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Firm discriminated against pregnant woman by extending probation

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that an employer discriminated against a woman when it extended her probationary period after discovering she was pregnant. Charlotte Kimberley was appointed as a contracts administrator by Calibre Building Services on 8...

Father not entitled to have his son returned from Spain to UK

A father has failed in his bid to have his son returned to the UK from Spain. In refusing his application, the High Court gave some useful guidance on how to determine a child’s habitual country of residence when parental disputes arise. The case...

Goldman Sachs wins dispute with landlord over break clause

When agreeing break clauses on commercial properties it’s important to ensure the terms are clear and unambiguous. Otherwise costly disputes can arise, as happened in a recent case involving Goldman Sachs and Procession House Trustee Ltd. Goldman had...

Village greens, public bodies and "statutory incompatibility"

The concept of “statutory incompatibility” in relation to the registration of village greens was tested at the Court of Appeal in the conjoined cases of R (Lancashire County Council) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

Tenants of social homes who are victims of domestic abuse get further tenancy

Lifetime tenants of social homes who are victims of domestic abuse will be granted a further lifetime tenancy under the Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Act 2018. The grant of a further tenancy is dependent on whether: either the tenant had to...

Tenant Fees Bill sets out the Government's approach to banning letting fees

Banning letting fees paid by tenants in the private rented sector and capping tenancy deposits in England is the aim of the Tenant Fees Bill. The plan is to reduce the costs that tenants can face at the outset, and throughout, a tenancy, and is part of a...

Was landlord's refusal to consent to planning permission reasonable?

The question of whether a landlord was reasonable in refusing consent for planning permission for a change of use because of the fear of enfranchisement (ie acquiring the freehold) was addressed in Rotrust Nominees Ltd v Hautford Ltd. In that case, the...

Valuing opportunity to develop roof space found to be irrelevant

The Upper Tribunal found that a First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) should not have included planning refusals after the valuation date in the value of an opportunity to develop a block of flat’s roof space, saying that these matters were irrelevant. The case, ...

Are Non-reliance statements reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA)?

In the recent case of First Tower Trustees Ltd v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1396 (19 June 2018), Court of Appeal judges unanimously upheld a High Court’s decision that a non-reliance statement in a commercial lease had the...

The real-life message behind the Coronation Street storyline

Millions of TV viewers have been gripped by the tragic storyline in Coronation Street involving popular character Aidan Connor, who took his own life after suffering mental health problems. His family were still reeling from his death when they received the...
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