Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

High Court unravels £17 million bank fraud


In one High Court case the owner of a chain of luxury hotels and a dishonest bank employee paid in full for perpetrating an audacious multi-million-pound fraud. The businessman’s companies had, over… Read More

MoD procurement exercise revealed


Government contracts have to be put out to tender and such procurement exercises are a source of fierce competition and, not infrequently, litigation. One such case concerned the chequered history… Read More

Caesarean or natural birth?


Medical professionals are obliged by law to respect their patients’ preferences and to fully inform them of all the treatment options. In one case, a mother who gave birth to a disabled twin after a… Read More

Annual changes in tribunal awards


The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017, which details the annual inflation-linked changes in limits on the compensation amounts which can be awarded by employment tribunals, will… Read More

Statutory pay rate increases - April 2017


Changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will take effect from 1 April 2017, bringing the date in line with the change to the National Living Wage (NLW). The NLW, which applies to workers… Read More

The Big Bang!

Big Bang 2017!

Williamsons Solicitors are delighted to be involved and supporting a group of year 8 pupils from Maiden Beech Academy in Crewkerne. They have been selected as finalists in the National Science and… Read More

Using the internet to infringe copyright?


The internet is unfortunately fertile ground for those intent on wholesale infringement of copyright. However, as one case involving a music lover who made more than 600,000 pirated tracks available… Read More

Landlord and Tenant - Court Urges Simplification of ‘Right to Manage’ Rules


Procedures that have to be followed by flat tenants in order to wrest managerial control of their premises from freeholders are replete with traps for the unwary and, as one Court of Appeal case… Read More

Territorial scope of UK employment laws


British Employment Tribunals (ETs) can in some circumstances hear claims brought by foreign nationals or those who work abroad. However, as one case concerning a merchant seaman revealed, their… Read More

‘Limits’ of a port? Court of Appeal guidance

Port Cargo

Those involved in international trade will know that ports get busy and that vessels are often required to anchor offshore and wait for a berth. Such delays can have serious financial consequences… Read More

The need to show dishonesty


The case concerned a highly experienced solicitor with an unblemished professional history who worked for law firm, Pemberton Greenish LLP, as a consultant. In the context of what she believed was a… Read More

Damages for ‘wrongful birth’?


In a highly unusual ‘wrongful birth’ case, a couple whose daughter was delivered gravely disabled following negligent failure to pick up warning signs during ante-natal scans could result in the… Read More

Immigration skills charge


Employers who sponsor employees from outside the European Economic Area under a Tier 2 visa will have to pay the 'immigration skills charge' from 6 April 2017. The charge will be levied at £1,000… Read More

Holiday rejection not religious discrimination


Wise employers intent on avoiding discrimination make every allowance for workers’ religious beliefs. However, in one striking case, a tribunal ruled that that did not extend to granting a Roman… Read More

Bankrupt handed 15-year ban


Following an investigation by Insolvency Service (IS) specialists, a director has been given the maximum bankruptcy restriction order of 15 years after he was found to be acting as a director of a… Read More

Blanket policies are unwise


Some forms of misconduct may appear so serious that dismissal is the only option. However, one case in which a hospital radiographer lost her job for mishandling confidential patient information… Read More

Baby vaccinated against his mother’s will


Parents generally know what is best for their children but, in rare cases, doubt is cast on their decision making and family judges are obliged to intervene. Exactly that happened in one case in… Read More

Judges will enforce arbitrators’ decisions


One of the principal reasons why commercial arbitrators often sit in London is that the English courts are well known for enforcing their decisions to the hilt. In one case that proved the point, a… Read More

What is a worker?


Many companies that deal with the public like their operatives to appear to clients as their representatives whilst maintaining that they are self-employed. However, such business models will be… Read More

Unfairly treated by a public authority?

Parking ticket

Judges are focused on the rights of the individual, as against public authorities, and with the right legal advice there is no reason why you should have to put up with unfairness. In one case that… Read More

Agency workers paid less than employees?


Agency workers are entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as their directly employed colleagues. Where that does not happen, however, the assessment of compensation can be a… Read More

Compensation for jogger injured by pothole


A lack of financial or personnel resources is no excuse for local highway authorities failing in their duty to keep roads safe for public use. The Court of Appeal powerfully made that point as it… Read More

Money laundering – property to be seized

Money laundering

Drug dealers and other criminals have a tendency to launder their profits through the property market, often using family members as go-betweens. As one High Court case showed, however, the… Read More

Corporate corruption?


The global fight against corporate corruption is gathering pace. In one case, the Court of Appeal ruled that £4.4 million held in a UK bank account had rightly been frozen as the suspected proceeds… Read More

Christmas Jumper Day success!


Williamsons have received an official “thank you” from all at Jumper HQ with a certificate to mark our seriously silly fundraising and donation of £71. As a reminder, the festive jumper event was… Read More

IPO warns of domain name fraud


The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued a warning over the latest domain name scam. The fraudsters contact businesses by phone claiming to be from an organisation called the 'Trade Marks… Read More

Employment Tribunal fees

Unfair Dismissal

The Ministry of Justice has published its long-awaited review of the impact of Employment Tribunal (ET) fees, which were introduced in July 2013. The review concludes that, on the whole, the… Read More

Annual National Minimum Wage rates


The Government has published the draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which are due to come into force on 1 April 2017. The revised rates are as follows: • The National Living… Read More

£180,000 received for unnecessary death


Unnecessary deaths caused by medical negligence are always a tragedy but fair compensation can at least soften the blow. In one case, the family of a mother who died the day after she was sent home… Read More

Are exceptional rewards justified?


Companies are entitled to reap the benefits of their employees’ inventiveness – but patent law does require compensation to be paid to those whose ideas make an outstanding contribution to profits… Read More

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