Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Design rights defeat for‘Trunki’


Leading designer Rob Law suffered a crushing blow when the Court of Appeal exposed his phenomenally successful Trunki ride-on children's suitcase to a deluge of competition from a discounted rival… Read More

Export ban violated trade rules


A local authority is facing a £1.5 million damages claim after taking the 'moral and political' – but hasty and legally unwise – decision to close the Port of Ramsgate to live animal exports. Noting… Read More

Slavish deference to deadlines harms justice


A High Court judge has said that a slavish deference to deadlines can itself cause delay and harm the interests of justice, against the background of the recent decision in the landmark case of… Read More

SRA guilty of sex discrimination


In an embarrassing decision for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), it has been found guilty of sex discrimination against a female employee whose permission to work part of the week at home… Read More

Prisoner ‘akin to an employee’


The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been found vicariously liable for the negligence of a prison inmate whose carelessness resulted in serious injury to the jail’s catering manager. Although the… Read More

Ambulance delay caused PTSD


A former exhibitions manager at the Natural History Museum has been awarded more than £500,000 damages from the London Ambulance Service after paramedics arrived 17 minutes late to tend her… Read More

Implied grant for 'modern utilities'

Gas pipes

In an age where a household’s access to gas, electricity, water and other utilities is not a luxury but a necessity, the Court of Appeal has implied an easement into a sale agreement enabling… Read More

Financial Ombudsman Service - beware!


In a decision of enormous importance to financial advisers and consumers of their services, the Court of Appeal has ruled that those who pursue complaints before the Financial Ombudsman Service… Read More

Gardener stripped of power of attorney


In an highly unusual move, the Court of Protection has stripped a former gardener of his lasting power of attorney (LPA) over a mentally impaired pensioner’s property and financial affairs after he… Read More

Whistleblower claimed drink was spiked


A high-flying bank worker who claims that she was disadvantaged after accusing a colleague of spiking her drink during a hotel meeting has had doubt cast on her right to compensation by an… Read More

Paramedic not a public official


In a unique decision of importance to all NHS employees and others who work for public authorities, an ex-paramedic who groped a vulnerable woman in the back of an ambulance while taking her to… Read More

‘Whole life’ sentences justified


Murderers who commit the most ‘heinous’ of crimes can be sent to prison for the rest of their lives, a specially constituted panel of five Court of Appeal judges has ruled. Backing the use of… Read More

Race abuse compensation too high


In refusing to increase a £6,000 damages pay-out awarded to an Army chef after he was called a ‘dumb black b***ard’ by a sergeant, the Court of Appeal has underlined the importance of public… Read More

Fake imports - watch out!

Fake Rolex

Whilst it might be tempting to pick up a 'knock off' of a luxury brand item from an overseas website (and some sites make the fact that they goods they sell are not genuine - such as the fake on the… Read More

Catering college wins VAT rebate


In an important case for educational institutions, a college is in line for a bumper tax rebate after convincing the Upper Tribunal (UT) that haute cuisine served at its top quality in-house… Read More

Supermarket not liable for attack

Petrol forecourt

An innocent customer who was savagely attacked by a petrol kiosk attendant on a supermarket forecourt has received the Court of Appeal’s 'natural sympathy' -  but not a penny in compensation. Ahmed… Read More

Farming company wound up


The High Court has ordered the winding up of a farming company due to the inability of its directors – three sisters – to put aside their personal animosity in the company’s best interests. Farmer… Read More

What is a consumer?


