Authorship is Much More Than Just the Physical Act of Writing

<p><img alt=”Play script” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The authorship of a book, play or script involves much more than just the physical act of writing. The Court of Appeal made that point in the case of a woman who claimed to have inspired the screenplay of a successful film.</p> <p>The film told the… Read more »

No One Lives Forever, So Put Your Affairs in Order Before It Is Too Late!

<p><img alt=”Scaffolding on House” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Failing to put your affairs in order in your declining years is an invitation to conflict and needless expense after you are gone. Exactly that happened in the case of a pensioner who was still embroiled in a property development partnership with her son when… Read more »

Stereotypical Racial Prejudice – Sacked Worker Wins Substantial Damages

<p>Race discrimination in the workplace is not always overt, or even conscious, but judges are always on the alert to spot instances of stereotypical prejudice, as a Court of Appeal ruling strikingly showed.</p> <p><img alt=”Camera” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The case concerned a black photographer who was called into her manager&rsquo;s office out… Read more »

Treated Unfairly by Officialdom? You Don’t Have to Take It Lying Down!

<p>Officials wield great power over people&rsquo;s lives and it is fundamental to a democratic society that, where they reach unreasonable decisions, they are held to account. The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) did just that in coming to the aid of a grandmother whose car was seized after she was accused of tobacco smuggling.</p> <p><img alt=”Cigarettes” src=”″… Read more »

Family of Builder Killed in Workplace Accident Win £450,000 Damages

<p><img alt=”High-rise building” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />No amount of money can ever fully compensate for the loss of a loved one in an avoidable accident, but it can at least soften the financial blow. In one case, the bereaved widow and children of a builder who died whilst working on a high-rise… Read more »

Annexe or Extension? Church Wins Right to Substantial VAT Rebate

<p><img alt=”Church” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The difference between an extension and an annexe to an existing building may appear slight, but it can have crucial tax implications for charities. The issue was raised by a case in which a church won the right to a substantial VAT rebate.</p> <p>In order to make… Read more »

Racing Driver’s Management Contract in Unlawful Restraint of Trade

Unreasonably restrictive contracts that act as an unlawful restraint on free trade are not worth the paper they are written on. A sports management company found that out to its cost after it sought to take near-complete control of a racing driver’s career. The driver first signed a 10-year contract with the company when he… Read more »

Seeking Flexible Hours and the Right Work-Life Balance? Read This!

Employees who want to improve their work-life balance have a legal right to request flexibility in their working hours, and their bosses are obliged to respond reasonably. In a case on point, a seamstress was awarded compensation after her employer refused to give her Fridays off so that she could help care for her grandchildren…. Read more »