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Taking on a New Employee? Have You Checked Their Credentials?

As any sensible employer knows, it is essential to check workers’ credentials before taking them on, particularly if they will be handling money. In one case where that did not happen, a company employed a crooked accountant who had fraud convictions and who proceeded to help himself to almost £650,000. The small but successful company was unaware that the...

Employers Must Be Proactive To Ensure Workers Get Proper Breaks

In an important test case concerning a bus driver who claimed to have been forced to work eight-hour shifts without a break, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has warned employers that they are required to take a proactive approach to compliance with the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). The man’s working day was fixed at eight and a half hours on the...

High Court Blocks Conversion of Commercial Units into Homes

National planning policies recognise that there is little point retaining commercial buildings that can neither be sold nor let. However, in a ruling of interest to property professionals, the High Court blocked plans for business units in the midst of an area famed for artisan workshops to be converted into homes. Developers had been granted consent to build...

Pest Controller Sees Off £700,000 Fire Damage Claim

Tradesmen who work in people’s homes are often unaware of the potential liabilities to which they are exposed. In one case that proved the point, a pest controller was sued for almost £700,000 following a fire at a listed mansion but managed to defeat the claim with the help of a highly experienced legal team. The pest controller, a sole trader, had been...

Liability for Damage to Sea-Borne Cargoes – Court of Appeal Test Case

In a test case of importance to those involved in the international trade in perishable goods, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the correct interpretation of the Hague Rules – the international convention which for almost 100 years has regulated liabilities in respect of damage to sea-borne cargoes. The case concerned nine consignments of Colombian...

Couple’s Wall-Building Plans Scotched by Restrictive Covenant

The idea that an Englishman’s home is his castle implies almost limitless freedom to do with your property as you wish. However, the reality is that restrictions often lurk in title deeds and, without legal advice, there is a real risk that you may not realise that they are there. One case that illustrated the point concerned a private housing estate which was...