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7,000 Female Supermarket Workers Launch Ground-Breaking Equal Pay Claim

Published on: 30 June 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Employment Updates | News and Updates

An equal pay claim involving more than 7,000 female supermarket workers – which is said to be the most economically significant piece of litigation to be launched in the UK in recent times – will be heard by an Employment Tribunal (ET) after a novel bid to transfer it to the High Court was rejected.

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Recruitment Consultant Pays Dearly for Disloyalty to His Employers

Published on: 28 June 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Employment Updates | News and Updates

In a stern warning to every worker that breaching your employers’ confidence can have the gravest consequences, a recruitment consultant who leaked information to competitors ended up on the losing side of a full-blown High Court libel trial.

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Crash Victim Awarded £985,000 Compensation Down-Payment

Published on: 26 June 2016 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

It can take many years before the long-term consequences of negligence become fully apparent. However, a case in which a teenager won a £985,000 compensation down-payment less than two years after a devastating road accident shows that the law can move much faster than you might think.

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Developer Tripped Up In £6.8 Million ‘Subject to Contract’ Row

Published on: 09 June 2016 | in categories: Commercial Property Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Draft agreements that are ‘subject to contract’ are merely working documents that do little more than express a hope for the future. One property development company found that out to its cost after putting large amounts of time and effort into a £6.8 million deal but coming away without a penny.

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A Polite ‘Private’ Notice Suffices to Defend Landowners’ Rights

Published on: 01 June 2016 | in categories: Commercial Property Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

A Polite ‘Private’ Notice Suffices to Defend Landowners’ Rights

In a guideline decision, the Court of Appeal has emphasised that property owners are not required to physically confront their neighbours to prevent the latter obtaining rights over their land and that a polite notice will generally suffice.

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Torture and Bribery Alleged in Shipping Contract Dispute

Published on: 26 May 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Torture and Bribery Alleged in Shipping Contract Dispute

In the context of a shipping contract dispute, the High Court has reiterated the basic principle of law that evidence obtained by torture must be disregarded by the courts of any civilised nation.

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Grandfather Who Fell Into Castle Moat Due Big Compensation Payout

Published on: 22 May 2016 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

‘Compensation culture’ is a favourite phrase of those who have little understanding of the law. In one case which proves the point, a man who fell into a castle moat due to the absence of a warning sign has won the right to very substantial damages.

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Unsigned Contracts Can Still Be Binding, Court of Appeal Rules

Published on: 17 May 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

It is a surprisingly common misconception that written contracts only become effective when signatures are appended. One Court of Appeal case, involving a cookware company and the producers of a popular television cooking show, underlined that that is most certainly not the case.

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Oil Tanker’s Detention Triggers High Court Arbitration Dispute

Published on: 28 April 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

The whole point of commercial arbitrations is to achieve final resolutions with which all parties must abide, whether or not they are happy with the result. The High Court made that point as it considered the unfortunate case of an oil tanker which had been detained at a Venezuelan port for almost 18 months.

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Collapsed Formula One Sponsorship Deal Triggers High Court Row

Published on: 24 April 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Sponsorship deals are commonplace in the sporting world and are underpinned by trade mark licensing agreements. In one important High Court case, a judge has analysed one such agreement by which a sports car manufacturer allowed the use of its name by a financially troubled Formula One racing team.

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Fatal Accident Compensation Boosted by Supreme Court Ruling

Published on: 25 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Civil Litigation Updates | News and Updates

In a classic example of the law moving on to meet the ever-changing requirements of modern life, the Supreme Court has corrected a legal anomaly which had for many years resulted in the loved ones of fatal accident victims being under-compensated.

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Guidance on Reasonable Adjustments to Ensure a Fair Hearing

Published on: 21 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Civil Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Employment Tribunals frequently deal with allegations of disability discrimination in the workplace and are themselves under a duty to ensure that their procedures match up to the requirements of equality rules. In one case, those exacting standards were found to have been met in a case involving an autistic litigant.

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High Court Boosts Rural Housebuilding Proposals

Published on: 10 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Residential Property Updates | News and Updates

High Court Boosts Rural Housebuilding Proposals

The pressing need for more housing in many parts of the country has in some ways eased the path of would-be developers. In one case, a company’s persistence paid off when its hopes of constructing more than 170 new homes in a rural area were boosted by a High Court ruling.

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High Court Ruling Reveals Downsides of the Corporate Veil

Published on: 08 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Civil Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Everyone knows that the corporate veil has the advantage of shielding directors from personal liability – however, far fewer people are aware of its downsides. In one case which illustrated that point, a businessman who dealt with a bank entirely through his company failed to establish that he was himself the bank’s customer.

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Car Club Patrolman Can Pursue Disability Discrimination Claim

Published on: 01 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Employment Updates | News and Updates

A car club highway patrolman who claims that he was victimised, harassed and, in the end, forced out of his job because of his bad back has won a fresh chance of winning compensation for alleged disability discrimination.

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Commercial Landlord Caught by Oral Variation to Written Contract

Published on: 28 June 2016 | in categories: Commercial Property Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Written contracts can be varied orally post signature unless they specifically state to the contrary. In one case which illustrated the point, a property landlord was found by the Court of Appeal to have wrongfully excluded a tenant who was in rent arrears, having earlier orally agreed to stay its hand.

