Williamsons Solicitors News Stories

Practising Law is for Lawyers – Always Consult a Qualified Solicitor!

Vulnerable negligence victims sadly often fall into the clutches of unqualified people who hold themselves out as professionals with expertise in pursuing compensation claims. A High Court ruling… Read More

Court of Appeal Sanctions ‘Informal’ Tax Investigations in Landmark Case

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) operates within the constraints of its statutory powers, but its ability to conduct ‘informal’ inquiries into taxpayers’ affairs, without limit of time, has been upheld… Read More

Want to Adopt a Child From Overseas? Beware the Legal Pitfalls!

Adopting children from overseas is fraught with legal pitfalls and those who attempt to do so without first taking expert advice expose themselves to heartbreak. In one case, however, the High Court… Read More

Proving Asbestos Exposure Is Tough – But Lawyers Will Rise to the Challenge

Asbestos-related diseases commonly develop decades after exposure and the lapse of time can present a serious difficulty when claiming compensation. As a High Court case showed, however, specialist… Read More

High Court Acts to Rescue Company After Sole Shareholder's Death

If you are an entrepreneur and own your own company, that is all the more reason why you should take professional advice regarding the issues that might arise on your death. In an unusual High Court… Read More

Harvey Weinstein Case Exposes Wrinkle in Employment Tribunal Rules

Sexual harassment proceedings against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein gave rise to a thorny jurisdictional issue that threatened to undermine the power of Employment Tribunals (ETs) to make… Read More

Flat Tenant Can Veto Potentially Destructive Works – Supreme Court Ruling

The freeholds of a great many blocks of flats are held by tenant-owned companies which operate on democratic principles. Such arrangements are, however, not a panacea and disagreements can arise. A… Read More

Clinical Negligence Damages Awards Are No Bigger Than They Need to Be

Compensation awards in the most serious clinical negligence cases commonly run into millions, even tens of millions, of pounds. However, as the case of a teenager who was born to a life of acute… Read More

Part-Time Football Referees ‘Self-Employed’, Tax Tribunal Rules

Part-time referees who officiate at professional football matches on a game-by-game basis are not employees. Confirming their self-employed status in a guideline case, the Upper Tribunal (UT) noted… Read More

International Airline Fined £500,000 for Negligent Data Breach

Businesses that handle personal data but fail to take appropriate steps to guard against cyber attacks expose themselves to grave financial and reputational damage. That was certainly so in the case… Read More

Court Permits Wife Who Unlawfully Killed Her Husband to Inherit His Assets

Few would quarrel with the long-standing rule of law that anyone who unlawfully kills another is barred from benefiting, financially or otherwise, from his or her crime. In a unique decision… Read More

Traumatised Road Pile-Up Victim Wins Over £40,000 in Compensation

Psychiatric damage suffered by road accident victims can be just as serious, if not more so, than their physical injuries. In one case, a nurse who was traumatised for months following her… Read More

Parents Accused of Assaulting Their Baby Exonerated By High Court Ruling

When children suffer injury, suspicion very often falls on their parents. Allegations of such gravity must, however, be proved and, in one case, the High Court exonerated a loving couple who were… Read More

Stock Market Abuse – Suspicion is One Thing, Proof Another

Unlawful stock market manipulation does happen, but suspecting it is one thing and proving it quite another. An AIM-listed company found that out to its cost after the High Court ruled that it had… Read More

‘Pay Now, Argue Later’ – High Court Enforces Contract Adjudicator’s Award

Contract adjudicators’ awards, even if disputed, must generally be satisfied straight away. That principle – often referred to as ‘pay now, argue later’ – was applied by the High Court in ordering… Read More

Would-Be Jockey Crash Victim Wins Over £13 Million in Compensation

One of the most distressing aspects of road traffic accidents involving young people is that they can shatter their hopes for the future. In a case on point, a crash victim received eight-figure… Read More

