Commercial Client Articles

Protection against evictions and winding-up petitions extended

The government is extending protection against evictions and winding-up petitions for businesses that are still struggling because of Covid-19. Legislation will be introduced to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to...

Finance consultants entitled to their €855,000 commission

A finance consultancy was entitled to €855,000 commission for its part in acquiring investment money for a large property development. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving EMFC Loan Syndications and The Resort Group. The...

Sainsburys worker was unfairly dismissed after calling boss an idiot

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that Sainsbury’s acted unfairly when it dismissed one of its workers after she had called her boss a “young idiot” on Facebook. The tribunal heard that 68-year-old Ms A Spence had worked for the...

Directors who breached their duties ordered to repay £600k

Two businessmen who breached their legal duties as company directors have been ordered to repay £600,000, even though the court accepted that one of them probably hadn’t realised that anything unlawful was happening. The case involved TMG...

Financial services directors disqualified for trading while insolvent

Two financial services directors have been disqualified for continuing to trade and take money from clients while their company was insolvent. Paul Rossi was a director of Independent Derivative Traders Ltd. The company traded as ‘Futex’ and...

Surveyors entitled to payment for reducing shop's business rates

A firm of surveyors who secured a business rate reduction for a shop had provided a ‘claims management service’ and were entitled to payment in full as agreed in the contract. The issue arose after Bias Harrogate Ltd engaged RVA Surveyors Ltd to...

Directors who dissolve their businesses unfairly face new sanctions

The government is introducing new legislation to target company directors who dissolve their businesses for their own gain and leave staff or taxpayers out of pocket. The Insolvency Service will be given powers to investigate directors of companies that...

Company loses $3m because of conflicting contract terms

A company has lost $3m dollars because it had agreed to contradictory contract terms when entering into a purchase agreement. The case involved Septo Trading Inc, which contracted to import fuel oil supplied by Tintrade Ltd. The terms were recorded in an...

Caretaker with swastika tattoo was 'unfairly dismissed' by Lidl

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that the supermarket chain Lidl failed to properly investigate the case of one of its caretakers who caused alarm to colleagues when, among other things, he showed off a swastika tattoo. It ruled that Mr I Horvarth, from...

Sports Direct, Cine UK and Mecca Bingo lose rent arrears case

Three well-known national companies have failed to stop a rent arrears claim against them despite arguing that their businesses had been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The case involved two commercial landlords and their tenants Cine-UK Ltd,...
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