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England Is the Favoured Venue for Rooting Out International Corruption

The peerless reputation of English judges for integrity and neutrality has resulted in this country becoming the focus of the global fight to root out corruption. A case on point concerned a former… Read More

Children of Heart Attack Victim Can Pursue ‘Nervous Shock’ Damages Claims

Anyone who witnesses a shocking event may suffer psychiatric injuries as a result – but should they be compensated if that event arises from negligence? The High Court confronted that burning issue… Read More

British Gymnastics Scores 10 out of 10 in Trade Mark Infringement Dispute

Not everyone is particularly observant or attentive and the names of businesses and other organisations do not have to be identical in order to sow confusion in the public mind. The High Court made… Read More

What Is a Contract Worker? – Guideline Employment Tribunal Ruling

Many workers are employed by one company to provide services on the premises of another and that can give rise to debate about their legal status. In a guideline case on point, an Employment… Read More

Judge Breaks Deadlock Between Unmarried Ex-Couple With Children

When long-term relationships between unmarried couples break down, disentangling their property and financial affairs can be challenging, particularly where children are involved. As one case… Read More

Social Media Posts Marked Private Can Still Land You in Trouble!

It is an enduring misconception that internet users can post whatever they like on their social media profiles so long as they are set to ‘private’. In a case on point, a man whose vile and grossly… Read More

Grandfather Run Down on Pelican Crossing Receives Six-Figure Damages

No amount of compensation can fully recompense those whose lives are ruined by dangerous drivers, but it can at least give them security for the future. In one case, a grandfather who was struck… Read More

When Does an Employee Start Work? Guideline Decision

The requirement that workers must have two years of continuous employment before they can bring an unfair dismissal claim means that the precise date on which they started work can be of critical… Read More

When Does a Contract Dispute Crystallise? Guideline High Court Ruling

Contract adjudicators only have jurisdiction to resolve disputes after the points in issue have crystallised. The difficulty of discerning exactly when that point has been reached was underlined by… Read More

Court Acts Fast to Save Airport Logistics Group From COVID-19 Insolvency

Many companies are struggling to survive amidst the COVID-19 pandemic but, so far as judges are concerned, it is a case of all hands to the pump to save what can be saved. In one case, the High… Read More

Generosity of Wife’s Family Trusts Taken Into Account in Big-Money Divorce

One of the most controversial aspects of divorce is the extent to which pre-existing family wealth should be taken into account when dividing assets. A case on point concerned a couple whose… Read More

What Is the Difference Between a Car and a Van? Income Tax Test Case

What is the difference between a car and a van? The Court of Appeal’s definitive answer to that question has very significant tax implications for employers who provide vehicles for their employees'… Read More

Occupiers’ Liability – Fence Climbing Boy Refused Compensation

Occupiers of land are generally aware of their duty to keep visitors to their properties reasonably safe – but it may surprise many of them that that obligation extends to trespassers. A High Court… Read More

Dismissed Evangelical Vicar Fails in Rare ‘Marriage Discrimination’ Claim

Every employer presumably knows that sex and race discrimination are unlawful, but fewer may be aware that marriage and civil partnership are also protected characteristics. An unusual case on point… Read More

Whether Right or Wrong, Contract Adjudicators’ Awards Are Usually Final

Contract adjudicators offer a relatively speedy and cost-effective dispute resolution service, but it is vital to remember that their rulings are meant to be final and will generally be enforced by… Read More

Elite Cyclist Jess Varnish ‘Neither a Worker Nor an Employee’, Tribunal Rules

What is an employee? What is a worker? The answer to those perennially tricky questions has been illuminated by the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s ruling that elite cyclist Jess Varnish fell into… Read More

Selecting Staff for Redundancy? It Pays to Take Professional Advice First

The process of selecting staff for redundancy is fraught with legal pitfalls and seeking professional advice at the outset can in the long run save you from serious financial and reputational… Read More

Lawyers Win the Ruck in Seeking Compensation for Injured Rugby Player

One of the most crucial aspects of a personal injury lawyer’s work is to gather all the information required to build a successful case. The difficulty of that task was shown by a case involving a… Read More

Deductions From Pay and the National Minimum Wage – Guideline Ruling

Are ‘deductions’ from workers’ pay in respect of living accommodation and training costs to be viewed as ‘reductions’ capable of bringing their remuneration below the National Minimum Wage (NMW)?… Read More

