Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Buying a business? Get a contract drawn up!

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Buying and selling businesses can be a highly complex matter and dispensing with legal formality is a positive invitation to trouble. The point could hardly have been better made than by a High… Read More

Disabled? Does your employer know?

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Not all disabilities are obvious and employers cannot be guilty of discrimination if they are unaware of a worker’s impairment. The point was made by a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal… Read More

Restrictive covenants - get a signature!

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Employment contracts that remain unsigned are frequently not worth the paper they are written on. The point was resoundingly made by a High Court case in which a large services company was unable to… Read More

Third party debt orders and client accounts


Third party debt orders can be a powerful means of enforcing judgments, but how do they affect funds held in solicitors’ client accounts? The High Court considered that issue in a guideline case… Read More

Employment terms ruled obsolete


Staff who are shifted between one employer and another have a right to work under the same terms and conditions as before – but what happens if such provisions become obsolete? A tribunal tackled… Read More

Injunction for party balloon suppliers


Healthy competition is one thing, but using a rival’s confidential information to gain an unfair edge in the marketplace is quite another. That distinction was at the heart of a bitter commercial… Read More

Parental bereavement bill gains royal assent

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Under the law as it stands, employers are not required to give paid leave to grieving parents. Section 57A(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 gives employees the right to take a reasonable amount… Read More

Beneficial owners to be revealed !


A huge amount of property in the UK – especially commercial property and purpose-built buy-to-let properties such as student accommodation – is owned through the medium of overseas entities, usually… Read More

Noose tightens on ultra high worth debtor


Judgment debtors sadly often try to wriggle out of payment – but judges will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that court orders are obeyed. The Court of Appeal made that clear in tightening the… Read More

Legal advice saves £££million Inheritance tax


Inheritance Tax (IHT) represents a huge burden on many estates but, with the right professional advice, there are effective ways of reducing it. In one case on point, a High Court ruling had the… Read More

ET deposit orders must be affordable


Employment Tribunals (ETs) can, in certain circumstances, require the payment of deposits as a condition of proceeding with a complaint. However, as one case clearly showed, deposits must be… Read More

Fatal breach of work at height regulations


Working at height is inherently dangerous and employers who create risk by failing to carefully plan and supervise such operations will be hit hard in the pocket. In a case on point, a utilities… Read More

Preferential payments successfully challenged


If you suspect that a company with which you trade is facing insolvency, it is vital to seek professional advice straight away. In a case on point, innocent suppliers of goods and services to a… Read More

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