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Does Your Insurance Policy Guard Against the Risks You Want Covered?

Insurance policies are replete with small print and it is always worth getting a lawyer to check that they cover the risks that you wish to guard against. In one case exactly on point, policy exclusion clauses led to the dismissal of a university’s £10 million claim in respect of catastrophic damage to a student accommodation block. The block was built in the...

Competition Laws Analysed in Fish Industry Dispute

Fierce rivalry in the fresh and frozen fish industry was triggered by the exodus of senior staff from one company to another and led to a guideline case in which the High Court analysed the provisions of the Competition Act 1998. A nationwide fish supplier (company A) launched proceedings after parting company with its sales director, who left under the terms of...

Family Companies – It’s Never Too Soon to Start Estate Planning!

When it comes to family companies, the death of a shareholder can give rise to very serious tax consequences and, as one High Court case vividly revealed, it is never too early to seek expert advice in respect of estate planning. After learning that a company’s founder and majority shareholder was terminally ill with cancer, its directors were concerned that...

Having Building Work Done? Be Smart and Put the Contract in Writing!

There is still a tendency towards informality in domestic building contracts, although the potentially dire consequences of not having a written agreement should be common knowledge. In one case, a couple and their builder became mired in costly litigation that could have been avoided had a lawyer been consulted at the outset. The couple paid £375,000 for a...

International Corruption – High Court Backs Serious Fraud Office

The international fight against corruption in the commercial sphere requires mutual cooperation between friendly states, but a balance often has to be struck between the public benefit in the detection of crime and the individual rights of suspects. The High Court addressed that issue in an important decision that represented a significant victory for the...

Private Sector Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Snapshot Day

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 introduce mandatory gender pay gap reporting on an annual basis for private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees. Employers will be required to compute and report on the difference in pay between ‘relevant’ male and female employees on an annual basis using data...