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BBC Producer’s Final Written Warning ‘Manifestly Inappropriate’

Workplace disciplinary processes often have a number of distinct phases and legal errors in any one of them can be enough to infect the whole. That point was made in the case of a BBC producer who was summarily dismissed after being issued with a manifestly inappropriate final written warning. The producer had a record of 18 years’ unblemished service with...

Allotments Make Way for Urban Regeneration Scheme

Allotments are immensely precious to those who tend them. However, one High Court case showed that the special protection that they enjoy against development must sometimes give way under the relentless pressure for new housing. Allotments covering 2.6 hectares and dating back to 1882 had been targeted for construction of 69 homes as part of a broader urban...

Dishonest Alcohol Wholesaler Receives 13-Year Directorship Ban

Company directors have a duty to carry out their functions responsibly and honestly and, when they do not, the courts have broad powers to bring them to book. In one case exactly on point, an alcohol wholesaler was banned from acting as a director for 13 years due to his company’s involvement in VAT fraud. During a period of little more than six months, the...

Achieving Contractual Certainty is Well Worth the Time and Effort

The process of negotiation and give-and-take involved in finalising contracts can be demanding and time-consuming – but one High Court case, involving a £40 million claim in respect of an allegedly defective car park, showed that it is well worth the effort to achieve certainty. Some years after its construction, the car park was said to be in such a poor...

Award of Baby Deaths Research Contract Just Can’t Wait

Lengthy hiatuses are often the unfortunate result of disputes over the award of public contracts, but some of them are simply too important to be delayed. That was so in one case concerning a major research project to find out why stillbirths and deaths of new-born babies are more common in Britain than elsewhere in the developed world. On behalf of the...