Latest Legal News

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When trading losses (as calculated for tax purposes) are made, there are several ways these can be used, but in all cases, if no other relief is given, the losses are carried forward to be deducted from the first available trading profits of the same trade...
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A company which failed to take adequate steps to secure its website against hackers has been hit with a £150,000 financial penalty after a malicious fraudster managed to download personal data relating to its customers, including more than a million...
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Tenants are required to comply with the covenants in their leases and breaches of lease covenants can have serious implications, as a recent case shows. It involved a tenant (a car sales and repair business) that wished to end its lease, which ran for ten...
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A one-armed businessman, who went to war with his former friends over control of a successful talent agency for amputee stuntmen, has been criticised by a judge for his determination to ‘jealously and selfishly’ guard his own financial interests....
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A 'spiteful and wicked' husband, who branded his wife a psychopath in the midst of their £5.6 million divorce, has been hit hard in the pocket after a judge condemned him as a man who 'stops at nothing' to get what he wants . The man claimed that his...
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A decision of the High Court that a provisional liquidator could be appointed following a 'without notice' winding-up application by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should serve as a warning to companies whose VAT affairs are in arrears. The company in...
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When there is a risk of confusion on account of the registration of a trade mark name similar to yours, prompt action is advised. Recently, well-known double glazing firm Anglian Windows noted that an application had been made by an unrelated company, which...
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The risks associated with buying 'off plan' are illustrated by a recent case in which the owners of more than 100 flats in two blocks in Leeds found themselves facing a series of problems due to defective workmanship. Financial constraints meant that the...
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Normally, a refusal to mediate will incur the displeasure of the court and can be expensive if the court decides that the legal costs were higher than need be because of the refusal. However, when a case is sound, mediation is not always the right answer,...
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Big money divorce cases get into the news for a whole variety of reasons, but an allegation of sex discrimination is seldom one of them. However, this was one of the issues raised in a divorce case involving a high-flying wife who sacrificed her career to...
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A recent decision is good news for the proprietors of brands that suffer from the trepidations of counterfeit copies of their goods being sold over the Internet. The High Court ruled that the owner of a variety of luxury brands that suffered this problem...
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Benefits in Kind (BIKs) have always been an administrative nightmare for employers, with the amount of paperwork generated sometimes out of all proportion to the value of the benefit to the employee. Employers will therefore welcome the consultation on...
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The right to light has always been a complex and confusing area of law in the UK. In order to bring more certainty to the subject, the Law Commission undertook a consultation process in 2012/2013. As a result, the Commission has published a draft Right to...
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It is not uncommon for a couple's financial circumstances to change a great deal after they divorce, and in such circumstances it will often happen that the poorer ex-spouse will seek to reopen the earlier financial settlement in an attempt to gain a bigger...
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When a firm of accountants approached a client regarding investing in a management buyout (MBO) that needed finance, the end result was that the client lent the company set up to invest in the MBO company £15 million. Such loans are not advanced...
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Disagreements between family members are often bitter, and this can lead to time, effort and expense being incurred which is disproportionate to the importance of the dispute when it concerns a family business, as a recent case illustrates . Two brothers...
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A council's decision to grant planning consent for a superstore has been countermanded for a second time by the High Court on the ground that the potentially 'crippling' impact on the heart of a neighbouring market town had not been adequately considered. ...
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Millions can hang on the precise wording of a contract. Just how important this can be was illustrated in a recent case in which an agreement in respect of a major oil pipeline project brought bitter discord after grave flaws in its drafting led to a...
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Guidance from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the UK's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance highlights some of the aspects organisations must consider when adopting a 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) approach,...
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Readers who live apart from their spouses or civil partners, but who have not formally dissolved their relationships, are warned that following changes to inheritance law brought into effect in October 2014 by the Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014 ,...
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In a decision which will give some comfort to many hard-pressed businesses , a tax tribunal has ruled that a small company's unexpected cash-flow problems provided a 'reasonable excuse' for its late payment of its PAYE liabilities. The commercial...
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A recent claim for negligence against a firm of architects , which resulted in a five-day court hearing, has led to a couple rueing their decision to litigate a dispute. The couple wished to build a garage and workshop in the grounds of their property and...
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Just because a court ruling seems harsh does not mean that the judge making it was biased, as is illustrated by a decision by the Court of Appeal that a judge was wrong to disqualify himself from continuing to hear a highly contentious case after he was...
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A former couple engaged in an acrimonious copyright dispute in respect of trading software which lay at the heart of their phenomenally successful business have run up £19 million in legal bills. The husband, a mathematician and computer programmer,...
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When a firm of valuers placed a valuation of €135 million on a property in Germany in 2005, in connection with a complex refinancing package, and it subsequently turned out to be worth much less, a legal dispute was almost inevitable when the deal went...