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Warehouse Workers Triumph in Collective Bargaining Dispute

Recognition of ‘units’ of workers for the purposes of collective bargaining can be a thorny issue and that was certainly so in one case in which supermarket chain Lidl fiercely objected to 223 warehouse workers – representing only about 1.2 per cent of its total 18,000-plus workforce – forming such a unit. The warehouse operatives worked at one of...

When Does a Draft Deal Become a Binding Agreement? High Court Guidance

As any property professional will know, negotiations can be tense and it is common for various draft agreements to fly between parties without any final deal in fact having been reached. Exactly that happened in one case involving the proposed lease of a luxury central London home at a rent of £6,500 a week. Company A wished to lease the house from its owner,...

IT Boss Resorted to £300,000 Tax Fraud to Save Her Business

Small businesses are often like families and directors feel a very personal obligation towards their employees. However, in one striking case, a woman’s battle to keep her IT company afloat and her staff in work led to her imprisonment for tax fraud. The middle-aged woman told her employees that she was deducting Income Tax and National Insurance from their...

More Administrators Needed to Cope with Retailer’s Collapse

When companies fall into insolvency the courts are often heavily involved in ensuring that creditors’ interests are properly protected. That was certainly so in one case in which the High Court sanctioned the appointment of two additional administrators to assist in the immense task of settling the affairs of a troubled national retailer. The retailer reported...

Dispute Resolution in London the Oil on Wheels of International Trade

The English commercial courts are truly multinational and are often seen as the oil on the wheels of world trade. In one case, the High Court in London was considered the right venue in which to resolve a $6 million contract dispute between Liberian ship owners and Nigerian oil traders. The underlying dispute concerned alleged mis-delivery of six oil cargoes and...