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  • 26th November 2014

    Deduction From Salary of Senior Employee Not a Penalty

    It is commonly thought that when an employee resigns with immediate effect, an employer has no right to reclaim any wages paid in advance to the employee.However, where the employer...
  • 24th November 2014

    Environmental Offences – New Sentencing Guidelines

    When a successful prosecution for an environmental offence occurs, the financial consequences for the business found to be in breach of the law can be severe.On 1 July 2014, new...
  • 21st November 2014

    Slipping on Ice an 'Ordinary Incident of Everyday Life'

    A recentcase provides clarification on the extent of an employer's liability when anemployee slips in icy weather conditions in the course of their work.Itinvolved a care worker who slipped and...
  • 19th November 2014

    Failure to Investigate Alternatives Fatal for Proposed Property Development

    Any application for property development has to be considered against the local development plan. In addition to the plan, the planning officer must also take account of the local development...
  • 17th November 2014

    'Cultural Differences' Comment Not Discriminatory

    The case of Khan v Royal Mail Group Limited and Others dealt with the application of the burden of proof when dealing with claims of race and religious discrimination.Mr Khan,...
  • 14th November 2014

    Deductions for Defects Must Be Appropriate

    When work done by a contractor is deficient, the standard JCT form of contract allows an 'appropriate deduction' to be made from payment where the work is not to be...
  • 12th November 2014

    Negligent Birth Delay Victim Due Millions

    A young man has won the right to millions of pounds in compensation after a court ruled that a delay in his birth – brought about by midwives' negligent failure...
  • 10th November 2014

    Developer Who Flouted Planning Laws Stripped of £105,000 Benefit

    In a warning to anyone who flouts planning laws that they may be stripped of their ill-gotten gains, a man who converted a single home into flats without permission has...
  • 7th November 2014

    'Unreasonable Chastisement' – Children Placed in Care

    Physical punishment of children has increasingly been frowned upon over the years, as was illustrated in a recent case in which three young children who had been subjected to a...
  • 6th November 2014

    Constructive Dismissal and Affirmation of Contract

    Constructive dismissal occurs when an employee is forced to leave their job against their will because of a fundamental breach of contract by their employer. In order to succeed in...
  • 5th November 2014

    Copyright Cops' Right to Seizure Confirmed

    Breach of copyright can cause more than economic damage to the copyright infringer: it can constitute criminal activity.Recently, a man accused of selling illicit television decoder cards on eBay failed...
  • 3rd November 2014

    Millions for Pensioner After Negligent Hospital Treatment

    A pensioner who was paralysed owing to a rare spinal infection has won millions of pounds in compensation from the NHS because her suffering was made far worse by dreadful...
  • 31st October 2014

    Covetous Property Developer's Ruse Ends Disastrously

    A covetous property developer who orchestrated an elaborate, but ultimately vain, attempt to oust the 'unworldly' tenants of an unoccupied roof space without paying them has had his fingers badly...
  • 29th October 2014

    Complex Divorces to be Made Simpler?

    All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger.In order to reduce these negative aspects,...
  • 27th October 2014

    Company and Director Fined for Working at Height Safety Failings

    A recent case, in which a company and one of its directors were found guilty of breaches of health and safety law after a worker was badly injured in a...
  • 24th October 2014

    Contractor Owes Limited Duty of Care to Third Party

    Many types of construction and maintenance work have associated dangers and, when such a danger is identified, a duty to warn of it can arise specifically under the contract terms...
  • 22nd October 2014

    HGV Driver Wins Compensation for Holiday Car Crash

    An HGV driver from Nottingham who was injured in a road traffic accident whilst on annual leave has won compensation for his injuries.Christopher Dring was on holiday with his wife,...
  • 20th October 2014

    Country Life Not an Idyll

    There is something of an urban myth that life in the country is ceaselessly peaceful and untroubled. A recent case shows how far such an assumption can be from the...
  • 17th October 2014

    Child Maintenance Service – New Charges

    On 30 June 2014, a one-off application fee of £20 was introduced for registering with the Child Maintenance Service.This application fee will not apply to clients who:are a victim of...
  • 15th October 2014

    Charity Faces £100,000 Race Discrimination Bill

    In a warning to employers that failure to comply with equality law can be extremely costly both in terms of money and reputation, a charity which sacked two racial minority...
  • 13th October 2014

    Businessman Must Live With Expert Share Valuation

    A businessman who bitterly disagreed with an expert valuation of his company's worth will have to pay more than £4 million to buy out his estranged partner's minority shareholding, following...
  • 10th October 2014

    Contractor Owes Limited Duty of Care to Third Party

    Many types of construction and maintenance work have associated dangers and, when such a danger is identified, a duty to warn of it can arise specifically under the contract terms...
  • 8th October 2014

    Former Police Officer Wins Compensation for Hearing Damage

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be caused by a one-off exposure to loud sound or by repeated exposure to sounds at varying levels of loudness over an extended period of...
  • 6th October 2014

    Conversion of Civil Partnership Into Marriage Will Not Revoke Will

    It is sensible for a couple to ensure that they have valid wills once they start to cohabit and share their assets.However, it is regrettably not well known that marriage...
  • 3rd October 2014

    Builders Liable After Fire Destroys £4 Million Eco-Home

    A couple who were heartbroken when their £4 million 'eco-home' burnt to the ground when it was close to completion have won the right to full compensation for their loss...