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Telephonist's Mistake Almost Costs Bookmaker Over £250,000

In the bookmaking industry, bets are often placed during telephone calls that last just a few moments and that gives rise to an inevitable risk of human error. In rejecting a punter's claim that he was contractually entitled to six-figure winnings on a...

High Court Analyses Post-Nuptial Agreement in Guideline Divorce Ruling

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements that do not fairly meet the reasonable needs of one divorcing party or the other are unlikely to be worth the paper they are written on. The High Court made that point in refusing to hold a wife to the disadvantageous terms ...

Motor Racing Circuit Development Passes High Court Noise Test

Commercial operations frequently encounter noise complaints from neighbours and that can create a powerful barrier to development. However, in one case, the fierce objections of local residents did not deter the High Court from upholding planning permission...

Failure to Make a Will Triggers Family War Reminiscent of Greek Tragedy

Failing to make a professionally drafted will positively invites disputes between your loved ones that can take on the proportions of an ancient Greek tragedy. As a High Court case showed, such discord can even extend to the disposal of your body. The case...

Clandestine Rendezvous Leads to Unfair Constructive Dismissal Finding

Openness and transparency are key to promoting a healthy working environment. An Employment Tribunal (ET) made that point in taking a very dim view of a clandestine rendezvous between a salesman and his line manager in a shopping centre car park ( ...

Lending Money? It Pays to Invest in a Professionally Drafted Agreement

When lending money to friends, acquaintances or anyone else, the terms on which sums are advanced may be entirely clear to you in your own mind. However, as a High Court ruling showed , the absence of a professionally drafted loan agreement is a positive...

Selling Your Business? The Structure of the Transaction Really Matters

When selling your business, the structure of the transaction matters enormously and should always be the subject of professional advice. In a case on point, two women who sold their company for a seven-figure sum ended up with Capital Gains Tax (CGT) demands...

Performance of Employment Contract 'Tainted by Illegality' - Cautionary Tale

There is nothing wrong with an employee being paid in a tax-efficient manner. As an Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling showed, however, where such arrangements stray into the realms of unlawful evasion the consequences are likely to be severe. The case...

Design Rights - Inspiration is One Thing But Deliberate Copying Quite Another

Every fashion industry professional knows that innovative designs tend to spawn imitation. However, as a High Court ruling showed , there is a great difference between acceptable inspiration and illegitimate copying. The case concerned a company that sold...

Family Judge Heeds Teenage Foster Child's Wish to Change His Surname

Children do not, as a matter of law, have capacity to make important decisions for themselves – but that does not mean that their wishes and feelings are irrelevant. In an unusual case on point, the High Court gave effect to a teenage foster child's...

'Hope Value' Boosts Compulsory Purchase Compensation Award

The likelihood of planning consent being granted in respect of a plot of land can be a crucial determining factor when assessing its value. As an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling showed , the existence or otherwise of such so-called 'hope value' is often the...

Inheritance - Daughter's Lies Trigger Rare Finding of Fraudulent Calumny

Sick and vulnerable people can be prone to the malign, even fraudulent, influence of relatives or others who are intent on maximising their inheritance. However, as a High Court case showed , such conduct is unlikely to go undetected. The case concerned a...

Railway Infrastructure Company Pays Price for Infringing Competition Law

If you have suffered financial loss due to another's breach of competition law, expert lawyers will see to it that you are fairly compensated. In a case on point, a provider of supplier assurance schemes that was for years kept out of the railway...

What is an 'Annoyance'? High Court Defines the Correct Legal Test

Restrictive covenants that forbid property owners from causing annoyance, nuisance or disturbance to their neighbours commonly appear in title deeds – but how are they to be interpreted? In the context of a dispute between residents of a housing...

Harassment - The English Language Evolves and So Must the Workplace

The English language is constantly evolving and words that might once have been considered harmless are now regarded as racist, homophobic and sexist slurs. An Employment Tribunal (ET) powerfully made that point in condemning a manager's persistent...

Trade Union Targeted by Social Media Campaign Awarded £50,000 Damages

No matter how strongly you may feel, you should pause for thought before venting your spleen on social media. As a High Court ruling showed, expressions of regret after the mouse has been clicked may not be enough to save you from the crushing legal...

Double Taxation Treaties - Wealthy South African Relieved of £10 Million Bill

Rich individuals often have their feet firmly planted in more than one country and that can give rise to disputes as to where they should be taxed. In a guideline case, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) considered the position of an extremely wealthy man with...

What is a 'Controversial' Planning Application? High Court Gives Guidance

If you object to a planning application, you are perfectly entitled to encourage others to join you in voicing opposition. However, as a High Court ruling showed , the fact that objections may, in effect, come from a single source is relevant to the...

Family Judge Labours to Achieve Fairness Between Debt-Laden Divorcees

So-called 'big money' divorces may grab the headlines, but lower-value disputes can often be the hardest to resolve. In a case on point, a family judge laboured to meet the reasonable needs of a divorcing couple whose debts far exceeded their modest...

Make a Will and Appoint a Professional Executor - Two Ways to Avoid Conflict

There is ultimately only so much that you can do to prevent your loved ones falling out over inheritance issues after you are gone. However, as a High Court decision showed, the threat of bad blood developing can be greatly reduced by making an expertly...
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