Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Defective premises test case


The potential liabilities of freeholders under the Defective Premises Act 1972 came under the spotlight in a Court of Appeal test case, arising from a tragic accident in which a tourist on honeymoon… Read More

Memorised confidential information


Departed employees often retain confidential information in their heads that would be of use to a competitor and such memories can be protected in just the same way as hard documents or data. The… Read More

Wrong change for a ticket machine?


Almost every motorist has suffered the annoyance of not having the right change to put into a ticket machine. It may be a comfort to know that a car park operator has been refused a six-figure VAT… Read More

Judicial assessments of witness credibility


Judges can and do make mistakes, but their evaluation of factual evidence and the credibility of witnesses is usually final and is very rarely successfully challenged. The point could hardly have… Read More

Copyright licence to play music in public


Owners of bars, restaurants and clubs are required to obtain copyright licences from Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) before they can play recorded music. The point was underlined when two… Read More

Staff pregnancies – Don’t discriminate!


Staff pregnancies can be disruptive, particularly for small businesses, but it is vital that employers do not discriminate. In one case, a hair stylist who was dismissed after she took time off… Read More

Special rules apply to air carriage contracts


The country where a contract is agreed is generally also the country where disputes arising will be tried. However, special rules apply to contracts relating to carriage by air and, in one High… Read More

Company fined for unsolicited marketing


Almost everyone has been targeted by an unsolicited direct marketing campaign, but the authorities are now getting on top of the problem and fines of up to £500,000 can be imposed on those who… Read More

Fan to pay £18,000 damages for internet post


Contrary to popular belief, you cannot say whatever you like on the internet and ill-considered comments posted in anger can prove extremely costly. In one case, a disgruntled football fan was… Read More

Ban on compensating injured criminals


It is a long-standing principle of law that those who are injured in the course of their own criminal acts are not entitled to compensation. The rule came under High Court analysis in one case in… Read More

ACAS advice for coping in high temperatures


On the whole, we are not accustomed in the UK to long periods of hot weather. When high temperatures do occur employers may not be prepared to deal with situations that arise as a result. The… Read More

Worker’s visual impairment ‘not a disability’


The definition of ‘disability’ has been the subject of much legal debate ever since the Equality Act 2010 came into force. However, an Employment Tribunal (ET) has shed some much-needed light on the… Read More

Manufacturer fined for safety breaches

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Fines imposed for health and safety breaches at work are supposed to hurt and send a deterrent message to management and shareholders. However, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a £1,985,000… Read More

Law Society abusing market position?


A tribunal has ruled that the Law Society abused its dominant market position by only granting accreditation under its Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) to solicitors who had undergone its own… Read More

Litigation – Act promptly!


Every step in litigation is subject to rigorously enforced time limits and sitting on your hands when faced with a claim is simply not an option. Developers found that out to their cost when their… Read More

HMRC criticised for approach to imports


The current craze for vintage clothing gave rise to a guideline decision concerning the import duty classification of used garments in which trenchant criticism was levelled at the tax authorities’… Read More

Gypsies move as green belt policy prevails


Gypsy encampments are often unpopular with locals, but members of the travelling community have the same rights as everyone else and need somewhere to live. In one case, however, the High Court… Read More

Suffering harassment? Judges can help you!


Judges have powers to assist those who suffer harassment, both on the internet and in the real world. The High Court issued an injunction to protect a psychiatrist who had been targeted by one of… Read More

Restrictive covenant binding on consultant


Senior employees know the details of the companies they work for and their departure to a competitor’s fold can be a disaster. However, a High Court case showed that professionally drafted… Read More

Problem solved !


After over a year of project planning, form filling and some impressive measuring techniques the team at Williamsons are glad to hang up their hard hats and admire our new signs. Featuring our own… Read More

Compensation for wheelchair footballer


The costs of professional care can be enormous which is why awards for clinical negligence routinely run into seven figures. In one case, a young man who was left catastrophically disabled as a… Read More

Father's missing son is presumed dead


Judges have many sad duties to perform but few can be more so than making declarations that missing people are presumed dead. A declaration was granted in the case of a beloved son who disappeared… Read More

Property improvement notices


In an important decision for property professionals, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the extent of local authority powers under the Housing Act 2004 to require improvements to be made to… Read More

Insuring a risk? Honesty is the best policy!


When you take out an insurance policy, it might seem tempting to minimise the risk insured against with a view to reducing the premium. However, one High Court case concerning a catastrophic… Read More

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