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In a move that sends out a clear message to other companies that the customer data they hold is not theirs to do with as they wish, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently fined a Leeds-based online pharmacy company £130,000 under the ...
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The much publicised case in which the Court of Protection ruled that clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) could lawfully be withdrawn from a patient with multiple sclerosis who was in a 'minimally conscious state' has been hailed as a...
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When a child is taken away from one parent by the other against a ruling of the Family Court, the consequences can be severe for anyone who withholds information as to the child's whereabouts, as a recent case illustrates . Following the break-up of his...
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In Greenfield v The Care Bureau Limited , the Employment Tribunal (ET) requested a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the following points: In circumstances where an employee increases the hours they work,...
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Words are the very stuff of law. Whilst in most instances the legal meaning of a word is the same as its meaning in everyday use (and the courts generally use the everyday meaning of a word when a variety of interpretations are possible), this is not always...
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When a company ceases to exist and is struck off the register of companies at Companies House, any assets it owns become the property of the Crown. The Crown has the ability to disclaim the property if it chooses. Recently, the High Court had to consider ...
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In a bid to preserve the attractiveness of arbitration in the wake of the faster and less expensive procedures for dealing with disputes by litigation announced recently, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has announced a 'fast-track' arbitration...
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Arguments over property ownership are very common, despite being easily avoidable provided the correct legal paperwork is put in place. A recent case dealt with the ownership of a property after an unmarried couple broke up. At no point had they created...
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In an unfair dismissal claim, the task of the Employment Tribunal (ET) is to find why and how the employer took the decision to dismiss and to review whether or not it was reasonable to take the decision for those reasons and in that way. The ET is not...
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For a property to qualify for private residence relief from Capital Gains Tax (CGT), it must in fact have been the taxpayer's residence. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are well known for contesting claims that the private residence exemption applies to a...