Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

£170,000 for flood damage


The owners of a west London pub, the basement of which was inundated with water due to defective construction work, have been awarded more than £170,000 damages by a High Court judge. The basement… Read More

Flood insurance warning


The 2009 agreement between the Government and the Association of British Insurers which currently ensures that all properties are insurable against the risk of flood ends in June 2013. Since 2009… Read More

Injunction restrains disposal of £10,000,000 painting


A man who alleges that he was duped over the sale of a painting worth almost £10 million has won a High Court injunction forbidding onward disposal of the art work without 28 days written notice… Read More

Revised rules on WEEE


Electrical equipment is the fastest growing category of rubbish across the European Union (EU). It is estimated that by 2020, twelve million tonnes will be produced annually. In February 2003, the… Read More

Police have ‘duty to act fairly’


In a ruling with important implications for companies and individuals performing tasks on behalf of police and other public authorities, a High Court judge has ruled that a police force had a public… Read More

Oil company must pay


An oil company that lost more than US$166 million after entering into derivative contracts designed to protect it from sharp increases in oil prices has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that… Read More

Judge rules on CPO ‘disturbance’ claim

A company’s claim for very substantial compensation for the disturbance caused to its business by the making of a compulsory purchase order (CPO) has been rejected by the Upper Tribunal. Solartrack… Read More

Abuse victim wins £470,000 compensation


A woman has won a six-figure sum at the High Court over the physical and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather as a child. The victim, now in her 40s, was awarded damages and… Read More

Court paves way for annulment of ‘forced marriage’

A High Court judge has opened the way for the annulment of a disabled Muslim woman's ‘forced marriage’ despite her parents' plea that this will bring shame on her and her family. In an extraordinary… Read More

Property tycoon’s IVA plan rejected


A residential property developer has suffered a setback in his fight to dig himself out of the mountain of debt left by the collapse of his business. York property tycoon Kevin Linfoot’s company… Read More

When is a crime 'football related'?


When three drunken West Ham fans on their way home from a match attacked a man on a train and were convicted of assault, the judge imposed a banning order on them which prohibited them from… Read More

Staff vacancies


Williamsons is recruiting! We are looking for administrative/support staff to work in our busy Crewkerne office. Written applications, preferably by e-mail, should be addressed to Michael… Read More

OFT alleges hotel price-fixing


The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has issued a Statement of Objections which alleges that hotel booking websites Expedia and Booking.com entered into agreements with Intercontinental Hotels Group… Read More

Locked-in man loses test case

Locked-in syndrome sufferer, Tony Nicklinson, has failed in his High Court battle for the legal right to end his life when he chooses and with a doctor’s help. A second victim of the syndrome… Read More

Injured paraglider’s claim to continue


In an important ruling on the legal liabilities of unincorporated associations, a judge has refused to strike out an injured paraglider’s claim against a sports club of which he was himself a… Read More

Watch out!

Henley regatta

The Court of Appeal has granted protection to the well-known ‘Henley’ brand of watches after ruling that the marketing of confusingly similar ‘Henleys’ time pieces amounted to passing off. In a… Read More

Top public school wins damages for project delays


Britain's top Catholic public school, Ampleforth College, has succeeded in an epic court struggle after a £5 million project to upgrade its boarding accommodation was struck by costly delays. The… Read More

Property developer's battle over top London hotels


A property developer has failed in a High Court battle for control of three of London’s most famous hotels. Patrick McKillen was fighting Sir David Barclay and his twin Sir Frederick over control of… Read More

Cool result for ‘Ice Bag’


The novelty and ‘individual character’ of a best-selling wine bottle carrier have been recognised by a judge who found that its registered community design had been infringed by a rival product. The… Read More

POCA dealt a serious blow


The Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to law enforcement agencies seeking to recover criminal assets held abroad. In a case decided in July, Mr Israel Perry, who was convicted of a serious fraud… Read More

Strict liability for catastrophic accident in France


A schoolgirl catastrophically injured when a family friend accidentally reversed a car over her head is guaranteed very substantial compensation after a judge ruled that the driver’s insurers are… Read More

Collusive tendering fine slashed


A construction company fined by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for its involvement in anti-competitive tendering has had its penalty reduced by more than £120,000 by the Court of Appeal… Read More

Williamsons secures top accolade from national Law Society


Williamsons has secured the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme… Read More

Shopper wins six-figures


A shopper who slipped on grapes outside a high street convenience store, fracturing both her wrists in the fall, has won £111,859 damages for her injuries. Samira Hassan, aged 57, sued shop owner… Read More

HSE consults on simplifying RIDDOR


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has opened a 12-week consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify how businesses comply with the requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and… Read More

Court upholds powers of elected mayors


In a ruling which delineates the division of powers between directly-elected mayors and full councils, a High Court judge has given the green light to the replacement of full time staff at a… Read More

Judge Tries to Stem ‘Inundation’ of Polish Extradition Cases

A senior judge has stepped in to stem the ‘inundation’ of the English courts by appeals against extradition by Polish nationals who say conditions in the country’s prison system are so poor that… Read More

Farmer must "move along at a reasonable speed"


A farmer who was accused of subjecting her neighbours to 'persistent surveillance' has failed to overturn an injunction requiring her to 'move along at a reasonable speed' when making use of a right… Read More

Companies sued during dissolution

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that section 1032(1) of the Companies Act 2006 has the effect of retrospectively validating legal action commenced against a company during the period of its… Read More

BT fails in appeal against £41M bill

British Telecommunications Plc. (BT) has failed in an appeal against a finding by the Office of Communications (Ofcom) that it over-charged other communication providers for the use of certain… Read More

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