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Inveterate Trespasser Rightly Jailed for Contempt, Court of Appeal Rules

It is in the nature of litigation that the losing party frequently feels that the judge was wrong and the outcome unjust. However, a case in which a householder repeatedly lost his liberty , and ultimately his home, due to his defiance of court orders shows...

Little Girl Due Millions Following Delayed Caesarean Delivery

Doctors can be relied upon to do their best but, where negligent mistakes are made, the legal profession steps in to ensure that those who suffer are fairly compensated. In one case, a little girl who was left catastrophically disabled due to a delay in her...

Company Pays Crushing Price for Failing to File its Accounts On Time

The consequences of a company being struck off the Companies House register – even temporarily for nothing more than an administrative failure – can be catastrophic. In a case on point, a company that suffered that fate sacrificed the profits it...

Woman Trampled in Holiday Camel Ride Secures Compensation

Holiday experiences can change from good to bad in an instant, but where injuries are sustained the impact can be felt for years to come. Such was the case with a 61-year-old woman who was dragged along a Fuerteventura beach for several metres after being...

LPA - Bank Practice

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a document that may be used so that the finances or other issues of a person who cannot deal with them themselves may be attended to by a trusted third party – normally a solicitor or a family member. When an LPA...

Agricultural Tenancies Are Complex - Always Seek Professional Advice

When a farmer dies, close relatives are in certain circumstances entitled to succeed to any agricultural tenancies he or she held. However, strict time limits and other procedural rules apply to the exercise of that right, which is why bereavement should not...

Necrotising Fasciitis Victim Due Compensation for Paramedic's Error

Ambulance paramedics work under pressure but, if they make negligent mistakes, it is only right that those who suffer are fairly compensated. In a case on point, a pensioner who fell victim to the so-called 'flesh-eating bug' won the right to substantial...

Raising Cash on the Security of Your Home? Always See a Lawyer First

Many vulnerable people who fall into debt are tempted to raise cash on the security of their homes. However, a case in which an elderly couple came within an ace of losing the roof over their heads stands as a warning to all that such arrangements should...

£6.5 Million Damages for Accident Victim in Minimally Conscious State

Some accident victims are so badly injured that they can do nothing for themselves and are certainly incapable of seeking legal advice. However, as a High Court case showed, that does not stand in the way of them securing the compensation needed to pay for...

Ripped Off By a Crooked Employee? You May Be Entitled to Tax Relief

Losing money at the hands of a crooked employee is a sadly familiar experience for many businesses, but what are the tax consequences of such deceit? The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) tackled that issue in the case of a catering supplies company whose manager...

Drinker Wins Discrimination Claim Against Brewery

Advertisements that perpetuate gender stereotyping have recently been in the spotlight after the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banned adverts for Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Volkswagen's eGolf following complaints from the public that they featured...

Hospital Whistleblower Compensated for Detrimental Treatment

Workplace whistleblowers who act in the public interest by exposing wrongdoing are protected by the full force of the law. In a case on point, a hospital worker who endured detrimental treatment after making protected disclosures was awarded substantial...

Where, If Anywhere, Do the Jet Set Call Home? High Court Gives Guidance

Very rich people often live jet set lifestyles of ceaseless travel, so pinning down the country in which they are domiciled can be a serious challenge. The High Court faced exactly that difficulty in a case concerning the acrimonious breakdown of a...

No Going Back on Gift Freely Made

A recent case decided by the Scottish Courts shows the wisdom of not making irrevocable decisions that you may later come to regret. It involved a woman who gifted her house to her daughter and son-in-law, retaining a tenancy for life over the property....

Grandfather Achieves Settlement After Being Diagnosed With Mesothelioma

A 73-year-old grandfather from St Neots has achieved a cash settlement after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs, caused by exposure to asbestos early on in his working life. The exposure took place while he was working...

Reached an Important Agreement? Get a Lawyer to Record It in Writing

Agreements are frequently reached behind closed boardroom doors, but a failure to engage a professional to record them, contemporaneously and in writing, can cause serious problems down the line. That was certainly so in one case concerning the tax...

Mental Capacity - Court of Protection Authorises Non-Consensual Caesarean Birth

Where people lack the mental capacity to make important decisions for themselves, judges will step in to ensure that their best interests are served, as was demonstrated by an unusual case in which the Court of Protection (CoP) authorised the planned...

Stamp Duty Land Tax Dodge Backfires

When a couple wished to avoid paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of a property, they hit on what looked to them like a great idea. Instead of buying the property outright, they paid for it in two stages…a deposit, plus the purchase of...

Limit on GP's Professional Insurance Cover Leads to Disturbing Result

General practitioners are not employed by the NHS and are required to make their own arrangements in respect of professional indemnity insurance (PII). That gave rise to a disturbing result in one case in which lawyers were constrained to settle a disabled...

Refused Planning Permission? You Are Entitled to Know the Reason Why

A fundamental principle of good government is that anyone on the receiving end of an adverse decision is entitled to know why it was made. In a case on point, the High Court came to the aid of a housing developer who could only speculate as to the reason...

Big Money Divorce Engages Family Judge in Company Valuation

Companies are notoriously difficult to value, and particular problems can arise when they form the principal assets to be divided in divorce proceedings. In a big money case on point, the High Court bridged a huge gulf between the value placed by a wife...

HSE Fatal Injury Statistics 2018/2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published provisional statistics for fatal workplace injuries in Britain for the year 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. A total of 147 workers were killed at work in Great Britain (GB) in 2018/2019. Although this...

Constructive Knowledge - Employer Defeats Claim Thanks to Reasonableness Test

Under Section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 , an employer's duty to make reasonable adjustments for an employee who is disabled is only triggered if the employer has actual knowledge or could reasonably be expected to know (has 'constructive knowledge') of...

Widow Pays for Delay in Seeking Provision From Her Husband's Estate

If you feel that you have suffered a wrong of any kind, a delay in taking legal action can put paid to your chances of obtaining justice. A widow who was left nothing in her deceased husband's will found that out to her cost when her hopes of obtaining...

£550,000 for Ex-Marine With Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A man who suffered damage to his hearing while serving in the Royal Marines has secured compensation totalling almost £550,000 from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Alistair Inglis joined the Royal Marines in 1997, at the age of 17. In the course of his...
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