Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Unauthorised advertisers in contempt


Unauthorised advertisers who failed to remove cigarette bins from the streets of Westminster prior to a deadline set by a High Court injunction have been fined for contempt. Arguments that it had… Read More

Lap-dancer was not an employee


A former nightclub lap-dancer has had her hopes of mounting a successful unfair dismissal claim dashed after the Court of Appeal ruled that there had been ‘no wage/work bargain’ between her and the… Read More

DIY litigation disaster


In a cautionary tale for those tempted to launch employment tribunal proceedings without first taking legal advice, the country’s leading employment judge has lamented the ‘regrettable waste of… Read More

Invention ‘not obvious’ court rules


The manufacturer of a moist wound dressing with sales in the UK of nearly £15 million per annum has fought off a bid by a trade rival to have its patent for the product revoked. The steps leading to… Read More

£1 billion tram jam


The scale of the slow-motion disaster that is befalling the £1 billion project to give Greater Manchester the most extensive tramway system in the UK has been revealed by a High Court ruling. Amidst… Read More

Premier league infringement claims fail


Copyright infringement actions, arising out of the widespread use of foreign decoder cards to access foreign transmissions of live Premier League football matches within the United Kingdom, have… Read More

Petrol station lease fuels dispute!

Petrol station

The corporate tenant of four petrol stations has defeated an attempt by its landlord to take possession of the premises after a judge preferred the tenant’s interpretation of poorly drafted… Read More

Mistaken identity


In circumstances where a professional negligence claim was erroneously instituted against a limited liability partnership (LLP) in respect of alleged torts committed prior to its formation, the High… Read More

It's in the post !


A taxpayer had reason to be relieved recently when the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) agreed that – contrary to the express warning of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that they are not responsible for… Read More

Two experts justified in design claim


The highly technical nature of a businessman’s claim that his car's engine seized up due to a design flaw merited the instruction of two expert witnesses despite the relatively low value of the… Read More

Dismissal of mental health nurse ‘harsh’ but not unfair


The dismissal of a veteran mental health nurse after a mistake led to a patient being given the wrong medication would be viewed by many as ‘harsh’ but it was not unfair, the Employment Appeal… Read More

Court sees Redd!


Intellectual property law specialists, Redd Solicitors LLP (the firm), have triumphed in a breach of trade mark claim against licensed conveyancers, Red Legal Limited (the company). The High Court… Read More

Guarantee enforceable ‘on demand’


In the context of a very substantial shipbuilding contract, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a bank’s guarantee, which underpinned the buyer’s timely payment of instalments, was enforceable ‘on… Read More

Collective redundancy consultation changes


Under the law at present, if an employer is proposing to make redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, the collective consultation provisions of… Read More

Rent repayment order slashed


A ‘foolish’ landlord who was ordered to repay more than £15,000 to tenants after renting out a house in multiple occupation without the required licence has had his bill reduced by more than… Read More

Right to fair hearing trumps DPA


In directing a local authority to disclose un-redacted copies of documents relating to a children’s home where a former resident claims to have been subjected to violent abuse, the Court of Appeal… Read More

At your service


In a ruling of practical importance to property professionals, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a surveyor’s party wall award was validly served not when it was put in the post but when the… Read More

£5.5 million cerebral palsy award upheld


Lawyers representing a teenage boy who was awarded £5.5 million damages after a judge found that he had been starved of oxygen in the moments before his birth have fought off an attempt by NHS… Read More

Boatyard claims scuppered


In the context of a £7 million settlement achieved by lawyers for a young man who suffered catastrophic injuries in an Isle of Wight boatyard accident, a High Court judge has ruled that the… Read More

Judge delves into mind of Pitt the Younger


A High Court judge has delved into the mind and motives of 18th Century Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, in ruling that the owners of a historic toll bridge cannot qualify for a £700,000… Read More

Castle owners fined £350,000 for pensioner’s death

The owners of historic Warwick Castle have failed to overturn a £350,000 fine and £145,000 costs order imposed for health and safety breaches that led to the death of a pensioner who toppled… Read More

