Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Are ‘casual’ staff entitled to workers’ rights?

Under Construction

Are so called ‘casual’ staff entitled to the panoply of rights afforded to ‘workers’ by the Employment Rights Act 1996? A tribunal grappled with that vital issue in a case concerning a pipe fitter… Read More

Duties of care must be reasonable

Mind the Gap

Companies that provide services to the public have a duty to look out for the safety of their customers. But in a decision concerning a railway accident, the Court of Appeal has emphasised that… Read More

Property valuations must be carried out!


Property valuations must be carried out in the real world and an absence of market demand may render even very large properties all but worthless.In a ruling that will be required reading for… Read More

Taxation of crowdfunding pledges

Tax Calculation

In what will be viewed as a serious blow to the crowdfunding community, a tribunal has ruled that a company that obtained venture capital to finance a pioneering trip to the moon was liable to pay… Read More

Disobedience to court order was fatal


Every stage of litigation is subject to close judicial scrutiny and disobedience to case management orders can prove fatal. In one striking example, a nine-figure claim in respect of an abortive… Read More

Environmentally sensitive planning decisions


Transparency is a hallmark of the planning system, particularly where developments might cause environmental harm. The Supreme Court made that point in striking down plans for new homes in an area… Read More

Railway signalman in rest breaks dispute

Signal Box

Since the advent of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), those who work shifts of six hours or more have been legally entitled to take a continuous 20-minute rest break. There are, however, a… Read More

Buying a beach hut? Check your position!

Beach Huts

Beach huts are highly desirable and can command equally high prices. However, as one High Court case showed, the legal position of those who occupy them is often far from clear and may not be as… Read More

Enforcing payment of compensation

Credit Card

Winning compensation is one thing, but enforcing its payment is another. That point was made by a case in which a domestic servant who was awarded almost £270,000 by an Employment Tribunal (ET)… Read More

Advice and the duty to warn clients

Tax Papers

In a decision that will be required reading for all professional advisers, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a specialist tax firm was negligent. The firm failed to give a client a clear and… Read More

Insurers not liable for £1.75 million hotel fire


One of the primary purposes of insurance is to give peace of mind, but those who do not read the small print can find that the cover that they have paid for is illusory. Exactly that happened in one… Read More

Reasonable financial provision


The legal requirement that, when making a will, you must make reasonable provision for those who are dependent upon you generally benefits hard-up family members or loved ones. However, in a case… Read More

Unfair dismissal and ulterior motives


Determining the true reason for an employee’s dismissal is one of the hardest tasks undertaken by Employment Tribunals (ETs).  In one particular case a school’s headteacher was accused of having an… Read More

Cargo dispute comes down to interpretation


Money frequently hang on the interpretation of contracts, but it is rare that a dispute comes down to the reading of a single word. This happened in one case concerning a cargo of soya bean meal… Read More

Smoking ban ‘not binding on the crown’


It has long been established that the Crown – as the ultimate source of all law – is only bound by statutes where that is expressly stated, or necessarily implied. The Supreme Court explored that… Read More

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