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Supermarket Chain Vicariously Liable for Errant Employee’s Data Breaches

In a landmark decision that should make every employer sit up and take notice, the Court of Appeal has ruled a supermarket chain indirectly liable for the misdeeds of an errant employee who leaked its payroll data onto the Internet. The IT worker bore a grudge against the chain and used a USB stick and a laptop computer to place personal details of almost...

Non-Profit Making Golf Club Wins VAT Exemption

Non-profit-making organisations enjoy favourable tax treatment, but deciding which bodies qualify for that status can pose difficulties. In a guideline case, however, the Upper Tribunal (UT) ruled that a golf and leisure club had rightly been exempted from having to account for VAT on green fees and other receipts. The course on which the club’s members played...

Make Sure You Have the Funds in Place Before Contracting to Buy Property

Any good lawyer will tell you that, when purchasing property, it is absolutely vital that you have the required funds in place before contracts are exchanged. In a case on point, a property investor paid heavily for failing to follow that fundamental rule. The freeholder of a commercial property had contracted to sell it to a company for £1.2 million. The...

Threat of Asset Dissipation Justifies $11.25 Million Worldwide Freezing Order

Worldwide freezing orders (WFOs) impinge heavily on the freedoms of those against whom they are made, and that is why judges will only grant them if there is a real risk of wrongdoers dissipating their assets. That stringent test was, however, met in the case of a finance professional who had made no attempt to discharge a judgment debt totalling more than $11...

Unexplained Wealth Order Confirmed in High Court Test Case

Unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) – the latest tool in the authorities’ armoury for use in tackling money laundering, corruption and terrorist financing – came under High Court scrutiny for the first time in an important test case. The case concerned the wife of an overseas citizen who had been jailed for 15 years in his homeland after being convicted of...

Statistics May Not Prove Discrimination, But They Can Be Persuasive

Statistical evidence, however striking, is rarely enough to prove discrimination in the workplace. However, the fact that there was not a single non-white manager of a retail chain’s 81 stores in a particular region certainly had a persuasive impact on an Employment Tribunal (ET). The case concerned a mixed-race man who had served as one of the chain’s store...