201711.24

Company Targeted in Online Smear Campaign Wins £10,000 Damages

Companies’ reputations matter to them and, when they are publicly smeared, the law is far from powerless to protect them. In one case, a company that was on the receiving end of an online campaign of vilification won £10,000 in libel damages. The company provided hydraulic hose replacement services and operated a nationwide network of…

201711.23

Property Owners – Don’t Lose Your Title Deeds!

Title deeds to property often lie mouldering and forgotten for many years, but the consequences of losing them can be severe. In a case that stands as a warning to the untidy, misplaced documents left a businessman facing an alleged squatter’s challenge to his ownership of a house. The squatter claimed that he had occupied…

201711.23

Travel Ban Imposed to Protect Child at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a crime, both in England and abroad, and judges are firm in their attempts to stamp out the practice. In one case, a family judge banned a Muslim convert mother from leaving the country with her one-year-old daughter for fear that the child would be subjected to FGM. The British-born…

201711.22

Supreme Court Approves Minimum Alcohol Pricing in Scotland

With the budget due today, the decision of the Supreme Court to approve the Scottish decision to introduce ‘minimum pricing’ may off the Chancellor the opportuity to introduce a similar scheme in England and Wales. The sale of cheap alcohol has long been recognised as a serious threat to health and, in a landmark decision,…

201711.22

Compensating Victims of Official Mistreatment Marks a Civilised Society

It is the mark of a civilised society that those mistreated by officialdom are entitled to compensation – however undeserving some might believe them to be. In one case exactly on point, a violent criminal from Somalia was awarded almost £80,000 in damages from the Home Office after he was unlawfully detained. The 39-year-old man,…

201711.20

Flat Tenants Win £15,600 Damages over Leaky Pipes

Almost every flat lease requires tenants to avoid activities that might cause damage, or annoyance or nuisance to fellow residents. One such clause became the focus of a case in which a couple who endured a series of water and sewage leaks into their basement flat won substantial damages from their upstairs neighbours. The leakage…

201711.20

Price Fixing in Cheap Hotel Rooms Is a Myth – Oh No, It Isn’t!

The image of businessmen carrying black briefcases meeting up in cheap hotel rooms in order to carve up markets and fix prices is something of a cliché. However, that is exactly what happened in one case in which the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) used covert surveillance to unmask a pernicious cartel. The case concerned…

201711.17

College Awarded £265,000 Over Vending Machine Blaze

Fires can cause enormous damage in just a few minutes, but uncovering where responsibility for them lies is a laborious task that can take years. In one case, the High Court pointed the finger of blame at an electrical fault in a drinks vending machine almost eight years after a blaze gutted a college building….

201711.17

Disbarred Barrister Deceived Family Courts in Bogus Divorce Scandal

Even the courts can fall victim to fraud and certainly did so in one case in which a disbarred barrister deceived family judges on a wholesale basis into believing that they had jurisdiction to entertain divorce petitions lodged by foreign nationals. The case concerned 20 divorce petitions and one to dissolve a civil partnership. Some…

201711.14

Dental Practice Buyer Wins Six-Figure Damages from Deceitful Sellers

Just like property buyers, those who purchase businesses are entitled to have their questions honestly answered by the vendors before a price is agreed. In one case where that sadly did not happen, a woman who bought an ill-fated dental practice won the right to damages from the sellers. Before she purchased the practice for…

201711.14

Domesticity Is Relevant to Openness of the Green Belt – High Court Ruling

One of the cherished features of the Green Belt is its openness and that concept is not confined simply to visual amenity. The High Court made that point in scotching plans to convert industrial sheds into two substantial new homes. The plans would not have involved any extension of the single-storey sheds. The local authority,…