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Bar Owner Pays Price for Failing to Pay Music Copyright Licence Fees

Everyone in the hospitality industry should know that playing copyright musical works in public requires payment of licence fees, but few may be aware of the potentially dire consequences of failing to do so. In one case, a defiant bar owner was ordered to pay more than £60,000 in compensation and legal costs. The man was the licensee of two venues where music...

Absence of Formality in Toy Distribution Contract Leads Straight to Court

Although the risks involved in oral contracts are common knowledge in the business community, it is amazing how often professionally drafted written agreements are unwisely dispensed with. In one case, the absence of formality in a multi-million-pound toy distribution deal led to a costly and unnecessary High Court dispute. A Chinese manufacturer (company A) had...

Family Lawyer in Blaby appointed as member of Resolution

Josiah Hincks Solicitors are pleased to announce that Matthew Thom, the Resident Partner and family law solicitor in Blaby, has become a member of Resolution.  Resolution recognises family lawyers who are committed to dealing with family disputes in a constructive manner. Resolution also promotes a non-confrontational approach to dealing with family matters,...

Company Not Liable for MD’s Post Christmas Party Assault

Companies are legally responsible for the misdeeds of their workers – but only if they are committed in the course of their employment. In one case that strikingly made the point, a recruitment company was held not liable for catastrophic injuries inflicted by its managing director on the night of the office Christmas party. Following festivities at a golf...

Partnership Indemnity Clauses – High Court Guidance

Being appointed a partner in a professional firm is generally a cause for celebration – but the position is not without risks. In one case, however, the High Court found that partners in an insolvency practice were not liable to indemnify a salaried colleague against the potential consequences of a substantial misfeasance claim. The man, who was described as a...

Expert Resolution of Boundary Dispute ‘Final and Binding’

Neighbours engaged in boundary disputes would generally be wise to submit their differences to an independent expert for resolution, rather than fighting it out in court. However, as one High Court case underlined, it is important to remember that their decisions are final and binding, warts and all. The case concerned a narrow strip of land between two suburban...