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Employer Pays Dear for Failing to Take Discrimination Complaints Seriously

Employers that fail to take discrimination in the workplace seriously can expect to be on the receiving end of legal complaints. The point was powerfully made by the case of a property concierge who… Read More

Pet Food Company Triumphs in Trade Mark Infringement Claim

Trade marks which achieve widespread public recognition are the lifeblood of a great many businesses, forming the foundation of their brands. A High Court ruling in the context of the UK’s £2.54… Read More

The Right to Remain Silent Is One Thing, a Dishonest Cover-Up Is Another

The right to remain silent is one thing, but taking active and dishonest steps to cover up involvement in wrongdoing is quite another. The distinction was underlined in the case of a senior charity… Read More

Woman Run Down By Negligent Lorry Driver Due Substantial Compensation

Most road accidents happen in seconds, and working out their exact causes after the event is exceptionally difficult. However, a case in which a woman who was knocked down by a lorry won the right… Read More

High Court Annuls Overseas Marriage After Ruling ‘Wife’ a Bigamist

In order to be divorced you obviously have to be validly married, and bigamy remains a surprisingly common occurrence. In one case, the High Court found that a couple’s overseas wedding did not… Read More

Property Owner Pays High Price for ‘Cavalier' Attitude to Planning Laws

Complying with planning laws can be expensive and inconvenient, but failing to do so is likely to result in a criminal record and a severe financial penalty. In a case on point, a property owner who… Read More

National Minimum Wage Test Case Focuses on Football Club Season Tickets

The purpose of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is to ensure that workers receive decent pay packets, into their own hands and free from deductions. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) underlined… Read More

IT Company Scores Important Victory in Business Rates Test Case

It is for local authorities to ensure that non-domestic rating lists are accurate and up to date and businesses are under no obligation to point out errors. The High Court made that point in ruling… Read More

How Does the Furlough Scheme Interact With the Insolvency Regime?

The government’s ‘furlough’ scheme is an unprecedented means of saving jobs and viable businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis – but how does it interact with the insolvency regime? The High… Read More

High Court Favours Finality in Enforcing $145.7 Million Arbitration Award

Commercial arbitrators’ awards are meant to be final, rather than merely the opening salvo in full-blown litigation. A High Court ruling on a big money dispute concerning a Ukrainian gas field… Read More

Bank Fends Off Liability for Medical Examiner’s Alleged Sexual Assaults

The distinction between employees and independent contractors is replete with grey areas but could hardly be more important. The Supreme Court gave authoritative guidance on the issue in ruling on… Read More

Pensioner Hit By Car Near His Home Wins More Than £700,000 Damages

Road accidents ruin lives, but specialist lawyers are thankfully there to ensure that innocent victims receive just compensation. In one case, a 72-year-old man who was struck by a car while… Read More

Can an Employee’s Formal Resignation Be Impliedly Withdrawn?

Can an employee’s formal resignation be impliedly withdrawn by conduct, or can that only be achieved by explicit agreement? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) tackled that thorny issue in a case… Read More

Diplomatic Immunity Trumps Child Protection in Troubling High Court Ruling

Does diplomatic immunity extend to human rights violations committed by members of diplomatic missions within the UK? In a unique case concerning a diplomat who was alleged to have subjected his… Read More

Not Every Workplace Complaint Qualifies for Whistleblowing Protection

Workplace whistleblowers who, in the public interest, disclose what they believe to be wrongdoing are protected by the full force of the law. As an instructive tribunal ruling underlined, however… Read More

High Court Refuses to Countenance COVID-19 Adjournment of Five-Week Trial

The extent of judicial determination not to allow the COVID-19 pandemic to derail the wheels of justice was revealed by the High Court’s refusal to adjourn a five-week insolvency trial which is due… Read More

Do Your Medical Records Stay Confidential Forever?

Your privacy rights will die with you, but that does not mean that just anyone will be permitted access to your medical records after you are gone. The extent to which such records should remain… Read More

Woman Wins NHS Damages to Cover Costs of Foreign Commercial Surrogacy

A woman whose hopes of bearing children were stymied by medical staff’s failure to detect early signs of cervical cancer has won the right to substantial damages – including the reasonable cost of… Read More

Liquidators Succeed in Pursuit of Retail Chain’s ‘Disappeared’ Assets

Any civilised system of civil justice affords those who are accused of wrongdoing a fair opportunity to defend themselves in court. However, as a High Court ruling in a corporate insolvency case… Read More

Recovery of Criminal Proceeds – Even the Innocent Must Sometimes Suffer

Those who fund their lifestyles from criminal profits risk being stripped of the shirts off their backs and their innocent loved ones are likely to suffer just as much as them. In one case, a judge… Read More

Disabled Daughter of Taxi Crash Victim Wins Millions in Compensation

Parents can take comfort from the fact that, if they die as a result of someone else’s negligence, the law will ensure that their loved ones are compensated. In one case, the disabled daughter of a… Read More

Ignorance of Import Restrictions on Endangered Species Is No Defence!

The list of goods which cannot be imported to the UK without a special permit – in order to protect endangered flora and fauna – is subject to constant change and failing to keep abreast of the… Read More

Employment – How Should Justice Be Done to Litigants in Person?

Those who pursue employment complaints without legal representation start off at a great disadvantage, but tribunals will generally bend over backwards to ensure that they receive a fair hearing. A… Read More

COVID-19 Crisis – Judge Rules Derogation from Human Rights ‘Essential’

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a public emergency which is threatening the life of the nation. A High Court judge wrote those words in reaching the momentous conclusion that, whilst the crisis… Read More

Williamsons and Humphries Kirk merge


Humphries Kirk, a leading Dorset and Somerset law firm, has announced today it will be joining forces with Williamsons Solicitors in Crewkerne as part of a new business merger – helping both firms… Read More

Tenants win right to subsoil & airspace


Qualifying apartment dwellers have a right to acquire the freehold of the buildings where they live, but does that extend to the subsoil beneath the premises and the airspace above? The Court of… Read More

Employer not liable for data breaches


To what extent do employers bear indirect, or vicarious, liability for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) perpetrated by their staff? The Supreme Court decisively resolved that issue in… Read More

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