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Your Home May Be Your Castle But Planning Rules Must Be Obeyed

The widespread belief that 'an Englishman's home is his castle' can all too easily lead the unwary into breaching planning rules. That was certainly so in a case concerning a householder who found herself in serious trouble after splitting her home into...

Fatal Accidents at Work

Before the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 , an organisation could only be convicted of manslaughter if a 'directing mind' – i.e. a senior manager or director – was also personally liable, but this did...

Landlord Succeeds in Challenge to HMO Licence Fee

An increasing number of local authorities run licensing regimes to ensure the quality of accommodation provided in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). An important High Court ruling has, however, established that licence fees levied on landlords must not...

Employer Found Vicariously Liable for Injury Sustained After Office Party

Employers can be found vicariously liable for the actions of their staff when these occur in the course of their employment, which can include during an office function, but a recent case looked at the position when an employee suffered a severe brain injury...

Employer Liable for Car Crash Injury on Way Home

A case heard by the Privy Council makes required reading for any employer who provides non-contractual benefits to their employees. In principle, the legal point was simple, although the legal issues raised were not. Could an employer who provided the...

Credibility of Witness Defeats Adverse Possession Claim

The law allows people who occupy land over a long period and use it as their own, without anyone else asserting ownership rights to it, to apply to have their title to it registered at the Land Registry. This is normally called 'squatter's rights' and...

Restrictive Covenants Are Not Necessarily Insurmountable

Property title deeds often contain restrictions on future use of the land and one of the most common is a requirement that only one house can be built on a single plot. It may be thought that such a restriction must be adhered to forever, but if the...

Woman Injured Loading Gazebo Into Van Wins Damages

Gazebos are used by all kinds of organisations when attending events up and down the country. It may not seem that an employer's duty to assess and minimise workplace risks would extend to tasks such as carrying and assembling gazebos, but a recent case...

Victims of Sexual Abuse Should Not Delay Before Seeking Advice

It is entirely understandable that victims of sexual abuse may seek to bury memories of their suffering. However, as a Court of Appeal decision illustrated, those who delay contacting specialist lawyers may ultimately jeopardise their chances of obtaining...

Injured Pedestrian Awarded £147,000 Compensation

A pedestrian with learning difficulties who suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car as he crossed a main road in Peckham has been awarded £147,000 in compensation. The car hit the man on his left side when he had nearly reached the...
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