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Companies House Blunder Spawns £8.8 Million Claim

A blunder in respect of a single letter in an official document resulted in a 124-year-old family business being ruined and an £8.8 million High Court claim. Companies House mistakenly recorded engineering company, Taylor & Sons Limited as having been wound up when it was Taylor & Son Limited which had actually gone under. When the word got out...

Mental Illness in the Workplace – Tribunal Rules

In a case which put the spotlight on the difficulties posed by mental illness in the workplace, a paranoid schizophrenic who was dismissed from his job for gross misconduct after he launched physical and sexual assaults on colleagues has had his compensation hopes boosted by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The man held a responsible position within a...

Visa Strikes Crucial Blow in Competition Row with Retailers

High street retailers who claim that the charges they shoulder for accepting Visa card payments breach competition laws have suffered a serious blow to their case after a judge ruled out the majority of their very substantial damages claim on grounds of delay. The group of a dozen household name retailers had launched proceedings against a number of companies...

Cut and Thrust of Film Industry Workplace Practices Exposed

In a bitterly fought case which exposed the cut and thrust of workplace practices in parts of the film industry, a producer has convinced the High Court that she at least deserved to be paid for more than three years of effort she put in before her contract was terminated. The woman, a former make-up artist, was keen to make it in the movie industry and had been...

Party Politics and Planning – Judicial Guidance

Party politics and planning issues met head to head as a judge rejected arguments that the membership of a council committee had been massaged in order to push through plans for a major regeneration project. Objectors to the proposals claimed that a councillor who was likely to vote against the plans was ‘substituted’ on the planning committee by another who...