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Doing Deals over the Phone? Make Sure You Confirm in Writing!

Doing deals over the phone is a hazardous business and agreements should always be confirmed formally in writing, preferably by a lawyer. In one case that strikingly proved the point, an estate agent sacrificed a substantial commission due to his failure to reach a binding contract with the vendor. The vendor of eight flats had a phone conversation with the...

Property Vendors – Information Requests Must Be Accurately Answered!

Requests for information prior to completion of property transactions must always be fully and accurately answered. However, in one case where that did not happen, a flat purchaser won £15,000 in damages after the vendor failed to inform her of an ongoing dispute concerning a defective heating system. Prior to the transaction, the vendor was formally asked if...

Tribunal Slams Perfunctory Treatment of Sacked Property Manager

A senior property management company employee who was made redundant in an insensitive and perfunctory manner after more than 40 years’ service has had his compensation hopes boosted by a powerfully worded decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The company took the view that there were too many senior managers in the department in which the man...

Similarly Named Plumbing Retailers in Internet Keywords Row

Online businesses can stand or fall on the acquisition of Internet ‘keywords’ that put them first on search engine listings – but what happens if two competing companies have very similar names? The High Court considered that issue in the context of the online plumbing business. Two companies, competing in the plumbing field, did most or all of their...

High Court Enforces $74 Million Gas Pipeline Arbitration Award

There would be very little point in commercial arbitration awards if the courts did not enforce them, but losing parties do have a tendency to wriggle on the hook. In one case, however, the High Court gave unequivocal backing to a $74 million award in respect of a dispute concerning a gas pipeline in Indonesia. Two natural resources companies entered into a gas...