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Judgment Secured in Fatal Workplace Accident Case

A protracted legal battle has led to judgment being obtained in the case of a man who was fatally injured while working on a building site. The man died when he was hit by pieces of metal scaffolding that fell from a crane after a strap holding them...

High Court Ruling in Will Forgery Case

An allegation that a will is a forgery can be hard to prove. However, such an allegation was successfully made out in a High Court case concerning an elderly man who died during the COVID-19 pandemic. The man had passed away in February 2021. A firm of...

HMRC's Appeal Against Closure Notice Orders Rejected

Under Section 28A(4) of the Taxes Management Act 1970 , taxpayers whose returns are under enquiry may apply for a direction requiring HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to issue a closure notice. It is for HMRC to show that there are reasonable grounds for...

Court Refuses to Order Girl's Return to Lithuania

When making decisions about where and with whom a child should live, the courts will prioritise the welfare of the child and will take the child's own views into consideration where appropriate. In a recent case, the High Court rejected a father's...

Injured HGV Driver Wins Seven-Year Compensation Battle

Cases involving life-changing injuries can be very complex and arriving at a fair settlement can take time. However, it may be possible to secure interim payments while the case is ongoing. Recently, a seven-year legal battle culminated in substantial...

Ruling That LPAs Not Valid Upheld

Lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) allow you to appoint someone else to make decisions in respect of your property and financial affairs, and/or your health and welfare, in the event that you lose the capacity to do so yourself. However, an LPA must comply...

RTM Company Bound by Terms of Existing Lease

The Right to Manage (RTM) is a method by which leasehold property owners can take over the management of the building they live in. However, an RTM company is bound by the terms of leases that existed before it was set up, as demonstrated by a recent case ...

Rugby Player's Opponent Liable for Injury Caused by Collision

A rugby player has succeeded in his claim before the High Court that an opponent who collided with him during a match was liable for the severe injury he sustained. The man was participating in an amateur Rugby Union match. As the second half began, an...

High Court Rules on Costs of Will Dispute

Those responsible for administering an estate are generally entitled to recover the costs properly incurred in doing so from the estate. Recently, the High Court ruled on whether costs concerning a dispute over a will and an application to remove the...

Court of Appeal Reduces Wife's Award in Big Money Divorce

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal in a big money divorce case clarified how the sharing principle should be applied and when assets are subject to it. The couple had married in 2005. The husband had had a successful career in financial services...

£21,000 for Woman Who Tripped on Debris Left by Crash

An elderly woman who tripped on debris from her garden wall after a motorist crashed into it has received compensation for the injuries she suffered. After the vehicle collided with the wall, the woman, who had heard the crash, went outside to see what had...

Settlement for Flight Attendant Injured in Turbulence

A flight attendant who broke her leg in seven places after the aircraft on which she was working flew through severe turbulence has secured compensation for her injuries. The pilot told the cabin crew to resume their seats moments before the aircraft...

High Court Grants Judgment for Victim of Bitcoin Fraud

Those who fall victim to anonymous fraudsters may think there is nothing that can be done once their money has disappeared, but the courts have powers at their disposal which may assist. In a recent case involving bitcoin fraud , the High Court granted a...

Tenants Can Purchase Freehold When Landlord Cannot Be Found

The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 gives qualifying leaseholders the right to join together to buy the freehold of their properties – a process known as collective enfranchisement. A recent case demonstrated that this right...

Man Seriously Injured in Fall from Crane Secures £2.2 Million

A steel worker has secured a substantial compensation settlement after injuries he suffered when he fell from a crane led to his leg being amputated. The man's boss had asked him to remove an access panel from the crane so that it could be repaired. To...

Court Refuses to Set Aside Divorce Order Applied for by Mistake

While the courts have a range of powers to set aside orders, they will only exercise them in limited circumstances. In a somewhat surprising case that has attracted much comment, the High Court declined to set aside a final order of divorce that had been...

Man Run Down in Belgium Can Pursue English Claim

A man who was injured crossing a road in Belgium has defeated an application by the motorist's insurer to have his claim in England stayed in favour of proceedings in Belgium. The man, who was 53 and worked as an aircraft maintenance engineer, was visiting...

