The Firm’s Annual Christmas Party

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The annual Christmas party gives employers the opportunity to thank members of staff for their contribution over the past year and is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy the holiday season. However, it is easy to forget that an employer owes its employees certain obligations, even outside work, when the event has been […]

28/11/2017 by Malc

Don’t Sue the Wrong Defendant – See a Solicitor Today!

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Rule number one of civil litigation is to make sure that you sue the right defendant. As one case showed, however, the complexity of modern corporate structures means that professional advice is needed to select the correct target. When a shop lease came to an end, the landlord launched proceedings with a view to making […]

28/11/2017 by Malc

Company Targeted in Online Smear Campaign Wins £10,000 Damages

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Companies’ reputations matter to them and, when they are publicly smeared, the law is far from powerless to protect them. In one case, a company that was on the receiving end of an online campaign of vilification won £10,000 in libel damages. The company provided hydraulic hose replacement services and operated a nationwide network of […]

24/11/2017 by Malc

Restaurant Owner Pays with His Liberty for Peanut Allergy Sufferer’s Death

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Disregarding health and safety rules can put your liberty, as well as the welfare of your staff and customers, in jeopardy. The owner of a restaurant that served a peanut allergy sufferer with a fatal dish found that out to his cost. The customer had an allergy so severe that it could be triggered by […]

24/11/2017 by Malc

Insolvent Airline Triumphs in Airport Flight Slots Test Case

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Creditors of a collapsed airline will be better off after the Court of Appeal ruled that it retained its identity as an air carrier even after it became insolvent. The ruling meant that the airline was entitled to be allocated valuable airport flight slots for the summer season despite having no aircraft and no flight […]

24/11/2017 by Malc

Investor Wins Compensation from Finance Professionals Who Let Him Down

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Investors inevitably take risks but are entitled to expect that finance professionals in charge of their portfolios will follow their instructions and manage their exposure. That certainly did not happen in one High Court case in which a businessman’s seven-figure investment shrank by more than half over a five-year period. A successful businessman had invested […]

24/11/2017 by Malc

Top Barrister ‘Not Qualified’ to Arbitrate $47.5 Million Reinsurance Dispute

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Before contract arbitrations even commence it is sadly not uncommon for disputes to arise as to the identity of the arbitrators. In one such case, the High Court ruled that a leading barrister had been unlawfully appointed to a panel charged with resolving a reinsurance dispute arising from the 9/11 terrorist attack. As a result […]

22/11/2017 by Malc

Restrictive Covenant in Engineer’s Contract Passes Reasonableness Test

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Restrictive covenants in employment contracts involve the imposition of restraints on employees’ personal freedom and have to be reasonable to be enforceable. In one case, the High Court ruled that a clause in an engineer’s contract that prevented him from working for competitors for 12 months passed that test. The engineer worked for a company […]

21/11/2017 by Malc

College Awarded £265,000 Over Vending Machine Blaze

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Fires can cause enormous damage in just a few minutes, but uncovering where responsibility for them lies is a laborious task that can take years. In one case, the High Court pointed the finger of blame at an electrical fault in a drinks vending machine almost eight years after a blaze gutted a college building. […]

17/11/2017 by Malc

Informal Business Partnerships are a Recipe for Strife

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Business partnerships can be created orally or by conduct indicating that an accord has been reached. However, as one case concerning a troubled medical practice showed, it is always wise to have such agreements professionally drafted at the outset. The principal of a medical practice had entered into partnership with another GP under a written […]

17/11/2017 by Malc