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Bus Accident Victim Guaranteed Substantial Compensation

The negotiating skills of lawyers who represent accident victims can be just as important as their knowledge of the law. In one case on point, skilful representation on behalf of a woman who was gravely injured when she fell off a bus succeeded in...

Software Company Fails to Lock Out Customer

One aspect of intellectual property (IP) rights that is often not given much thought, but which can be extremely important indeed, is what happens when a licence to use comes to an end. Much computer technology is supplied by licence (it is quite rare for...

Winding up an unregistered company

Any unpaid creditor can take insolvency action against a limited company that refuses to pay an undisputed debt by issuing a winding up petition.  Although limited companies are the most common recipients of a winding up petition, this form of action...

Can the sale of a Bankrupt's home be postponed - and for how long?

In a recent appeal brought by the trustees in bankruptcy in Grant and another v Baker and another [2016] EWHC 1782 (Ch), [2016] All ER (D) 108 (Jul) the court allowed the trustee’s application to appeal against an order that the sale of the...

Does a Trustee in Bankruptcy owe a duty to a Bankrupt

In a fairly recent decision laid down in Oraki v Bramston [2017] EWCA Civ 403, [2017] All ER (D) 174 (May ) the Court of Appeal inferred that a trustee in bankruptcy might owe duties to a bankrupt on a common law basis, outside the misfeasance claim given...

Clarity on the new Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction

On 25 April 2018, Lord Chancellor David Gauke MP signed the new Insolvency Proceedings Practice Direction, (“IPD”). The IPD updates the previous one by making reference to the Insolvency Rules 2016, taking account of recently decided cases and...

Director Address Disclosures - Changes

Recent changes have made it easier for company directors to withhold disclosure of their private addresses in publicly filed documents. Prior to 2009, the usual residential address of all company directors was on file at Companies House in publicly...

Confidentiality - Don't Give In to Threats

If you are facing menacing demands for money, you should take legal advice straight away. In a recent case, the High Court came to the aid of a wealthy married businessman who claimed to have been subjected to blackmail following a brief affair with a work...

Workplace Whistleblowing Protection

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 – often referred to as the 'Whistleblowing' Act – gives workers legal protection when disclosing information relating to crimes, breaches of legal obligations, miscarriages of justice, dangers to health...

Trading With the Public? Do You Understand Your Legal Duties?

Anyone who deals with the public is potentially exposed to liability and that is why it is sensible for traders to seek legal advice specific to their business about the extent of their duties. In one case where that did not happen, a shopkeeper was found...
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