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Company directors should know that as well as their duties to shareholders, they also have a duty under both common and statute law to protect the interests of creditors. When this duty is not adhered to, the consequences can be severe, as a recent case ...
The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 makes the unauthorised subletting of a council property a criminal offence. The prosecution can be brought by the council concerned. Where subletting or parting with possession of the whole of the property...
Under Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA), when a worker is required or invited to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing, they have a statutory right to be accompanied where this has been reasonably requested and the person chosen...
A woman whose hand was cut by a broken latte glass has won £6,000 in damages. The woman, who had recently retired, was visiting a high street coffee chain with her husband when the accident happened. As she brought the milky coffee up to her mouth to...
When an estate is being administered, the administrator must meet any specific bequests in the will before distributing the remainder (the ‘residue’ in legal parlance) of the estate. However, it is by no means uncommon for the specific bequests...
A widely reported case has potential implications for those entrusted with the care or safety of others who delegate that responsibility – for example by the use of subcontractors. The tragic case concerned a boy who suffered brain injuries whilst...
In a decision that may come as a surprise to employers, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for over-stressed workers can extend to paying for private psychiatric treatment....
An estate worker at Heriot-Watt University who was struck in the face by the wing mirror of a bus has been awarded damages of £9,000 for the facial injuries he sustained. Calum McEwan, 38, was on the pavement and had just turned his head to check the...
When land has been used by someone who has no legal entitlement to use it for 20 years without interruption, an ‘easement’ can arise under the Prescription Act 1832 . In principle, an easement gives the legal right to continue the use...
In a bitter example of how an innocent party can be left to carry the financial can following a corporate failure, the owner of a hotel who paid £110,000 for diesel powered generating equipment has received judicial sympathy but ended up with neither...