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Boss told cancer patient she was ‘lucky to get a free boob job’

June 23rd 2021
 

A woman with breast cancer who was told by her boss that she was lucky to get a free boob job from the NHS, has won her claim of harassment. Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR reports on this recent case. Aggie Kownacka was a recruitment manager for Textbook Teachers from June 2017 until December 2018. In May 2018, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was required to undergo…

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Directors who dissolve their businesses unfairly face new sanctions

June 21st 2021
 

The government is introducing new legislation to target company directors who dissolve their businesses for their own gain and leave staff or taxpayers out of pocket. Sam Lyon Head of Corporate & Commercial provides an update. The Insolvency Service will be given powers to investigate directors of companies that have been dissolved, closing a legal loophole and acting as a strong deterrent against the misuse of the dissolution process. The…

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Children entitled to a share of father’s estate despite estrangement

June 16th 2021
 

Two teenage brothers have been granted a share of their father’s estate even though they were estranged from him and had been excluded from his will. Rebecca Armstrong Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The two boys, referred to only as J and H in court, who were aged 16 and 15 respectively at the date of their father’s death in 2018. Their parents had divorced in 2012. The…

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Court allows company to search employee’s personal computer

June 14th 2021
 

A company has been granted permission to search an employee’s personal computer and other devices as part of its investigation into the potential misuse of confidential information. Joanne Stronach Head of Employment & HR reports on this recent case. The case involvedDigital Realty Trust Inc and its senior director of acquisitions, Mr Coogan. The nature of his role meant that he had access to commercially sensitive and confidential information central…

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Protection for tenants continues with 4-month notice periods

June 10th 2021
 

The government is continuing its support for tenants to protect them from being evicted during the Covid-19 pandemic, even though lockdown restrictions have now been eased. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor provides an update. As part of a phased approach back to normality, notice periods – previously extended to 6 months as an emergency measure during the pandemic – are now set at four months, dated from 1 June. Subject to the…

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Legal firm welcomes trio of new recruits

June 10th 2021
 

THREE new members of staff have joined a leading law firm which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has recruited the trio as part of its continued expansion. Solicitor Ingrid Fraser, Private Client Legal Executive Jane Oakley, and Paralegal Sarah Hinett, join a team of almost 90 staff working at the firm. Ingrid, who specialises in wills, probate and inheritance, is based from Cartmell Shepherd’s Haltwhistle office; Jane…

Financial services directors disqualified for trading while insolvent

June 9th 2021
 

Two financial services directors have been disqualified for continuing to trade and take money from clients while their company was insolvent. Sam Lyon Head of Corporate & Commercial reports. Paul Rossi was a director of Independent Derivative Traders Ltd. The company traded as ‘Futex’ and provided access to a financial markets trading platform for sub-contracted independent traders. He was joined in the management of the company by his brother Mark and…

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Businesses urged to monitor cash flow as Covid restrictions ease

June 7th 2021
 

Businesses are being urged to monitor their cash flow as corporate insolvencies look set to rise despite the easing of lockdown restrictions. Carly Davies Debt Recovery Manager provides an update. The insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 says that government support such as the furlough scheme have masked the difficulties some companies are facing. There were 2,384 seasonally adjusted corporate insolvencies in the first quarter of this year, a reduction of…

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Company loses $3m because of conflicting contract terms

June 3rd 2021
 

A company has lost $3m dollars because it had agreed to contradictory contract terms when entering into a purchase agreement. Sam Lyon Head of Corporate & Commercial reports on this recent case. The case involved Septo Trading Inc, which contracted to import fuel oil supplied by Tintrade Ltd. The terms were recorded in an email confirmation (the Recap). A clause in the Recap stated that a quality certificate issued by…

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Court outlines the meaning of ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases

June 1st 2021
 

The High Court has provided some useful guidelines on what is required for a person’s statements to be legally classed as ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases. David Tew Associate Solicitor provides an update The court was asked to determine the proper distribution of the estate of a married couple. The wife died in January 2019 of cancer and the husband died of a heart attack shortly after in May 2019.…

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