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Police fined £100,000 for data breaches


A police force which left a number of highly sensitive tapes and documents unattended in the basement of a disused police station has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner. The… Read More

Consultant fails to block disciplinary


A hospital consultant facing a number of allegations, including failing to respond to out-of-hours emergency calls and attempting to speed the progress of one of her private patients to the top of… Read More

Nursery boss left toddler in car for five hours


A nursery school owner who left a three-year-old girl strapped inside a car for more than five hours – after 'completely forgetting' about her – has had her registration as a child minder cancelled… Read More

Developer’s nightmare of council maladministration

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A property development company which was plunged into financial crisis by a catalogue of local authority maladministration will receive just £50,000 in compensation despite the Local Authority… Read More

Pharmacist's dismissal was fair


A Boots pharmacist whose career was destroyed when he was accused of stealing hundreds of perfume testers from the store he managed has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that… Read More

Victory for PPI mis-selling couple


In a guideline decision expected to have an impact on many other similar cases, a couple who were mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) by a credit broker which flouted industry rules by… Read More

Court resolves battle in Great Yarmouth


A company that invested more than £60 million in the port of Great Yarmouth over a six-year period, greatly boosting its income, has failed in a High Court bid to take over as its official harbour… Read More

Accountants cleared of negligence


A highly successful entrepreneur who incurred a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liability in excess of £760,000 on the sale of shares in his company has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that an… Read More

Nurse unaware of pension entitlement


A part-time nurse who sought substantial compensation for the loss of almost 20 years' worth of pension rights has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that her employer did not… Read More

Gross under-settlement void

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A catastrophically injured road accident victim who was mistakenly advised to settle her damages claim for just £12,500 could now be in line for more than £2 million after the Supreme Court ruled in… Read More

Top journalist sues Met


An award-winning journalist who was catastrophically injured when he was knocked from his bicycle by a London police car is suing the country's biggest force for millions of pounds damages. Donald… Read More

Taxi drivers’ challenge derailed

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Bristol taxi drivers have failed in a costly legal challenge to the imposition of a £375 annual charge for the right to stand in ranks at the city’s Temple Meads Station. Two cab drivers… Read More

Migrant workers discrimination lawful


In a guideline decision that will be greeted with dismay by those who campaign for the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, the Court of Appeal has ruled that two Nigerian women who were… Read More

Crash reports admissible in civil Proceedings


The mother and sister of an ex-Royal Marine who was killed whilst flying in an antique aircraft have convinced the Court of Appeal that they should be permitted to rely on an Air Accident… Read More

Chronic post-operative pain claim proceeds


The Court of Appeal has cut through a ‘procedural muddle’ and breathed new life into a substantial damages claim brought by a woman who alleges that her life has been blighted by constant pain since… Read More

Part-time judges’ pension rights


A retired part-time judge has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that his pension entitlement should be calculated by reference to the date on which he took up office. The… Read More

Credit hire guidance from Court of Appeal


A minor road accident which caused less than £3,000 worth of damage gave rise to a Court of Appeal test case on the burning issue of credit vehicle hire agreements, and a decision of critical… Read More

Claims on Savile’s £3.3 million estate


In giving directions for the administration of the estate of the late entertainer Jimmy Savile, the High Court has acknowledged that the entirety of his £3.3 million fortune may well be exhausted by… Read More

Court upholds busking ban

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Striking a balance between the cultural benefits of street entertainment and the right of property owners and businesses to be free from noise and other nuisance, the High Court has upheld a local… Read More

Trio jailed for contempt


Three members of a family who ‘raised two fingers’ to the High Court by repeatedly failing to clear their land of caravans and scrap have been jailed for four months for their flagrant contempt of… Read More

Court urges review of airlines’ liabilities


The Supreme Court has regretfully dismissed a damages claim brought by a gravely disabled airline passenger who was humiliated by seating arrangements on board a package flight – but has urged… Read More

Intellectual property in drawings upheld


The High Court has upheld the intellectual property rights of a subcontractor in design and other technical drawings for a flagship petroleum studies and research centre in the Middle East. The main… Read More

Flexible working – new implementation date

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The Government has announced that from 30 June 2014 the right to request flexible working arrangements will be extended to all employees, provided they have worked for their employer for 26 weeks… Read More

Police must compensate cab victims


In a landmark case, two women who were seriously sexually assaulted by London cab driver John Worboys have won the right to substantial compensation from the Metropolitan Police after the High Court… Read More

'Constable’ in employment context


In a unique decision which defined the ancient common law office of ‘constable’ in the employment context, the Court of Appeal has reluctantly blocked a former parks police sergeant from pursuing an… Read More

Engineers not liable for flood


An engineering firm has narrowly escaped substantial liability for a serious flood that struck a newly completed block of prestige central London flats after a high-speed surge through its cold… Read More

Musician forced to sell precious viola


A classical musician who played on the soundtracks of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films had to sell her beloved viola to at least partially pay off her creditors. Kathryn Bassano was the… Read More

‘Betty Boop’ trade marks infringed

Betty Boop

The corporate heirs of American cartoonist Max Fleischer have triumphed in breach of trade mark and passing off claims against those engaged in selling merchandise in the UK and Europe bearing the… Read More

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