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Industrial Espionage in the Recycling Trade – Court of Appeal Ruling

Tales of industrial espionage are not restricted to fiction and a Court of Appeal case revealed an alleged conspiracy within the recycling trade that was said to have been exposed by forensic examination of a disloyal senior employee’s computer and mobile phone. The woman’s employer became suspicious after she resigned. IT specialists were called in and...

Challenge to Contract Adjudicator’s Decision Precluded by Affirmation

Contract adjudicators’ conclusions are never easily overturned and, in an important ruling, the High Court found that any opportunity that a developer may have had to do so was lost when it affirmed an adjudicator’s decision by asking him to amend it. By a contract worth £6.9 million, the developer employed a contractor to design and build a hotel together...

£100 Million Lottery Winner Made No Promise to Support Profligate Son

Promises are just promises and do not generally have the force of contract – but if you rely on another’s word to your detriment it can be legally binding. That was precisely the issue in one case in which the son of a lottery winner claimed that his father had promised him that he would never go short of money. The father and his wife had won more than...

Social Housing Company Cleared of Age Discrimination

In the context of a redundancy process in which workers competed with each other to keep their jobs, it was reasonable for the employer to expect that each of them would look after their own interests. An Employment Tribunal (ET) so ruled in clearing a social housing company of age discrimination. The case concerned two men, aged in their sixties, who had worked...

Restrictive Covenant Amended To Enable House Building Plans

Covenants restricting the use of land commonly appear on title deeds, but they often date back many years and take no account of changing circumstances. A tribunal’s ruling, however, has shown that they are not written in stone and can be amended to ensure that scarce land supplies, particularly for housing, are put to good use. The owners of a detached house,...