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Material Non-Disclosure Stymies Landlord’s Fire Insurance Claim

Insurance policies of any type are not worth the paper they are written on if you fail to make full and frank disclosure of all facts that might affect the risk that you wish to guard against. A property landlord found that out to his cost after neglecting to tell insurers that he was facing trial on an assault charge. The man lodged a claim with insurers after...

Own a Company? Have You Planned for Its Future Without You?

Estate planning really is essential, particularly if you own a company, and a failure to take professional advice can store up unforeseen trouble for your loved ones. The point could hardly have been more powerfully made than by one High Court case concerning a company that was plunged into crisis following its founder’s death. The businessman owned all the...

Family Partnerships Only Work So Long as Good Relationships Persist

Family partnerships can be highly effective vehicles for running businesses, but that depends on good relations being maintained. In one High Court case in which ties of blood were sadly not enough to prevent discord, a father and son engaged in a bitter dispute over ownership of a hotel and campsite. The father ran the business in partnership with his son and...

Industrial Espionage in the Recycling Trade – Court of Appeal Ruling

Tales of industrial espionage are not restricted to fiction and a Court of Appeal case revealed an alleged conspiracy within the recycling trade that was said to have been exposed by forensic examination of a disloyal senior employee’s computer and mobile phone. The woman’s employer became suspicious after she resigned. IT specialists were called in and...

Challenge to Contract Adjudicator’s Decision Precluded by Affirmation

Contract adjudicators’ conclusions are never easily overturned and, in an important ruling, the High Court found that any opportunity that a developer may have had to do so was lost when it affirmed an adjudicator’s decision by asking him to amend it. By a contract worth £6.9 million, the developer employed a contractor to design and build a hotel together...

£100 Million Lottery Winner Made No Promise to Support Profligate Son

Promises are just promises and do not generally have the force of contract – but if you rely on another’s word to your detriment it can be legally binding. That was precisely the issue in one case in which the son of a lottery winner claimed that his father had promised him that he would never go short of money. The father and his wife had won more than...