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15 May 2018

Is it discriminatory that only women can qualify for maternity leave and that men often have to manage on reduced pay if they take time off to care for newborn children? The Employment Appeal...

15 May 2018

Orders made by family judges in order to protect children must be obeyed and it is not for parents to take the law into their own hands. The point was powerfully made by one case in which the...

11 May 2018

Employers that take legal advice to ensure that their disciplinary procedures are fair and rigorous are far less exposed to the threat of employment proceedings. In a Court of Appeal case on point...

10 May 2018

The elderly and infirm sometimes require assistance in the physical act of signing a will. However, as one High Court case made clear, holding someone’s hand is one thing but guiding their...

09 May 2018

Some companies are so large and strategically important that their insolvency can have grave national implications. However, as one case concerning a subsidiary of Carillion plc showed, the law is...

09 May 2018

Family judges watch over citizens’ rights from the cradle to the grave, but perhaps the saddest role they have to perform is to decide when life is no longer worth living. A judge reached...

08 May 2018

Images of fat cat property developers persist in the public mind, but the reality is that profits are almost never generated without significant risks being taken. In a case exactly on point, a...

08 May 2018

Contact between journalists and public authorities is a source of increasing controversy and can give rise to tricky data protection and privacy issues. That was certainly so in one High Court...

03 May 2018

It is sadly common for divorcees, particularly in big money cases, to seek to avoid their responsibilities by concealing their assets behind a web of offshore companies. However, as one High Court...

02 May 2018

A great many commercial and residential leases grant rights to tenants that can only be exercised with their landlords’ consent, which cannot be unreasonably withheld – but what...

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