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Cancellation of Middle East Stage Show Triggers £500,000 Claim

Contracting with overseas companies, particularly those controlled by foreign states, can create particular legal difficulties, making it all the more important to have a professionally drafted agreement in place. One case that illustrated the point involved a theatre and production company which claimed £500,000 in damages after cancellation of a show in the...

Pharmaceutical Company Pays £60,000 Libel Damages to Trade Rival

There is nothing at all wrong with fierce competition – but a pharmaceutical company was accused of seriously over-stepping the mark by circulating an anonymous letter criticising a trade rival, and ended up having to pay £60,000 in libel damages. The company was alleged to be the source of the letter, more than 400 copies of which were sent to NHS...

Oral Agreements Are An Invitation to Dispute – Get Them In Writing!

Oral contracts are notoriously fraught with legal difficulty and it is always wise to get a solicitor to accurately record in writing the agreements that you reach. One property company found that out to its cost in a telling High Court case. The company specialised in promoting its clients’ land for development. It claimed to have reached an agreement with a...

Commodities Company Pays $40 Million Price of Oil Shipping Fraud

Sharp practices and deceit are sadly not uncommon in commerce – but one Court of Appeal case involving numerous shipments of mis-described crude oil showed that the law can catch up with perpetrators no matter how long after the event the truth emerges. The case concerned 32 bulk shipments of what purported to be particular types of high grade crude to a state...

Ship Owner’s Collateral Lie Did Not Negate Insurance Policy

If you lie to your insurers, they generally have every right to refuse to cover any claim that you might make. However, in a ground-breaking decision, the Supreme Court has ruled in the context of a shipping case that the right to repudiate liability does not extend to dishonest statements which have no relevance to the validity of a claim. A commercial vessel...

Waste Company Directors Pay Price for Violating Anti-Pollution Laws

Protecting the environment is a top government priority and those who break the law can expect to be severely punished. In one case, directors of a waste composting company which went bust, leaving piles of rotting waste for others to clear up, were handed suspended jail terms and hit hard in the pocket. The company was licensed to recycle food and green waste...