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  • 27th February 2015

    Fatal Injuries in the Agricultural Sector

    The incidence rate of fatal injuries in the agricultural sector continues to be a cause for concern, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report entitled 'Fatal injuries in...
  • 25th February 2015

    Redundancy – Meaning of 'Place of Work'

    In Exol Lubricants Limited v Birch and Another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) was called upon to determine the place of work of two HGV drivers who had been made...
  • 23rd February 2015

    Company Name Changes

    Changes to the rules governing company names have come into force which simplify and reduce the restrictions imposed on the names that can be registered at Companies House.Fewer words need...
  • 20th February 2015

    Two Defendants Share a Single Damages 'Cap', Rules Court

    When a breach of patent can be demonstrated to have occurred, one of the legal remedies available to the firm whose patent has been breached is to require an 'account...
  • 18th February 2015

    Tax Reliefs on Goodwill Transfers Quashed

    For unincorporated businesses, one of the more important elements of the Chancellor's statement of 3 December 2014 was the decision to abolish, with immediate effect, entrepreneur's relief for transfers of...
  • 16th February 2015

    Daughter Stripped of Power of Attorney

    In an example of the law stepping in to protect the vulnerable, a daughter has been stripped of responsibility for managing her mother's affairs after she failed to provide the...
  • 13th February 2015

    Cohabitation Rights Bill Receives Second Reading

    There have been hundreds of legal disputes relating to the division of property built up during a period of cohabitation by couples who are not married. The arguments arise on the...
  • 11th February 2015

    Builders Next Door Stopped in Tracks

    If you are facing misery at the hands of builders working close by, a recent case shows that you are not powerless and that the law can protect householders plagued...
  • 9th February 2015

    Allegations Cut No Ice in Court

    A 'spiteful and wicked' husband, who branded his wife a psychopath in the midst of their £5.6 million divorce, has been hit hard in the pocket after a judge condemned...
  • 6th February 2015

    Redundancy During Maternity Leave

    A recent case (Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright) provided some clarity on the application of Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999, which entitles a woman...
  • 4th February 2015

    Confidentiality Clause Means What it Says, Rules Court

    When a company made an investment in a joint venture (JV) with other businesses, the shareholders' agreement required the participants to keep all information confidential (except when dealing with their...
  • 2nd February 2015

    It Only Takes One

    What happens to a tenancy when the tenant dies or a tenant couple split up has led to many legal cases over the years.A recent case dealt with a situation...
  • 28th January 2015

    Farm Sale Not to be Held Up by Will Dispute

    The children of a farmer who suffered from depression and committed suicide in 2013 had expected to inherit his estate. After his death, however, they discovered that he had made...
  • 26th January 2015

    Endeavour Does Not Mean Must

    Wherever possible, the courts prefer to interpret contracts to give the words in them their everyday meanings. Accordingly, when a contract dispute over the meaning of the word 'endeavour' arose,...
  • 23rd January 2015

    Diplomatic Chauffeur Wins Right to Bring Bullying Claim

    In an important decision that will come as a comfort to anyone who has suffered mistreatment in the workplace, a diplomatic chauffeur who claims that years of bullying caused him...
  • 21st January 2015

    Injured Woman Wins as Judge Resolves Mystery

    In a highly unusual case, a woman has won the right to substantial damages after a judge used his common sense to resolve the mystery of how she came to...
  • 19th January 2015

    £130,000 Payout for School Secretary's Asbestos Death

    The widower of a retired school secretary, who died from lung cancer 26 years after she was exposed to lethal asbestos dust while the central heating system at her workplace...
  • 16th January 2015

    Passage of Time Bars Application for Financial Support

    It is not uncommon for a couple's financial circumstances to change a great deal after they divorce, and in such circumstances it will often happen that the poorer ex-spouse will...
  • 14th January 2015

    Ways to Complain – And Ways Not to Complain!

    A little-reported case shows the danger of taking matters into your own hands when you buy goods of inferior quality.It dealt with the sale of a pony. The buyer of...
  • 12th January 2015

    Entrenched Position Over Ditch to Cost Thousands

    Two couples who entered into a protracted legal argument over the ownership of a ditch have been left facing legal costs of £500,000 after the dispute ended up in the...
  • 9th January 2015

    Family Liability For Care Home Fees Not Absolute Until Funding Resolved

    Unpaid care home fees present a significant problem to care home owners across the country. A recent case dealt with a situation where fees were unpaid after the death of...
  • 7th January 2015

    Attorneys' IHT Planning Claim Fails to Prevent Loss of Rights

    When care home fees run into arrears and the resident's estate is being managed by attorneys, an investigation into their conduct often follows, as it did in a recent case...
  • 5th January 2015

    New Minimum Wage Rates – A Reminder

    Employers are reminded that the following changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates come into effect on 1 October 2014:the adult NMW rate increases from £6.31 to £6.50 per...