Posts By: Schofield and Associates

Capital Gains Tax on Property Sales – Always Take Professional Advice!

<p><img alt=”Flats” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Increases in the value of your main or only home are exempt from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) &ndash; but proving that a property is your principal private residence (PPR) can be far from easy and that is why taking legal advice on the issue is always wise…. Read more »

Supreme Court Ruling Extends Workplace Whistleblowing Protection

<p>Can the reason for an employee's dismissal ever be other than that given in good faith by the decision-maker appointed by the employer? The Supreme Court has answered that burning question in a test case concerning a whistleblower who was sacked on the basis of performance concerns trumped up by her dishonest line manager.</p> <p><img… Read more »

Nationally Important Waste Incineration Plant Receives Judicial Blessing

<p>Scientific views on the environmental impact of incineration plants and other waste processing facilities may differ widely but, as a Court of Appeal decision showed, judges are not in the business of second-guessing expert decision-makers.</p> <p><img alt=”Electricity pylon” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The case concerned an environmental permit granted by the Environment Agency… Read more »

Google Fends Off Anonymous Businessman’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Claim

<p>The right to privacy is increasingly powerful, but basic fairness demands that those who wish to litigate must at least be willing to disclose their names and addresses. The High Court made the point in striking out a so-called &lsquo;right to be forgotten&rsquo; claim which a businessman had sought to pursue against Google under a… Read more »

High Court Stamps Down Hard on Grossly Offensive Internet Posts

<p>Those who publish grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing material on the internet commit a criminal offence &ndash; but what about those who post a hyperlink to such material? The High Court addressed that issue in an important test case.</p> <p><img alt=”Social networks” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />The case concerned a woman who… Read more »

Chronic Fatigue Sufferer Wins Substantial Disability Discrimination Damages

<p>Every disabled employee is entitled to have reasonable adjustments made for them so that they are not disadvantaged in going about their work. In a case on point, an ME and chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer who could not meet the requirements of her employer's attendance policy won tens of thousands of pounds in compensation.</p> <p><img… Read more »

Divorcee Property Developer’s Plea of Poverty Fails to Convince Judge

<p>Pleas of poverty are commonplace in divorce cases, but family judges are well able to discern whether they are true or false. In one case, a property developer who fell heavily into arrears on maintenance payments to his ex-wife was ruled in contempt of court and warned to expect punishment.</p> <p><img alt=”House” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px;… Read more »

Calibre of Social Media ‘Influencers’ Can Be Calculated, High Court Rules

<p>Can the marketing clout of famous sports personalities, musicians and other so-called &lsquo;influencers&rsquo; be measured by the level of their social media exposure? Yes, it can, the High Court has ruled in a case concerning a football shirts contract.</p> <p><img alt=”Social networks” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />A sportswear company had an exclusive contract… Read more »