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Employees Must Never Be Penalised for Standing on Their Rights

It is hardly surprising that some people feel reluctant to make legal complaints about their existing employers. However, as one case concerning an NHS worker strikingly showed, such claims are commonplace and the law requires that employees must never be penalised for standing up for their rights. The biochemist had in the past brought a successful race...

No Contract, No Remuneration – You May Still Owe a Duty of Care

In a decision that will be required reading for all professionals, the Court of Appeal has ruled that liability in respect of substandard services does not depend upon the existence of a contract, or even remuneration. The point was made in the case of an architect who helped friends to landscape their garden free of charge. A couple wished to iron out steep...

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...

Allotment Holders Give Way Before 500-Home Development Plan

The relentless pressure to build more new homes could hardly be more clearly illustrated than by one case in which allotment holders in a small village were required to give way before a 500-unit residential development. The allotments were entirely surrounded by a much larger site that had for some years been earmarked for development. The owner of the land, in...

National Minimum Wage Increases April 2017

It’s that time of year again when the National Minimum and National Living Wage is increase to help the Government meet its target of a National Living Wage of £9.00 per hour by 2020. Below you will find a quick reference table showing 1st October 2016 rates compared to 1st April 2017 rates to easily identify the increases to be applied. Age 1st October...