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High Court Lifts Lid on Tense ITV Music Licensing Negotiations

Popular jingles and melodies are often played on television and few will be surprised to hear that their use is not free. However, one revealing High Court case lifted the lid on negotiations between ITV and collection societies charged with gathering in licence fees on behalf of musical artists. Following a reference, the Copyright Tribunal had fixed certain...

Chequered History of Ministry of Defence Procurement Exercise Revealed

Government contracts have to be put out to tender and such procurement exercises are a source of fierce competition and, not infrequently, litigation. One such case concerned the chequered history of attempts by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to procure 6,000 product lines of hand tools essential for military needs. There had been at least two past attempts by...

High Court Unravels £17 Million Bank Fraud

Deceit has a way of catching up with you and that certainly happened in one High Court case in which the owner of a chain of luxury hotels and a dishonest bank employee paid in full for perpetrating an audacious multi-million-pound fraud. The businessman’s companies had, over a sustained period, received £17 million in unauthorised loans from a bank. The...

Annual Inflation-Linked Changes in Tribunal Awards

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017, which details the annual inflation-linked changes in limits on the compensation amounts which can be awarded by employment tribunals, will apply where the appropriate date falls on or after 6 April 2017. The main changes are: The maximum amount of a week’s pay for the purpose of calculating a...

Casino Tendering Exercise Scrutinised by High Court

Whilst gambling may not be everybody’s cup of tea, casinos generate tourism, jobs and handsome profits and competition to develop them can be intense. In one case, a tendering exercise in which no less than seven bids were received to build a large casino in a single seaside city came under the High Court microscope. Following the exercise, the local authority...