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  • 26th August 2015

    Over-Simplistic Approach Produces Challenge

    Disputes over the valuation of assets in divorce cases are common, particularly when there is a family company involved. In such cases, the judges need to demonstrate financial nous and...
  • 24th August 2015

    Employment Status and Exclusivity

    Cases concerning the exact employment status of an individual are particularly fact sensitive.In Suhail v Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)...
  • 19th August 2015

    Company That Didn't Do Homework Faces Delay and Costs

    Failing to do one's 'due diligence', and in particular failing to check out the bona fides and financial stability of trading partners, can prove to be a massive mistake. In...
  • 17th August 2015

    Judicial Mistake in DIY Divorce Settlement Rapidly Corrected

    When a husband and wife split up, they amicably decided that maintenance would be paid by the husband to the wife for five years and agreed between themselves the main...
  • 14th August 2015

    Dangerous Dog Attack Victim’s Compensation Hopes Boosted

    Dangerous dogs can ruin lives, and victims of canine attacks will be relieved to hear of an important tribunal decision which opens the way for many of those injured to...
  • 12th August 2015

    Entering Into a Partnership? Get it in Writing!

    Business partners who failed to define their working relationship in writing – instead reaching agreements orally over bottles of red wine in a pub – paid the price when a...
  • 10th August 2015

    Divorce Lies May Lead to Perjury Charge

    Giving false evidence to any court can have serious consequences, as an errant ex-husband may be about to discover.Ex-spouses are often reluctant to pay their debts to their former partner...
  • 7th August 2015

    Chalet Tenants Must Live With Their 'Bad Bargain'

    The courts often employ the concept of commercial common sense in interpreting ambiguous or poorly drafted contracts – but that does not mean that they will relieve the unwise of...
  • 5th August 2015

    Insolvency Changes

    A number of changes to insolvency law are to be brought into effect over the next several months.What follows below is a snapshot of some of the more important ones.A...
  • 3rd August 2015

    Nuisance Calls and Texts Law Change

    Since 6 April 2015, changes to the law have given the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) enhanced powers to take action against companies making nuisance marketing calls and sending spam messages.Previously,...
  • 30th July 2015

    Former Chef Secures Compensation For Trip Injury

    Floors that are in a bad condition and failing to clear up spillages are the most common causes of 'slip and trip' injuries in the workplace.A former chef who seriously...
  • 29th July 2015

    Failure to Provide a Written Statement of Employment Particulars

    A contract of employment may be verbal but all employees, whether part-time or full-time, are entitled by law to be given a written statement setting out the main particulars of...
  • 27th July 2015

    Unexpected Inheritance Means Divorce Settlement Altered

    For the most part, the cases dealing with financial settlements on divorce that make the headlines are those involving the very wealthy, but those concerning the more modestly situated are...
  • 24th July 2015

    Flight Delay Claims – Good and Bad News for Passengers

    Under the EU Denied Boarding Regulations, an aircraft passenger who is denied boarding when they have a valid ticket, or experiences a cancellation or significant delay, may claim compensation, except...
  • 22nd July 2015

    HMRC to Excuse Late Filing of Tax Returns

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have traditionally taken a very tough approach regarding time limits, and many cases arising out of HMRC's failure to accept what the taxpayer claimed was...
  • 20th July 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...
  • 17th July 2015

    Final Warnings Must Be Given in Good Faith to Have Any Effect

    In Way v Spectrum Property Care Limited, the Court of Appeal has ruled that final warnings given in bad faith cannot be relied upon when assessing whether or not there...
  • 15th July 2015

    £85 Parking Charge Not a Penalty

    Many thousands of drivers who have been subject to a parking charge of 100 times or more the normal hourly rate will be displeased to read that a plucky appeal...
  • 13th July 2015

    Road Safety Resources and Training

    Every employer has a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. To this end, employers have a duty to do whatever is reasonably practicable to ensure...
  • 10th July 2015

    Government Bans Exclusivity Clauses in Zero Hours Contracts

    The first commencement order made under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, which received the Royal Assent on 26 March 2015, has banned exclusivity clauses in zero hours...
  • 8th July 2015

    Kindly Builder Can Keep £470,000 Inheritance

    A kindly builder, who was rewarded with a £470,000 inheritance after befriending a pensioner and mending his leaking gutters for free, can keep the money after a judge dismissed a...
  • 6th July 2015

    No Presumption About What is Best For Children

    You might think that the courts will always seek to see that a child is brought up by one of its parents, assuming he or she is willing and able...
  • 3rd July 2015

    Informal Arrangements Lead to High Court Appearance for Brothers

    When two brothers built up substantial business interests that included a portfolio of properties, without taking care to fully document their agreed ownership, a dispute was always a risk.The two...
  • 1st July 2015

    Court of Appeal Rejects Claim After 30-Year Relationship Ends

    Merely making contributions to the family finances has, yet again, been ruled by the Court of Appeal to be insufficient ground to make a declaration that a long-term cohabitee is...