Bullied Forensic Scientist Succeeds in Unfair Dismissal/Discrimination Claims

Personality clashes in the workplace are sadly common but, if senior managers fail to keep their cool, the financial consequences can be severe. In a case on point, an eminent forensic scientist who… Read More

Promises of Inheritance – Farmer’s Son Pays Price for Luxury-Loving Ways

Parents who assure their children of a future inheritance may find themselves legally bound to keep their word – but such promises may only be conditional. A judge made that point in a case… Read More

COVID-19 – Are Remote Court Hearings Fair? Judge Tackles the Issue

Thanks to telephone conferencing and video link technology, delivery of civil justice has continued almost unabated during the COVID-19 pandemic – but are remote hearings fair? A judge considered… Read More

Town Clerk Prosecuted for Obstructing Freedom of Information Request

Transparency in official decision-making is the litmus test of a free democracy. The point was powerfully made by the case of a town clerk who became the first person to be successfully prosecuted… Read More

Motorcycling Event Organiser Sees Off Injured Rider’s Damages Claim

Those who organise adrenaline-fuelled and potentially dangerous sporting events are under a duty to keep participants reasonably safe. However, as a High Court case showed, that does not extend to… Read More

Advance Contractual Payments and the Benefits of Bank Guarantees

Contracts often require payments for services to be made in advance in order to get the ball rolling and provide liquidity, but this gives rise to obvious risks. An instructive High Court ruling… Read More

Executive Wrongly Accused of Sexual Harassment Wins Substantial Damages

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very serious matter and employers should think long and hard before making such an allegation. In a case where that signally failed to happen, a wrongly… Read More

Dishonestly Misled Company Overturns £115,000 VAT Late Payment Penalties

Delaying payment of your quarterly VAT bills is no way to relieve pressure on your cash flow and usually results in heavy financial penalties. However, as a First-tier Tribunal (FTT) ruling showed… Read More

Public Share Offerings – Misled Investors Win Millions in Compensation

Public share offerings are heavily regulated to guard against sharp practice and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) tends to come down like a ton of bricks on those who break the rules. In one… Read More

Those Suffering From Asbestos-Related Illness Should Take Prompt Advice

Asbestos-related diseases often take decades to develop and the passage of time can present particular difficulties to victims seeking compensation. A High Court ruling showed, however, that… Read More

Warehouse Torched By Rioters – Owner of Destroyed Stock Wins £5 Million

Civil unrest is thankfully rare in Britain, but it does occur and anyone who suffers loss as a result should contact a solicitor without delay. In a case on point, a company that lost stock worth… Read More

Tempted to Fire Off a Social Media Post in Anger? Just Don’t Do It!

Social media posts fired off in anger can have grave legal consequences even if they are swiftly taken down. In an extreme case on point, a man who revealed his niece’s history of mental illness and… Read More

Children Need Love and Emotional Warmth to Thrive – High Court Ruling

Parents are required not only to feed and water their children, but also to give them the love and emotional warmth that they need to thrive. A family judge powerfully made that point in freeing for… Read More

Fixed-Term Employment Contracts Mean What They Say – Guideline Ruling

Fixed-term employment contracts mean what they say and expire at the end of their terms without the need for any notice of termination. The Court of Appeal so ruled in a case which clarified the… Read More

Teenager Left Paralysed After Spinal Surgery Due Millions in Damages

Major surgery is sadly never risk free but, if things go wrong, specialist lawyers are thankfully always there to pick up the pieces. In one case, a teenager for whom the tragic aftermath of a… Read More

Retailer Escapes Winding Up Petition in Unique COVID-19 Ruling

The COVID-19 crisis has heralded such an avalanche of emergency legislation that it cannot be passed into law quickly enough. In a unique insolvency case on point, the High Court blocked a… Read More

Informal Workspaces Good, Discriminatory Banter Bad – Guideline Ruling

Informal workplace atmospheres are positively encouraged by many employers, but they should beware of a culture of discriminatory and offensive banter developing. In one case, a mental health… Read More

Previous Posts