Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Creditor not caught by asset freezing order


Secured creditors stand first in line for payment, but what happens if a debtor’s assets have been frozen by a court order? The High Court has tackled that issue – on which there was surprisingly no… Read More

Worker or employee? Charity worker’s case

Written contract

The dividing line between ‘workers’ and ‘employees’ can be very difficult to discern, but is of the greatest significance. That was certainly so in the case of one man who worked for a charity for… Read More

Planning building works? Tell the neighbours!


Reasonable people are aware of how important it is to notify neighbours of building works before they commence. However, in one case where such wisdom did not prevail, inconsiderate property owners… Read More

Automated trading algorithms stolen

Stock Market

An atmosphere of trust is vital to any workplace but the ease with which confidential material can be downloaded means that sensible employers need to guard against the enemy within. In one striking… Read More

Redundant executive's pension rights upheld


Being made redundant can be a painful experience but you can at least ensure that you leave with everything you are entitled to. In one case, a senior NHS executive who was just short of her 50th… Read More

Environment Agency in registration test case


In a test case decision that will have costly implications for riverboat owners and excite interest amongst property professionals, the High Court has ruled that vessels kept in more than 30 private… Read More

Uninsured drivers and compensation claims


When accidents cause damage or injury and the responsible driver is uninsured, a claim can be made to the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB), an organisation financed by motor insurers with the intention… Read More

Rates and 'reasonable repair'


With changes to business rates upon us, property valuation is very much a live issue. A recent dispute between a property owner and the local rating office has confirmed the principle that if a… Read More

Asbestos victim’s family compensated


Winning compensation for workplace injuries can require patience and tenacity, as demonstrated in a recent High Court case. After exhaustive detective work and evidence gathering, Debbie Smith whose… Read More

Taxi driver's bus lane fine overturned


A £60 fine for driving in a bus lane may not seem very much to merit a full High Court hearing. However, everybody’s rights matter equally to judges and, with the right advice, you can invoke the… Read More

High Court awards £2 damages

Two Pounds

Getting decisions wrong can have very serious consequences, as one High Court case concerning employee misuse of information underlined. Two employees, Seddon and Bridgeman, of Marathon Asset… Read More

The General Data Protection Regulation

Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will affect many businesses in the UK. The UK's decision to leave the European Union will not have any… Read More

Nurse prosecuted for patient data breaches

data security

Public authorities hold vast amounts of personal data and safeguards are in place to ensure that such information is kept safe. In one case, the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) mounted… Read More

Workplace bans on religious symbols


It has been widely reported that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in determining a question raised by the Belgian Court of Cassation, has ruled that an employer has the right to… Read More

Supreme Court rejects challenge by daughter


The Supreme Court has overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case which will comfort many in the knowledge that challenges to their wills by estranged relatives will be less likely to… Read More

Premier League to block illicit streaming


The technological race is on between illicit internet streaming services and rights holders in sporting events that can only be viewed lawfully by subscription. In one case, the High Court made a… Read More

£1.7 million cost of acquiring KFC outlet


Major infrastructure projects are notoriously expensive and a large proportion of their cost is accounted for by the high price of land acquisition. In one case, Transport for London (TfL) was… Read More

College stripped of sponsorship licence


Trusted higher education institutions are permitted to sponsor entry into the UK by students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). However, as one High Court case made plain, that is not a… Read More

Mother suffers discrimination at work


Many mothers resume work on a part-time basis after having children and employers must be very cautious to ensure that they are not subjected to any unfair detriment. In one case, a woman won the… Read More

Electrocution leads to convictions


Slapdash health and safety procedures on construction sites can lead to grave injury and even death. In one case, a workman’s electrocution when his ladder touched an overhead power cable resulted… Read More

The Big Red Nose Day Bake Sale


Our winter colds may be gone, but our red noses are making a triumphant return! Williamsons are proud to announce that preparations are under way to take part in the Big Red Nose Day Bake Sale… Read More

Curiosity is not enough!

Data 4

Lots of people would love to know what their neighbours are up to but mere curiosity is not enough to justify disclosure of information about them that may be in the possession of public… Read More

Injured cyclist to be compensated

Bicycle crash

Road accident victims can sometimes face a hard struggle to win just compensation from negligent motorists. In one case, lawyers representing a gravely injured cyclist won her the right to… Read More

Client connections are not 'assets’


Client connections built up over a working life are certainly valuable, but the ability to take customers with you from one job to another is not in itself an ‘asset’, the Court of Appeal has ruled… Read More

British Gas loses holiday pay appeal

Gas ring

Last year, the Court of Appeal upheld the view of the Employment Tribunal (ET) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that the Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted so as to conform… Read More

Actor in cosmetic treatment tax appeal


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are obliged to keep individuals’ tax affairs secret - but confidentiality generally does not survive an appeal. Exactly that happened where well-known actor Martin… Read More

£1 damages in neighbours’ boundary dispute!


In one case in which compromise sadly proved elusive, an apparently minor falling out over a right of way had to be resolved at great expense by a High Court judge. There was no dispute that… Read More

Champagne copyright infringement


Penalties for infringement of trade marks and other intellectual property rights can be severe. In one case, a Spanish company that sold millions of bottles of cava into the UK market in breach of a… Read More

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