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£3 Million Fine Upheld After Offshore Gas Leak Risked Workers’ Lives

Fines imposed on companies for health and safety breaches are meant to hurt and their size in part depends on the scale and prosperity of the perpetrator. In one case, an energy company with a turnover of £4.8 billion was fined £3 million in respect of an offshore gas leak that put lives at risk. The company, a subsidiary of an American multinational, was hit...

High Court Enforces £150 Million Russian Bank Judgments

Diplomatic relations between nation states ebb and flow but political differences are not a bar to cross-border cooperation between legal systems. In one case, the High Court directed enforcement of Russian judgments worth £150 million against a Russian businessman resident in London. The businessman had been the president of a large Russian construction group...

Employer Escapes Vicarious Liability for Salesman’s Negligence

Companies are routinely ordered to pay compensation for the negligent acts of their employees – but only if they are at work at the relevant time. In one case involving a salesman who walked into the path of a cycling policeman, the Court of Appeal found that the former was not acting in the course of his employment. The policeman suffered serious knee...

Wife ‘Got There First’ in Big Money Divorce Jurisdiction Skirmish

European law operates on a ‘first past the post’ system when it comes to jurisdiction issues and this has in some instances given rise to a race to launch proceedings. In one case that illustrated the point, the High Court ruled in a big money divorce case that the wife had got there first. The wife had issued a divorce petition in London but took no steps...

Dealing With the Public? Do You Understand Anti-Discrimination Rules?

Any business, however small, that deals with the public would be wise to seek legal advice on how to ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws. In one case that made that point, a retail bakery was found to have discriminated against a gay customer when it refused to ice the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’ onto a cake. The directors of the bakery, in...