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Contracts have to be reasonable to be enforceable, and that is one good reason why professional drafting is essential. In a case which clearly illustrates that point, the High Court has ruled that a clause which required notification of defects in building...
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When a tenant admitted in discussions with her landlord's lawyers that she had been in arrears with the lease payments on her restaurant, the admissions were used to justify a claim for forfeiture of the lease by her landlord. However, she claimed that the...
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Everyone knows that the corporate veil has the advantage of shielding directors from personal liability. However, far fewer people are aware of its downsides. In one case which illustrates this point , a businessman who dealt with a bank entirely through...
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It is generally considered that if HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) raise no enquiries in relation to a tax return in the year following its submission, that is the end of the matter. However, as a recent tax dispute shows, where HMRC make a 'discovery',...
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There is a common but incorrect belief that where a taxpayer incurs a trading loss, that can always be set against their other income to reduce the Income Tax they would otherwise pay. The ability to set off losses against profits is the norm and there are...
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Off-the-cuff and ill-considered remarks about work colleagues can have serious consequences for their careers. In one case which strikingly made the point that you should be careful what you say, a hospital consultant's brief telephone conversation became...
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Just because you haven't paid for professional advice doesn't mean that the person who gave it to you is relieved from liability if it was negligently given. A recent case should serve as a warning to anyone with professional skills who offers free advice...
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Intellectual property (IP) rights are fiercely protected by the courts, and the consequences of breaching them can be severe indeed. In one case, a company which profited from infringing a patent in respect of a novel type of calliper used in racing car disc...
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A recent case clearly illustrates the inherent dangers of appointing amateur executors to administer your estate rather than qualified professionals. The executors were dealing with the estate of a deceased man and as part of their duties they filed a tax...
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Adjudication and arbitration are methods often used in the construction industry in the hope that they will achieve speedier and less costly dispute resolution than the use of litigation. However, this is not always the case and adjudicators are used to...