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$780,000 Shipping Claim Almost Sinks on Time Limit Reef

In a case which underlined that court deadlines are no trivial matter and a failure to meet them can have devastating consequences, ship owners came within a whisker of losing their right to pursue a $780,000 compensation claim following a maritime collision in the South China Sea. Both vessels (ship A and ship B) were seriously damaged in the...

Paramount Pictures Triumph in Internet Domain Name Dispute

In a case which vividly revealed the power of a famous name, Hollywood giant, Paramount Pictures Corporation, has succeeded in wresting the internet domain name, paramount.co.uk, from a British businessman who, through a broker, had offered to sell it to the studio for £120,000. The studio’s name and iconic mountain and stars logo were...

Death-Bed Wills Without Legal Advice Not a Good Idea!

Death-bed wills are fraught with problems and certainly legal advice, should be taken wherever possible. Recently, a death-bed will led to a  family tearing itself apart in High Court proceedings over a £630,000 estate – when the input of a solicitor could well have averted conflict. A daughter had accused her late father’s four...

Policies Favouring Rail and Canal Freight Transport Overturned

In a crucial test of Government policy to move away from transporting freight by road and towards greater use of the nation’s rail and canal networks, Leeds City Council’s attempts to protect the city’s historic canal-side have met with a major stumbling block at the High Court. The Council was sent back to the drawing board when...

Delinquent Director Pays for Insolvent Trading

In a stern caution to the business community that trading when insolvent can have severe consequences, a delinquent director who authorised substantial payments to himself and others when his company was in dire financial straits has been held personally liable to repay the cash. Following competitive tendering exercises, the company had engaged...