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Allotments Make Way for Urban Regeneration Scheme

Allotments are immensely precious to those who tend them. However, one High Court case showed that the special protection that they enjoy against development must sometimes give way under the relentless pressure for new housing. Allotments covering 2.6 hectares and dating back to 1882 had been targeted for construction of 69 homes as part of a broader urban...

Award of Baby Deaths Research Contract Just Can’t Wait

Lengthy hiatuses are often the unfortunate result of disputes over the award of public contracts, but some of them are simply too important to be delayed. That was so in one case concerning a major research project to find out why stillbirths and deaths of new-born babies are more common in Britain than elsewhere in the developed world. On behalf of the...

Hairdresser Pays for Violating Share Purchase Covenants

Share purchase agreements commonly contain restrictive covenants and the courts are showing an increasing willingness to enforce them to the hilt. In one case, a hairdresser who sold her business, but later established a rival salon nearby, was hit with a High Court injunction and a six-figure legal costs bill. The award-winning hairdresser had run three...

‘Employment Status’ Euphemism Disguised Race Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace comes in many guises, not all of which are obvious at first sight. In one case, an Employment Tribunal (ET) identified an unusual example in the form of a policy that resulted in workers who were perceived as having uncertain immigration status being paid less than their peers. The case concerned an Indian national who had...

Supreme Court Underlines Confidentiality Duties of Public Officials

Public officials, particularly the tax authorities, frequently come into possession of sensitive and private information about individuals and a landmark Supreme Court ruling has underlined their overriding duty to respect confidentiality rights. The case concerned the founder and chief executive of an investment and advisory group that specialised in promoting...

Cheating in Casinos Does Not Require Dishonesty Court of Appeal Rules

In a decision of crucial importance to anyone involved in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a professional card player who won £7.7 million at the baccarat table was cheating – despite the fact that he was not dishonest. The player and an associate achieved the winnings by engaging in ‘edge sorting’, a technique which involves the...