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Tweeting Lay Tribunal Member Recused From Hearing Controversial Appeal

There is nothing at all wrong with judicial office holders having strongly held social or political views. However, as one case showed, where they are expressed publicly, they may give rise to an appearance of bias in the eyes of a reasonable bystander ( ...

Requirement for Written Consent Waived in Unique Embryology Test Case

In a unique decision arising from a woman's tragic death when pregnant with twins, the High Court gave posthumous effect to her longstanding wish to have a child by granting her bereaved husband permission to make use of an embryo stored in a fertility...

Company Penalised for Filing Tax Returns 'Too Early' Wins Appeal

No one would be surprised to hear that late filing of a tax return is likely to result in a financial penalty – but what if a return is submitted too early? In addressing that novel issue, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) identified flaws in guidance...

Provisional Damages in Asbestos Claims - High Court Breaks Fresh Legal Ground

Those in the early stages of asbestos-related illness often receive an initial award of damages on the basis that they can seek further compensation in the event that their condition deteriorates. In a ruling which broke new legal ground , the High Court...

How to Limit the Damage of Commercial Data Leaks? Consult a Solicitor

In a commercial context, information is power and it can be a crushing disadvantage if confidential data finds its way into the wrong hands. However, as a High Court case showed , there are powerful steps that specialist lawyers can take to ensure that the...

Land Compulsorily Purchased? You Are Entitled to Just Compensation

If your land has been compulsorily purchased to make way for a public infrastructure project, you are entitled to full and fair compensation. Local authorities may be keen to pay as little as possible in such cases but, as an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling...

Flooding Nuisance - Frustrated Developer Wins Right to Compensation

Your neighbours owe you a duty of care and, if they cause a nuisance that results in you suffering financial loss, you are entitled to compensation in full. The point was made by the case of a landowner whose development hopes were stymied by flooding...

Highly Regarded Artist's Death Triggers Court Battle Over His Legacy

When people die, it is the duty of the administrators of their estates to gather in their assets and distribute them to those entitled to inherit them. As a case concerning the contents of a deceased artist's flat showed , however, that task is by no means...

Can a Sham Procedure Comply With the Acas Code?

Responsible employers who follow full and fair procedures in line with the Acas Code generally have a powerful defence to unfair dismissal claims – but what if a procedure is found to be a total sham? The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered...

Divorce - Financial Proceedings 'Fast Heading for Ritz Hotel Status'

Justice that can be accessed only by the super-rich is not justice at all. A High Court judge made that point in noting that financial remedy proceedings in divorce cases are fast heading for Ritz Hotel status – affordable only by the well-heeled...
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