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Frustration at Late Payment of Bills Boils Over into High Court Libel Trial

Late payment of bills is a constant source of irritation in the business community but legal advice should always be taken to ensure that frustration does not boil over into unlawful conduct. In one striking case, annoyance at an outstanding debt led to the circulation of a defamatory email and a full-scale High Court libel trial. Company A had employed the...

Depressed Care Worker Wins Big Payout Following Unfair Dismissal

Those who suffer unlawful treatment in the workplace commonly suffer psychiatric injury as a result, and Employment Tribunals (ETs) have broad powers to ensure that they are properly compensated. In one case, a veteran care worker who was plunged into depression before being unfairly dismissed won substantial damages. The woman had worked for a local authority...

Litigation Deadlines Are Not Guidelines – Miss Them At Your Peril!

The courts give top priority to the efficient and cost effective conduct of litigation and failure to comply with case management directions can have dire consequences. In one case that underlined the point, a company’s £350,000 professional negligence claim against insurance brokers was effectively stymied. The company engaged the brokers to arrange...

Nightclub Owner Threatened with Jail for Breaching Music Copyrights

Owners of shops, restaurants, pubs and night spots where recorded music is played to the public tend to place payment of copyright licence fees pretty low down their list of priorities. However, in one case that proved how very unwise that is, a nightclub owner was threatened with jail and hit hard in the pocket. The owner had been the subject of an...

Landlord Sees Off ‘Sham’ Comparable Rent Accusation

Making comparisons between similar properties is the standard means of assessing appropriate levels of rent payable on commercial premises. The practice came under scrutiny by the Court of Appeal as a landlord defeated claims that it had entered into a sham lease at an artificially inflated rent in an attempt to push up its returns on other properties that it...

Indiscriminate Data Collection Unlawful, Rules EU

A legal challenge to UK Government legislation giving the authorities wide powers to collect and retain data has been upheld by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, which has been widely described as a ‘snooper’s charter’, requires communications companies to retain information on their...