Waiting Time for Grants of Probate Falls

Following concerns last year about delays in processing probate applications, recent figures from HM Courts and Tribunals Service show that waiting times for grants of probate are continuing to improve. The average time from submission of a probate...

Late Appeal Against Tax Penalties Rejected

It is incumbent on taxpayers to make sure they fully comply with their obligations to file returns and pay any tax due. The point was illustrated by a recent case in which a taxpayer whose return had not been received by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) failed...

Varying a Statutory Will - Requirement to Notify Beneficiaries

If a person lacks the capacity to make a will for themselves, it is possible to make a statutory will for them by applying to the Court of Protection. When seeking to vary such a will, however, the Court of Protection Rules 2017 require that beneficiaries...

Tenants Succeed in Rent Repayment Application

Tenants of poorly maintained properties are not powerless and have the ability to apply for rent repayment orders where issues with the property amount to offences committed by the landlord. The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) recently ordered the landlord of an...

Dishonesty Accusation Defeats Claim for Interim Payments

It may be possible to secure interim payments to help cover expenses such as care costs until a personal injury claim is settled. However, interim payments are only available in certain circumstances, such as where the defendant admits liability to pay...

Award That Requires Borrowing Made Into Court Order

Disagreements between separating couples all too often result in litigation that substantially reduces the assets available to them, as was illustrated by a case that recently reached the High Court. At issue was whether awards made by arbitrators in...

Inheritance Disputes - Costs Risks Can Be Reduced

Arguments about what someone promised before their death can lead to significant legal costs. However, if faced with a claim against the estate, there may be steps the beneficiaries or executors can take to reduce the risks, as a recent High Court case...

Share Rounding Error Does Not Prevent CGT Relief

There are often very specific rules that must be complied with in order to claim tax reliefs, but if a small mistake arises, the courts may be able to provide assistance. In a recent case, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) found that an investor was entitled to...

Injured Worker Secures Damages After Five-Year Battle

When liability for a workplace accident is disputed, personal injury lawyers will fight hard to ensure that a fair settlement is reached. In a case on point, a substantial settlement of a man's personal injury claim was agreed following a five-year battle. ...

Wife Entitled to Maintenance Until Sale of Family Home

When divorcing couples disagree on how assets should be divided, the courts will seek to arrive at a fair outcome for both parties. In deciding how the proceeds of sale of a former couple's home should be apportioned, the Family Court agreed with the wife...

Woman's Neglect Claim Against Council Can Proceed

Anyone who has suffered serious neglect in childhood may be able to claim compensation if professionals failed in their duty to protect them. In a recent case, a woman succeeded in persuading the High Court that her claim against a local authority had a real...

Removal of Guttering Leads to Costly Court Battle

Disagreements between neighbours over where the boundary between their properties lies can ultimately lead to litigation costs far exceeding the value of the land in question. In a widely reported case, the removal of guttering that allegedly overhung a...

Retired Businessman's Final Will Ruled Invalid

Having your will drawn up professionally by a qualified solicitor is always a sensible precaution, especially in later life. In a recent case, the High Court ruled that a retired businessman lacked testamentary capacity when he made a will less than three...

Dock Worker Wins Settlement After Fall from Height

A man has secured a damages settlement after he fell from height on his first day working at a dry dock. The man and other workers at the dry dock had been asked to sandpaper and paint river cruise boats before they returned to service. Although the workers...

Company Owner's Negligible Value Claim Unsuccessful

When an asset falls in value to the point that it is almost worthless, it may be possible to make a negligible value claim under Section 24 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 . The asset will then be treated as if it had been sold and immediately...

Substantial Damages for Woman Hit While Crossing Road

A woman who was hit by a speeding driver while crossing a road in a city centre has been awarded a seven-figure sum in damages. The vehicle was travelling at about 45 mph – 15 mph above the speed limit – when it struck her as she crossed at a...

