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Liquidators Succeed in Pursuit of Retail Chain's 'Disappeared' Assets

July 6, 2020

Any civilised system of civil justice affords those who are accused of wrongdoing a fair opportunity to defend themselves in court. However, as a ...

Facing a Legal Claim? Sitting On Your Hands is Simply Not an Option

May 6, 2020

If you are on the receiving end of a legal claim, sitting on your hands is simply not an option and you should seek advice straight away. In a case ...

Communications Company Fined £7 Million for Overcharging Error

April 16, 2020

Utility providers are subject to tight regulation in order to ensure free competition and fair dealing with the public, and if they break the rules ...

Sale of Defective Refrigeration Unit Triggers Guideline High Court Ruling

April 2, 2020

If you have bought goods that turn out to be unfit for purpose, the general rule is that you are entitled not only to your money back but also to ...

Golf Clubs Maker Heavily Fined for Anti-Competitive Internet Sales Ban

March 13, 2020

The ever-increasing dominance of the internet as a sales medium was the focus of a landmark Court of Appeal case in which a bespoke golf club ...

The Truth Will Out! Judge Rules £12 Million Loan Contracts Worthless

January 31, 2020

Judges are sadly familiar with attempts to hoodwink them, but the great advantage of the litigation process is that, in the vast majority of cases, ...

Two Innocent Victims of the Same Fraud - Where Does the Loss Fall?

December 27, 2019

It is a sad fact that sophisticated fraudsters can intercept emails or other digital traffic in order to divert payments away from their intended ...

Two Innocent Victims of the Same Fraud - Where Does the Loss Fall?

December 27, 2019

It is a sad fact that sophisticated fraudsters can intercept emails or other digital traffic in order to divert payments away from their intended ...

High Court Umpires Fierce Row Over Pharmaceuticals Company's Future

November 29, 2019

Shareholder disagreements as to the direction a company should take are generally fought out behind closed doors. However, as a High Court case ...

Can Wild Animals Ever Be Owned By Anyone? Novel High Court Ruling

November 13, 2019

It may seem obvious that no one can own a wild animal. However, in a novel case of interest to property professionals – and anglers – the ...

A Contract Is What it Says

October 28, 2019

When you enter into a contract, you are agreeing to be bound by what it says, not by what you think it means. Only rarely, such as when the meaning ...

Company Pays Crushing Price for Failing to File its Accounts On Time

October 14, 2019

The consequences of a company being struck off the Companies House register – even temporarily for nothing more than an administrative failure ...

Company Pays Crushing Price for Failing to File its Accounts On Time

October 14, 2019

The consequences of a company being struck off the Companies House register – even temporarily for nothing more than an administrative failure ...

Reached an Important Agreement? Get a Lawyer to Record It in Writing

September 30, 2019

Agreements are frequently reached behind closed boardroom doors, but a failure to engage a professional to record them, contemporaneously and in ...

Hotel Under Duty to Protect Guests Against Third-Party Criminal Acts

September 12, 2019

Can businesses owe a duty to protect customers on their premises from the criminal acts of others? In a test case concerning a horrific attack on ...

Hotel Under Duty to Protect Guests Against Third-Party Criminal Acts

September 12, 2019

Can businesses owe a duty to protect customers on their premises from the criminal acts of others? In a test case concerning a horrific attack on ...

Lack of Due Diligence Gives Company Buyer Four Days in Court

August 29, 2019

When the sale of a company is taking place, it is usual for warranties to be given regarding how the company being sold has conducted its affairs ...

Lack of Due Diligence Gives Company Buyer Four Days in Court

August 29, 2019

When the sale of a company is taking place, it is usual for warranties to be given regarding how the company being sold has conducted its affairs ...

Owner of Fire-Damaged Factory Triumphs in High Court Insurance Dispute

August 1, 2019

Almost all businesses are insured against fire damage but, when the worst happens, insurers are understandably anxious to make sure they do not pay ...

Owner of Fire-Damaged Factory Triumphs in High Court Insurance Dispute

August 1, 2019

Almost all businesses are insured against fire damage but, when the worst happens, insurers are understandably anxious to make sure they do not pay ...

New Company Disclosure Requirements On the Way

July 11, 2019

The trend towards full disclosure and openness continues unabated in business, and new regulations are being mooted which will increase the amount of ...

New Company Disclosure Requirements On the Way

July 11, 2019

The trend towards full disclosure and openness continues unabated in business, and new regulations are being mooted which will increase the amount of ...

Pension Trustees Owe No Duty of Care to Employer

July 2, 2019

Many directors of companies are also trustees of the company pension scheme. Sometimes, their duties as a director and as a scheme trustee can be ...

Sale of Insolvent Company to Creditor Not Improper

June 12, 2019

Insolvencies are seldom happy periods for any of those involved and great care must be taken by those who deal with the insolvency proceedings to ...

Data Protection Fees

June 3, 2019

On 25 May 2018, the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force, incorporating the EU General Data Protection Regulation, ushering in a new era of ...

