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Fathers Should Pay Towards Their Children's Upbringing - But How Much?

It is obviously right that fathers should pick up a fair share of the tab for raising their offspring, but exactly how deep into their pockets should they be made to dig? The High Court tackled that issue in considering whether a wealthy father should be...

Are You the Target of a Libellous Online Review? Consult a Lawyer Today

Negative online reviews can be disastrous for professional people whose livelihoods depend on their good reputations. As a High Court case showed , however, where such reviews stray into libel the law will not hold back in coming to their aid. The case...

Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common? The Difference Can Be All Important

Couples generally either own their homes as joint tenants or as tenants in common. The distinction between the two may not be widely understood but, as a High Court ruling in an inheritance case showed , it can matter very much indeed. The case concerned a...

Telephonist's Mistake Almost Costs Bookmaker Over £250,000

In the bookmaking industry, bets are often placed during telephone calls that last just a few moments and that gives rise to an inevitable risk of human error. In rejecting a punter's claim that he was contractually entitled to six-figure winnings on a...

Entrepreneurs' Relief and the Definition of 'Trade' - Guideline Ruling

At what point can it be said that an embryonic business has begun to trade? A tax tribunal pondered that fundamental issue in a case concerning a claim for entrepreneurs' relief on the sale of a nascent business asset. An investor sold his minority stake...

High Court Analyses Post-Nuptial Agreement in Guideline Divorce Ruling

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements that do not fairly meet the reasonable needs of one divorcing party or the other are unlikely to be worth the paper they are written on. The High Court made that point in refusing to hold a wife to the disadvantageous terms ...

Motor Racing Circuit Development Passes High Court Noise Test

Commercial operations frequently encounter noise complaints from neighbours and that can create a powerful barrier to development. However, in one case, the fierce objections of local residents did not deter the High Court from upholding planning permission...

Failure to Make a Will Triggers Family War Reminiscent of Greek Tragedy

Failing to make a professionally drafted will positively invites disputes between your loved ones that can take on the proportions of an ancient Greek tragedy. As a High Court case showed, such discord can even extend to the disposal of your body. The case...

Clandestine Rendezvous Leads to Unfair Constructive Dismissal Finding

Openness and transparency are key to promoting a healthy working environment. An Employment Tribunal (ET) made that point in taking a very dim view of a clandestine rendezvous between a salesman and his line manager in a shopping centre car park ( ...

Lending Money? It Pays to Invest in a Professionally Drafted Agreement

When lending money to friends, acquaintances or anyone else, the terms on which sums are advanced may be entirely clear to you in your own mind. However, as a High Court ruling showed , the absence of a professionally drafted loan agreement is a positive...
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