Helicopter Crash Ruling Highlights Risk of Suing the Wrong Company

Companies within the same group frequently have almost identical names, but that does not detract from their independent legal personalities. As a High Court case concerning an offshore helicopter… Read More

Football – COVID-19 Abandonment of Cymru Premier League Season Justified

Football seasons worldwide have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and some clubs have inevitably been left feeling hard done by. In a unique High Court case, the response to the crisis of the… Read More

Workplace Zero-Tolerance Policies Can Be Legally Hazardous

Many employers quite understandably treat certain forms of misconduct particularly seriously, but the adoption of so-called ‘zero-tolerance’ policies is replete with legal pitfalls. That was… Read More

Secret Marriage Leads to Legal Complications – High Court Ruling

It is not only in the realms of fiction that lovers choose to marry in secret, away from the gaze of their disapproving families. A highly unusual High Court case, however, showed the legal… Read More

Trainee Teacher Stroke Victim Receives Millions in NHS Compensation

No amount of money can ever compensate for the promise of a young life ruined by clinical negligence, but it can at least provide security for the future. In one case, a recently married woman who… Read More

Can Contract Adjudications Be Fairly Held During COVID-19 Lockdown?

Speedy and cost-effective dispute resolution is the primary aspiration of the contract adjudication regime – but to what extent can that be fairly achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic? The High… Read More

When Banks Go Bust, Do Their Clients Suffer? Not If the Courts Can Help It!

When banks or other financial institutions get into difficulties, the primary concern of judges is to protect the interests of retail investors. The High Court did exactly that in the case of an… Read More

Government Wheels Out Big Guns to Fight Freedom of Information Requests

Almost any inquisitive person would love to know more about the inner workings of government. However, as a highly unusual tribunal decision showed, unrestrained freedom of information can have a… Read More

Duped Into Paying for Non-Existent Goods in Advance? Take Advice Promptly

Paying for goods in advance inevitably involves an element of risk and, in the event of non-delivery arising from deceit, you should consult a solicitor without delay. In a case on point, a… Read More

Worker Who Tripped Over No Entry Sign Wins £35,000 in Compensation

Despite stringent health and safety rules, accidents at work remain a frequent occurrence and those who suffer injury should consult a solicitor without delay. In one case, a worker who tripped over… Read More

Renting Out Your Home on Airbnb? Are You Sure You’re Entitled to Do So?

Tenants should take professional advice before renting out their homes to short-term paying guests via Airbnb, Booking.com or other internet booking sites. In a case on point, a couple who failed to… Read More

Making a Will? Have You Considered Your Loved Ones’ Real Needs?

For many parents, the objective of a will is to ensure even-handed treatment of loved ones, particularly children. However, as a High Court case strikingly showed, some may be in greater need than… Read More

COVID-19 – High Court Waives Strict Time Limit in Data Protection Case

The severe disruption to the legal process wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted judges to take a practical approach and, in some cases, to waive strict compliance with procedural rules. The… Read More

Facing an Exodus of Employees? Could It Be an Unlawful Team Move?

So-called team moves, in which key personnel simultaneously resign and move in concert to a competitor, can have a devastating impact on any business. However, as a High Court case underlined, those… Read More

Little Boy Severely Injured By His Violent Father Wins Right to Compensation

It is a sad fact that some children suffer violence and injury at the hands of their own parents. However, as was shown by the case of a little boy who was beaten almost to death by his father… Read More

Tribunal Lacks Jurisdiction to Hear British Embassy Worker’s Complaints

Those who work abroad can only bring Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings if their employment is much more strongly connected with Great Britain and with British employment law than it is with any… Read More

Spotlight on Corporate Democracy as Small Shareholders Take Crushing Loss

Concerns that small shareholders are the victims of a deficit in corporate democracy, having little influence over the direction taken by the companies in which they invest, were highlighted by a… Read More

Gender Diversity Bias Claim Fails to Convince Court

Many employers are taking laudable steps to increase diversity in their workforces by recruiting more women. However, as a case involving an unsuccessful candidate for a BBC radio broadcasting… Read More

COVID-19 – Non-Delivery of Bank Notes Threatens Run on Overseas Bank

Many businesses which paid for goods prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have yet to receive either the goods or a refund. The High Court was confronted by exactly that situation in a case… Read More

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