Data Protection Fees

June 3, 2019

On 25 May 2018, the Data Protection Act 2018 came into force, incorporating the EU General Data Protection Regulation, ushering in a new era of ...

Debtors' Rights - High Court Takes to Task Bailiffs Who Overstepped the Mark

May 14, 2019

Judgments for debt would hardly be worth having if there were no bailiffs to enforce them. However, as a High Court ruling made clear, they have to ...

Debtors' Rights - High Court Takes to Task Bailiffs Who Overstepped the Mark

May 14, 2019

Judgments for debt would hardly be worth having if there were no bailiffs to enforce them. However, as a High Court ruling made clear, they have to ...

Exchanging Secret Information? Always Get a Non-Disclosure Agreement!

April 28, 2019

Businesses that deal or hope to deal with one another often have to put security concerns to one side and share their confidential information. As a ...

Company or Unincorporated Firm? The Distinction Can Be Vitally Important!

April 11, 2019

A limited company has a legal personality all of its own, but an unincorporated firm does not. As a High Court ruling in respect of a domestic ...

Company or Unincorporated Firm? The Distinction Can Be Vitally Important!

April 11, 2019

A limited company has a legal personality all of its own, but an unincorporated firm does not. As a High Court ruling in respect of a domestic ...

Doing an Important Business Deal? Make Sure You Get it in Writing!

April 1, 2019

The existence of oral agreements is easily asserted but very hard to prove, and that is one good reason why important deals should be in writing and ...

Licence Revocation Threat Averted by Prompt Action

March 15, 2019

Government regulatory decisions can have an instant and catastrophic impact on businesses, but prompt legal action can ensure that such damage is not ...

Just Because a Debt is Small...

February 26, 2019

Many people think that the costs and difficulty of litigation mean that it is not worth pursuing relatively small debts. However, a High Court case ...

Gold Visas Scheme Relaunch With Vetting Proposed

February 12, 2019

The Government has taken steps to halt the 'Tier 1 Investor' visa scheme after it became clear that it was being used to launder the proceeds of ...

Financial Ombudsman Service Remit to be Extended to Cover More Small Businesses

January 24, 2019

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) exists to deal with complaints between financial service businesses (such as banks, insurance brokers, and loan ...

Financial Ombudsman Service Remit to be Extended to Cover More Small Businesses

January 24, 2019

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) exists to deal with complaints between financial service businesses (such as banks, insurance brokers, and loan ...

Director Who Flouted Ban Given Jail Sentence

January 7, 2019

Ignoring a court ruling is a foolish strategy at any time – as a man who continued to act as a director after having been banned from doing so ...

Director Who Flouted Ban Given Jail Sentence

January 7, 2019

Ignoring a court ruling is a foolish strategy at any time – as a man who continued to act as a director after having been banned from doing so ...

Modern Slavery Compliance Regime to be Tightened Up?

December 19, 2018

There are estimated to be more than 40 million people who are victims of 'modern slavery' at any given time. A quarter of them are children, and the ...

Modern Slavery Compliance Regime to be Tightened Up?

December 19, 2018

There are estimated to be more than 40 million people who are victims of 'modern slavery' at any given time. A quarter of them are children, and the ...

Sovereign Wealth Fund's $ 3 Billion Worldwide Freezing Order Overturned

December 7, 2018

Worldwide freezing orders are an essential means by which dissipation of wrongfully obtained money and assets can be effectively prevented. However, ...

Sovereign Wealth Fund's $ 3 Billion Worldwide Freezing Order Overturned

December 7, 2018

Worldwide freezing orders are an essential means by which dissipation of wrongfully obtained money and assets can be effectively prevented. However, ...

Pension Trustees Take Note

November 26, 2018

Pension transfer scams are commonplace and cause a great deal of hardship for the dupe who puts their trust in the scammer and thereby loses all or ...

Pension Trustees Take Note

November 26, 2018

Pension transfer scams are commonplace and cause a great deal of hardship for the dupe who puts their trust in the scammer and thereby loses all or ...

Resolving Disputes in the Boardroom

November 8, 2018

Boardroom conflict can often mean directors falling into opposing camps, with deadlock the result. As a High Court decision shows, taking legal ...

Failure to Comply With Order Means Loss of Right to Present Oral Evidence

October 17, 2018

When attempting to negotiate any dispute it is important to assemble fully your arguments, so that you can state your case with the greatest vigour, ...

Supreme Court Rules in 'Gay Cake' Case

October 9, 2018

In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that a bakery in Northern Ireland's refusal to make a cake bearing a slogan in support of ...

If You Agree to Abide by Rules...

October 7, 2018

Football Association (FA) rules require that, where disputes arise between players' agents and clubs, they must be resolved by arbitration rather ...

If You Agree to Abide by Rules...

October 7, 2018

Football Association (FA) rules require that, where disputes arise between players' agents and clubs, they must be resolved by arbitration rather ...

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