Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Boardroom pay battle nets £2

£2 coin

The Court of Appeal has tackled the twin thorny issues of boardroom pay and the responsibilities of remuneration committees populated by non-executive directors. Newcastle International Airport… Read More

Football club must repay £2.62 million loan


A football club which accused its former owner of acting against its best interests by committing it to repayment of loans totalling £2.62 million without any authority has failed to convince the… Read More

Hoarding owners win planning battle


The High Court has struck down a planning inspector’s decision to allow just three months for the removal of a hoarding which was viewed as an eyesore although it had been in place, without… Read More

Legal reforms bite hard


The Court of Appeal has severely punished lawyers in a defamation case who failed to lodge a £500,000 costs budget on time. Lawyers acting for former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell had been… Read More

Agreement? Get it in writing!


The potentially dire consequences of failing to finalise contracts in writing could not be better illustrated than by a case in which project managers failed in a claim for more than $20 million in… Read More

Negligent architect faces £48,000 bill


An architect who failed to address serious structural defects in a seaside home when drawing up plans for its refurbishment has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that his negligence caused no… Read More

Bingo company lands £540,000 tax bill


A bingo hall operator which made changes to the way its business was run in order to cut costs, reduce staffing levels and minimise queues on the door has ended up with a £540,000 tax bill for its… Read More

Veteran worker’s claim almost shut out


An administrator worked at the same doctors’ surgery for more than 40 years – but came within a whisker of having her disability discrimination claim dismissed after it was filed two days late. The… Read More

Careless NHS trust fined £90,000


The Upper Tribunal (UT) has upheld a £90,000 fine imposed on an NHS Trust which mistakenly faxed personal details of highly vulnerable patients to a surprised member of the public. Because of an… Read More

Russian oligarch must pay for PR


A wealthy Russian businessman, who agreed to pay £900,000 a year to a public relations company to foster his good reputation with a view to achieving British citizenship, has been ordered to pay… Read More

Victim caught by insurers' small print


In a reminder to the business community that the greatest care is needed in reading the small print of insurance contracts, insurers refused to indemnify the owners of a jewellery store for losses… Read More

Doorstep credit agreement unenforceable


The Court of Appeal has ruled that a vehicle credit hire agreement with an accident victim was unenforceable from the outset because of the failure to inform him in writing of his cancellation… Read More

£10 million birth injuries settlement


Lawyers representing a nine-year-old boy who was left catastrophically disabled due to oxygen starvation at birth have achieved a £10 million settlement of his case in what is one of the biggest… Read More

Dismissal or withdrawal?


The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has drawn a crucial distinction between ‘withdrawal’ and ‘dismissal’ of a claim. The importance of the point lay in the fact that the latter would have precluded… Read More

Court stamps on film websites


A consortium of the world’s largest film studios has won an order shutting down two popular websites which facilitated the wholesale unauthorised downloading of copyright works by members of the… Read More

Court saves widow from eviction


A local authority has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for its attempts to evict a young widow from the home she shared with her husband, who hanged himself. The widow still lived with the… Read More

Behind closed doors


In the context of a Competition Commission investigation into the workings of the UK private healthcare market, a tribunal has tackled the thorny issue of how the rules of natural justice and… Read More

Beer glass design rights Infringed

Pub bar

The manufacturer of a popular, high-waisted, beer glass has convinced the High Court that it has ‘individual character’ and that its design rights were violated by a rival product, notwithstanding… Read More

Return to work needs careful management


In a warning to employers of how difficult it can be to manage an employee’s return to work following a prolonged period of sick leave, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has directed a re-hearing… Read More

Gambling chips equal to cash

Gambling chips

The Court of Appeal has ruled that gambling chips are the same as cash in rejecting a club’s arguments that it is entitled to deduct the value of incentives it provides to high-rolling punters from… Read More

Pizza chain ordered out of Notting Hill


A pizza chain faces having to close its branch in London’s trendy Notting Hill after the High Court backed a planning inspector’s decision that it detracts from the vitality and viability of an area… Read More

Court declines ‘international policeman’ role


In a case which tested the limits of the High Court’s power to act as an ‘international policeman’, the Court has declined to make an asset freezing order in respect of a $60 million commercial… Read More

