Commercial Client News

Landlords – Children Count Too!July 9, 2018

When a landlord appealed against his prosecution for breaking a planning enforcement notice with regard to a house in multiple occupation (HMO) he owns, he...

Disability Discrimination – An Expectation to Work Long HoursJuly 1, 2018

In United First Partners Research v Carreras, an employee who had returned to work after he was injured in a cycling accident claimed that a...

Software Company Fails to Lock Out CustomerJune 19, 2018

One aspect of intellectual property (IP) rights that is often not given much thought, but which can be extremely important indeed, is what happens when...

Faulty Electrics Necessitate Lease InterpretationJune 11, 2018

Many commercial leases provide that the formal document represents the entirety of the agreement, superseding any prior agreements that may have been reached. An important...

Bullied Transgender Shop Assistant Wins CompensationMay 22, 2018

There can really be no excuse for a modern employer not to have in place comprehensive anti-discrimination policies that are fully understood by all workers....

HMRC Reliance on Guidance Not JustifiedMay 14, 2018

The various VAT 'flat-rate' schemes were originally set up with the ostensible purpose of simplifying the VAT process for those using them, while being essentially...

GDPR – ICO Launches Awareness Campaign for Micro-BusinessesMay 13, 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 and comes into force on 25 May 2018. The new law gives...

Tenants Succeed in Avoiding Insurance ChargesApril 30, 2018

When tenants discovered that their landlord had bought insurance over their flats, including the structure of the building, when they had already purchased insurance cover...

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...