary because the 2006 Regulations failed to implement fully… Read More

April 6 employment law changes

From 6 April 2012, the unfair dismissal qualifying period increases from one year to two years for those whose employment began on or after that date. Employees who started working for their… Read More

Mother wins right to keep 'abducted' child in UK

The action of a mother who ‘abducted’ her own child in Australia and brought him back to the UK was cleared by the Supreme Court recently. She removed her child to protect him from his father, who… Read More

Permanent health insurance

A former partner in a mid-tier accounting firm who was injured in a car crash and is now unable to work has issued a £2 million claim against UNUM, his personal health insurers. The man suffered… Read More

Council slips up

Icy slip

A park warden who was tasked with erecting warning signs advising caution in icy conditions is set to be awarded a sum in the region of £70,000 after settling a claim against his employers… Read More

Landlord shut out


When a social housing provider sought to assist more than 60 of its tenants with their appeals in respect of Housing Benefit, the court ruled that it had to obtain the authority of the tenants to do… Read More

Increased parental leave


Any employee who has completed one year of continuous employment and who ‘has, or expects to have responsibility, for a child’ is entitled to take up to four weeks’ unpaid parental leave per year… Read More

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