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Motor Insurers Must Pay £2 Million Cost of Factory Fire

In a decision of importance to the insurance industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that motor insurers must cover the seven-figure cost of a catastrophic factory fire that broke out whilst a mechanic was doing a welding job on his car. The man worked for an engineering company and, in his own time, was welding a plate onto the bottom of his car when a spark...

Compulsory Purchase and Surplus Land – Court of Appeal Test Case

Large infrastructure projects often require the compulsory purchase of swathes of privately-owned land by public authorities – but what happens if land so acquired turns out not to be needed after all? The Court of Appeal tackled that important issue in the context of London’s Crossrail development. Using powers under The Crossrail Act 2008, extremely...

Neighbourhood Plan Instrumental in Defeating 100-Home Development

Neighbourhood plans made under the Localism Act 2011 are a vital means of ensuring that the voices of local people are heard in the planning process. In a High Court case that underlined the point, a neighbourhood plan was instrumental in defeating plans for construction of up to 100 new homes in a county town. In refusing consent for the development, the...

You Don’t Have to Be Awake to Receive the National Minimum Wage

Many people might think that those who sleep on the job would not be entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) whilst their eyes are closed. But that is by no means always the case and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given guidance on the issue in an important test case, particularly for the care sector. The EAT was dealing with three appeals...

Technology Harnessed to Reduce Costs of Holiday Group Insolvency

Paperwork costs of insolvency proceedings in respect of large companies with many clients can be very high. However, one High Court case concerning a troubled group of holiday companies showed that technology can be harnessed to achieve economy in the interest of creditors. The four companies had between them over 14,000 customers when they went into...