Pregnant hairdresser's claim to be reheard


A discrimination claim by a hairdresser who says that she was treated as a nuisance in her workplace due to her pregnancy will have to be reheard after the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)… Read More

Golf club may block £16 billion rail link


A golf club's complaints of injustice could become the crucial nail in the coffin of the government's £16 billion plans to forge a high speed rail link between London and Birmingham. Aylesbury Golf… Read More

Annual increase in tribunal limits


The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2012, which details the annual inflation-linked changes in limits on the compensation amounts which can be awarded by employment tribunals, was laid… Read More

Licensing application could be varied


In a decision of importance to proprietors of licensed premises, a High Court judge has ruled that it is lawful for retrospective amendments to be made to licence applications in the light of… Read More

‘Bad leaver’ forfeits share options


In a ruling which underlines the vital importance of strict compliance with the letter of severance agreements, a senior investment manager has forfeited his right to £1.7 million in share options… Read More

Landlord’s refusal was reasonable


A landlord’s refusal to consent to the carrying out of piling works in preparation for a proposed basement development at a central London home was justified by reason of the additional disruption… Read More

Child’s ‘wishes and feelings’ of limited weight


In a ruling that underlines the limited weight that can be placed on the ‘wishes and feelings’ of children in family cases, the Court of Appeal has opened the way for a mother to relocate to Ireland… Read More

BT caught out by TUPE


In a ruling which reveals that even employers as large at British Telecommunications plc (BT) can slip up when it comes to understanding the impact of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of… Read More

‘Bar Room Language’ Dismissal was Unfair

A senior employee who admitted directing ‘bar room’ language towards a colleague was unfairly dismissed because the termination of his employment was not within the reasonable range of responses… Read More

Scrabble trade mark invalid


A trade mark registered by the makers of ‘Scrabble’ in the form of a pictorial depiction of the ivory-coloured tiles used in the well-known board game is invalid due to its non-compliance with the… Read More

OFT reviews Distance Selling Regulations


The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published the results of a ‘websweep’ exercise that looked at the top 100UK online retail websites, plus the top clothing retailers, between 9 and 20 February… Read More

Business model unlawful


A member of a modelling agency’s staff has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds in damages after involving himself in the establishment of a rival business in breach of restrictive covenants in… Read More

Barn reprieved from demolition


A farmer who built a stable block on his farm bigger than the one for which he had been granted planning permission has triumphed in a High Court challenge to an order that he must demolish the… Read More

Imprisoned divorcee suffered ‘grave injustice’


A divorcee who had ‘never even had a library fine’ was the victim of a grave injustice when he was jailed for nine months under a Dickensian debtors' law for failing to pay £10,000 to his ex-wife… Read More

Relief for property sector


The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced several measures to relieve the gloom in the commercial property sector. These include: • An additional £800 million to extend the FirstBuy equity loan… Read More

‘Green lane’ ban quashed


A national campaign group that is dedicated to keeping open Britain’s rural ‘green lanes’ to 4x4s and motorcycles has triumphed in a High Court challenge to an experimental ban on the use of a Peak… Read More

Liable for libel?


In a unique test case that raises critical issues on the policing of the internet, the Court of Appeal is considering arguments put forward by Google Inc. that its blogging platform is a ‘purely… Read More

Chalet rents to reach £1million


Holiday chalet owners made a 'bad bargain' which could see them paying more than a million pounds each to their landlord annually - but will have to live with that after a High Court ruling which… Read More

'Pop' goes the factory!


The owner of a sweet factory has won a £4 million interim payment of compensation at the High Court after a major fire destroyed the plant. The former Trebor Bassett factory in Pontefract… Read More

Claim for £6.7 million tax deduction fails.


Arguments that substantial loans made between companies within the same group gave rise to an entitlement to a £6,690,000 deduction from Corporation Tax (CT) liabilities have been rejected by the… Read More

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