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Disabled Workers Entitled to ‘More Favourable’ Treatment

Many employers may be surprised to note that it is inherent in the Equality Act 2010 that the duty to make reasonable adjustments may require them to treat a disabled employee more favourably than others. The point was made in a case in which a disabled security company engineer won the right to substantial compensation. Due to worsening back problems, the man...

Finality Achieved At Last in Intractable Building Contract Dispute

Construction projects sadly do not always run smoothly and, in one case, developers and a contractor fell out so badly that no less than five adjudications and two High Court hearings were required to achieve a final resolution. The contractor had been engaged to construct and fit out two new residential houses but a deterioration in relations led to work coming...

Businessman Hit by Improperly Obtained Freezing Orders Wins Huge Payout

Asset freezing orders are an essential tool in commercial litigation, but they can have devastating consequences for those targeted and damages are generally payable if they are improperly obtained. The point was strikingly underlined by one High Court case involving a businessman who won tens of millions of dollars in compensation despite his own dishonest...

Whistleblowing Undercover Police Officers Win Right to Compensation

Workplace whistleblowers are protected by law and employers have to be extremely careful not to persecute them for their activities. In one case that proved the point, two police detectives who were removed from undercover duties after making complaints about management won the right to substantial compensation. The two officers had made repeated and undoubtedly...

Bungalow Couple Marooned Without Electricity or Water

A couple found out the hard way why land conveyancing is a job for professionals when they ended up marooned in their bungalow, without any right of access to water or electricity, following a dispute with their neighbours. The couple bought a plot of land, which had been carved out of the garden of an existing property, and built their new home on it. However,...