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  • Ex-Husband Discovers Why Court Orders Must Be Obeyed

    24th June 2016

    It is inevitable that those in receipt of court orders often consider them to be unjust – but that is never an excuse for failing to obey them. The High...

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  • Emails and an Employee's Right to Privacy

    22nd June 2016

    Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) provides that everyone has the right to respect for their private and family life, their home and their correspondence. Public...

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  • Injured School Canteen Worker Wins £25,000 in Damages

    21st June 2016

    Accidents in the workplace inevitably happen and rules are in place to ensure that, where an employer is at fault, workers are compensated for any injuries they suffer. In one...

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  • Moving In With Your Partner? Take Advice First

    17th June 2016

    Entering into informal property transactions without the benefit of legal advice is a recipe for disaster, as a young man found out when his relationship with his girlfriend ended acrimoniously...

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  • Regulators Make Sure That Debt Counsellors Can Be Trusted

    15th June 2016

    It is a comfort to consumers that those who advise the public on money matters are tightly regulated and can be swiftly shut down if they fail to come up...

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  • Contractual Guarantees Do Not Always Favour the Buyer

    13th June 2016

    Goods from toasters to multi-million-pound pieces of machinery are commonly covered by contractual guarantees – but these are not always as beneficial to buyers as they might at first appear....

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  • IHT Ignorance Means Court Hearing

    10th June 2016

    Ignorance of the law is not normally an excuse for getting things wrong, but fortunately the courts can, on occasion, come to the aid of people whose lack of legal...

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  • Sixteen Old Enough to Banish Parental Knowledge

    8th June 2016

    The respective rights of children and their parents has long been a tricky subject for the courts. A recent case on this topic involved a couple's adopted 16-year-old child, who...

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  • Bank Director – Age Discrimination Ruling

    6th June 2016

    Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal, but it may be found to be unfair – for example if a particular employee is unfairly selected for redundancy. Conversely, where...

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  • Shopper Wins Compensation for Car Park Injury

    3rd June 2016

    A 60-year-old woman who was injured when she tripped in the car park of a branch of Tesco in Scotland has reached an out-of-court settlement with the company.Susan Amer, from...

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  • Traffic Noise Blight Householders Win £125,000 Compensation

    1st June 2016

    It is often thought that if a planning decision with which you are unhappy goes ahead and the development takes place, you must simply grin and bear it. This is...

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  • What a Difference 0.01 Per Cent Makes

    27th May 2016

    Precision is important, as a recent tax case shows.  It involved a claim for entrepreneur's relief (ER) by a businessman who had sold his shares in his company. The practical...

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  • Making a Will? You Can Make Whatever Bequests You Wish!

    25th May 2016

    It seems only right that people can do what they want with their own money and can make whatever bequests they wish in their wills. In one case which underlined...

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  • Divorce Settlements Are Not Always Set in Stone

    23rd May 2016

    Divorce settlements are designed to provide certainty and finality so that people can get on with the rest of their lives. However, an important Court of Appeal decision has underlined...

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  • Dismissal of Employee 'Pulling a Sickie' Was Fair, Rules EAT

    19th May 2016

    A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has emphasised that dishonesty over sickness absence can amount to gross misconduct and give grounds for dismissal (Metroline West Limited v...

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  • Retired Woman Who Slipped on Icy Church Path Awarded Compensation

    16th May 2016

    A pensioner who dislocated her knee and suffered ligament damage when she slipped and fell on her way into church in icy conditions has been awarded £60,000 in compensation.Angela McCluskey,...

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  • Help to Buy Aids 150,000

    13th May 2016

    The Government has released statistics which show that more than 150,000 properties have been sold to buyers who have made use of the 'Help to Buy' mortgage guarantee and equity...

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  • Who is Responsible for Director Misdeeds?

    11th May 2016

    Many company directors do not realise the possible extent of their own liabilities if there is a loss to the company which can be blamed on their negligence.A recent case,...

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  • Remember March 2006? The Tax Man May If You Have a Family Trust

    9th May 2016

    On 22 March 2006 (Budget day in 2006), the taxation of trusts was changed significantly. From that date, most transfers into trust constitute 'transfers of relevant property' for Inheritance Tax...

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  • In the Style to Which One Wishes to Become Accustomed

    6th May 2016

    Divorce cases involving the very rich are over-represented in court reports for the simple reason that where the family is very wealthy, the costs of arguing over the division of...

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  • Mental Health Nurse Wins Unfair Dismissal Claim

    4th May 2016

    In a case which underlines the high standards expected of employers when investigating alleged misconduct, a mental health nurse who was accused of assaulting a patient and sacked from his...

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  • Compensation for Clinical Negligence – Interim Payments

    3rd May 2016

    A cancer survivor who held a doctor responsible for years of unnecessary suffering has been awarded an interim payment of £100,000 to enable her to meet vital care needs until...

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  • Are Your Children Your Tenants? – Sign a Lease

    29th April 2016

    Parents often let their children live in properties they own on an informal basis. However, one Court of Appeal case stands as a stern warning that the absence of a...

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  • Children's Voices Matter in Care Cases

    27th April 2016

    The voices of children will always be heard by family judges in care proceedings, but they are not always decisive and can be outweighed by other factors. In one case,...

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