Asbestosis Victim Aged 81 Wins Right to Compensation

Retired Carpenter Asbestosis Victim Aged 81 Wins Right to Compensation

Asbestosis is a terrible disease that blights thousands of lives and is, perhaps, made all the worse by the fact that it can take decades to develop. In a High Court case on point, an 81-year-old retired carpenter won the right to compensation more than 40 years after he was exposed to asbestos dust at work. The pensioner said that …

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Court Relieves Family of Severe Tax Consequences of Drafting Error

Trusts – Court Relieves Family of Severe Tax Consequences of Drafting Error

Trusts are delicate and often complex legal instruments and any flaws in the wording of documents relating to them can have grave tax and other consequences. As a High Court case showed, however, inadvertent drafting errors can be corrected. The case concerned two trusts of which a widow and her son, her only child, were trustees and beneficiaries. They contained …

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DIY Householders Fall Foul of Strict VAT Rebate Rules

DIY Householders Fall Foul of Strict VAT Rebate Rules

The law encourages so-called DIY housebuilders by enabling them to reclaim VAT paid on materials used in the construction of their homes. As one couple found out to their cost, however, the rules of the scheme are strict and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tend to take a hard-line approach to enforcing them. The couple, aged in their 70s, obtained …

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Concerned About Squatters’ Rights

Concerned About Squatters’ Rights? It’s a Case of ‘Use It or Lose It’

The law relating to squatters’ rights is not straightforward and concerned landowners should always seek legal advice. As an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling showed, however, they can give themselves at least some protection by following a simple rule: use it or lose it. The case concerned a narrow strip of land that once formed part of a railway track that …

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Tourist Victim of Holiday Island Fall Guaranteed Substantial Compensation

Tourist Victim of Holiday Island Fall Guaranteed Substantial Compensation

Obtaining just compensation for holidaymakers injured abroad can be a demanding task in legal terms. However, a case concerning a serious accident at a hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife showed that specialist lawyers are well up to meeting the challenge. A recently married English tourist in her 50s was on the third day of her trip when disaster …

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Banks Under No Duty to Play Detective

Financial Fraud – Banks Under No Duty to Play Detective, High Court Rules

To what extent, if any, are banks under an investigatory duty to protect their clients from fraud? The High Court considered that critical issue in a case concerning a woman who lost £700,000 after falling victim to a sophisticated scam. The woman made international payments from her bank account after a fraudster convinced her that her money would be safe …

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Unconventional NHS Job Interview Infected by Discrimination

Unconventional NHS Job Interview Infected by Discrimination, ET Rules

Many employers understandably prefer an informal atmosphere when interviewing job candidates. However, as an Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling showed, there is always a risk that such an approach may leave room for bias or discrimination to creep unintentionally into the selection process. The case concerned a man of mature years who applied to an NHS trust for a post as …

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