Triumph Over Maternity As Man Wins Sex Discrimination Claim

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that a law firm discriminated against a male lawyer on the ground of his sex when, in a redundancy selection...


To Sever Or Not To Sever?

Under English law, property is jointly owned in one of two ways, as: Joint tenants; or Alternatively as Tenants in Common. If the property is owned as joint tenants, then...


Contentious Probate – the Golden Rule is Irrelevant Where Capacity is not an Issue

A High Court judge has provided further comments on the so-called ‘golden rule’ and clarified that in his view there is no obligation on a solicitor to obtain a medical...


European Court of Justice Decision On Salary Sacrifice Schemes

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has sounded the death knell for salary sacrifice schemes by agreeing with HMRC that the provision of a retail voucher by a company to its...


When one adviser may not be enough

When one adviser may not be enough – the new compromise agreement quandary! It is common practice for employers to ask employees who might make a claim against them to...


Employment Tribunal Costs: Nicolson Highlandwear Ltd v Nicolson

There was some encouraging news for employers this month with the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handing down its decision in the case of Nicolson Highlandwear Ltd v Nicolson UKEATS/0058/09/BI. Nicolson...


Something Smells Familiar!

The recent case of L’Oréal v Bellure highlights the rapidly changing law regarding trademark protection. In this case, the defendant sold cheap perfumes which had a similar smell to luxury...


To Sign Or Not To Sign?

When you are provided with a document to sign, do you sign it without reading it or fully understanding what the document says? The risks of doing so are substantial...


How to Survive in the Lair

With another successful series of ‘Dragons Den’ (Series 9 BBC 2) now complete, I do think about what there is left to be invented, mainly so I can retire early… ...


Stand and Deliver

The use of guarantees in everyday business life is common place. The type of guarantees vary, such as directors or shareholders guaranteeing the debts of a company (a personal guarantee)...


Consumer rights when booking a package holiday

At this time of the year when the cold weather and dark evenings are becoming tiresome, a lot of us are considering where we can go for some reliable sunshine....


It’s Time to Face the Trade Marks (What an X Factor Dispute can Teach Business)

The producers of X Factor revealed at the start of this month that Simco Ltd was withdrawing its application to register a trade mark for the name of girl group Rhythmix....