The UK government has announced a new points based system which will come into effect on 31 Dec 2020 when we will formerly leave the EU (subject to any agreed extensions). Continue reading →
Workplace disciplinary investigations require careful handling. Employers who fail to act fairly are likely to face financial consequences. That was certainly so in the case of a property manager who was ambushed at an investigatory meeting and left feeling like she had been subjected to a police interrogation.
The ever-increasing cost of professional care, combined with low returns on capital investments, have necessarily led to an escalation in the value of damages awards to victims of clinical negligence. The point was underlined by a case in which a seven-year-old girl who was starved of oxygen during her birth secured an NHS compensation package worth almost £18 million. Continue reading →
Does the buyer of a property ‘own’ it after contracts are exchanged but before the transaction is completed? The Court of Appeal’s answer to that fundamental question delivered a substantial Capital Gains Tax (CGT) saving to an off-plan flat buyer. Continue reading →
Trade marks are a powerful means of protecting your unique brand, even against much larger or more prestigious potential competitors. In one case, a small clothing company which sold its wares under the name ‘Bentley’ scored a High Court win over household name car manufacturers Bentley Motors. Continue reading →
Employers who are ignorant of the legal protections afforded to pregnant women and mothers in the workplace can expect to be penalised. A company that posted a P45 to a worker after learning of her pregnancy later learned the consequences as they were ordered to pay her more than £20,000 in damages. Continue reading →
Unsolicited direct marketing emails, sent without informed consent, are viewed as a modern scourge by millions. Those who engage in such campaigns can expect severe punishment. In one case, a finance company which broke the rules when promoting pre-paid funeral plans received a substantial fine. Continue reading →
If you have been injured at work and feel that your employer was to blame, you should consult a solicitor immediately. A teacher who failed to take that action after he was assaulted by a group of pupils jeopardised his chance of securing substantial compensation. Continue reading →