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What is an 'Annoyance'? High Court Defines the Correct Legal Test

Restrictive covenants that forbid property owners from causing annoyance, nuisance or disturbance to their neighbours commonly appear in title deeds – but how are they to be interpreted? In the context of a dispute between residents of a housing...

Harassment - The English Language Evolves and So Must the Workplace

The English language is constantly evolving and words that might once have been considered harmless are now regarded as racist, homophobic and sexist slurs. An Employment Tribunal (ET) powerfully made that point in condemning a manager's persistent...

Trade Union Targeted by Social Media Campaign Awarded £50,000 Damages

No matter how strongly you may feel, you should pause for thought before venting your spleen on social media. As a High Court ruling showed, expressions of regret after the mouse has been clicked may not be enough to save you from the crushing legal...

Double Taxation Treaties - Wealthy South African Relieved of £10 Million Bill

Rich individuals often have their feet firmly planted in more than one country and that can give rise to disputes as to where they should be taxed. In a guideline case, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) considered the position of an extremely wealthy man with...

What is a 'Controversial' Planning Application? High Court Gives Guidance

If you object to a planning application, you are perfectly entitled to encourage others to join you in voicing opposition. However, as a High Court ruling showed , the fact that objections may, in effect, come from a single source is relevant to the...

Family Judge Labours to Achieve Fairness Between Debt-Laden Divorcees

So-called 'big money' divorces may grab the headlines, but lower-value disputes can often be the hardest to resolve. In a case on point, a family judge laboured to meet the reasonable needs of a divorcing couple whose debts far exceeded their modest...

Make a Will and Appoint a Professional Executor - Two Ways to Avoid Conflict

There is ultimately only so much that you can do to prevent your loved ones falling out over inheritance issues after you are gone. However, as a High Court decision showed, the threat of bad blood developing can be greatly reduced by making an expertly...

COVID-19 Pandemic Has Brought Employment Status Disputes to a Head

Strains on the labour market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a great many latent disputes concerning employment status coming to a head. That was certainly so in the case of a woman who, despite her lynchpin role in an events and...

Company Fined £150,000 for Failure to Comply With Information Notice

If you are facing a tax inquiry, a lawyer will advise you that there are a wide variety of sensible steps you can take. However, as was underlined by an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling , repeatedly failing to comply with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) requests...

Buying Land? Have You Fully Understood Any Restrictions on its Use?

When buying land it is vital to have a full understanding of any restrictions on the use to which it can be put. In a striking case on point, a couple were caught unawares by one such restriction and had their hopes of constructing an equestrian training...
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