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Corporate Insolvency and Leasehold Property – Court Guidance

What happens to a company’s leasehold property interests if it becomes insolvent? In an important case, the High Court has tackled that issue in relation to a troubled restaurant chain and one of its flagship branches in Central London. The company which ran the chain had gone into administration with an expected deficit of about £11 million. It held a...

Don’t Forget to Renew Your Internet Domain Name Registration!

Businesses and public authorities often spend millions developing their websites, but such investments can disappear in a puff of smoke if they fail to renew registration of the domain names on which they are based. In one case, a local authority did just that and lost control of a website it had used to promote tourism in its area. Between 2006 and 2014,...

Mistreated Police Worker Due Big Compensation Payout

A civilian police worker whose claims of psychiatric disability were disbelieved by her bosses, and who was sacked on the basis of vague allegations, has won the right to substantial compensation for the mistreatment she endured. The woman had worked in a police force’s finance department for 23 years but had a history of suffering anxiety, stress and...

Oral Contracts Are a Recipe for Dispute!

The trouble with oral contracts, agreed without taking legal advice, is that their terms, and even their existence, may later be disputed. Exactly that happened in one case in which an interior designer had to resort to legal action in order to be paid in full for his work on the refurbishment of a luxury hotel. The designer carried out hundreds of thousands of...

Whistleblowing: State of Mind Is All Important!

In whistleblowing cases, the employee’s state of mind is the decisive factor and that was certainly so in the case of a college lecturer who was dismissed after being accused of making groundless allegations against a colleague. The lecturer faced criticism of her performance on the basis of student feedback and was said to have defended herself by accusing a...