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Company fails to stop former employees setting up rival business

September 14th 2023
 

A waste management company has failed to get a court injunction preventing former employees from allegedly copying its business model and setting up as a rival. Mark Aspin Director and Head of Dispute Resolution reports on this recent case. The case involved Waste Managed Ltd. It made allegations of unlawful means conspiracy, misuse of confidential information, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty against former employees who had set up a rival…

Divorcing wife unable to force sale of matrimonial home

September 4th 2023
 

A wife has been refused an interim order for the sale of the matrimonial home as part of her divorce proceedings. Shannon Bateson, Solicitor in our family law team reports on this recent case. The Family Court said it didn’t have the power to make such an order. The wife had applied under the Married Women’s Property Act 1882 for an interim order for the sale of, and vacant possession of, the home…

Director wins dispute over £2.3m loan to his company

August 17th 2023
 

A director has won a dispute with his company that he was entitled to immediate payment of a £2.3m loan. Selina Gonzalez Solicitor in our dispute resolution team reports on this recent case. The case involved Malik and Henley Homes Plc. Henley accepted that the money was owing to Malik on a company loan account but claimed that it was not repayable on demand, but by oral agreement between Malik and two other…

Tougher child maintenance sanctions for parents who fail to pay

August 11th 2023
 

New regulations are being introduced to impose tougher child maintenance sanctions sanctions on parents who fail to pay child maintenance. Joanne Grey Associate Solicitor in our family law team provides an update. The government says the Child Support (Enforcement) Act will see families paid faster as it gives the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) the power to use a liability order to reclaim unpaid child maintenance instead of applying to court and…

High Court dismisses claim alleging forgery of father’s Will

August 4th 2023
 

The High Court has settled a dispute between four siblings over the validity of their father’s Will. Stephanie Johnson, Senior Associate Solicitor, reports on this recent case. The court heard that the father had died on 11 September 2016. He had four children: the claimant and her three siblings (S1, S2 and S3). In a will found after his death, the father left his estate to his first wife, who…

Sexual harassment victim, aged 19, made to feel it was inevitable

August 2nd 2023
 

A 19-year-old sales assistant was made to feel it was inevitable that she would be subjected to sexual harassment from a work colleague. Jennifer Cafferky Solicitor in our employment team, reports on this recent case. The Employment Tribunal hearing the case was critical of the way management at the company dealt with the incidents. All names were anonymised so none of the participants were identified. The tribunal found that Ms D…

Cohabiting couples face long wait for legal protection, MPs warn

July 27th 2023
 

A cross-party group of MPs has warned that cohabiting couples may have to wait for several years before legal reforms are implemented to better protect their rights. Joanne Grey Associate Solicitor in our family law team provides an update. The MPs have urged the government to reconsider its timetable and speed things up. Unlike married couples, cohabitants have very few legal protections if their relationship breaks down. This can cause great hardship and…

WH Smith, M&S and Argos named for not paying staff minimum wage

July 25th 2023
 

High Street retail giants WH Smith, M&S and Argos are among more than 200 employers named by the government for failing to pay their lowest paid staff the minimum wage.  Joanne Stronach Director and Head of Employment & HR provides an update. The 202 employers were found to have failed to pay their workers almost £5 million in a clear breach of National Minimum Wage (NMW) law, leaving around 63,000 workers…

Surge in number of landlords issuing section 21 notices

July 14th 2023
 

There has been a surge in the number of renters seeking assistance with no-fault evictions, suggesting that landlords are rushing to move people out before new legislation comes into effect. Laura Murphy, Paralegal in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. According to Citizens Advice, nearly 2,000 individuals sought help with section 21 evictions in May, the highest number recorded in a single month and a 25% increase since May…

New child maintenance powers to protect domestic abuse victims

July 12th 2023
 

Parliament has approved a Bill to ensure victims of domestic abuse can receive financial support for their children without contact with their abuser. Shannon Bateson, Solicitor in our family law team provides an update. The new law will allow the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to intervene on behalf of parents where abuse is evident, using its powers to collect and make payments. This set-up, called Collect and Pay, is already used by…

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