Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Council slammed for ‘serious breach’


Long-standing plans to redevelop part of the historic heart of Winchester have been thrown into the air after the High Court ruled the City Council in ‘serious breach’ of public procurement rules… Read More

Elderly couple victims of shoddy builder


In an example of consumer protection laws being wielded by the state to protect the vulnerable, an elderly couple who fell foul of an incompetent builder – who claimed an expertise he didn’t have –… Read More

Unpaid director was employee


A businessman who worked full time as a director of a start-up company – but was paid not a penny for his toil as the business fought to establish itself – was nevertheless entitled to full… Read More

Unfair dismissal claim back on track


A mental health nurse who was accused of inappropriately touching colleagues and behaving in an unacceptably sexualised manner has been given a fresh chance to prove that her dismissal was unfair… Read More

Legal secretary vacancy


This innovative and progressive law firm has a vacancy at its busy Crewkerne office. Applicants should: •       Be personable and presentable •       Communicate well in person, in writing and by… Read More

Undercover police win overtime dispute


Undercover police officers whose jobs often entail making contact with informers at all hours of the day and night have had their right to fair overtime payments for the out-of-hours work they put… Read More

Council liable for school swimming tragedy

Swimming pool

Following a marathon legal struggle, a woman who almost drowned during a school swimming lesson when she was aged 10 has won the right to multi-million-pound compensation after a judge ruled that… Read More

HMRC pursued ‘ill-judged litigation’


In a deeply worrying case for the tax authorities, a company which ran a successful bonded warehouse has won the right to substantial compensation from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after it was… Read More

Warring neighbours urged to compromise


Housing estate neighbours, who fell out bitterly after some of them extended their gardens onto amenity land which had for years been used for communal recreation, have been urged not to let their… Read More

SFO to pay millions for botched prosecution


In an embarrassing case for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), it has been ordered to pay up to £7 million in legal costs following a botched prosecution. The High Court found that the SFO’s handling… Read More

Judges can’t mend broken relationships


The power of judges does not extend to the mending of personal relationships, as a senior doctor discovered when the High Court refused to order his return to work almost four years after he was… Read More

E-cigarettes - policy updates


E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular and yet another innovation for the law to keep up with! In a recent case, the Employment Tribunal (ET) had to consider a claim for constructive… Read More

Unilateral variation unlawful


In a vitally important decision, the High Court has ruled that a government department had no lawful right to unilaterally change the terms of its employees’ contracts to their detriment without… Read More

Off-roaders banned from green lane


Pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians and off-road vehicle drivers jostling for position on the nation’s green lanes is a very modern phenomenon – but the High Court had to delve back to the 17th… Read More

Squatters’ rights survive LASPO

Derelict house

In a landmark decision with important implications for all landowners, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the criminalisation of trespass in 2012 had no impact on the law of adverse possession –… Read More

Difficulties defining disability


In a case which illustrates the continuing quandary of accurately defining the concept of disability, a services manager who claimed that he was discriminated against due to hearing impairment and a… Read More

Landlord liable for tenant's injury


A flat tenant has won compensation after tripping over an uneven paving stone whilst taking out his bins. The tenant had an assured shorthold tenancy of the flat and his landlord, the long… Read More

DIY document spelled disaster


A lack of precision in an agreement between a golf club and its caterers resulted in lengthy court proceedings and substantial legal costs bills. The contract had been drafted by the club’s managing… Read More

Fines – tax deductible?


A recent tax case involving the McLaren racing team highlights the grey area that surrounds the tax treatment of fines for breaches of member rules in commercial groupings. McLaren was found to have… Read More

Animal rights protest was OTT


The High Court has dealt sternly with an animal rights campaigner whose opposition to the culling of badgers in the West Country crossed the line of acceptability into harassment. The National… Read More

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