Posts By: Schofield and Associates

Government Wheels Out Big Guns to Fight Freedom of Information Requests

<p>Almost any inquisitive person would love to know more about the inner workings of government. However, as a highly unusual tribunal decision showed, unrestrained freedom of information can have a chilling impact on effective policy-making.</p> <p><img alt=”Files” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The day after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport changed its… Read more »

Worker Who Tripped Over No Entry Sign Wins £35,000 in Compensation

Despite stringent health and safety rules, accidents at work remain a frequent occurrence and those who suffer injury should consult a solicitor without delay. In one case, a worker who tripped over a no entry sign installed to deter employees from taking illicit smoking breaks was awarded substantial damages. In the early hours of the… Read more »

Renting Out Your Home on Airbnb? Are You Sure You’re Entitled to Do So?

Tenants should take professional advice before renting out their homes to short-term paying guests via Airbnb, or other internet booking sites. In a case on point, a couple who failed to take that sensible step placed themselves in jeopardy by breaching the terms of their lease. The couple held their flat under a 125-year… Read more »

Gender Diversity Bias Claim Fails to Convince Court

Many employers are taking laudable steps to increase diversity in their workforces by recruiting more women. However, as a case involving an unsuccessful candidate for a BBC radio broadcasting position showed, such considerations do not detract from the overriding obligation to avoid gender discrimination. The case concerned a male broadcast journalist/producer who had worked for… Read more »

Practising Law is for Lawyers – Always Consult a Qualified Solicitor!

Vulnerable negligence victims sadly often fall into the clutches of unqualified people who hold themselves out as professionals with expertise in pursuing compensation claims. A High Court ruling served as a warning to all that practising law is for lawyers and that there can be no replacement for a qualified solicitor. The case concerned a… Read more »

Harvey Weinstein Case Exposes Wrinkle in Employment Tribunal Rules

Sexual harassment proceedings against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein gave rise to a thorny jurisdictional issue that threatened to undermine the power of Employment Tribunals (ETs) to make evidence disclosure orders against those who are not physically present in Great Britain. The case concerned a woman’s claim against Weinstein, a convicted sex offender, and nine… Read more »