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Sending Employees to the USA - Some Tax Pitfalls

With Brexit looming and the likelihood that firms will look more seriously at doing business in what appears to be a broadly favourable business environment under the Trump regime, it is worth pointing out that sending employees to the USA to work with...

Boy Injured at Birth Wins Compensation Battle

Obtaining compensation from the NHS if you are a victim of medical negligence may not always be easy, but one case involving a seriously disabled 14-year-old boy showed that specialist lawyers will fight to the end to achieve justice. The boy had been...

Carrying Out Building Works? Consult Your Neighbours First!

Disputes between neighbours can be agonising, both emotionally and financially, but taking advice at an early stage can swiftly draw the sting. In one case where matters were allowed to get out of hand, a pensioner was left at risk of losing his home after...

Re-Engagement of Unfairly Dismissed Workers - EAT Gives Guidance

An Employment Tribunal (ET) has the power to direct reinstatement of a worker who has been unfairly dismissed or their re-engagement in another appropriate role. However, as one case involving a veteran nurse illustrates, the practicability of such orders...

Injury Claim Success 40 Years After the Event

The law changes over the years, and a recent case dealt with a claim for injuries caused when a man was exposed to a substance during medical exploration of his back in 1973 when he was 15 years old. Product liability laws have changed since that time and...

Corner Shops Under Residential Development Pressure

Convenience stores are a common sight on urban street corners and provide a much valued service, but they are vulnerable given the ever increasing demand for more new homes. In one case, a shopkeeper failed in a High Court bid to overturn prior approval to...

Massive Increases in Probate Charges on Large Estates on the Way

Probate fees, which rose sharply only three years ago, are about to rise again. Under the present scheme an application for probate by an individual costs £215 and by a solicitor £155, but from May 2017 a new tariff is being introduced which...

New Powers Proposed to Make Family Financial Settlements Effective

The problem of making family financial settlements or court rulings in divorce 'stick' is well known. Following an extensive consultation process, the Law Commission has made proposals designed to improve the situation for those affected when payments are...

Supreme Court Overturns Daughter's Will Claim Award

A surprising Court of Appeal decision that a daughter was a 'dependant' of her estranged mother and thus entitled to benefit from her estate has now been overturned by the Supreme Court. Heather Ilott had been deliberately excluded from the will of her...

Golden Wedding Couple Win Compensation for 'Nightmare' Cruise

Eleven holidaymakers, including a couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, have secured a five-figure compensation settlement after their holidays aboard a cruise ship were ruined by illness. The claimants were all passengers on board the...

New Rules to Prevent Corporate E-Signatures

The law has tried to play 'catch up' with the increasing sophistication of cyber-crime since the advent of the Internet, and new EU regulations implemented in the UK as the Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Electronic Transactions Regulations...

Branded Goods Sold Without Authority Can Lead to Prosecution

It is well known that the sale of counterfeit goods is a criminal offence and prosecutions are by no means unusual. A recent case looked at the position in which goods protected by a registered trade mark are offered for sale with the brand owner's...

Supermarket Employee Secures Compensation Award

A supermarket employee who was injured as a result of faulty stock moving equipment has been awarded a settlement in compensation. The man worked for Tesco and was loading stock onto a lorry using a dolly – a low trolley with wheels used for moving...

Attorney Who Forged Will to Accelerate Inheritance Given Jail Term

When an elderly man died owning both a house and a half share in an attached property with his sister, whose financial affairs were already being administered by a cousin under a power of attorney, the scene was set for the cousin to seize ownership of the...

Brain Infection Victim Wins £40,000 From Negligent Dentist

With the benefit of professional legal advice, a mother who had to learn to walk again after a dental infection spread to her brain has won £40,000 in compensation from a dentist who treated her negligently. The woman had to undergo emergency surgery...

EAT Criticises Perfunctory Treatment of Sacked Property Manager

In a recent case ( Thomas v BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited ), a senior property management company employee who was made redundant in an insensitive and perfunctory manner after more than 40 years' service had his...

Where is a Taxpayer 'Ordinarily Resident'?

The answer to the vital question of whether a taxpayer is 'ordinarily resident' in the UK depends on many factors. In one such case, a billionaire businessman received an £84 million tax bill after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) refused to accept that...

Disabled Boy Compensated for Road Crash Before His Birth

Experienced lawyers can overcome all kinds of difficulties in order to secure compensation for someone who has suffered a personal injury. In one striking case, a teenager has received substantial damages in respect of a road accident that occurred before he...

Housing Association Tenant Pays Price for Unlawful Subletting

Social housing tenants are not normally permitted to sublet their properties. Where it is discovered that they have, an Unlawful Profits Order (UPO) can be made to recover any profit made by the tenant. This is normally based on the difference between the...

Doing a Deal? Professional Drafting Avoids Costly Ambiguity!

There is little point in agreeing to settle a legal dispute if the wording of the deal is so ambiguous that it simply creates further scope for disagreement. In one High Court case that illustrated the need for clear professional drafting , both sides in a...

Teenager Left in Care of Inadequate Mother Wins £80,000

Local authorities have to ensure that children living in their area are properly cared for, and it is only right that compensation should be paid if they fail to match up to their legal duties. In one High Court case, a teenager who endured an awful start to...

Driller Wins £38,000 After HAVS Diagnosis

A man who worked with drilling machinery for many years has secured compensation after he developed hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). From 1998 until 2004 he had worked in road construction, using a pneumatic drill for several hours at a time. He then...

Bankruptcy Can Be a Fresh Start - But Only For Those Who Cooperate!

Bankruptcy gives debtors the chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start – but such opportunities are only open to those who cooperate with creditors: the law is tireless in its pursuit of those who do not. That point was made by one High...

Company Articles Triumph in Share Valuation Dispute

People tend to think of the articles of association of companies – and often shareholders' agreements – as matters of detail not warranting close attention. However, a recent case shows the importance of having up-to-date knowledge of such...

Court Orders Must Be Obeyed - But Caring Pensioner Was Wrongly Jailed

Disobeying court orders is ultimately punishable by imprisonment – but only as a last resort. In the context of a family case, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman in her 70s, who honestly believed that she was doing her best for a vulnerable...