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Accelerated Possession – You Blinked?

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Re-possession of residential property has just got a whole lot faster with our new, fixed fee Accelerated Possession service.

Thats it.

You blinked?

You missed it.

Would You Sell Your Vote For £750?

 

poll2A question for you:

“Would you sell your right to vote for £750?’

No? I thought not.

Nor would I.

Nor, I suspect would the thousands of British voters who, on Thursday night, had the doors to the Polling Stations slammed in their faces up and down the country, after using best efforts, for most of the day, to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

Their extreme outrage and noble indignation was piteous to behold.

It seems fairly clear that these unfortunate Britons, disenfanchised by administrative incompetence, in more than 14 constituencies and in 8 major cities including, London, Sheffield and Birmingham, do have a legal right to claim compensation.

Volcano Problems and Employment Law

Iceland VolcanoVolcano alert!

All hands to the pump!

etc, etc ……but can travel businesses suddenly ask their staff to work around the clock to cope with the huge upsurge in business?

As the ash clouds from the Icelandic volcano slowly disperse, the rail, road and sea ferry industries have been working at full steam (pun intended) to take advantage of the extra business. This means that employees are suddenly being asked to work greatly extended hours with inevitable legal implications under current employment law.

Blawg Review #243

Welcome to the Blawg Review #243 from a sunny, snow-covered London.

Fighting Back: A Festive Meditation for Lawyers

The Physical Unverse tends towards chaos and dissolution …the Moral Universe towards injustice and despair ….the Legal Universe, for surely such a dimension does exist, towards obfuscation, misdirection and delay.

But there is a contrary principle.

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…the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehends it not.

So let us declare this contrary principle that it may burn ever brighter and more unquenchable in the minds and hearts of all who practise the Law. 

Musings on a Mediation

Picture the Scene

Our defendant clients had been involved in long-running proceedings involving complex copyright issues.  There were 10 parties involved in the proceedings some with cross claims against each other.

The legal issues were numerous and complex and the contentions that would have to be determined in court included: Who was the true copyright owner? Had there been joint authorship? Had there been copying? If so, what was the precise extent of the copying? Was similar ‘look and feel’ enough to establish copying? To what extent did the judgment in Navitaire Inc –v- Easyjet (No3) 1725 (Ch) (2005) ECC30 impact on the issues? The question of the personal liability of directors for any infringements by their companies would also have to be adjudicated as well as some very opaque issues of fact.

Fired? You Must be Furious!

compromise-agreements-feeligsAs of Monday, injured feelings will cost UK employers a lot more!

Employees who are unfairly dismissed, particularly in discrimination cases, often get an ‘injury to feelings’ award.

The case establishing the principle was the well-known 2005 case of Vento -v- Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

There has been considerable debate since 2005 as to whether an ‘injury to feeling’ award should be index-linked to allow for inflation. Employment Lawyers have assumed they should be and their views have been confirmed in the Employment Appeal Tribunal case of Da’Bell -v- NSPCC which has just been decided in past 2 days.

Contesting A Will Becomes Fashionable

Full marks! Dangerous, Invincible and Bad…but at least the King of Pop made a Will  …though it hasn’t stopped mother Katherine Jackson, allegedly egged on by father Joe (totally ignored in the Will ), from mounting a legal challenge and contesting a will that leaves everything to The Michael Jackson Family Trust.

Contesting a Will

She is seeking to wrest control of the USD500 million estate from the executors appointed by the Will, notwithstanding a ‘no contest’ clause in the Will that disinherits any beneficiary who challenges its validity or its terms.

It will no doubt be a thriller and there will be blood on the dance floor at the end of it all.  Ho, Ho.