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Spread Betting – Is There a Duty to Protect Gamblers from Themselves?

Spread betting companies are required to act honestly, fairly and professionally in accordance with the best interests of their clients. However, the Court of Appeal has emphasised in an important ruling that that duty does not necessarily extend to protecting gamblers from the consequences of their own misjudgments. The case concerned an experienced spread...

Charity Football Club Succeeds in Overturning £53,000 Tax Penalty

The tax authorities are by no means always right and, with the right legal advice, their decisions can sometimes be challenged successfully. In one case, a small football club that was accused of wrongly treating the construction of its clubhouse as VAT-free was relieved of an unwelcome financial penalty. The club, a registered charity, spent £265,000 on...

Domicile and the Limits of English Jurisdiction – High Court Ruling

The English commercial courts deal with cases from all over the world, but that does not mean that their jurisdiction is limitless. In one case that proved the point, the High Court refused to entertain a claim against a foreign businessman who had left his home in London and shifted his place of domicile to Switzerland. Proceedings had been issued against the...

Public Sector Pensions – Disadvantaged Judges Triumph in ‘Ageism’ Test Case

In a test case of importance to all public sector employees, a tribunal has ruled that transitional provisions put in place to prepare the way for full adoption of a new judicial pension scheme fell foul of the ban on age discrimination. The scheme was introduced in response to a report of the Public Services Pension Commission which recommended wholesale public...

Using the Internet to Spread Malicious Rumours Is Not Fair Competition!

Legitimate competition is one thing, but using the Internet to spread false rumours about a rival’s products is quite another. In a recent case, a businessman who resorted to such methods found himself under threat of imprisonment. A company that produced stabilisers for use when towing caravans objected to videos that had been posted on YouTube by the...