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Entrepreneur Wins Right to Pursue £4 Million Professional Negligence Claim

An entrepreneur who claims that he missed out on a £4 million business opportunity due to a law firm’s negligence in drafting a company sale agreement has had fresh life breathed into his compensation claim by the Court of Appeal. The man was the sole shareholder of a company (company A) that had developed an innovative range of products. His intention had...

English Judges Will Enforce Arbitrators’ Decisions To The Hilt

One of the principal reasons why commercial arbitrators so often sit in London is that the English courts are well known for enforcing their decisions to the hilt. In one case that proved the point, a businessman who utterly ignored an arbitration award and a string of court orders was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for his defiance. Company A, a...

Agency Workers – Are You Paid Less than Directly Employed Colleagues?

Agency workers are entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as their directly employed colleagues. Where that does not happen, however, the assessment of compensation can be a tricky matter, as one Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision revealed. The case concerned a group of workers who were employed by an agency to work for a public...

What is a Worker? Court of Appeal Plumbs the Issue

Many companies that deal with the public like their operatives to appear to clients as their representatives whilst maintaining that they are self-employed. However, such business models will be much harder to maintain after a Court of Appeal ruling. The case concerned a plumbing company that used 125 operatives to supply services to householders on its behalf....

Money Laundering – Drugs-Tainted Property Portfolio To Be Seized

Drug dealers and other criminals have a tendency to launder their profits through the property market, often using family members as go-betweens. As one High Court case showed, however, the authorities are well equipped to deal with such tactics. The case concerned four residential properties that were held in the names of the wife, brother and sister-in-law of...