Posts Categorized: General News

Court Upholds Restrictions on Holiday Homes

The old adage that ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ is only partially true and the impact of planning law on a property owner’s rights can be far-reaching – even extending to limiting the right of occupation. This is particularly an issue in areas of the country where there are many holiday homes, as there… Read more »

Employment Tribunal Fees – Supreme Court Upholds Unison’s Challenge

In July 2013, the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order introduced fees for bringing a claim to the Employment Tribunal (ET) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The stated aims of the Fees Order were to transfer part of the tribunals’ running costs from taxpayers to those using the service, to deter… Read more »

Depressed Supermarket Worker Wins Disability Discrimination Payout

Disability is a broad legal concept and encompasses not just physical incapacity but also mental ill health and all of its consequences. In one case, a supermarket worker whose short temper was a symptom of his depressive illness won more than £6,000 in compensation for disability discrimination (Wills v Marks & Spencer plc). Mr Wills… Read more »

Breach of Contract – Court Takes Commercial Approach

Making the right decisions in the immediate aftermath of a breach of contract is of critical importance and, at such knife-edge moments, legal advice is essential. That point could hardly have been more clearly made than by a High Court case concerning an abortive deal to ship 4,500 metric tonnes of biofuel. An oil trader… Read more »

School Caretaker Faces Eviction After ‘Tied Homes’ Test Case

Employees who need to live on site to carry out their duties are often provided with so-called ‘tied’ homes. In a guideline decision, the High Court considered the legal effect of such arrangements in a case concerning a former school caretaker. The man and his wife had lived in a bungalow in the grounds of… Read more »

Facing Financial Difficulties? Early Advice Essential

Financial problems are very common and often mark a low in people’s lives. However, as one High Court case showed, it is no good burying your head in the sand: taking professional advice at an early stage can bring peace of mind and save you money in the long run. The case concerned a businessman… Read more »

Skulduggery in Divorce Proceedings Will Do You No Good

Resorting to skulduggery in divorce proceedings is sadly common but almost never does either side any good. That was certainly so in one case in which a man surreptitiously took documents from his ex-wife’s home and sought – unsuccessfully – to rely on them in court.  During their five-year marriage, the couple had lived largely… Read more »

Office Worker’s Mild Visual Impairment ‘Not A Disability’

The definition of ‘disability’ has been the subject of much legal debate ever since the Equality Act 2010 came into force. However, an Employment Tribunal (ET) has shed some much-needed light on the issue in a case concerning a visually impaired office worker. The woman had worn spectacles since childhood and her eyesight had deteriorated… Read more »