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Tribunal Slams Perfunctory Treatment of Sacked Property Manager

A senior property management company employee who was made redundant in an insensitive and perfunctory manner after more than 40 years’ service has had his compensation hopes boosted by a powerfully worded decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The company took the view that there were too many senior managers in the department in which the man...

Similarly Named Plumbing Retailers in Internet Keywords Row

Online businesses can stand or fall on the acquisition of Internet ‘keywords’ that put them first on search engine listings – but what happens if two competing companies have very similar names? The High Court considered that issue in the context of the online plumbing business. Two companies, competing in the plumbing field, did most or all of their...

High Court Enforces $74 Million Gas Pipeline Arbitration Award

There would be very little point in commercial arbitration awards if the courts did not enforce them, but losing parties do have a tendency to wriggle on the hook. In one case, however, the High Court gave unequivocal backing to a $74 million award in respect of a dispute concerning a gas pipeline in Indonesia. Two natural resources companies entered into a gas...

‘Conversion’ or ‘Rebuilding’ – High Court Sets Dividing Line

Where does the dividing line between ‘converting’ and ‘rebuilding’ a property lie? The High Court analysed that issue in a case concerning a steel-framed cow barn that its owners wished to turn into a dwelling pursuant to permitted development rights. The substantial barn was largely open on three sides. Whilst its steel frame, roof and...

Dodgy Alternative Investment Companies Shut Down by High Court

There is nothing wrong with capitalism, but it is an essential role of government to ensure that companies do not operate against the public interest. In one case that proved the point, the High Court compulsorily wound up two companies that had missold objectionable investments to the public. The companies were alleged to have used misleading marketing material...