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Company loses first attempt to recover £200k ‘paid by mistake’

November 30th 2023
 

A company has failed in its first attempt to recover £200,000 that it claims was paid to a contractor by mistake. Selina Gonzalez Solicitor in our dispute resolution team reports on this recent case. The case involved Bonvilston Vale Ltd v Amser Building Ltd. Bonvilston had hired Amser for a development project. On several occasions, Bonvilston indicated that it would not pay some of the invoices, but later made the requested payment. In…

Court declines to return child to mother in cross border dispute

November 27th 2023
 

The Family Court has refused to return a five-year old girl to her mother in Germany, even though it accepted that she had been habitually resident there before her father took her to England. Shannon Bateson, Solicitor in our family law team reports on this recent case. The case involved a Polish couple who had met and started a relationship while living in England. Their daughter was born in England in 2018.…

Proposed ban on no-fault eviction of tenants postponed indefinitely

November 22nd 2023
 

The government has announced that it is postponing its proposed ban on no-fault ‘Section 21’ evictions. Laura Murphy, Paralegal in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. Ministers say the indefinite delay is needed until the court system has been reformed and updated. The ban would have been one of the central proposals in the Renters Reform Bill, which was part of the Conservative 2019 election manifesto. However, Housing Secretary…

New measures to tackle parents who refuse to pay child maintenance

November 15th 2023
 

The Government is planning new measures to deal with parents who refuse to pay child maintenance. Amy Fallows Senior Associate Solicitor & Head of our Family Law team reports. Those who fail to meet their obligations will face accelerated sanctions following the introduction of powers to speed up enforcement action and other reforms to make the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) fairer. A consultation is now taking place on the use of liability orders…

New measures to help small businesses tackle late payments

November 8th 2023
 

The Government has announced a new set of measures to help small businesses tackle the issue of late payments. Carly Davies, our Debt Control Manager provides an update. The measures will be included in the upcoming Prompt Payment & Cash Flow Review and are designed to improve delivery and enforcement of policies, enabling more small businesses to get paid on time. Late payment of invoices and long payment terms are key issues…

Contract limits supplier’s liability in multi-million-pound dispute

November 1st 2023
 

A clause imposed a single liability cap for all claims arising out of a multi-million-pound contract; it did not include multiple caps with a separate limit applying to each claim.  Rob Winder Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive in our Dispute Resolution team reports on this recent case. That was the decision of the Technology & Construction Court in a dispute involving Drax Energy Solutions Ltd v Wipro Ltd. Wipro provided…

Legal firm widens career pathways into profession for talented recruits

October 26th 2023
 

A LEADING legal firm is recruiting local talent by offering a wider range of career pathways into the industry. Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has welcomed four new members of staff by providing different routes into employment, underlining the legal firm’s commitment to developing and supporting individuals’ legal knowledge and expertise. Joseph Halvorsen, 22, will continue his studies in law while working at Cartmells as an apprentice solicitor, while Sam Fawcett, 23,…

Inheritance TV show highlights real life issues over making a Will

October 25th 2023
 

The Channel 5 TV series, Inheritance, has been gripping audiences with its dramatic story of a family at loggerheads over a Will. Selina Gonzalez Solicitor in our dispute resolution team reports on the case featured in the show. The show features two sisters and a brother who expected to inherit their father’s estate, only to find that he had changed his will without telling them and left everything to his new wife.  They…

Employer failed to make reasonable adjustments for disabled worker

October 23rd 2023
 

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that an employer discriminated against a disabled worker by failing to make reasonable adjustments for him. Jennifer Cafferky Solicitor in our employment team, reports on this recent case. The case involved Mr R Poniatowski who worked as a quality control technologist for Wealmoor Limited between 2017 and 2020. In May 2019, he was signed off because of back pain and depression.  He was absent for nine…

New law gives workers more control over working patterns

October 12th 2023
 

A new law is set to give millions of workers more control over their working hours and employment patterns. Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides an update. The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill, which received the Royal Assent in September, is designed to help people on atypical contracts – including those on zero hours contracts. It introduces a right for workers to request a more predictable…

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