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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...
31st December 2014
Further Changes to the Whistleblowing Framework
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) – often referred to as the 'Whistleblowing' Act – was introduced in the wake of various workplace scandals and disasters after official enquiries...
29th December 2014
Know Who You Are Dealing With
With the economy on the up, there is more business activity, but it is also a time of significant business risk as cash flow is stretched to finance greater working...
22nd December 2014
Right to Peace and Quiet Prevails in Scrap Yard Dispute
In a case which involved striking a balance between the individual right to a peaceful life and the benefits of commerce, a company has failed in a High Court bid...
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...
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