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  • 26th June 2015

    Serious Fraud Office Fined £180,000 for Data Mishandling

    Data protection laws are binding on everyone, including government bodies, and the consequences of breaching them can be severe. In one striking case, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was fined...
  • 24th June 2015

    Type 2 Diabetes and the Definition of Disability

    Whilst people suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis or HIV are automatically deemed to be disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, in the case of other illnesses, whether...
  • 22nd June 2015

    Insolvency Changes

    Changes to the legislation on insolvency contained in the recently enacted Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 may affect directors of companies that become insolvent.The changes, which will be...
  • 19th June 2015

    Boy with Paralysed Right Arm Wins £650,000 Damages

    The family of a 13-year-old boy, whose right arm was left almost useless as a result of nerve damage suffered during his difficult birth, have succeeded in winning him more...
  • 17th June 2015

    Holiday Pay and Unearned Commission – British Gas to Appeal

    As anticipated, British Gas has lodged an appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal (ET) in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited and Others that the Working Time Regulations...
  • 15th June 2015

    Dismissal for Some Other Substantial Reason

    Under Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, employers are bound to give workers a reasonable amount of time off work for the purpose of performing duties attached to...
  • 12th June 2015

    Cost of Brand Investment Not Reasonable, Rules Court

    An intellectual property decision which surprised some when it was made in 2014 has been reversed by the Court of Appeal.It involved the importer and distributor of a branded pharmaceutical...
  • 10th June 2015

    Consumer Protection Enhancement Law – Time to Get Ready

    Businesses that deal with the public are reminded that legislation will come into effect soon to give consumers better protection under the law than they currently have.The Consumer Rights Act...
  • 8th June 2015

    Outdoor Occupations Can Cause Hearing Loss Too

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is normally associated with operations that take place in a confined space, but outdoor work activities (such as using power tools) and even leisure pursuits such...
  • 5th June 2015

    Collective Redundancy Consultation and the Meaning of 'Establishment'

    Under Section 188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, employers have a duty to consult with appropriate representatives of employees concerning forthcoming redundancies if 20 or...
  • 3rd June 2015

    Charity Commission Powers to be Increased

    A further sign of the Government's increasing intolerance of improper behaviour among those responsible for running charities comes in the addition to the powers proposed in the Protection of Charities...
  • 1st June 2015

    Wife Who Signed Post-Nup Denied Second Bite of the Cherry

    The value of a post-nuptial agreement in protecting wealth was illustrated recently when a property developer with assets said to be worth more than £30 million was able to persuade...
  • 29th May 2015

    Rules Change For Offers to Settle Litigation

    In practice, most litigation never reaches court because a settlement is negotiated between the parties before the matter goes to trial.Changes to the regime that governs offers of settlement in...
  • 27th May 2015

    Need the Essential Consideration in Divorce Settlement

    Pre-nuptial agreements are rapidly becoming the norm when very wealthy people marry, but the courts are still inconsistent when it comes to decisions regarding the division of wealth when a...
  • 25th May 2015

    Talented Photographer Wins £2.4 Million For NHS Negligence

    A talented young photographer whose life and career were blighted by a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating a serious back condition has won a £2.4 million compensation payout after...
  • 22nd May 2015

    Daughters Who May Never Inherit Fail to Dislodge Will

    Although she had separated from her husband more than 20 years previously, a woman who died of a brain tumour in 2010 had not yet completed the settlement of the...
  • 20th May 2015

    Company Ownership Without Understanding Creates Dispute

    The ownership of assets through limited companies is very common: regrettably, it is also common for those who own assets through a company not to fully appreciate the legal implications...
  • 18th May 2015

    Widow of Asbestos Victim Awarded Damages

    A husband's foresight in seeing a solicitor and making a sworn statement before his death from asbestos-related cancer was decisive in securing a six-figure damages payout for the widow he...
  • 15th May 2015

    Relaxed Change of Use Regulations Now in Force

    Changes to planning law that came into effect on 15 April 2015 will make it easier for several types of business to change the use of their premises as the...
  • 11th May 2015

    Accident Victims – Justice Can Be Swifter Than You Think

    The wheels of justice can move surprisingly quickly and the belief that accident victims always have to wait for years to win compensation is mistaken. In one case, a woman...
  • 8th May 2015

    Too Similar Trade Mark Proves Costly

    To regular renters of cars, the stylised 'e' in the logo of Europcar will be readily recognisable. With its brand reinforced by an extensive recent television advertising campaign, the Enterprise...