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Football Club Triumphs In Match Day Policing Costs Test Case

In a decision that will be greeted with joy by football clubs all over the country, the Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces are not entitled to charge them for keeping the peace in public areas around stadiums on match days. The case concerned a club that had been charged up to £25,472 per match day by its local police force in respect of what were...

Paid Your Tax Late? There is Such a Thing as a Reasonable Excuse!

Companies and individuals who fail to pay tax on time are routinely hit with financial penalties – but the law does recognise that there is such a thing as a reasonable excuse. In one case, a company that was plunged into a state of chaos by a key employee’s departure on maternity leave succeeded in overturning a £1,540 penalty. In the absence of its...

Flat Tenants Victorious in Service Charges Challenge

Service charges are a burden on residential tenants and the onus is on landlords to prove that expenses have been reasonably incurred. In one case, a tribunal found that insurance premiums passed on to residents of a block of flats over a three-year period were more than £27,000 higher than they should have been. The case concerned a landlord who had negotiated...

Josiah Hincks welcomes highly experienced personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer Vickki Ridgway

Leicestershire law firm Josiah Hincks has welcomed to its team Vickki Ridgway, a highly experienced personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer. Vickki has represented many clients who have been involved in accidents resulting in life changing injuries and those who have suffered as a result of clinical and medical negligence. Vickki is a Chartered Legal...

When Do Serial Contract Adjudications Become Unreasonable or Oppressive?

There is no statutory limit on the number of contract adjudications that can be launched in respect of the same, or similar, subject matter. However, as one case concerning a PFI contract showed, the High Court retains an inherent power to block serial adjudications where they are unreasonable or oppressive. The case concerned a construction company that bid for...

You Need a Lawyer to Help Make Those Knife-Edge Decisions

Litigation is often an exercise in brinksmanship and the need to make knife-edge decisions under pressure is one very good reason why advice from experienced professionals frequently makes the difference between victory and defeat. One case exactly on point concerned a seven-figure professional negligence claim by a bank against a firm of chartered surveyors....