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17 Oct 2017

The law views the birth of a healthy child as a blessing, not a financial burden. In one case in which that principle was applied, a man who became a father to a baby girl after his ex-girlfriend...

16 Oct 2017

Energy suppliers are required by law to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and ensure that their customers’ homes are energy efficient. The extent of those duties came under the spotlight in a...

13 Oct 2017

Uploading information to the Internet takes seconds and mistakes are easily made, but the consequences of publishing private data online can be severe. In one case, a local planning authority was...

12 Oct 2017

Signing a home-made will, without legal advice, is a false economy and creates a real risk that your wishes will not be honoured after your death. One striking example concerned an eastern...

12 Oct 2017

The wording of contracts is the first port of call for judges who are asked to interpret them – but context matters too. The Court of Appeal made that point in resolving a long-running...

12 Oct 2017

Disputes between adults as to who should care for a child are sadly often marked by intractable hostility – for family judges, however, the overriding focus is always on the child’s...

11 Oct 2017

Appointment as a company director is usually a cause for celebration, but it is vital to understand that corporate officers owe a swathe of legal duties, not least to the tax authorities. In one...

11 Oct 2017

Restrictions on the use of land are to be found in title deeds dating back many years – but their antiquity does not necessarily mean they are any less effective. In one High Court case...

09 Oct 2017

Incompetent doctors can leave untold misery in their wake and that was certainly so in the case of one breast surgeon who let down hundreds of his patients. Legal redress is thankfully available,...

06 Oct 2017

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is entitled to go his own way and disagree with the recommendations of his own planning inspectors – but only if that does not...

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