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Taking on a New Employee? Have You Checked Their Credentials?

As any sensible employer knows, it is essential to check workers’ credentials before taking them on, particularly if they will be handling money. In one case where that did not happen, a company employed a crooked accountant who had fraud convictions and who proceeded to help himself to almost £650,000. The small but successful company was unaware that the...

Pest Controller Sees Off £700,000 Fire Damage Claim

Tradesmen who work in people’s homes are often unaware of the potential liabilities to which they are exposed. In one case that proved the point, a pest controller was sued for almost £700,000 following a fire at a listed mansion but managed to defeat the claim with the help of a highly experienced legal team. The pest controller, a sole trader, had been...

Liability for Damage to Sea-Borne Cargoes – Court of Appeal Test Case

In a test case of importance to those involved in the international trade in perishable goods, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the correct interpretation of the Hague Rules – the international convention which for almost 100 years has regulated liabilities in respect of damage to sea-borne cargoes. The case concerned nine consignments of Colombian...

Sacked Director’s Novel Wrongful Dismissal Claim Can Proceed to Trial

In a case that broke new legal ground, a former company director has been granted permission to pursue a wrongful dismissal claim in conjunction with unfair prejudice proceedings under Section 994 of the Companies Act 2006. The man was sole director of a restaurant bookings company that merged with another. He entered into a service agreement with the merged...

Achieving Contractual Certainty is Well Worth the Time and Effort

The process of negotiation and give-and-take involved in finalising contracts can be demanding and time-consuming – but one High Court case, involving a £40 million claim in respect of an allegedly defective car park, showed that it is well worth the effort to achieve certainty. Some years after its construction, the car park was said to be in such a poor...

Dishonest Alcohol Wholesaler Receives 13-Year Directorship Ban

Company directors have a duty to carry out their functions responsibly and honestly and, when they do not, the courts have broad powers to bring them to book. In one case exactly on point, an alcohol wholesaler was banned from acting as a director for 13 years due to his company’s involvement in VAT fraud. During a period of little more than six months, the...