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High Court Aids Company Facing $6.8 Million Ransomware Demand

Even the most sophisticated companies can fall victim to ransomware and online blackmail. However, as a High Court ruling showed, judges have a formidable arsenal of powers to tackle such abuse and are on duty day and night. The case concerned a company...

Increase in Rainfall Looms Large in High Court Neighbours' Dispute

In a head-turning decision, the High Court has acknowledged that increased rainfall arising from environmental changes was one cause of excess seepage of water from a landowner's field into a neighbouring domestic garden. The garden owner sought an...

Are Your Autumn Years Blighted by Asbestosis? Consult a Solicitor Today

Asbestosis is a curse that condemns many thousands of people to endure pain and loss of independence in old age. No amount of compensation can ever make up for their suffering but, as a High Court case showed, it can at least help them and their loved ones...

High Court Orders Summary Enforcement of £22 Million Adjudication Award

Judges take a robust approach to enforcing contract adjudicators' decisions and will only overturn them if they have been made in excess of jurisdiction or in serious breach of the rules of natural justice. The High Court made that point in a case...

'Ticking Time-Bomb' Aneurysm Victim Wins Right to Substantial Damages

Clinical negligence often begins with a failure in diagnosis and a lost opportunity for effective treatment. That was certainly so in the case of a woman who suffered a catastrophic stroke after radiologists at a private clinic failed to pick up on an...

Running a Business from Home? Are You Sure You're Allowed To?

With many more people running businesses from home in a post-COVID-19 world, the spotlight has inevitably fallen on commonplace restrictions on the use to which domestic premises can lawfully be put. In a case on point, a couple required a tribunal's...

Mother Sues Private Prison Operator Following Drugs Death in Custody

The prevalence of potentially lethal psychoactive drugs in the UK prison system is sadly well known. In the context of a mother's claim that the circumstances of her son's death in custody amounted to a violation of human rights, the High Court considered...

VAT on Hospital Car Parking and Distortion of Competition - Test Case Ruling

Should NHS trusts be permitted to provide VAT-free parking to patients, staff and visitors, or would that amount to an impermissible distortion of competition? With around £70 million in tax at stake, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has decisively answered...

Solicitor's Evidence Decisive in Resolving Bitter Family Inheritance Dispute

Taking legal advice when making your will is more than likely to reap dividends after you are gone. In one case, a solicitor's wholly reliable evidence proved decisive in resolving an extraordinarily bitter family inheritance dispute . By his final will, a...

Look Right, Left, Right...and Left Again - Court of Appeal Road Crash Ruling

Whenever you pull out of a minor road onto a major one, the driving teacher's classic instruction to look right, left and right again should come to mind. However, what is safe depends on all the circumstances and, in one case, the Court of Appeal has ruled...
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