Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Dispute over death-bed will


Death-bed wills are fraught with problems and certainly legal advice, should be taken wherever possible. Recently, a death-bed will led to a family tearing itself apart in High Court proceedings… Read More

$780,000 claim nearly sunk


Ship owners came within a whisker of losing their right to pursue a $780,000 compensation claim following a maritime collision in the South China Sea. Both vessels (ship A and ship B) were seriously… Read More

Canal transport policy sunk


Leeds City Council's attempts to protect the city's historic canal-side have met with a major stumbling block at the High Court. The Council was sent back to the drawing board when the Court… Read More

Police win DNA samples test case


In a decision of major significance to police forces, the High Court has ruled that a reformed criminal’s human rights were not violated when he was required to give a non-intimate sample for… Read More

‘Happy and sociable’ schoolgirl compensated

Resuscitation room

Lawyers representing a ‘happy and sociable’ schoolgirl who suffered catastrophic brain injuries due to complications during her hospital birth have achieved a £4.5 million settlement of her… Read More

Doctor released from abuse inquiry


A senior doctor whose life and career were for years blighted by unfounded child abuse accusations has finally been released from the shadow of suspicion. The Court ruled that a General Medical… Read More

Retail giant wins trade mark fight


Phenomenally successful online fashion retailer ASOS plc has fought off a bid to make it change its name by top-end cycling clothes manufacturer Assos of Switzerland S.A. The Court noted that it was… Read More

Workplace temperature control

Air con

This summer’s hot weather raised the issue of the law regarding temperatures in the workplace. What is a suitable environment will depend on the nature of the activity. For example, the Chartered… Read More

Adjudicator did not breach natural justice


In the context of an acrimonious building dispute, the High Court has emphasised that adjudicators faced by complex legal arguments should not have their decisions subjected to minute examination by… Read More

Wrong way, CHAPS!

Bank card

A company that claimed to have fallen victim to a £217,000 fraud has had its hopes of recompense from its bankers dashed by the High Court. Tidal Energy Ltd, like thousands of others every day, had… Read More

Human face of NHS budget constraints


The terminally ill mother of a disabled boy - who was plunged into debt when she had to pay privately for potentially life-extending cancer treatment in Germany - has had her plea for state funding… Read More

£4 million contract with dormant company


A company has found itself embroiled in costly litigation after entering into a £4 million construction contract with an engineering company that turned out to be dormant. The contract for… Read More

Muslim defendant must remove veil


A Crown Court judge has ruled that a Muslim defendant should be precluded from giving evidence in her own defence unless she allows witnesses and jurors to see her face-to-face. The judge found that… Read More

Tribunal exposes corporate sleaze culture


An Employment Tribunal (ET) has laid bare a substantial company’s sleazy inner workings and rejected a compensation claim brought by its ‘dishonest’ former managing director, who stooped to… Read More

Universities in transatlantic name clash


One of Britain’s only two private universities scored an early success in a trans-Atlantic dispute over an evangelical American university with a similar name. Regent’s University London (RUL) had… Read More

Lord Beaverbrook development blocked

Golf resort

A campaign group opposed to plans to turn Lord Beaverbrook's former country home into a hotel, health club and spa and high-end golf course has succeeded in a legal challenge to the scheme after the… Read More

Race discrimination case to ‘go on and on’


After what is believed to be the longest-running race discrimination case ever, an academic who was turned down for a college lectureship 14 years ago has failed to convince the Employment Appeal… Read More

IPCC ‘overstepped the mark’


In an important decision that helps to define the proper ambit of powers exercised by public investigatory bodies, the High Court has ruled that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)… Read More

Computing college refused VAT exemption

Computer lab

In a case with important tax implications for further education institutions, a leading computing college which awards diplomas to students that can count towards their degrees has failed to… Read More

EAT guidance on whistleblowing


A lorry driver has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that it was protected disclosures, rather than his own conduct, that cost him his job. The driver had worked for a national… Read More

Golf club wins domain name fight


The Woburn Golf and Country Club has won a dispute with a company based just five miles away that registered a website domain name which threatened to confuse the public. The world-renowned club… Read More

Sacked pub managers win compensation


A brewery chain has been ordered to pay almost £45,000 compensation to a couple who were left homeless after being locked out of the pub they managed without notice. The husband and wife had lived… Read More

Don't sit on the hedge!


A woman has been ordered to pay over £17,000 damages to neighbours after the spreading roots of her 'dominating' cupressus hedge took a heavy toll on the foundations of their home. The offending… Read More

Nightmare at the museum

Liverpool museum

The trustees of the new Museum of Liverpool have been awarded more than £1 million damages against a leading firm of architects they blamed for a series of costly design and construction problems… Read More

Housing needs paramount


Controversial plans for construction of 116 homes and a 72-bed care home on a green field site near St Albans, Herts, have been put back on track by the High Court. The proposals for a rural site… Read More

Post-dismissal conduct reduces award


In a case which reveals that post-dismissal conduct can sometimes have a crucial bearing on employment proceedings, a religious studies teacher who won £70,925 compensation in respect of his unfair… Read More

Widow pays for failing to follow advice


An elderly widow who transferred half her home and all of its surrounding land to a business partner with whom she subsequently fell out has found out the hard way that there is little point taking… Read More

Train company defeats rail union


In a bitter industrial dispute on the railways, the Court of Appeal has upheld a train company’s right to impose roster changes on its on-board staff where their normal working patterns had become… Read More

Purpose of bargain relevant to interpretation

Industrial estate

In concluding that the owners of light industrial units on a trading estate are liable to contribute towards the costs of maintaining a road giving access to their premises, the Court of Appeal has… Read More

Quality assured


Williamsons has secured renewal of its Lexcel accreditation. Lexcel is the National Law Society’s management quality mark.  It is developed specifically for the legal profession – an optional… Read More

Voting restraints unlawful


The High Court has ruled that a company’s board of directors acted unlawfully when it attempted to stop certain beneficial shareholders from voting at an annual general meeting (AGM). The directors… Read More

Wildfowl and Wetland Trust wins VAT battle

Bird flock

Sir Peter Scott’s brainchild, The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, has won its marathon fight for a £1.3 million tax rebate after convincing the First-Tier Tribunal that seven of the sites it operates… Read More

Daughter's inheritance restored


A woman who was cut out of her seriously ill father's substantial estate after he fell prey to a friend’s undue influence, and developed an irrational conviction that she was not his daughter, has… Read More

Can a Collateral Warranty Itself be a ‘Construction Contract’?

In the context of a contract to develop a public swimming pool, the High Court has given useful guidance on the circumstances in which a collateral warranty can itself amount to a construction… Read More

"Employee-shareholder" contracts


The Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which received Royal Assent in April 2013, provides for a new type of employment status – the ‘employee-shareholder' – with effect from 1 September 2013. Not to… Read More

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