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  • 19th December 2014

    Equal Pay Audits

    Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are in the same...
  • 17th December 2014

    In Brief - New Guides for Traders on Consumer Law

    Following the coming into being of the Competition and Markets Authority – the successor to the Office of Fair Trading – a new series of guides for traders has been...
  • 15th December 2014

    Theatre Worker Bitten By Rottweiler Wins Damages

    A London theatre worker who was attacked by a Rottweiler on her way home from work has received a four-figure sum in compensation for her injuries. Miriam Spencer, 35, was attacked...
  • 12th December 2014

    Off-Plan Buyers' Deposit Victory

    A group of property investors who lost their deposits after a developer succumbed to the recession before even starting work on a luxury block of flats have had their hopes...
  • 10th December 2014

    EAT's Ruling Strengthens Whistleblowers' Rights

    In a decision which significantly strengthens the hand of workplace whistleblowers, and self-employed people in particular, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a health and safety consultant was...
  • 8th December 2014

    Health and Safety Exemption for Self-Employed Workers in Low-Risk Jobs

     Under proposals put forward by the Government, most self-employed persons will be exempt from Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which covers general duties...
  • 5th December 2014

    Theatre Fall Damages Claim Can Proceed to Trial

    The bereaved family of a woman who fell and was badly injured during an evening at the theatre has been granted permission to pursue her substantial damages claim despite her...
  • 1st December 2014

    Missed Covenant Triggers Home Buyer's Nightmare

    A woman whose purchase of a seaside home became a nightmare owing to a dispute with neighbours triggered by a conveyancing solicitor's negligence will receive some compensation for her loss...
  • 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,...