Legal News

  An employee’s award of compensation for unfair dismissal normally consists of two elements – basic award and compensatory award. The basic award is not related to the loss suffered but is calculated according to a standard formula based...
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) provides useful advice and guidance on various stages of the redundancy process. Hitherto overlooked, however, has been the role of those who have the job of delivering news of impending redundancies...
  The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has handed down its rulings in four domestic cases in which Christian employees claimed to have suffered discrimination at work on account of their religious beliefs (Eweida and Others v United Kingdom). The...
In 2008, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust awarded Medirest a contract to supply catering services for seven years. Payment for the catering services was by way of monthly payments, which could be reduced in the event of service failures as defined under...
Energy drinks company Red Bull GmbH has triumphed in a High Court trade mark dispute after taking exception to the strap line ‘NO BULL IN THIS CAN’ being used on cans of a rival brew. The company had been accused in court of adopting a...
A postman who was dismissed by Royal Mail Group Ltd. after running up bills for almost £2,500 on the company’s taxi account has failed in an unfair dismissal claim (McCafferty v Royal Mail Group Ltd.). Thomas McCafferty was dismissed for gross...
When a leather testing company negligently made incorrect representations that a chemical used to prevent mould forming on leather furniture was safe, it became liable to the retailers who then sold the furniture for the damages they had to pay to customers...
Fixed-term contracts are often used by academic establishments where research funding is available for a set period only or when hiring staff to cover for employees on maternity or sickness leave. In the case of University of Stirling v University and...
When a man was worried that his creditors would not approve his proposals for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), he took innovative steps to ensure that when the meeting of creditors was held a majority of them voted for it. An IVA is a plan...
Marrying or forming a civil partnership in order to save tax may not be romantic, but a recent case showed the benefits of so doing when a man married his lifetime partner shortly before he died, thereby allowing his estate, on which no Inheritance Tax (IHT)...