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Controversial Basement Extension Threatened Diplomatic Incident

Basement extensions are increasingly popular, particularly in densely populated inner city areas with very high property prices, but they are by no means free from controversy. That was certainly so in one case in which plans to excavate under a listed building threatened to cause a diplomatic incident. The house was once occupied by the Russian Soviet Mission...

Steel Manufacturer Pays £1.5 Million Price of Health and Safety Breaches

Fines imposed for health and safety breaches at work are supposed to hurt and send a deterrent message to management and shareholders. However, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a £1,985,000 penalty imposed on a steel manufacturer following two accidents in which workers were badly injured was excessive. In the first accident, a worker had two of his fingers...

HMRC Criticised For Perverse Approach to Vintage Clothing Imports

The current craze for vintage clothing gave rise to a guideline decision concerning the import duty classification of used garments in which trenchant criticism was levelled at the tax authorities’ perverse approach to the issue. The case concerned a company that imported vintage clothing in bulk. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) took the view that duty should,...

Litigation – Sitting on Your Hands is a Good Way of Ensuring Defeat!

Every step in litigation is subject to rigorously enforced time limits and sitting on your hands when faced with a claim is simply not an option. Developers found that out to their cost when their failure to act promptly resulted in the forfeiture of their right to defend a substantial breach of contract claim. The developers and project managers that they had...

Insolvency Proceedings Must Not Be Used to Turn the Screw

Insolvency proceedings must not be used as a means of bringing pressure to bear in commercial disputes and are only appropriate where there is a genuine inability to pay debts. The High Court made those points in blocking a winding up petition against a company that was far from the financial brink. The dispute arose out of the company’s non-payment of a...

Restrictive Covenant Binding on Top Recruitment Consultant

Senior employees know the intimate details of the companies they work for and their departure to a competitor’s fold can be a disaster. However, a High Court case showed that professionally drafted contractual restrictions on what they can and cannot do after they leave can be highly effective in softening the blow. The case concerned a woman who had performed...