In an important test case for the finance and insurance industries, the High Court is being asked to define what is meant by a 'consumer' as insurance brokers challenge the jurisdiction of the… Read More

Compensation for 'visceral vilification’


A couple who waged a ‘campaign of visceral vilification’ against an elderly neighbour who defied them in a dispute over a right of way and a 12-inch-wide strip of garden have been ordered to pay her… Read More

Guidance on discrimination cases


In upholding a black road sweeper’s race discrimination complaint, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given authoritative guidance on the recurrently thorny issue as to the circumstances in… Read More

NT not liable for tree surgeon fall


A tree surgeon who was terribly injured in a 50-foot fall from a dying conker tree has received a judge's 'enormous sympathy' - but has failed in a multi-million-pound compensation claim against the… Read More

‘Energy from waste’ invention dispute

Waste plant

A businessman who accused the scientist inventors of an innovative and potentially highly lucrative ‘energy from waste’ process of reneging on their agreement to exploit it through his company has… Read More

Rail worker's deafness noise-induced


A former rail worker who suffers from hearing loss as a result of repeated exposure to excessive workplace noise over a period of years has won £8,500 in an out-of-court settlement. The man began… Read More

Sympathy only for crushed pensioner


A frail pensioner, who was badly injured when crushed beneath a burly police officer who was pursuing a suspect, has had her compensation hopes dashed by the Court of Appeal. Elizabeth Robinson, 81… Read More

Ex-employee turned internet stalker


A rogue web designer who became a Facebook troll and conducted an obsessive ‘cyber-stalking’ campaign against former colleagues has been ordered by the High Court to desist – or go to jail for three… Read More

Lying cyclist jailed


A cyclist who fraudulently sought more than £3 million in damages by ‘telling a pack of lies’ about injuries he suffered when he was hit by a lorry has been jailed for his flagrant contempt of… Read More

Supreme Court defines aggravated trespass


Shops and other commercial premises targeted by campaign groups will be afforded greater protection in future after the Supreme Court upheld the aggravated trespass convictions of two men who… Read More

Hollywood studio infringed ‘Glee Club’ TM


In a case that reveals that relative corporate minnows can succeed in upholding their intellectual property rights against much larger companies, the High Court has ruled that the giant Hollywood… Read More

Tribunal’s language was ‘intemperate’


A psychiatrist who was in line for a substantial compensation payout after her NHS bosses were dealt harsh criticism by an Employment Tribunal (ET) will have to fight her case all over again due to… Read More

Court Rules on Challenge to Employment Tribunal Fees

The controversial decision to introduce charges for access to Employment Tribunals (ETs) has survived a judicial review challenge by trade union UNISON. However, the High Court has urged that the… Read More

Supreme Court rules on rectification

Village green

Property developers whose plans are frequently thwarted by registration of land as a town or village green can take encouragement from a Supreme Court decision which significantly eases the path to… Read More

Conflict in police unit not racially motivated


In an extreme case of workplace tension between colleagues leading to prolonged litigation, the dismissed former head of a police force’s in-house diversity unit has suffered defeat in a marathon… Read More

Woolworths case referred to ECJ


Under Section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, employers have a duty to consult with appropriate representatives of employees concerning forthcoming redundancies… Read More

Feathers fly in trademark dispute


Following an unusual High Court trade mark dispute, ‘Mr Wills’ – the top hat-wearing pheasant logo that helped make fashion label Jack Wills a household name – has pecked to death a confusingly… Read More

House of Commons staff pay frozen


Three disgruntled members of staff at the House of Commons, who had their remuneration frozen for more than two and a half years due to Government cuts, have failed to convince the High Court that… Read More

Dog victim loses £500,000 award


A young man who was awarded almost £500,000 after he was chased under a car by a snapping dog has been stripped of the payout by the Court of Appeal. The victim was aged 14 when the accident… Read More

Credit card fraud claim in time

Credit cards

A woman who was duped into ploughing more than £20,000 into fraudulent ‘land banking’ schemes has struck an important blow for consumer protection after the High Court upheld her right to her money… Read More

Publican wins £9,000 for social media libel


A businessman who was viciously lampooned as ‘Mr Toad’ on the Internet after taking over a Cotswold pub has been awarded £9,000 in libel damages. The businessman had been hit with a torrent of… Read More

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