Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Compulsorily purchased property?


If your property is compulsorily purchased by a public authority, you should always consult a professional so that the compensation due to you is maximised. The point was proved by one case in which… Read More

Absence of a professionally drafted contract

Classic car

The trouble with oral agreements is that it can be near impossible to ascertain whether a genuine meeting of minds has been achieved. In one case, a wealthy businessman and a classic car dealer… Read More

False claim lands customer with bill

Apps on phone

Social media can be a force for both good and ill and, when false allegations go viral, the impact can be catastrophic. In one case, an online retailer on the receiving end of mistaken and deeply… Read More

Duties of those who work with children


Those who work with children bear onerous safeguarding duties and must expect to be subjected to closer scrutiny than other employees. In one case, the Supreme Court ruled that a headteacher was… Read More

Kids will be kids

RCJ (3)

Teachers are in loco parentis and bear a heavy responsibility to keep their pupils safe – but the law recognises that they cannot be expected to guard against every conceivable risk. The High Court… Read More

Professional gambling not self-employment

Poker cards

Professional gambling, no matter how sophisticated, organised or successful, is not by itself an activity amounting to self-employment. The Court of Appeal so ruled in a guideline decision in the… Read More

Auto-enrolment minimum contribution rises


Employers are reminded that the minimum required contribution levels to auto-enrolment pension schemes or qualifying workplace pension schemes (based on a worker's 'qualifying earnings') increase… Read More

DNA test ordered in inheritance dispute

Test Tubes

In an unprecedented decision, a woman, Lorraine Freeman, has been ordered by a judge to submit to DNA testing in order to prove whether she is the natural daughter of a man who died without making a… Read More

Injunction for hackers’ blackmail threat

Data Security 3

Hackers present a growing threat to modern businesses and such hazards can even extend to blackmail. In one case, the High Court came to the emergency aid of a shipping company that was faced by a… Read More

Disability discrimination – cancer defined


It is hardly surprising that anyone suffering from cancer is deemed to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010 – but what exactly is cancer? The case concerned catering worker, Christine Lofty, who… Read More

The Big Bang!


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

Suffering noise nuisance?

Noise Pollution

If you live in a block of flats, the law is there to protect you against noise or other nuisance caused by fellow residents. In a recent case, a woman who sued her upstairs neighbours over what she… Read More

Owed a debt for work done?

Debt recovery

If you are owed a debt for work done, any delay in seeking legal advice could result in you being left empty handed. In one case, an architectural practice that claimed to be owed almost £25,000 for… Read More

Commercial rates – Council valuations

Money piles

Valuing commercial property is an inexact science and expert opinions can diverge dramatically. That was certainly so in one case in which the owner of a bulk liquid storage depot succeeded in… Read More

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