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High Court Aids Divorced Founders of $4 Billion Children’s Charity

In a decision that will be required reading for family, charity and company lawyers, a divorced former couple who founded a $4 billion children’s charity have won the backing of the High Court in separating their benevolent interests. The couple’s marriage had ended upon the husband paying the wife $530 million. However, their charitable interests had...

High Court Takes Lynchpin Role in $500 Million Arbitration Enforcement

Worldwide cooperation between states in the enforcement of arbitration awards is an essential part of modern international commerce. However, as one High Court case showed, it is vital to maintain consistency of judicial decision-making across national borders. An arbitration panel in Sweden had awarded damages in excess of $500 million to a consortium of...

Steel Manufacturer Pays £1.5 Million Price of Health and Safety Breaches

Fines imposed for health and safety breaches at work are supposed to hurt and send a deterrent message to management and shareholders. However, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a £1,985,000 penalty imposed on a steel manufacturer following two accidents in which workers were badly injured was excessive. In the first accident, a worker had two of his fingers...

HMRC Criticised For Perverse Approach to Vintage Clothing Imports

The current craze for vintage clothing gave rise to a guideline decision concerning the import duty classification of used garments in which trenchant criticism was levelled at the tax authorities’ perverse approach to the issue. The case concerned a company that imported vintage clothing in bulk. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) took the view that duty should,...

Litigation – Sitting on Your Hands is a Good Way of Ensuring Defeat!

Every step in litigation is subject to rigorously enforced time limits and sitting on your hands when faced with a claim is simply not an option. Developers found that out to their cost when their failure to act promptly resulted in the forfeiture of their right to defend a substantial breach of contract claim. The developers and project managers that they had...