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Extension of Flexible Working Rights – Implementation Delayed

The Government has announced that, owing to delays to the Children and Families Bill, it will not be possible to extend the right to request flexible working arrangements to all employees who have completed 26 weeks’ qualifying service as from 6 April 2014 as originally intended. However, this measure will be introduced on ‘an appropriate date as soon as...

‘Heap of Rubble’ Triggered Commercial Tenancy Dispute

In a case which gives guidance on the duties of commercial landlords to maintain the appearance of demised premises, a self-storage company which complained that its customers were being put off by the presence of an unsightly heap of rubble has failed in a bid for damages of more than £30,000. The company argued that it had repeatedly asked its landlord to...

Airport Operators Accused of Abusing Dominant Market Position

A company that for over 30 years ran a lucrative coach service from Luton Airport to central London – but which lost its concession to a competitor following a tendering exercise – is mounting a multi-million-pound compensation bid, claiming that the airport’s operators abused their dominant position in the market place. Arriva The Shires Limited for...

British National Party Defeated in £389,000 Will Dispute

In a case which threw up novel issues relating to wills and foreign donations to UK political parties, the British National Party (BNP) found itself in legal hot water after failing to convince the High Court that it was entitled to inherit £389,000 left to it by a British national who had lived abroad for almost 20 years. When Northumbria-born Joseph Robson...

Court Analyses ‘Added Matter’ in Brake Caliper Patent Dispute

In a reminder to businesses that the protection of original products from competition is not easily achieved, the Court of Appeal has given guidance on the correct approach to the principle of ‘added matter’ in intellectual property cases and has restored a company’s valuable patent in respect of a novel brake caliper design. The company had launched...