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Employee Copyright Agreement Achieved Legitimate Aim

Many employers require their staff to sign copyright agreements by which they give up their intellectual property rights to designs or other works created in the course of their employment. In an important decision concerning a luxury leather goods...

Commercial Surrogacies Abroad Are Not Illegal - Court of Appeal Ruling

Although commercial surrogacy businesses have long been banned in the UK, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a ground-breaking case that a clinical negligence victim will not be breaking the law if she enters into such an arrangement in California, where a...

What should you expect from your family solicitor?

A few years ago, when I started a role as a family solicitor, I walked into my new office to find some kind person had supplied me with what they believed to be the basic essentials – a phone, a computer, a filing cabinet and a box of tissues. Going...

Probate Charges to be Increased for Larger Estates

Proposals to link the cost of being granted probate over an estate valued at more than £5,000 (currently fixed at £215 for those applying individually or £155 if applying through a solicitor) to the value of the estate were announced in...

Beauty College Carbon Monoxide Victims Win Over £100,000 Damages

Those who suffer injury as a result of their employer's negligence or failure to comply with health and safety rules are entitled to compensation. In one striking case, nine hair and beauty college workers who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to a...

All Change for VAT on Vouchers

If your business issues vouchers, you should be aware that the VAT regime will change significantly on 1 January 2019. From that time, the VAT treatment of a voucher will depend on whether it is a 'single purpose' voucher or a 'multi-purpose' voucher. A...

Leasehold Reform Consultation Ends

The leasehold system in the UK has been crying out for reform for years, and the Government has decided to tackle the issues through the medium of a new consultation paper called 'Fixing our broken housing market'. The chief target for the Government has...

International Litigation Poses Challenges That Make Legal Advice Essential

Modern litigation spans the globe and issues concerning cross-border service of documents and jurisdiction often raise difficulties that make specialist legal advice essential. That was certainly so in a High Court privacy case with a strong international...

Mental Patient Injured in Leap from Hospital Roof Wins Millions from NHS

When disturbed patients are committed to mental hospitals, the hospital staff are under a duty to protect them from themselves. A failure to do so meant that a man who was gravely injured when he leapt from a hospital roof in a suicide attempt obtained a...

Late Appeal is Void Appeal for Property Owner

When the owner of a property that had been designated as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) by his local council in 2001 chose to challenge that ruling some 15 years later, the council refused to review the decision. The property owner claimed to have had...
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