Information to produce your top gear is worth protecting

The recent court case between the BBC and the publishers of an autobiography, whose subject claims to be the infamous “Stig” from the popular Top Gear programme, is a high...


Compensation Payouts Rise In NHS Maternity Cases

It was recently reported that the amount of compensation paid out in NHS maternity negligence claims has risen by tens of millions of pounds since 2006. Rise In NHS Maternity...


Online Purchase Returns & Reimbursement Of Delivery Charges

A European Court of Justice ruling has confirmed that sellers must reimburse initial delivery charges to consumers who, under the Distance Selling Directive, exercise their right to return goods they...


Male Domestic Violence

When domestic violence occurs it is usually by a man towards a woman. However, the Daily Mail has recently reported that there is a significant increase in domestic violence by women...


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...