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Definitive Plan Decides Boundary Dispute

Boundary disputes are commonplace and, unless skilfully mediated, can often spiral out of control, ending up in legal action the cost of which far exceeds the value of the land under dispute. One of the more important principles in such disputes is often a...

Trips and Slips Lead to Settlements

A number of cases involving slips and trips have recently led to compensation settlements for injured persons. In one case, a customer in a supermarket who slipped on a puddle which had not been mopped up suffered a head injury when she collided with the...

Changes to the Calculation of Personal Injury Compensation Payments

When a claimant is awarded a lump sum compensation payment, the actual amount they receive is adjusted to take into account the interest they can expect to earn by investing it. The law makes it clear that claimants must be treated as risk-averse investors,...

Landlord Repairs Must Be Reasonable, Not Most Economical

A long leasehold tenant has had mixed fortunes in opposing a charge for more than £55,000 after her council landlord undertook a major programme of repairs to the block in which she lives. Under the terms of her lease, the council was required to keep...

Assisting AIM Listed Client, NetDimensions, With Takeover

CWJ has recently advised NetDimensions, an AIM listed learning management software company with offices in Asia, the US, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, on its takeover by Learning Technologies Group PLC (LTG) which was completed earlier this month....

Peter Giblin Retires From CWJ After 43 Years

Peter Giblin, Senior Partner at Clarkson Wright & Jakes retires on the 30th April 2017 after some 43 years at the firm. Peter started his career with CWJ in 1974, qualifying as a solicitor specialising in property law four years later. In 1979 Peter...

Court of Appeal Rejects Pimlico Plumbers' Appeal in Employment Status Case

There have been a number of recent cases looking at the precise nature of the employment status of those working for employers who like their operatives to appear to clients as their representatives but who operate a model of self-employment. In Aslam and...

Court Enforces Pre-Nuptial Agreement

When the marriage of a wealthy couple broke up, the English court had the opportunity to consider the impact of two pre-nuptial agreements the couple had made before they wed. The couple, both Swedes, married in 2000 and had had two children by the time...

NHS Pays £262,000 to Family of Patient Who Took His Own Life

The NHS is under a duty to take all reasonable steps to prevent mentally ill people under its care from harming themselves. In one case that illustrated this point, the widow and two sons of a patient who took his own life days after being discharged from...

Knife-Edge Timing Solves £2.4 Million Construction Contract Dispute

In a striking piece of knife-edge timing, a property developer has convinced the High Court that it was reassigned rights under a construction contract just before a multi-million-pound dispute was placed before an adjudicator. The decision means that the...
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