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State Manipulation of Inflation Index Triggers $3 Billion Investment Dispute

Returns paid on very many financial instruments are linked to inflation – but what happens if the relevant cost of living index is manipulated by state authorities? The Court of Appeal considered that burning issue in relation to structured notes with a face value of $3 billion. The notes had been provided by an American bank to an Argentine insurance and...

Landlord Sees Off ‘Sham’ Comparable Rent Accusation

Making comparisons between similar properties is the standard means of assessing appropriate levels of rent payable on commercial premises. The practice came under scrutiny by the Court of Appeal as a landlord defeated claims that it had entered into a sham lease at an artificially inflated rent in an attempt to push up its returns on other properties that it...

Nightclub Owner Threatened with Jail for Breaching Music Copyrights

Owners of shops, restaurants, pubs and night spots where recorded music is played to the public tend to place payment of copyright licence fees pretty low down their list of priorities. However, in one case that proved how very unwise that is, a nightclub owner was threatened with jail and hit hard in the pocket. The owner had been the subject of an...

Litigation Deadlines Are Not Guidelines – Miss Them At Your Peril!

The courts give top priority to the efficient and cost effective conduct of litigation and failure to comply with case management directions can have dire consequences. In one case that underlined the point, a company’s £350,000 professional negligence claim against insurance brokers was effectively stymied. The company engaged the brokers to arrange...

Depressed Care Worker Wins Big Payout Following Unfair Dismissal

Those who suffer unlawful treatment in the workplace commonly suffer psychiatric injury as a result, and Employment Tribunals (ETs) have broad powers to ensure that they are properly compensated. In one case, a veteran care worker who was plunged into depression before being unfairly dismissed won substantial damages. The woman had worked for a local authority...