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Many thousands of drivers who have been subject to a parking charge of 100 times or more the normal hourly rate will be displeased to read that a plucky appeal against a massive 'charge' for overstaying in a free car park has failed. The motorist who...
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A surprising decision by the Court of Appeal to award a daughter who had been deliberately excluded from her mother's will a substantial settlement from her estate will be unwelcome news to anyone keen to disinherit a family member in similar...
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When the tenants of a commercial property held on a 125-year lease allowed their subtenant to use it in breach of planning permission, the owner of the freehold of the premises applied to the court for the head lease to be forfeited on the ground that the...
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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published the results of its survey on the first year of its Early Conciliation (EC) scheme. These show that: Acas handled more than 83,000 EC cases between April 2014 and March 2015; ...
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The rules relating to VAT present many pitfalls and specialist advice should always be taken if there is any doubt over the VAT treatment of any significant transaction or series of transactions. In one striking case, the High Court had to come to the aid...
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Failing to meet the timetable imposed on court proceedings is very unwise, as a property owner has found out to his considerable cost . He was involved in a long-running dispute with a builder over the value of work undertaken by a subcontractor with...
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A case in which the outcome of a $30 million dispute hung on the interpretation of a single word proves the point that the drafting of commercial contracts is not for the uninitiated and is better entrusted to legal professionals. An investment bank had...
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A kindly builder, who was rewarded with a £470,000 inheritance after befriending a pensioner and mending his leaking gutters for free, can keep the money after a judge dismissed a challenge to the deceased's will brought by his family. The pensioner...
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Whilst the Equality Act 2010 requires public sector organisations to consider gender equality within their workplace as part of the Equality Duty and to publish relevant gender equality data, there is currently no requirement for employers in the private...
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Fatal injuries at work are, thankfully, rare, which means that the annual figures are subject to chance variation. However, over the last 20 years there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal injury, although since 2008/2009 the trend is less clear. ...