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Interpreting Contracts – What Matters Is the Parties’ Intentions

Some contracts are better drafted than others, but the courts are always keen to give effect to the intentions of the parties and are equally reluctant to find that provisions are void for uncertainty. Those points were clearly made in a case concerning a subcontract to install a new airport baggage handling facility. A contractor carrying out major works at the...

Agency That Failed to Pay the National Minimum Wage Hit Hard In Pocket

Paying the National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a strict legal requirement and employers that fail to do so can be hit with punitive penalties. In one case, an employment agency that laid on thousands of underpaid workers at a warehouse received a six-figure fine. Following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it emerged that workers who clocked on one...

High Court Steps in to Protect Troubled Insurer’s Policyholders

Confidence in the insurance industry, and peace of mind for policyholders, demands that transfers of insurance business between providers are closely scrutinised by the courts. In one such case, a judge approved the dissolution of a technically insolvent insurer and the transfer of its policies to a secure and better capitalised home. The insurer had closed to...

Dealing with Insurers Can Be Tricky but an Expert Lawyer Can Help

Dealing with insurers following a loss can be an intricate business, involving detailed analysis of policy terms, so it is always wise to seek legal advice. In one case, a designer clothes company’s abortive claim against its insurers following a spate of thefts ran up more than £5 million in legal costs. After one of its trusted employees stole large...

Right to a Peaceful Garden Trumps Bungalow Development

Planning permission is usually all that you need to turn your development plans into reality – but not always. In one case, a restrictive covenant enshrined in title deeds before the Second World War was enough to defeat proposals for a new bungalow. The covenant required that a plot of land lying between homes in a historic market town should not be built on,...