Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Pothole crash leaves council huge bill


In a case which underlines the ‘absolute’ duty owed by local authorities to ensure that roads are regularly inspected and maintained in a safe condition for drivers, a council is facing a… Read More

‘Cruelly deceived’ father loses


A 'cruelly deceived' father, who has never seen his five year-old son after the boy’s mother denied his paternity, has had his hopes of building a relationship with the boy dashed by the Court of… Read More

Buying mail order goods overseas? Beware!


In a case which highlights the pitfalls in buying goods from overseas by mail order, a man who received a cardigan in the post from Hong Kong as a present for his wife has failed to convince a tax… Read More

‘Privatisation’ plans challenge fails


A local authority’s controversial proposals to outsource swathes of its public duties to the private sector have been given the green light by the High Court. Ruling that, save in one respect, a… Read More

Spanish law applies to ex-pat dispute


In a decision with wide implications for expatriate workers, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a salesman seeking compensation following the termination of his agency agreement must have his case… Read More

Tributes to injury lawyers


A senior judge has paid tribute to the years of hard work put in by personal injury lawyers in achieving a multi-million-pound compensation pay-out for a boy who was left catastrophically disabled… Read More

Disclosure in public procurement dispute


In the context of a ‘somewhat chequered’ public tendering exercise, the High Court has ordered disclosure of evidence to an unsuccessful bidder who claims that the process was undermined by… Read More

Bank Bound by Euros 400 Million Bonus Promise

Bank employees who were promised bonuses totalling Euros 400 million a month before Lehman Brothers collapsed have triumphed in their marathon fight to hold their employers to their word. Despite… Read More

Property investor awarded £1.4 million


A property investor has won £1.4 million damages after he was drawn by dishonest means into a land deal which went bad. Two companies and three of their directors were found to have committed the… Read More

Court tackles Jersey insolvency jurisdiction


In a case which raised novel issues on the inter-relationship between the courts of England and Jersey, the High Court has refused a request by secured creditors for an English administration order… Read More

Payments for votes was lawful


In a decision of importance to company lawyers, the Court of Appeal has ruled that there is no objection in principle to a company paying investors to vote in favour of a resolution whilst… Read More

£450,000 site death fine upheld


A building company which was convicted of an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 following the death of a labourer who fell through a construction site roof within 10 minutes of… Read More

Council tax ahoy!


In a ruling of importance to all boat dwellers, a family man who lived on a tugboat in the River Taw estuary, in Barnstaple, has failed in an epic legal struggle to avoid paying council tax. The… Read More

Spanish Armada charts define private fishery


Magna Carta and maritime charts dating back to the time of the Spanish Armada had a part to play in the High Court’s decision that fishermen who trawled for cockles in a private fishery without… Read More

VAT on medals


The Scottish Football League (SFL) must account for VAT on gold medals worth £27,000 that it awards league-winning clubs at the end of each season. The Upper Tribunal ruled that it was ‘largely… Read More

Criminal Record Disclosure Violated Teacher’s Human Rights

An allegation that a teacher propositioned a teenage pupil for money will be erased from his enhanced criminal record certificate (ECRC) after the High Court ruled that its inclusion amounted to an… Read More

Council Must Pay Following ‘Unsafe’ Pier Closure

The assignee of the former tenant and operator of a bingo hall and amusement arcade on Hastings Pier is entitled to compensation after the pier was closed to the public amidst concerns in respect… Read More

Birth injuries boy wins £8.5 million


Lawyers representing a seven-year-old boy who was born catastrophically disabled due to what was alleged to have been a ‘catalogue of errors’ by midwives, has won an NHS compensation package worth… Read More

Airline must pay for defective jet


An airline must pay full rent on a leased Boeing 737 passenger jet notwithstanding that it was not in airworthy condition. The Court of Appeal ruled that, as a matter of business efficacy, the… Read More

Rail worker compensated for vibration injury


A Network Rail worker who was left with permanent damage to his hands after working with vibrating tools for many years has won an undisclosed amount in compensation. Kevin Thornton, 48, worked for… Read More

Landmark stem cells case for ECJ

Test tubes

The way has been opened for a landmark test case before the European Court of Justice which will determine the future course of human stem cell research. The court will consider whether artificially… Read More

Online casino company wins £150,000 !


