Solicitors that can assist in the ground rent scandal Have you purchased a leasehold interest in a new build property which has a ground rent that doubles every 5 or 10 years? We can assist and advice you. A known developer and other household names have been identified as selling new build properties which contain…

Welcome to our first newsletter! In this edition we will be giving you an update from HMRC on the current mileage rates and auto enrollment rates, a list of all our upcoming events from the year, information on how you can protect your business from £10 a month and an interesting blog from Michael Stewart…

Polly Hill, Associate in our Commercial Dispute Resolution department provides a brief overview of this decision. On 1 November 2017 the Court of Appeal dismissed The London Taxi Company’s appeal where they claimed exclusive rights to the black cab shape to prevent production of the original shape by a rival firm on the basis that…

A defendant’s breach of contract or negligence can deprive a claimant of the opportunity to obtain a benefit and/or avoid a loss. In some cases loss of chance claims can be speculative and therefore uncertain as the Court has difficult job of considering how a third party would have acted in such circumstances. Polly Hill an Associate in our…

Cavity Wall Insulation (CWI) has proved to be an ongoing scandal affecting literally millions of people in the UK. An estimated 4 million homes had work done which was below standard and the extraction of inappropriate or badly injected insulation has in many cases resulted in further problems created by the very people who were…

Last week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) handed down its judgment in the employer’s appeal against the Employment Tribunal judgment in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd. Disappointingly, the appeal decision is noteworthy more for its review of the rules relating to binding judicial precedence (i.e. the extent to which a court…

There is a growing unease in some quarters about the influence which large multinational Insurance companies appear to have on the present UK Government. Many greet the spin that Insurers will pass on savings made by inadequately compensating whiplash victims with a cynical nod of the head. The public especially, the most vulnerable and needy,…

In the early hours of Monday morning four people believed to be celebrating a 16th birthday party were killed when a sports car collided with their unlicensed quad bike. Two women, aged 16 and 18, and 20-year old male were pronounced dead at the scene, a man also 20, died later due to head injuries…

A mother who falsely accused a Primark security guard of assault pleads guilty, admitting intent to pervert the course of justice after wrongly stating that her daughter was snatched from her whilst breastfeeding. Caroline Starmer had posted a status to her Facebook that the security guard at the Primark store in Huberstone Gate, Leicester, had…

Missing trader fraud (also called missing trader intra-community, MTIC, or carousel fraud) is the theft of Value Added Tax (VAT) from a government by organised crime gangs who exploit the way VAT is treated within multi-jurisdictional trading where the movement of goods between jurisdictions is VAT-free. This allows the fraudster (person who commits fraud) to…

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