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  • Sleeping at Work and the National Minimum Wage

    21st June 2017

    Whether or not a worker who is on call at their employer's premises but who is allowed to sleep when their services are not required is entitled to be paid...

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  • Free Advice Given and No Contract? You May Be Liable

    21st June 2017

    Any professional will know that there are many people who like to have free advice, and whilst this is seldom proffered in a social setting such as the pub, it...

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  • Failure to Comply With Regulation Brings Jail for Moneylenders

    14th June 2017

    Commercial money lending is, with good reason, heavily regulated to ensure that unfair advantage is not taken of vulnerable borrowers.In one case that made that clear, two men who provided...

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  • Female Engineer Was 'Only Woman in a Male-Dominated World'

    14th June 2017

    In Talbot v Costain Oil, Gas & Process Limited and Others, a female power station engineer who said that she was the only woman working in a male-dominated world –...

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  • Majority Shareholder Ordered to Buy Out Shares

    13th June 2017

    When relations between the owner-managers of companies break down, the nature of the relationship can sometimes cause an escalation of the disagreements and a hardening of positions. Such appears to...

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  • Absence of Full Disclosure Costs Company's Buyers

    13th June 2017

    Company sales are often concluded with an 'earn-out' arrangement, by which the sum paid to the vendor varies according to how well the business which has been sold does for...

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  • Compensation for head injuries

    23rd May 2017

    Many brave accident victims approach their misfortune with an admirable belief that they will make a full recovery given time. However, such a stoical approach is not always realistic and,...

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  • Commercial Court Imposes Prison Sentences on Uncooperative Directors

    17th May 2017

    The Commercial Court does not take defiance of its orders lightly and has a panoply of powers to enforce obedience. In one case that proved the point, the Court ordered...

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  • Supreme Court Upholds Reality Principle in Property Valuation

    17th May 2017

    Property valuations can be a live issue for many reasons, not just on sale. Differences of opinion on the value put on property when businesses are being broken up are...

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  • The Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases

    17th May 2017

    To succeed in a discrimination claim against their employer, an employee must prove enough facts from which the Employment Tribunal (ET) can decide, without any other explanation, that the discrimination...

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  • Early Termination Was Breach of Apprenticeship Contract

    10th May 2017

    The introduction of the apprenticeship levy and changes to the way in which funding for apprenticeships operates does not affect the way in which training for apprentices who started an...

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  • It Is Not the Law's Role to Improve Bad Bargains

    10th May 2017

    In the context of an insurance company's takeover, the Supreme Court has ruled that sale contracts must be strictly interpreted and that it is no part of the law's function...

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  • Supreme Court Clarifies Law on Indirect Discrimination

    10th May 2017

    The Supreme Court has now handed down its judgment in an important case, Essop and Others v Home Office (UK Border Agency), brought by a group of workers who claimed...

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  • High Court Steps In to Protect Hedge Fund's Confidential Information

    10th May 2017

    Confidential information is the lifeblood of many companies and they are entitled to expect that it will not find its way into the press. However, most court proceedings in the...

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  • Received an Employment Complaint? Don't Delay!

    26th April 2017

    A recent case (Office Equipment Systems Limited v Hughes) illustrates the danger of an employer sitting on their hands when notified of Employment Tribunal (ET) proceedings and the wisdom of...

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  • Injured Cyclist Wins Right to Seven-Figure Payout

    26th April 2017

    Accidents that occur when cyclists overtake haulage vehicles on the inside are all too common. In a recent case, a woman cyclist who was very seriously injured in a collision...

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  • High Court Rectifies Mistake in Waste Recycling Contract

    25th April 2017

    Even the most experienced contract negotiators can make mistakes but, happily, the courts have power to put them right if the true intentions of the parties can be clearly discerned,...

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  • Stress and Long-Term Sick Leave

    25th April 2017

    A recently heard case (O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy) is a reminder to employers that the greatest care is called for when dealing with employees on long-term sick leave....

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  • Noise Is Not the Only Form of Disturbance – High Court Ruling

    25th April 2017

    Disturbance can take many forms and noise is just one of them. Planners made that point in heeding the concerns of residents of a quiet cul-de-sac and scotching plans for...

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