An online gambling company has won £150,000 damages after a rival website infringed its European Community (EC) and UK trade marks. In calculating the award, the High Court made a broad brush… Read More

Tribunal rules on education dispute


The Upper Tribunal (UT) has directed a fresh hearing of a dispute between a local education authority and the mother of a severely disabled 11-year-old boy as to whether his education in a… Read More

Christian school teacher ban upheld


The High Court has upheld a classroom ban on a Christian school teacher who condemned the ‘homosexual lifestyle’ in front of pupils. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a judge… Read More

Wind turbine ‘proximity’ policy declared unlawful


An emerging planning policy by which a local authority sought to impose a sliding scale of minimum distances between wind turbines and residential properties as a material consideration in planning… Read More

Court rules on £12 million bio-ethanol debt

Storage tanks

A construction company (the applicant) which claims that it is owed more than £12 million in respect of work it performed on the installation of a bio-ethanol processing plant may only recover four… Read More

Waste - ‘recovery’ or ‘disposal’ ?


In a decision which clarifies the dividing line between ‘disposal’ and ‘recovery’ of waste, the High Court has opened the way for development of a substantial waste treatment plant in Derbyshire… Read More

Reinsurers fail to block liability


Reinsurers have failed in a High Court bid to avoid potential liability for a $28 million claim in respect of a crude oil storage tank in Kuwait that was damaged after settling on unsure… Read More

Disclosure in international cartel dispute


More than five years after legal proceedings were instituted by one of the victims of an intricate anti-competitive cartel that stretched across the world the High Court has paved the way for the… Read More

Non-party costs test case ruling


Following the Court of Appeal’s ruling in a case of vital importance to the legal profession, solicitors’ firms will have to exercise extreme caution in providing financial support to impecunious… Read More

Apprentice winner loses unfair dismissal claim


A winner of reality television show, ‘The Apprentice’, has had claims that she was unfairly constructively dismissed from the post she won within Lord Sugar’s group of companies dismissed. An… Read More

‘Greek yoghurt’ must be made in Greece


The High Court has ruled that yoghurt labelled as ‘Greek Yoghurt’ in the UK market must be made in Greece. Issuing a permanent injunction to restrain the sale of American-made yoghurt as ‘Greek… Read More

Firemen entitled to 2.5% rise


London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) workers have won their fight to prove that their employers’ refusal to award them a 2.5% pay rise in the year commencing April 2009 breached the… Read More

Guidance on human rights in planning cases


In opening the way for eviction of an extended family of gypsies – including several children - from a green belt site in Surrey, the High Court has given authoritative guidance on the correct… Read More

No sale !

Donyatt Bowling

Joe Canney thought his prayers had been answered when, in the summer of 2012, he received a telephone call out of the blue from a firm of commercial property agents offering to help him sell his… Read More

Baggage handler compensated for broken back

Stansted airport

A baggage handler at Stansted airport who suffered a serious back injury when his airport luggage trolley was hit by another vehicle has won his battle for compensation. Mick Draper, 68, had worked… Read More

Party host not liable for catastrophic injuries


In a decision which will resonate with any parent, the High Court has ruled that a father who hosted a garden party for his teenage daughter, during which a young guest broke his neck whilst… Read More

Court writes statutory will for dementia victim


In a rare move, the High Court has stepped in to write a statutory will for a wealthy dementia sufferer (F) to ensure a fair division of his assets between his family and loved ones upon his death… Read More

Consumer Insurance Act


The new Consumer Insurance Act came into effect on 6 April 2013, bringing benefits for individuals who buy insurances of all types. The essence of the change is that the requirement for the insured… Read More

Equality Act lacuna


In a ruling acknowledged to be of ‘considerable public importance’, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has identified a glaring lacuna in the Equality Act 2010 that prevents employees claiming… Read More

Court protects off-street parking


Consent granted by a planning inspector for the conversion of a single-bay garage to living accommodation has been overturned by the High Court after Westminster City Council objected that it would… Read More

Criminal record checks relaxed


The Home Office has announced proposals to relax the rules regarding the disclosure of past convictions and cautions when criminal record checks are carried out on job applicants by the Disclosure… Read More

Legal aid changes take effect


On 1 April, the legal aid system – which has for decades supplied legal representation for those unable to afford to pay for it themselves – was significantly changed to reduce the cost to the… Read More

Russian law applied in bribery case


A Court of Appeal decision has highlighted the differences between draconian English anti-bribery laws and the much less severe corresponding provisions in Russia. Whilst in England there is a… Read More

Cash-strapped company wins tax penalty appeal


A recession-hit company whose cash-flow was hit by high levels of staff absenteeism had a reasonable excuse for not paying its PAYE bills on time, the First-Tier Tribunal has ruled. In upholding the… Read More

Previous Posts