Commercial Client News

Words, Not Intention, Determine Meaning of ContractApril 22, 2018

When disputes arise over the meaning of a contract, it is usual for the court to look first at what the wording of the contract...

Director Who Helped Herself Faces MusicApril 16, 2018

It is hardly surprising that directors of companies that face insolvency often wish to recoup their investments before the balloon goes up. However, as one...

Seeking to Waive Dividends?April 10, 2018

For a person who has no need of the income from a family company, a dividend waiver, which allows other shareholders to receive dividends but...

Perceived Disability DiscriminationApril 8, 2018

Under the Equality Act 2010, direct discrimination occurs when the reason for a person being treated less favourably than another is one of the protected...

Incorrect Procedure Stymies LandlordApril 2, 2018

It is unusual when a case raises two different but significant points. A recent case dealt with issues raised when a landlord sought to obtain possession...

Video Surveillance at WorkMarch 27, 2018

Two recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have looked at a worker's right to privacy under Article 8 of the European...

Auto-Enrolment – Increase in Minimum Required Contribution LevelsMarch 16, 2018

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK has a duty to enrol certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. Employers...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – A ReminderMarch 15, 2018

Whilst the BBC has recently headlined the news on the topic of differences in pay between male and female employees, it is important to remember...

In Principle Planning PermissionMarch 12, 2018

One of the bugbears of UK planning law has always been that a lot of work has to be done before a planning application can...

Serving Companies with Legal Documents – High Court GuidanceMarch 9, 2018

Although companies are independent entities in law, they can only act through natural persons and serving a company with a legal document can therefore be...