Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Christian guesthouse owners to appeal


Hazel and Peter Bull, the Christian guesthouse owners ordered to pay £1,800 each in compensation to two gay men after they refused to allow them to share a room with a double bed, are to take their… Read More

Gypsy wins Human Rights compensation

A gypsy has been awarded Euros 8,000 in damages and costs after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the English legal system did not afford her a fair opportunity to contest her eviction… Read More



In a ruling which underlines the gravity of the potential consequences of disobeying court orders, the Court of Appeal has agreed to lift the threat of immediate prison sentences hanging over two… Read More

Court bars holiday lettings


The owner of a converted former hospital complex will have to cease letting it out to holidaymakers or face the threat of criminal prosecution after the Court of Appeal ruled that there had been a… Read More

"Flat rate" VAT in pubs!


In circumstances where tenants pay a single rent for the occupation of residential and commercial parts of premises, the Upper Tribunal has ruled that the rent payable should be apportioned between… Read More

Tribunal Refuses Equitable Life Disclosures

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is not obliged to disclose further information relating to the collapse in December 2000 of the Equitable Life Assurance Society or to further explain its decision not… Read More

Landfill tax irrecoverable


A tribunal ruling has emphasised the wisdom of seeking independent tax advice after a farmer who mistakenly paid more than £168,000 in Landfill Tax more than 15 years ago was refused his money back… Read More

No rights in £40 million home


In the midst of extremely acrimonious divorce proceedings, a High Court judge has ruled that a husband has no interest in a £40 million London home which was bought during the course of the marriage… Read More

Prince’s correspondence in public eye


The Upper Tribunal has allowed appeals by a national newspaper journalist against decisions of the Information Commissioner upholding refusals by seven government departments to grant his freedom of… Read More

Taxpayers entitled to rely on first class post


Penalties imposed on a company for late payment of PAYE and National Insurance have been overturned after the First Tier Tribunal ruled that taxpayers are generally entitled to rely on next day… Read More

Anonymous tweeter injuncted


An anonymous user of online social networking site, Twitter, has been ordered to reveal his identity and cease his abusive campaign against tour operator, Thomas Cook Airlines Limited, or face… Read More

VAT rebate claims bunkered!


In refusing to grant substantial VAT rebates to four golf clubs the First-Tier Tribunal has ruled that the various benefits provided by the clubs to their members in return for annual subscriptions… Read More

‘No set-off’ clause is reasonable


A High Court judge has rejected arguments that a ‘no set-off’ clause in a sales contract, protecting the supplier’s entitlement to the price of goods without deduction, is reasonable and does not… Read More

Bookmaker pays price for dishonesty

The First Tier Tribunal has emphasised the importance of honest dealing with the tax authorities in upholding a £26,000 demand for back-tax and penalties imposed on a bookmaker who fraudulently… Read More

£150,000 award for tree root damage


A local authority will have to pay out more than £150,000 damages after a poplar tree in one of its parks caused subsidence damage to a home 30 metres away. Local authorities and landowners… Read More

Dog food manufacturer bites taxman!


A leading dog food manufacturer could be in line for a tax rebate running into millions of pounds after inflicting a stinging defeat on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at the First Tier… Read More

£100,000 payment after work stress suicide

The children of a council executive alleged to have killed himself due to intolerable work stress have won a £100,000 settlement of their claim against his employers. The man was aged in his 40s… Read More

Negligent Investment Advice Victim Wins Bank Pay-out

An investor who lost a substantial sum when Lehman Brothers collapsed has been awarded compensation after being negligently advised by a bank employee that an investment in the financial markets was… Read More

Judgement underlines perils of late adoptions


A committed Christian couple who for almost a decade tried their hardest to make a go of adopting a deeply troubled girl have finally had her taken from their care by a family judge. The girl, now… Read More

Dismissed Imam refused ‘stigma damages’

The former Imam of a Doncaster mosque, dismissed because he was not fluent in English, has failed to win compensation for what he claimed was the ‘stigma’ of launching an unfair dismissal claim… Read More

Court rules on ultra-orthodox schooling

An ultra-orthodox Jewish father has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that his ex-wife should be prevented from moving their children to schools where they will receive a more secular… Read More

Amazon warehouse approval quashed


Planning permission for a large storage and distribution warehouse in Cheshire - to be occupied by internet trading giant Amazon - has been overturned by a judge. Proposals for the warehouse –… Read More

Press freedom trumps privacy rights


In balancing privacy and freedom of expression rights, a High Court judge has refused to restrain press publication of a story relating to an alleged ‘sexual encounter’ between a well-known football… Read More

Benefit withdrawal ruled unfair


A jobseeker who was stripped of his benefits when he refused to take part in a ‘back to work’ scheme has been awarded compensation by the court. The man had refused to accept a job offered to him… Read More

Mean employer named & shamed


The Government is determined to clamp down on employers who fail to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and sees bad publicity as an effective deterrent against serious breaches. As… Read More

Underperforming school may become academy


Campaigners have failed in a High Court bid to stop an underperforming primary school being turned into an academy. Parents of pupils at Downhills primary school, in Tottenham, north London, had… Read More

Court rules on £100 million sweet factory blaze


The Court of Appeal has ruled that ‘woeful’ failings by confectionery giants Cadbury were the primary cause of a £100 million sweet factory blaze sparked by smouldering popcorn. The fire tore… Read More

New help for SMEs and apprentices


In February 2012, the Education and Business Secretaries commissioned jeweller and social entrepreneur Jason Holt to report on measures that would make it easier for small and medium-sized… Read More

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