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Termination of 20-Year Employment Agency Contract Leads to Court

Commercial contracts often endure harmoniously for many years, but their very longevity can make termination even more acrimonious. That was certainly so in the case of an employment agency that provided staff to a retailer for more than 20 years prior to its replacement following a tendering process. The agency had provided its services under a poorly drafted...

Food Becomes Consumers’ Property Once It Is Put On Their Plates

In a case that will be required reading for anyone working in the hospitality industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled in the context of a holiday food poisoning case that, when food is served, or taken from a buffet and put on a plate, it becomes the property of the consumer. A couple had been taken seriously ill whilst on a package holiday at a luxury hotel in...

High Court Green Lights Demolition of 1960s Housing Estate

Many housing estates, particularly those built in the 1960s, are looking tired and no longer meet modern living requirements. However, as one High Court case showed, their regeneration presents a major challenge for local authorities. The case concerned a low density urban estate of 360 homes that was considered a model of its kind when it was built more than 50...

Is Type 2 Diabetes a Disability? Employment Appeal Tribunal Considers

The definition of ‘disability’ in the employment context continues to be controversial, particularly when it comes to conditions that afflict very large numbers of people. The issue was highlighted in one important case concerning a type 2 diabetes sufferer. After the man lost his job with a betting and gaming company, he alleged both unfair dismissal and...

Professional Partners – Who Owns Your Goodwill?

Many professional firms continue to bear the names of former partners – but, if the latter object, what legal rights do they have? In tackling that issue, the High Court found that the goodwill built up by an employment lawyer belonged to the firm for which she worked. The lawyer had a substantial reputation in her field and, when she joined the firm as an...

Termination of Leases – Tips for Landlords

In the present economic environment, many tenants will be seeking to vacate premises, reduce the size of their premises or renegotiate their leases, so times are tough for landlords. Furthermore, tenants who were ‘good tenants’ or who seemed financially strong may now be a less attractive proposition than they once were. Here are some tips for landlords to...