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Diverse Communities Have Diverse Business Methods – But English Law Is Supreme!

In a diverse society, close-knit minority communities often have their own distinctive ways of doing business. However, as a man engaged in the unauthorised and potentially dangerous refilling of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) canisters discovered to his cost, in England, the full force of English law applies. In common with other legitimate LPG suppliers, the owner...

Brexit Fallout – Major British Insurer to Re-Register as European Company

In a telling sign of the times in the wake of the Brexit vote, a major English insurance company has received the High Court’s blessing to its proposal to transform itself into a European company – a Societas Europaea (SA). The insurer, which has several offices in British cities, as well as in Europe and the Far East, was registered in England and Wales in...

Ex-Car Sales Manager Overturns ‘Perverse’ Employment Tribunal Ruling

Employment Tribunal (ET) decisions are not always right, but it is very rare for them to be condemned as perverse. That is, however, exactly what happened in the case of a car sales manager who was irrationally ruled 50 per cent responsible for his unfair dismissal. The manager, who was in charge of five car showrooms, had worked for the same employer for 25...

Asylum Family Wins £27,500 Following Home Office Data Handling Error

Vast quantities of personal data pass through the hands of government departments and it is only right that, where it is misused, compensation is payable. In one case on point, an asylum seeking family whose confidential information was mistakenly uploaded onto a Home Office website was awarded substantial damages. An Iranian father, his wife and teenage...

Restrictive Covenant Amendment Enables Barn Conversion to Proceed

Restrictive covenants are often found in title deeds and are an effective means of protecting property owners’ rights to privacy and to live free from noise and other nuisance. However, as a tribunal decision illustrated, such covenants can be modified to enable reasonable use of land. The case concerned a couple whose £2.6 million home was set in a 90-acre...

High Court Blocks Lebanese Arbitration as a Waste of Time and Money

Coinciding court and arbitration proceedings, dealing with similar or identical issues but in different jurisdictions, can often be oppressive and amount to a waste of time and money. The High Court found as much in a case concerning a family dispute in respect of a large Middle Eastern engineering and construction company. After a wealthy founding shareholder...