Anti-fracking campaigners moved on


Demonstrators who camped out on the verge of a busy West Sussex road for three months in protest against a nearby ‘fracking’ operation have been ordered to leave by the High Court on the basis that… Read More

Pensioner regains liberty


A judge has ruled that a gravely ill pensioner must be allowed to return home to be with her beloved partner - and possibly face death - rather than be forced to stay in a care home ‘at the cost of… Read More

PGA bogies tax appeal

Golf ball

The Professional Golfers’ Association Limited (PGA) has failed to convince a tax tribunal that its members should be permitted to deduct their annual membership fees from their Income Tax bills. The… Read More

HIV drug at centre of competition row

Test tubes

The High Court has tested the boundaries of European Union competition laws in the context of a heated trade dispute which sprang from a critical shortage of a market-leading antiretroviral drug… Read More

Nightclub pays price for unruly clientele

Disco ball

The owners of a London nightclub have failed to overturn tough licensing conditions that were imposed after the police and others complained about incidents of crime and disorder associated with its… Read More

Reprieve for Independent Living Fund


The Court of Appeal has quashed the Government’s decision to close down the £359 million Independent Living Fund which provides vital support to thousands of severely disabled people with the aim of… Read More

Persistent church wins planning fight


Persistence, it seems, can bring worthwhile results for would-be developers after a Parochial Church Council that won planning permission for a controversial housing scheme - at the fourth attempt -… Read More

Court upholds "English notions" of H&S


A tourist who suffered life-threatening cuts after walking into a plate glass door in her bikini whilst staying at a hotel in Barbados has fought off a travel company’s bid to strip her of her… Read More

HSE workplace injury statistics

Danger thin ice

Provisional statistics for the year April 2012 to March 2013, published by the Health and Safety Executive, show an 11 per cent drop in major injuries compared with 2011/2012 The report shows that… Read More

Pleasure gardens fallout


In tackling the fall-out from a commercially disastrous project to build a world-class pleasure gardens in east London in time for the 2012 Olympics, the High Court has dismissed a building… Read More

How's your credit?

Credit card

We generally expect these days to have some form of warranty when we buy certain goods, particularly electrical and household items that we don’t want to have to pay to repair or replace for a few… Read More

Honest builder stripped of cash hoard

Cherry picker

The truism that honesty is its own reward will come as little comfort to a scrupulous builder who will go without a penny after handing in to police nearly £18,000 that he found stashed in a… Read More

Pet ponies must go


Animal lovers should be aware that planning laws can put a block on their activities after a woman who was ordered to remove a stable – and her children’s three pet ponies - from her relatively… Read More

Council embroiled in stadium saga


In a case which raises novel issues about the extent of local authority powers to involve themselves in commercial matters outside the scope of traditional public services, the owners of Coventry… Read More

Climate change & coastal developments

Coastal town

In a case which foreshadowed the impact that climate change may one day have on sea levels, plans for a substantial mixed-use development – including 230 homes – on the coastal plain at Burry Port… Read More

Naked rambler 'deliberately provocative’


Despite his pleas that there is nothing insulting or intimidating about the human body in its natural state, the so-called ‘naked rambler’, Stephen Gough, has failed in a novel appeal against a… Read More

‘Home-Made’ Contract Leads to Legal Tangle

The parties to a ‘home-made’ contract, which an employee argued entitled her to performance-related bonuses and commissions, may now be wishing that they had taken legal advice after disputes arose… Read More

Court laments bitter family dispute


The Court of Appeal has bemoaned the ‘unhappily common’ lack of clarity in the drafting of many partnership agreements after an elderly farming couple became embroiled in a bitter dispute with their… Read More

Spam texts penalty overturned

Woman & PDA

A marketing company boss who was the first person to be fined under anti-spam texting laws has had his £300,000 penalty overturned by the First-Tier Tribunal on the basis that his activities, whilst… Read More

Four-way fight to build motorway services


Four developers who were all intent on building a new motorway service area on the same stretch of the A1(M) in North Yorkshire locked horns at the High Court – but only one of them emerged a… Read More

‘Death by sub-contracting’ led to flood

Flat block

A catastrophic flood that caused £4.75 million of damage to a newly completed block of flats has led to the exposure of a ‘comically inept’ muddle between various firms engaged in a construction… Read More

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