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Memorised Confidential Information Can Be Legally Protected Too

Departed employees often retain confidential information in their heads that would be of use to a competitor and such memories can be protected in just the same way as hard documents or data. The High Court strikingly made that point in holding a senior executive to the garden leave provisions of his contract. Following his resignation, the chief executive...

Ever Had the Wrong Change For A Ticket Machine? Read On!

Almost every motorist has suffered the annoyance of not having the right change to put into a ticket machine. It may, however, be a comfort for that nameless multitude to know that a car park operator has been refused a six-figure VAT rebate in respect of overpayments reluctantly made by its customers. The operator’s machines applied a tariff system whereby...

Properties Held by Overseas Companies – Who Really Owns Them?

Legal title to many valuable UK properties is held by overseas companies and it can be a tricky task to identify their beneficial owners. However, as one case concerning an alleged $5 million fraud revealed, English judges are well up to the challenge. A company based in Cyprus claimed that a former shareholder and senior manager had misappropriated large...

Playing Recorded Music in Public? Do You Have a Copyright Licence?

Owners of bars, restaurants and clubs are required to obtain copyright licences from Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) before they can play recorded music to punters and a failure to do so can have extremely serious consequences. The point was underlined when the proprietors of two such venues were hit with High Court injunctions and swingeing legal...

Special Rules Apply to Air Carriage Contracts – High Court Guidance

The country where a contract is agreed is generally also the country where disputes arising will be tried. However, special rules apply to contracts relating to carriage by air and, in one High Court case, a cruise operator was consigned to fighting its case against an airline in the courts of Papua New Guinea. The operator launched proceedings in London,...

Oral Agreements – Do You Even Know Who You Are Contracting With?

One of the many drawbacks of oral agreements is that the status, and even the identity, of the contracting parties can be left in doubt. One High Court case involving a substantial waste removal contract underlined how very important it is to employ a professional to put such agreements in writing. A group of companies that provided waste removal, haulage and...