Do I have grounds for Divorce?

December 18th 2018

By Sally Irving Trainee Solicitor Under the law of England and Wales, there is only one ground for divorce: the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. Most think that this alone is enough to make them eligible for a divorce – it’s not. Evidence needs to be provided to the Court to show that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and this is done by proving one of five facts: Adultery…

Property owner liable to pay council tax after tenant fled

December 14th 2018

By Laura Bright Solicitor The High Court has ruled that the owner of a property was liable for council tax after the tenant renting it fled suddenly. At the end of 2016, there was a fire at the premises and it was discovered that it had been used for producing large quantities of cannabis. The tenant disappeared, having not paid rent. The property was subsequently sold to a new owner…

Woman ‘side-lined’ during maternity leave wins discrimination claim

December 11th 2018

Joanne Stronach, Head of Employment Law & HR considers the Employment Tribunal case of Ms J Rajput v Commerzbank AG (2018). A compliance officer with an international bank who was “side-lined” after having a baby has won her claims of maternity and sex discrimination. Jagruti Rajput joined Commerzbank AG in London as a senior compliance advisor in 2012.  By 2015 she was being considered as a possible candidate for head of…

Investors compensated as if failed project had not happened

December 7th 2018

Mark Aspin Director and Head of Dispute Resolution The High Court has ruled that investors who had been persuaded to place money in a joint venture as a result of deceit should be compensated as if the failed project had not happened. The investment had been undertaken by Kea Investments Ltd, which placed £129m in a joint venture vehicle. The court ruled that as Kea had been induced to make the…

Court rules that assisted suicide clauses in LPAs are ineffective

December 3rd 2018

Sian Rae Solicitor People setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to protect their interest in case they lose mental capacity in the future have scope to outline their wishes. However, an instruction that their attorney – the person they appoint to look after interests – should help them in an assisted suicide would be ineffective as it would be encouraging an unlawful act. That was the decision of the…

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