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Property Investors – Make Sure Your Money is Secured From the Outset

Investing in property is very far from being risk free but usually has the advantage that monies advanced are secured against real ‘bricks and mortar’ assets. The crucial importance of ensuring that enforceable security is in place before parting with your money was underlined by a High Court ruling. The case concerned a company’s purchase… Read more »

Pregnancy Sick Leave – Woman Awarded Damages for Insensitive Treatment

Workers on sick leave are entitled to be treated sensitively by their employers and all the more so where their health difficulties are pregnancy related. In one case where that signally did not happen, a social worker who was treated in an abrupt and unsympathetic manner when returning to work following an ectopic pregnancy was awarded… Read more »

Trusted Employee Quit to Join a Competitor? Consult a Lawyer Today!

<p>If a trusted employee with in-depth knowledge of your trade secrets resigns to join a competitor, it can pose a major threat to your business. However, as a High Court case showed, expert lawyers can move swiftly to enforce your rights and minimise the damage.</p> <p><img alt=”Medical equipment” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />The… Read more »

Court Orders Identification of Anonymous Twitter User in Defamation Case

<p>It is notorious that many so-called tweeters keep their identities secret and that trying to find out their names from Twitter is likely to be a fruitless exercise. However, as a High Court case showed, that is not an insurmountable obstacle to lawyers seeking to protect their clients&rsquo; reputations from anonymous attack.</p> <p><img alt=”Smartphone with… Read more »

IR35 Tax Dispute – Radio Presenter Falls Foul of Intermediaries Legislation

<p>The so-called intermediaries legislation &ndash; commonly known as IR35&nbsp;&ndash; has been the source of perennial controversy since it hit the statute book and a tribunal&rsquo;s ruling that a presenter&rsquo;s relationship with a radio station was one of employment for tax purposes is likely to add further fuel to the debate.</p> <p><img alt=”Audio mixer” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid;… Read more »

Waitress Sexually Harassed By Chef Wins Compensation

<p><img alt=”Restaurant” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; margin:2px 7px” />It is beholden on all employers, no matter how small, to take effective steps to deter sexual harassment in the workplace. In one case, the owner of a family restaurant paid a heavy price for a chef&rsquo;s misbehaviour in slapping or touching a waitress&rsquo;s backside.</p> <p>Following the… Read more »

Divorce is a Line in the Sand – But What If Your Financial Position Changes?

<p>Financial orders made in divorce cases are meant to draw a line in the sand so that people can get on with the rest of their lives. However, they inevitably involve some speculation as to what the future may hold and, as one big money case showed, things can change.</p> <p><img alt=”Wedding ring” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid;… Read more »

Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination – EAT Confronts Different Legal Tests

Different legal tests apply to unfair dismissal and discrimination claims and that can sometimes lead to surprising outcomes. That was certainly so in a case where an Employment Tribunal (ET) found that a supermarket till operator had suffered disability discrimination but that her dismissal was nevertheless fair. The woman worked for a supermarket chain for… Read more »