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Fatal Accident Compensation Boosted by Supreme Court Ruling

In a classic example of the law moving on to meet the ever-changing requirements of modern life, the Supreme Court has corrected a legal anomaly which had for many years resulted in the loved ones of fatal accident victims being under-compensated. The widow of a man who worked as an administrative assistant in a prison launched proceedings after he died from...

Corporate Veil Trumps Proceeds of Crime Act – Landmark Decision

In a resounding decision, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge was wrong to pierce the corporate veil in an attempt to retrieve the criminal profits of haulage company bosses who risked lives by working their drivers to the bone. A father and son whose company had an annual turnover of more than £3 million were said by prosecutors to have generated...

Personal Relationships and Workplace Conflicts of Interest

In a cautionary tale for employers, a High Court case has strikingly underlined how office affairs and family relationships are capable of creating conflicts of interest which can compromise the integrity of even the most trusted worker. Company A was awarded a multi-million-pound maintenance contract and subcontracted with company B to provide much of the...

Are You Being Sued? Swift Action is Imperative!

If you suffer the misfortune of being sued, swift action is imperative and good legal advice will ensure that you do not freeze in the headlights. In one case which made that point, a building contractor who responded to a client’s breach of contract claim in dilatory fashion ended up being heavily penalised in legal costs. The contractor was engaged to design...

EU Acts to Stop Counterfeit Goods Traffic

On 23 March the current ‘Community Trade Mark’ will be renamed the ‘EU Trade Mark’ (EUTM) and the system for registration and policing of EUTMs will be dealt with by the newly-named EU Intellectual Property Office. This may seem like little more than window-dressing, but one important change is that under new regulations counterfeit goods bearing an EUTM...