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Food Becomes Consumers’ Property Once It Is Put On Their Plates

In a case that will be required reading for anyone working in the hospitality industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled in the context of a holiday food poisoning case that, when food is served, or taken from a buffet and put on a plate, it becomes the property of the consumer. A couple had been taken seriously ill whilst on a package holiday at a luxury hotel in...

Working at Height – Failing to Comply With the Rules Can Cost You Dear!

Working at height requires special training and protective measures. In a cautionary tale for employers who may be tempted to use unqualified staff to carry out roof repairs or other precarious tasks, a company that did just that was hit hard in the pocket after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. The company had instructed three members of its...

State Manipulation of Inflation Index Triggers $3 Billion Investment Dispute

Returns paid on very many financial instruments are linked to inflation – but what happens if the relevant cost of living index is manipulated by state authorities? The Court of Appeal considered that burning issue in relation to structured notes with a face value of $3 billion. The notes had been provided by an American bank to an Argentine insurance and...

Frustration at Late Payment of Bills Boils Over into High Court Libel Trial

Late payment of bills is a constant source of irritation in the business community but legal advice should always be taken to ensure that frustration does not boil over into unlawful conduct. In one striking case, annoyance at an outstanding debt led to the circulation of a defamatory email and a full-scale High Court libel trial. Company A had employed the...

Indiscriminate Data Collection Unlawful, Rules EU

A legal challenge to UK Government legislation giving the authorities wide powers to collect and retain data has been upheld by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, which has been widely described as a ‘snooper’s charter’, requires communications companies to retain information on their...

High Court Casts Eye over Time-Hallowed Standard Shipping Contract

Standard form shipping contracts are the lifeblood of international trade and have often been in common use for many years. However, one High Court case – in which the meaning of a single three-letter word came under close analysis – showed that even their time-hallowed provisions can be the subject of disagreement. The case concerned the charter of a...