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Oral Agreements – Do You Even Know Who You Are Contracting With?

One of the many drawbacks of oral agreements is that the status, and even the identity, of the contracting parties can be left in doubt. One High Court case involving a substantial waste removal contract underlined how very important it is to employ a professional to put such agreements in writing. A group of companies that provided waste removal, haulage and...

Acas Advice for Employers on Coping in High Temperatures

On the whole, we are not accustomed in the UK to long periods of hot weather, so when high temperatures do occur employers may not be prepared to deal with situations that arise as a result. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has guidance for employers on this topic. This includes information on employers’ health and safety...

Office Worker’s Mild Visual Impairment ‘Not A Disability’

The definition of ‘disability’ has been the subject of much legal debate ever since the Equality Act 2010 came into force. However, an Employment Tribunal (ET) has shed some much-needed light on the issue in a case concerning a visually impaired office worker. The woman had worn spectacles since childhood and her eyesight had deteriorated with age. She had...

Controversial Basement Extension Threatened Diplomatic Incident

Basement extensions are increasingly popular, particularly in densely populated inner city areas with very high property prices, but they are by no means free from controversy. That was certainly so in one case in which plans to excavate under a listed building threatened to cause a diplomatic incident. The house was once occupied by the Russian Soviet Mission...

High Court Takes Lynchpin Role in $500 Million Arbitration Enforcement

Worldwide cooperation between states in the enforcement of arbitration awards is an essential part of modern international commerce. However, as one High Court case showed, it is vital to maintain consistency of judicial decision-making across national borders. An arbitration panel in Sweden had awarded damages in excess of $500 million to a consortium of...

High Court Aids Divorced Founders of $4 Billion Children’s Charity

In a decision that will be required reading for family, charity and company lawyers, a divorced former couple who founded a $4 billion children’s charity have won the backing of the High Court in separating their benevolent interests. The couple’s marriage had ended upon the husband paying the wife $530 million. However, their charitable interests had...