Posts By: Schofield and Associates

Rules of Fairness Apply to Big and Small Businesses Alike

<p><img alt=”Hair stylist” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />In small family businesses, disagreements are often patched up informally. However, as an Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling showed, it is vital to remember that legal standards of fairness in employment relationships apply to them in just the same way as to giant corporations.</p> <p>The case concerned… Read more »

Thinking of Making a Will Without Legal Advice? Read This First!

<p>Having your will professionally drafted and signing it in front of a solicitor really is the best way of ensuring that your wishes are honoured after you are gone. In a case on point, the High Court gave effect to a matriarch&rsquo;s final will, despite her daughter&rsquo;s concerted attack on its validity.</p> <p><img alt=”Will” src=”″… Read more »

Ship Owner’s Private Rights Outweighed By Public Interest in Saving Lives

<p>The purpose of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is not to apportion blame for shipping accidents but to minimise loss of life at sea. The High Court made that point in ruling that an MAIB report on the causes of a grounding incident was inadmissible as evidence in private arbitration proceedings.</p> <p><img alt=”Ship” src=”″… Read more »

Have You Been Defamed on the Internet? See a Lawyer Today!

<p><img alt=”Smartphone social media apps” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The internet unfortunately provides an opportunity for wide publication of defamatory statements at the click of a button. However, a High Court case strikingly showed that the law can move fast to protect reputations and put a stop to such activities.</p> <p>The case concerned… Read more »

Made Redundant Without Consultation? You Could Be Due Compensation!

<p><img alt=”Dresser” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />Companies facing financial difficulties sadly often collapse with little notice, leaving their hard-working employees bereft. As an Employment Tribunal (ET) decision showed, however, those affected are not without legal redress and can win compensation if they have been made redundant without consultation.</p> <p>The case concerned a long-established… Read more »

Family of ‘Falsely Imprisoned’ Hospital Patient Win Substantial Damages

<p>Keeping patients in hospital against their will can amount to false imprisonment. In a shocking case on point, an NHS trust was ordered to pay substantial damages to the loved ones of a pensioner whose wish to go home was for months high-handedly disregarded by hospital staff.</p> <p><img alt=”Medical professional” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px… Read more »

Getting Divorced? Skimping on Legal Advice Can Come Back to Bite You!

<p>Getting divorced without taking legal advice is a high-risk strategy and can come back to bite you years after the event. A na&iuml;ve husband found that out to his cost after falling victim to a series of frauds perpetrated by his ex-wife.</p> <p><img alt=”Mansion” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Following their separation at the… Read more »

The Staff Christmas Party

<p>While the Christmas party is a great opportunity for staff to socialise together and celebrate their achievements over the past year, and for employers to thank them for the work they do, it is important to remember that employers owe their employees certain obligations, even outside work, when they have organised the event themselves.</p> <p><img… Read more »

Employee Unfairly Sacked for Alleged Expenses Fraud Secures Compensation

<p>Workplace disciplinary proceedings must always be thorough and fair, but that is all the more the case where an employee is accused of dishonesty. An Employment Tribunal (ET) succinctly made that point in awarding substantial damages to an employee who was accused of making a fraudulent expenses claim.</p> <p><img alt=”Gastropub” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px… Read more »

Thinking of Doing a Property Deal Without Legal Advice? Think Again!

<p><img alt=”Restaurant” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Entering into property transactions without expert legal advice is always a hostage to fortune. A restaurateur found that out after he was dishonestly induced to enter into an illegal sub-lease of commercial premises by a businessman whom he trusted as a friend.</p> <p>Following a series of informal… Read more »