201710.03

Little Boy Beaten by Mother’s Boyfriend Wins Seven-Figure Compensation

Local authorities owe legal duties to protect children from harm and, when they fail to do so, it is only right that compensation is payable. In one case, a boy who suffered devastating injuries at the hands of his mother’s violent boyfriend won seven-figure damages to pay for the lifetime of care that he will…

201710.03

Mud-Slinging Divorcee Pays Heavily For Not Seeking Legal Advice

Divorce is always stressful, but family lawyers are trained to stop marriages ending amidst tit-for-tat mud-slinging. In one case that underlined the advantages of level-headed legal advice, a husband who dispensed with it ended up with less than half of the marital assets and a heavy legal costs bill for his trouble. The former couple,…

201710.03

Housing Shortages – Public Policy Demands Derelict Land Be Put to Use

Amidst acute housing shortages, public policy demands that use be made of derelict land. In one case that illustrated the point, a tribunal modified a restrictive covenant to enable residential development of a former sports club. The club had been closed for almost 20 years. Its pavilion had been demolished and its grounds were overgrown…

201710.02

Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Treatment – Who Decides?

Should decisions to withdraw life-sustaining treatment be made by a patient’s loved ones, in consultation with doctors, or by judges? The High Court tackled that burning issue in the case of a Huntington’s disease sufferer who had for years been in a minimally conscious state. The inherited condition, which leads to the inexorable death of…

201709.28

Clothing Company Wins Right to Trade Mark Internet Blogger’s Pseudonym

Online bloggers can build up phenomenal followings that can be monetised through advertising and endorsements. In a guideline decision, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has considered the extent to which their names, or very often the pseudonyms under which they operate, can be protected by trade marks. The case concerned a young blogger who, going…

201709.27

Warm and Gentle Mother Loses Her Two Children to Adoption

Those ignorant of the realities of family justice are wont to assume that, if a child is taken into care, there must be some fault on the part of the parents. That point of view was given the lie by one case in which a warm and gentle mother was in no way to blame…

201709.27

GDPR – ICO Consults on Written Contracts

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the EU Data Protection Directive, is a comprehensive data protection regime aimed at achieving a high level of security of network and information systems across the EU and giving individuals greater control over their own personal data. The GDPR will apply to all EU member states from…

Important Property Transaction? Have It Witnessed By A Lawyer!
201709.27

Important Property Transaction? Have It Witnessed By A Lawyer!

For most people, their homes are their single biggest asset and that is one reason why it is always wise to have an independent solicitor present to witness signatures on property transactions. In one case in which that did not happen, a middle aged man’s sudden death triggered a bitter property dispute between his son…

201709.26

This Is Why You Should Appoint a Solicitor as Executor of Your Will!

If ever there was a case that proved the wisdom of appointing a solicitor as executor of your will, it must be that of a war hero whose thoroughly dishonest son made no attempt to ensure that his wishes were honoured following his death. The decorated Second World War veteran had left the majority of…

Amateur Historical Research Is No Replacement for Legal Advice
201709.22

Amateur Historical Research Is No Replacement for Legal Advice

Many amateur historians enjoy pawing over old title deeds but, when it comes to discerning rights in respect of land, there is no replacement for professional advice. In one case, a homeowner carried out extensive research but was barking up the wrong tree when he claimed a right of way over his neighbour’s land. The…