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Multiple-Occupancy Home Developers Boosted by VAT Ruling

Published on: 26 June 2016 | in categories: Landlord and Tenant Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

The tax regime is playing a central role in the government’s drive to create more new homes. In a case which proved the point, a tribunal favoured a broad interpretation of VAT legislation and found that a house in multiple occupancy can properly be viewed as a zero-rated dwelling.

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Holiday Homes Landlord Pays Dearly for Ignoring Fire Safety Rules

Published on: 19 June 2016 | in categories: Landlord and Tenant Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Fire safety rules are there to protect the public and property owners who are subject to them should take careful note of a case in which a holiday homes landlord was hit hard in the pocket for a catalogue of breaches.

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English Judge Rules on £67 Million Latvian Bank Fraud

Published on: 08 June 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

English Judge Rules on £67 Million Latvian Bank Fraud

Commercial judges in London are no strangers to dealing with the fall-out from fraud and corruption around the world. In one striking case, a judge found that a Russian businessman had ripped off a Latvian bank, of which he was formerly the majority owner, to the tune of about £67 million.

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£250,000 Livery Hall Flood – High Court Analyses Cause and Effect

Published on: 30 May 2016 | in categories: Commercial Property Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

Philosophers have pondered principles of cause and effect for centuries and judges do the same on a daily basis. In one striking case, the High Court was asked to decide whether a catastrophic flood at a City of London livery hall was caused by the negligence of a demolition crew who were working nearby.

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Troubled Girl in Care Wins Damages for Human Rights Breaches

Published on: 25 May 2016 | in categories: Personal Injury Updates | Legal Updates | News and Updates

It is the duty of local authorities to step in to protect children at risk – however, such powers have to be exercised under the supervision of the courts. In one case which illustrated the point, a troubled 14-year-old girl was awarded damages of £17,500 for a catalogue of council failures which violated her human rights.

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Logistics Company Accuses Its Own Ex-Bosses of $160 Million Frauds

Published on: 19 May 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Those at the helm of companies are obliged by law to put their own interests second to those of shareholders. In one case that highlighted the point, a logistics company had launched proceedings against its own former chairman, chief executive and finance director, accusing them of perpetrating $160 million frauds.

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Judicial Power to Overturn Arbitration Awards is ‘Only a Long Stop’

Published on: 09 May 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Commercial arbitrators have to deal with many very bitter disputes and their rulings, although supposed to be final, are not always greeted with equanimity. In one case, however, the High Court has emphasised that its power to overturn arbitration awards is intended to operate only as a long-stop in extreme cases.

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Riot Damage - Consequential Losses Not Recoverable

Published on: 25 April 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Riot Damage - Consequential Losses Not Recoverable

The London riots of 2011 are now but a dim memory for most people, but this week a significant legal decision was reached by the Supreme Court which has significance for any business whose premises are subject to riot damage.

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Tenants! Have You Read and Really Understood Your Lease?

Published on: 03 March 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Residential Property Updates | News and Updates

Tenants! Have You Read and Really Understood Your Lease?

Leases are not just pieces of paper and wise tenants always seek legal advice so that they really understand what they are signing up to. In one case which strikingly made that point, a long leaseholder ended up in danger of losing his property after his installation of a new boiler involved cutting through an exterior wall.

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Are You Being Sued? Swift Action is Imperative!

Published on: 24 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Civil Litigation Updates | News and Updates

If you suffer the misfortune of being sued, swift action is imperative and good legal advice will ensure that you do not freeze in the headlights. In one case which made that point, a building contractor who responded to a client’s breach of contract claim in dilatory fashion ended up being heavily penalised in legal costs.

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Green Belt Policy Bows to Big Mixed-Use Development

Published on: 18 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Residential Property Updates | News and Updates

In an important decision which addressed the balance to be struck between green belt and housing land allocation policies, the Court of Appeal backed plans for a substantial mixed-use development, including 200 new homes, on a 33.6 hectare site formerly owned by the Government.

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Personal Service of Bankruptcy Petitions – High Court Guidance

Published on: 09 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Civil Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Personal Service of Bankruptcy Petitions – High Court Guidance

Legal documents that are not properly served on those who are affected by them are often not worth the paper they are written on. In one guideline decision of interest to anyone involved in the debt recovery field, the High Court analysed the nature of personal service in the context of a bankruptcy case.

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Housing Developer Overcomes Flooding Risk Objections

Published on: 07 February 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Residential Property Updates | News and Updates

Housing Developer Overcomes Flooding Risk Objections

Flooding risks are an increasingly important consideration for planners and have proved the nemesis of many a development proposal. However, a High Court case which opened the way for construction of homes on a site which had been prone to inundation in the past showed that such concerns are not insurmountable.

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Atlantic No Barrier to Enforcement of $2 Million Judgment Debt

Published on: 27 January 2016 | in categories: Legal Updates | Commercial Litigation Updates | News and Updates

Cooperation between legal systems throughout the civilised world is the bedrock of international law. In one case which proved the point, the Atlantic proved no barrier to High Court enforcement of an American judge’s ruling in a multi-million-pound contract dispute.

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