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Personality Clashes at Work? Don’t Deflect the Issue!

Personality clashes at work are sadly anything but rare, but employers are under a duty to take reasonable steps to resolve such issues before they get out of hand. In one case where that signally failed to happen, a veteran teacher won the right to compensation for the psychiatric injury he suffered. The man had enjoyed a happy and successful teaching career...

Defective Premises and Freeholder Liabilities – Court of Appeal Test Case

The potential liabilities of freeholders under the Defective Premises Act 1972 came under the spotlight in a Court of Appeal test case, arising from a tragic accident in which a tourist on honeymoon was fatally injured in a fall down stairs. The tourist was staying at a London flat when he fell. His widow subsequently sued the freeholder, the tenant under a...

Properties Held by Overseas Companies – Who Really Owns Them?

Legal title to many valuable UK properties is held by overseas companies and it can be a tricky task to identify their beneficial owners. However, as one case concerning an alleged $5 million fraud revealed, English judges are well up to the challenge. A company based in Cyprus claimed that a former shareholder and senior manager had misappropriated large...

Ever Had the Wrong Change For A Ticket Machine? Read On!

Almost every motorist has suffered the annoyance of not having the right change to put into a ticket machine. It may, however, be a comfort for that nameless multitude to know that a car park operator has been refused a six-figure VAT rebate in respect of overpayments reluctantly made by its customers. The operator’s machines applied a tariff system whereby...

Memorised Confidential Information Can Be Legally Protected Too

Departed employees often retain confidential information in their heads that would be of use to a competitor and such memories can be protected in just the same way as hard documents or data. The High Court strikingly made that point in holding a senior executive to the garden leave provisions of his contract. Following his resignation, the chief executive...