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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...

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...

Company Held Liable for Boss’s Post-Christmas Party Attack on Salesman

The extent to which employers can be held liable for the misdeeds of their staff is an issue that has been taxing legal brains for generations. However, the waters will be somewhat less muddied following a case in which a salesman who was attacked and seriously injured by his boss following an office party won the right to full compensation from the company for...

Bonus Lawfully Denied to Banker under Shadow of Fraud Investigation

Many employment contracts, particularly in the financial services sector, incorporate entitlements to bonuses or share options. However, as a High Court case showed, employers usually retain a wide discretion whether or not to actually award them and they can be withheld on reasonable grounds. The case concerned a former bank employee who was the global head of...