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19 Jun 2020

The human right to peaceful enjoyment of private property must sometimes give way to the national need for major infrastructure projects. The High Court made that point in rejecting a concerned...

17 Jun 2020

Contract adjudicators’ awards, even if disputed, must generally be satisfied straight away. That principle – often referred to as ‘pay now, argue later’ – was applied...

16 Jun 2020

Personality clashes in the workplace are sadly common but, if senior managers fail to keep their cool, the financial consequences can be severe. In a case on point, an eminent forensic scientist...

15 Jun 2020

Parents who assure their children of a future inheritance may find themselves legally bound to keep their word – but such promises may only be conditional. A judge made that point in a case...

12 Jun 2020

Thanks to telephone conferencing and video link technology, delivery of civil justice has continued almost unabated during the COVID-19 pandemic – but are remote hearings fair? A judge...

11 Jun 2020

Transparency in official decision-making is the litmus test of a free democracy. The point was powerfully made by the case of a town clerk who became the first person to be successfully prosecuted...

11 Jun 2020

Despite the drive towards achieving economic equality between the sexes, it remains common for women to give up their promising careers to support their husbands and devote themselves to child...

11 Jun 2020

Managing or controlling an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a crime punishable by an unlimited fine. In a case which should make every residential landlord sit up and take notice,...

10 Jun 2020

Delaying payment of your quarterly VAT bills is no way to relieve pressure on your cash flow and usually results in heavy financial penalties. However, as a First-tier Tribunal (FTT) ruling showed...

10 Jun 2020

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very serious matter and employers should think long and hard before making such an allegation. In a case where that signally failed to happen, a wrongly...

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