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Grant Thornton ordered to pay £315,345 over negligence

The accountancy firm Grant Thornton has been ordered to pay damages of £315,345 after providing negligent advice to Manchester Building Society. However, it was not liable for the losses incurred following that advice. The High Court heard that Grant...

Manager who resigned over cut in hours awarded £17,000

A manager with a recruitment agency who resigned after being asked to take a reduction in hours that significantly reduced his wages has been awarded £17,000 for unfair dismissal. The case involved Mr C Decker, who worked for Extra Personnel Logistics...

Woman victimised over anxiety and depression awarded £8,000

A woman who felt victimised after being accused by her boss of faking anxiety and depression to get a big pay-out has been awarded £8,000 compensation. The case involved Melanie James who started working for Capital Care Service in 2016 as a credit...

Royal Mail fined £50m for abusing its dominant position

Royal Mail has been fined £50m for breaking competition law by abusing its dominant position in the postal delivery market. An investigation by the regulator Ofcom found that it discriminated against Whistl, one of its customers and...

Employee who threatened staff wins unfair dismissal appeal

When dealing with disciplinary issues at work it’s essential that employers are consistent in the way they treat different cases. A lack of consistency can undermine a decision, as illustrated in a recent case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal. ...

Surge in couples citing unreasonable behaviour for quick divorce

There has been a huge rise in the number of couples citing “unreasonable behaviour” as grounds for obtaining a quick divorce. Researchers at Oxford University found that the number of divorces granted to wives because of unreasonable behaviour...

Company must compensate employees for breach of contract

Three employees have won claims of unfair dismissal and breach of contract after their employer tried to alter the terms of their pay structure. The employees worked in insurance and underwriting. They had been headhunted by Neon Management Services Ltd in...

Contractor can't escape paying damages for building delays

A contractor was liable for delays on a building project even if it was not responsible for all the factors associated with those delays. That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal in a case involving North Midland Building Ltd and Cyden Homes Ltd. The two...

First-time home buyers save £284m because of stamp duty cut

More than 120,000 first-time home buyers have saved a total of £284m because of the cuts to stamp duty introduced last November, according to government figures. The first £300,000 of the price of a property is now exempt from tax for people...

Bus driver who became stranded in flood wins dismissal claim

A bus driver who was fired after driving his vehicle into a flooded area has won his claim of unfair dismissal. Piotr Borowicki had worked for Bluebird Bus Ltd for eight years when the incident happened. He believed that he would be able to get through the...
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