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Cheating in Casinos Does Not Require Dishonesty Court of Appeal Rules

In a decision of crucial importance to anyone involved in the gaming industry, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a professional card player who won £7.7 million at the baccarat table was cheating – despite the fact that he was not dishonest. The player and an associate achieved the winnings by engaging in ‘edge sorting’, a technique which involves the...

Supreme Court Underlines Confidentiality Duties of Public Officials

Public officials, particularly the tax authorities, frequently come into possession of sensitive and private information about individuals and a landmark Supreme Court ruling has underlined their overriding duty to respect confidentiality rights. The case concerned the founder and chief executive of an investment and advisory group that specialised in promoting...

Trouble with the Neighbours? A Good Lawyer Can Help!

Some neighbours are friendlier than others and, if you feel that your rights are being trampled upon, a good lawyer can help you. In one case, an equestrian couple who were harassed by a farmer, who flouted their right of way across his land, won an injunction and thousands of pounds in damages. The couple ran an equestrian centre and riding school from their...

Homelessness Charities in Transfer of Undertakings Test

Four charity workers whose roles were shifted from one employer to another during a consolidation exercise will suffer no ill effects in terms of their pay and conditions after convincing a tribunal that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) applied to their cases. The four were employed by charity A, which provided...

Limitations on Liability for Losses at Sea – High Court Ruling

The perils of the oceans are obvious and, in order to facilitate international trade, the law has long placed limits on potential liabilities in respect of losses incurred at sea. However, in a case that broke new legal ground, the High Court has ruled that one such limitation does not apply to bulk cargoes. The Hague Rules, which are incorporated in the...