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Employment Tribunals Bend Over Backwards to Ensure Fair Hearings

Employment Tribunals (ETs) are at the forefront of the battle to eradicate discrimination in all its forms from the workplace. It is obviously vital that they practice what they preach and that is all the more reason why they are anxious to ensure that even the most vulnerable complainants receive a fair hearing. One case in point concerned an academic who...

High Court Prioritises Patient Care in NHS Contract Tendering Dispute

The award of public contracts is automatically suspended if disputes arise as to the fairness of the tendering process. In deciding whether such suspensions should be continued until trial, however, judges have to strike a tricky balance between public and private interests. One such case concerned a company that had made an unsuccessful bid for a laboratory...

Compulsory Purchase and Development Value – Court of Appeal Ruling

When private land is compulsorily acquired by public authorities, former owners are entitled to compensation equal to its open market value, which includes any development potential. That point was made in a Court of Appeal case concerning a field that was needed by a local authority for construction of a new school. The council argued that compensation payable...

Dependent on Your Website? Do You Know Who Owns the Domain Name?

Websites are the lifeblood of thousands of modern businesses so it is surprising how many of them do not know who owns their Internet domain names. In one case that highlighted the issue, a dry ski slope suffered serious disruption to its business when its website and emails were rendered inoperable. The ski slope’s domain was registered in the name of a...

Service Charges – Landlord Pays Dearly for Failing to Read the Lease

When it comes to issuing service charge demands, landlords must stick to the letter of leases or risk recovering nothing at all – even if that results in tenants receiving an unwarranted windfall. The Court of Appeal made that point in relieving a residential tenant of liability to pay service charges over a four-year period. Under the terms of the relevant...