Amidst widespread homelessness, owners of investment properties who allow them to stand empty for extended periods can find themselves on the receiving end of compulsory purchase orders (CPOs). Exactly that happened in a case concerning a desirable end-of-terrace property which had been vacant for 25
The process of litigation starts with service of documents and, without legal advice, it is precisely at that point where things can go badly wrong. As a guideline High Court ruling in a contract dispute showed, issues as to whether valid service has or has
Adopting children from abroad can complete families and be of great benefit to all concerned. However, as a High Court case showed, it is fraught with legal pitfalls and should not be attempted without first taking specialist legal advice. The case concerned a British citizen
What to do if a Will has been written under undue influence? Zoe Davis – Trainee Solicitor When making a will, a person can leave their money, home and other assets to whomever they like. There is no requirement for them to
It is notorious that many so-called tweeters keep their identities secret and that trying to find out their names from Twitter is likely to be a fruitless exercise. However, as a High Court case showed, that is not an insurmountable obstacle to lawyers seeking to
The first step in proving negligence is to establish the existence of a duty of care. A High Court case in which a firm of architects was cleared of liability in respect of a catastrophic fire provided a prime example of that principle in operation.
If a trusted employee with in-depth knowledge of your trade secrets resigns to join a competitor, it can pose a major threat to your business. However, as a High Court case showed, expert lawyers can move swiftly to enforce your rights and minimise the damage.
Important documents often languish in drawers for years, gathering dust – but if they have been carefully drafted by a professional, they can make all the difference when the time comes. In a case on point, a deed stored in a solicitor’s office for almost
Road accidents that happen in the blink of an eye can have consequences that last a lifetime, which is why it is so important that victims are properly compensated. In one case, a young woman who suffered devastating injuries in a crash which cost her
Shareholders have a statutory right to inspect a company’s register of members free of charge and for any proper purpose. The question of what exactly constitutes a proper purpose came under analysis by the Court of Appeal in a guideline case. The case concerned a