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Insurer Not Liable Where Driver Unidentifiable

In order to sue someone, they have to be served with a notice of claim unless the service of the notice can be properly dispensed with. Can the notice of claim be properly dispensed with if the person being claimed against is not only unidentified, but...

Trade Marks Infringed By Disassembling and Selling Charm Bracelet Links

Is the purchaser of a product sold under a trade mark entitled to take it apart and sell its component parts under the trade mark? The High Court considered that issue in resolving a dispute between rival manufacturers of bracelet charms. An Italian...

NHS Not a Soft Touch for Claims

When a person is injured through the negligence of another, compensation may be due and, given the complexity of the issues in medicine, it is unsurprising that the NHS pays millions of pounds annually to settle personal injury claims. But that does not...

Defective Premises and Landlords' Duties - Guideline Court of Appeal Ruling

Landlords have a legal duty to keep the premises they let to tenants in a safe condition and if they fail to do so can be held liable for any injury or loss that results. Recently, a local authority was ordered to pay compensation to a council tenant who...

No Fault Divorce Legislation Promised in Next Parliamentary Session

The process of divorce in the UK has for many years been seen as rather long-winded and tending to produce more conflict than need be. One of the reasons for this is that the grounds which demonstrate an 'irretrievable breakdown' of a marriage – the...

Alleged Victims of Zambian Copper Mine Pollution Can Sue in England

The adequacy or otherwise of overseas legal systems can sometimes be a factor in deciding whether the English courts should accept jurisdiction to consider cases with a strong foreign link. That was certainly so in a Supreme Court case concerning injury to...

High Court Rules Against Right to Rent

The legislation that introduced the Right to Rent scheme, which went live in February 2016 and compels landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, has never been popular with landlords or tenants. Recently, the High Court ruled that the...

Accountant Who Worked Exclusively for One Client Became an Employee

The distinction between employment and self-employment is a continuing source of controversy and a ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that an accountant who worked exclusively for one client fell into the former category has added a new wrinkle...

Hit-and-Run Victim's Family Secure £1.2 Million in Compensation

No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one due to someone else's negligence, but it can at least soften the financial blow. In one case, the widow and four children of a man who was struck down by a hit-and-run driver achieved a...

Woman Who Assisted Husband's Suicide Can Inherit Estate

The law in the UK is not supportive of people who assist, however unwillingly, those they love who want to die. Although such wishes are often borne out of suffering years of intractable pain or disability, assisting the suicide of another remains a criminal...

Debtors' Rights - High Court Takes to Task Bailiffs Who Overstepped the Mark

Judgments for debt would hardly be worth having if there were no bailiffs to enforce them. However, as a High Court ruling made clear , they have to abide by stringent rules and do not have carte blanche to trample on debtors' rights. The case concerned a...

Company Director Banned for Ignoring Obligation to Pay Tax

Directors of struggling companies all too often place payment of tax at the bottom of their priority lists, with the result that it is the public purse that frequently suffers most in the event of insolvency. However, as a High Court decision showed , such...

Asbestos Victim's Failure to See a Lawyer Almost Stymies His Widow's Claim

If you suspect you are suffering from an industrial disease, any delay in seeking legal advice can have disastrous consequences. In a case on point, a man's failure to contact a solicitor before his death from asbestosis-related pneumonia came within an ace...

Court Denies Widow the Right to Challenge Trust Arrangements

Trusts have been gradually falling out of favour, according to a recent report. It is thought that the fall of some 4 per cent in trusts submitting tax returns last year (and 30 per cent since 2003/2004) is due to both a lack of understanding of trusts and...

Patent Invalid if No Novelty

One of the key requirements for a patent for a technical process innovation to be successfully defended is that there must be something genuinely innovative about the subject matter of the patent. There has to be 'novelty' and an inventive step. On...

Mother Placed Under Improper Judicial Pressure to Consent to Care Orders

The quality of British justice is respected around the world – but there are inevitably occasions when judges overstep the mark. In a family case on point, a mother had her two young children taken into care after a judge dismissed out of hand...

Disabled Boy, Five, Wins £2 Million in Damages After GP's Error

Proving negligence on the part of medical professionals can often be relatively easy, but establishing that such breaches of duty are the cause of injuries can be a much tougher proposition. However, a case in which a five-year-old boy won £2 million...

SDLT Reminder

Clients are reminded that, following the introduction of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 , the time limit for the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on property transactions has been reduced from 30 days to 14...

Judge Rules Employer Was Liable for Slip on Wet Floor

According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips are the most common cause of workplace injury. On average, they are the cause of 40 per cent of all reported major injuries at work and can also result in other types of serious accident, such as...

Adjudication Payments Must Be Made First

Payments under building contracts can be a touchy issue and have led to numerous disputes. Adjudication proceedings are intended to make the process of resolving building disputes simpler, but they themselves are replete with legal challenges on a whole...

Lost Will Means Court Hearing in Family Dispute

The impossibility of asking a deceased person what their real intentions were makes the value of these being clear before death quite obvious, as a recent case shows. It involved an elderly widow who died in 2016. After her death, her family discovered an...

Family of Mother Who Died Following Negligent Smear Test Wins £790,000

Smear tests are an invaluable means of detecting early signs of cervical cancer, but they are only as effective as the scientists who analyse the results. In one case, the family of a young mother who succumbed to the disease five years after she was wrongly...

Discrimination and the Burden of Proof - Court of Appeal Gives Guidance

Once an employee succeeds in establishing facts that arguably support a finding of discrimination, the burden of proving that there was no such discrimination falls upon the employer. The Court of Appeal has confirmed that approach in a guideline decision ( ...

Road Accidents - You Don't Have to Be Blameless to Claim Compensation

Even if you are partly responsible for a road accident in which you suffer injury, expert legal advice will ensure that you are fairly compensated. In a case on point, a care worker who suffered severe brain damage in a collision won the right to substantial...

Care Home State Support Limits Unchanged for Ninth Year

Having enough money to pay for care costs in the final years of life is a major concern for many and, despite promises made by governments in the past about limiting the impact on people, in reality the scale of the problem is such that the potential impact...
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