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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...

Uber Drivers Triumph in Employment Rights Test Case

Taxi app phenomenon Uber has suffered a serious blow to its business model after its claim that it works for its 30,000 London drivers, rather than the other way round, was dismissed as pure fiction by an Employment Tribunal (ET). The ruling means that Uber drivers have all the rights of ordinary employees. The test case was brought by a number of past and...

Is Your Confidential Information Being Misused? You Are Not Powerless!

Commercial relationships almost always involve a powerful element of trust and it is common for confidential information to pass between buyer and seller. However, one important High Court ruling has emphasised that such information must only be used for the purpose for which it is supplied and not to obtain a competitive edge. Company A had for many years...

When Does Failure Frustrate a Contract? Court of Appeal Considers

Business projects sometimes fail so completely that contracts which underlie them are frustrated and cease to have effect. In an important decision concerning the abject failure of a call handling venture, the Court of Appeal considered the circumstances in which that might occur. Company A used a network of franchisees to handle calls on behalf of its clients....