Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Bank not liable for credit reference


In a decision which will cause serious concern in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a bank which gave a gambler a glowing credit reference did not owe a duty of care to the… Read More

£250,000 flood – cause and effect


Philosophers have pondered principles of cause and effect for centuries and judges do the same on a daily basis. In one striking case, the High Court was asked to decide whether a catastrophic flood… Read More

Psychoactive Substances Act in force


The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, which received Royal Assent on 28 January 2016, came into force on 26 May 2016. The Act makes it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply, import or… Read More

Pensioner’s wishes upheld


Family disputes over inheritance are sadly common and blight the lives of many old people. That was certainly so in the case of an 85-year-old woman whose daughter and son-in-law claimed that she… Read More

One in the eye!


Crewkerne footballer Kelvin Charles is still counting the cost after the sports goggles he was wearing during a match earlier this season broke causing a nasty injury.  Kelvin, aged 27 at the time… Read More

Marriage vow sacred


In an important decision which emphasised everyone’s right to pursue their religious convictions, a teacher who considered her marriage vow sacrosanct, and stood by her husband despite his… Read More

Employee absence


It has been estimated that more than a third of sick notes given to employers are from people feigning illness.  Whatever the cause, employee absences can be both costly and disruptive. It is… Read More

Grandfather to be compensated for injuries

Carisbrooke Castle

‘Compensation culture’ is a favourite phrase of those who have little understanding of the law. In one case which proves the point, a man who fell into a castle moat in the absence of a warning sign… Read More

Red light for traffic control


It is one of the primary duties of local authorities to keep traffic on the move but steps taken to achieve that objective rarely please everyone. In one case which proved the point, a shopkeeper… Read More

Unsigned contracts can still be binding


It is a surprisingly common misconception that written contracts only become effective when signatures are appended. One Court of Appeal case, involving a cookware company and the producers of a… Read More

Disclosure of shareholder registers


Corporate democracy and transparency demand that public companies must generally disclose their shareholder registers to anyone who asks to see them. However, in a case of interest to anyone… Read More

The risks of DIY litigation


Litigation is for lawyers and those who represent themselves operate under a distinct disadvantage. In one case which proved that point, a director who acted on behalf of his company in a… Read More

Construction companies in ‘black list’ debacle


In a unique case which raised crucial data protection and information management issues, a number of major players in the construction industry have agreed to pay damages to workers whose details… Read More

"Good Solicitors" - Will Aid 2015

Good Solicitors

Williamsons are delighted to report another successful Will Aid effort in 2015, following first involvement in the scheme the year before. For those yet unfamiliar with the event, the essential… Read More

‘Spot the Ball’ a ‘game of chance’


In a crucial decision for anyone involved in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a ‘game of chance’, within the meaning of the Gaming Act 1968, can be an entirely solitary… Read More

Justice depends on full evidence disclosure


Justice ultimately depends on full disclosure of evidence by all sides, no matter how costly, inconvenient or even embarrassing that may be. That point was succinctly made in one case in which a… Read More

Supreme Court on collective investment


In an important decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that a so-called ‘land banking’ arrangement – by which individuals bought small plots of land which were said to have development potential –… Read More

What Is a ‘vessel’? High Court ponders

Floating home

The legal definition of commonplace English words can often provide exercise for the best judicial brains. That was certainly so in one case in which the High Court had to decide whether a floating… Read More

Delay cost worker her rights


If you believe that you have been unfairly treated by your employer, you should seek legal advice straight away or risk forfeiting your right to compensation. That point was vividly made in a case… Read More

Consultation on tips and service charges


Following a call for evidence last autumn on the operation of tips, gratuities, cover and service charges, the Government concluded that intervention was required to improve the treatment and… Read More

Local pub under threat of closure?


Pubs often lie at the heart of community life, particularly in rural areas, but recent years have seen thousands of them close. However, one case has shown how, with the right legal advice, local… Read More

Stamp Duty Land Tax and second homes

2nd home

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was brought in to replace the old ‘stamp duty’ and has been complex since its inception. Among the transactions subject to SDLT are property sales. Levied at a rate of two… Read More

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