High Court Castigates Mortgage Brokers for Taking Secret Commission

Secret commissions – otherwise known as bribes – leave the taint of illegality on any transaction of which they form part and can have consequences far into the future. The High Court powerfully made that point in castigating mortgage brokers who violated the duty of loyalty they owed to a farmer client. After taking advice… Read more »

Family Judge’s Overheard Comments on Zoom Gave Appearance of Bias

Remote hearings via Zoom, Skype and other communications software have made it possible for the family justice system to continue functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as a Court of Appeal case showed, such hearings carry the ever-present risk of private comments being overheard. The subject matter of the case could not have been more… Read more »

Ad Hoc Payment of Employment Bonuses Can Be a Recipe for Dispute

Employment bonuses are often paid on an open-handed ad hoc basis without regard to formality. As an employment case strikingly showed, however, such arrangements tend to create high expectations which cannot easily be met during downturns in business. The case concerned a senior employee of a company that provided VAT-related services to corporate clients. His… Read more »

Holidaymaker Who Tripped Over Sun Lounger Wins Substantial Damages

Holidaymakers who suffer accidents abroad can face an uphill struggle to obtain just compensation, but specialist English lawyers are happily well equipped to rise to the challenge. In one case, a woman who was injuried when she tripped over a sun lounger at a hotel in Mauritius was awarded substantial damages. The woman was making… Read more »

Confidential Data Leaked to a Competitor? Consult a Lawyer Today!

Technical data and know-how are the crown jewels of many businesses but there is an ever present risk of them being leaked to competitors by disloyal employees. As a High Court case showed, however, victims of such deceit are, with the right legal advice, very far from powerless in bringing perpetrators to book. The case… Read more »