Court Sanctions Leg Amputation for Man Lacking Mental Capacity

The courts are often called upon to sanction treatment for patients whose ability to make decisions for themselves is impaired. In a recent case on point , the Court of Protection had to decide whether it was in the best interests of a man with mental...

Boy Who Fell Off Quad Bike Entitled to Damages

People who are injured when riding in a vehicle driven by someone else may still be entitled to compensation even if they are partly at fault for their injuries. This was demonstrated in a recent High Court case involving a boy who was injured when he fell...

High Court Grants Parental Order Despite Previous Adoption

In law, adopted children are regarded as having been born to their adoptive parents. The Family Division of the High Court recently considered whether that fact precluded a parental order being granted under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008...

Flat Owner Not Liable for Pre-existing Structural Issues

When building owners carry out works on their property, are they liable for damage to adjoining properties that results from pre-existing structural issues? The Court of Appeal recently provided welcome clarification on that question . The owner of a...

Challenge to Will's Validity Rejected by High Court

The best way to ensure your assets will be distributed as you wish is to have your will professionally drafted by a qualified solicitor. In a recent case, a challenge to the validity of an elderly man's will was dismissed by the High Court. The man had...

Bakery Employee Loses Leg After Workplace Accident

A woman whose leg had to be amputated after an accident in the workplace is likely to receive substantial compensation for her injuries after her employer was successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The accident happened during a...

Defiance of Family Court Orders Will Always End Badly

Custodial sentences very rarely come into play in the family courts. Where there have been repeated breaches of court orders, however, judges may have little choice but to clamp down. This was illustrated in the High Court during committal proceedings that...

Pothole Damage to Vehicles at Five-Year High

Many road users will be only too aware of the increase in the number of potholes and uneven surfaces on the UK's roads. Figures released by the AA earlier this year indicate that two million incidents of damage to vehicles caused by potholes occurred in...

Compensation for Holiday Illness - What to Do

At this time of year, many families are booking their summer holidays and looking forward to a break in the sun. However, holidays can turn into disasters if you have a serious case of 'travellers' tummy'. The best approach is to take sensible precautions...

Claim for SDLT Relief on Annex Unsuccessful

When buying a property consisting of more than one residence, it may be possible to claim multiple dwellings relief (MDR) against Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). However, there are certain conditions that must be met for an MDR claim to succeed, as a recent case...

Divorce - Alleged Bigamy Raised in Financial Remedies Dispute

The issue of bigamy and its potential impact on a person's ability to seek financial remedies in a divorce came under the legal spotlight recently . A husband made an application to strike out his wife's financial remedies claim on the basis that she had...

Supreme Court Clarifies Impact of Whiplash Injuries Reforms

The Supreme Court has ruled that reforms to the way compensation for whiplash injuries is calculated do not limit the compensation payable for non-whiplash injuries suffered in the same accident. The Civil Liability Act 2018 and the Whiplash Injury...

FCA Warns Social Media Influencers Over Adverts

Influencers on social media, and anyone involved in advertising and promoting products, would be well advised to make sure they are aware of their legal responsibilities. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published guidance on financial promotions...

Court Explores Alleged 'Grave Risk' in Child Abduction Case

Cross-jurisdictional disputes surrounding child custody can be complex but, in cutting through the complexities, the courts will always focus on the welfare of the children involved, as was evidenced in a High Court case centred on a child abduction . A...

Expert Lawyers Prove Vital in Damages Order Dispute

Even when liability has been determined in personal injury claims, further disputes can remain in regard to the nature of compensation payments. In these instances, expert legal advice can prove invaluable. In a case on point, arguments arose as to how...

Tenant Succeeds in Reducing Service Charges

A case recently decided by the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) serves as a reminder to tenants to check the terms of their leases and to monitor the service charges they are asked to pay. The tenant of a ground-floor flat sought a determination of liability to...

Personal Injury Recompense - Could Military Veterans Be Missing Out?

The UK government is currently analysing feedback from a public consultation that could have an impact on access to personal injury compensation for military veterans and their families. 'Supporting Our Veterans: A Consultation' called on UK veterans and...
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