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Personal Autonomy Prevails in Big Money Divorce Case

Personal autonomy is nowadays a crucial factor in divorce and judges are anxious to ensure that the end of a marriage is accompanied by the termination of dependency. In one big money case, the Court of Appeal ruled that an ex-wife was entitled to sufficient...

A Line on a Map Can Never Define a Boundary with Pinpoint Accuracy

A line on a map, however finely drawn, can never be narrow or precise enough to identify a boundary with absolute accuracy. As one case concerning a footpath showed, that inescapable fact lies at the heart of innumerable disputes. The footpath ran between...

Land Sale Overage Agreements - Guideline Court of Appeal Ruling

When land is sold, it is common to enter into overage agreements so that vendors can share in the profits of any future development. In one case, the Court of Appeal ruled that a developer breached such an agreement when it sold five housing units to a...

Employer Not Liable for Office Worker's Chair Prank

If a negligent worker causes injury in the course of his job, compensation is generally payable by his or her employer under the principle of vicarious liability. However, as one case concerning an office prank showed, that does not apply where the worker...

Would You Agree a £200 Million Contract Orally? Of Course Not!

If important agreements are not enshrined in professionally drafted contracts, it can be an uphill task to prove that an accord was ever actually reached. That was certainly so in one case concerning the £200 million refinancing of a hotel group. ...

High Court Bans Proposed Royal Mail Strike as a Breach of Contract

Trade unions have a statutory right to call their members out on strike so long as the correct procedures are followed. However, as one case concerning proposed industrial action by more than 100,000 Royal Mail workers showed, that right can be cut down by...

Planning Laws - Obey Them Or See Your Buildings Demolished!

Planning laws are there to be obeyed and local authorities, with judicial backing, are not afraid of enforcing them. In one case, the High Court opened the way for a family home that had been built without planning consent to be levelled to the ground. The...

Employment Tribunal Fee Refund Scheme Launched

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013 was unlawful (R on the application of UNISON v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51), the Ministry of Justice announced that the Government would cease...

Husband Entitled to Treat £5.1 Million Divorce Settlement as Final

Family judges respect reasonable financial settlements agreed between separating couples as a means of promoting finality in divorce proceedings. In one big money case, the Court of Appeal ruled that a man who reached a £5.1 million compromise with his...

Tempted to Make a Home-Made Will Without Legal Advice? Don't Do It!

Signing a home-made will, without legal advice, is a false economy and creates a real risk that your wishes will not be honoured after your death. One striking example concerned an eastern European man who was penniless when he settled in Britain – but...
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