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 »

Unfairly Sacked College Lecturer Wins Over £60,000 Compensation

<p>Workplace personality clashes are sadly common but a perception that an employee is difficult to work with is not enough to justify his or her dismissal. A college found that out to its cost after an Employment Tribunal (ET) ordered it to pay more than &pound;60,000 in compensation to one of its former lecturers.</p> <p><img… 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 »

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 »

Disabled Nurse Denied Reasonable Adjustments Wins Substantial Damages

<p>Managing an employee&rsquo;s return to work after a long period of sickness absence can be a highly sensitive matter. A case in which a visually impaired nurse was awarded more than &pound;30,000 in damages serves as an instructive illustration of how it should not be done.</p> <p><img alt=”Nurse” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />The… Read more »

Leading Barrister Wins Libel Damages Following Unjustified Press Criticism

<p><img alt=”Newspaper” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The good reputation of lawyers and other professionals is the whole basis of their livelihoods and, if they are subjected to unjustified press criticism, it is only right that compensation is paid. In a case on point, a leading criminal barrister won libel damages from two national… Read more »