Commercial Client Articles

Athena Brands wins contract dispute with Superdrug Stores

Athena Brands has won a contract dispute with Superdrug Stores over the supply of various cosmetic products. Athena claimed that it had entered into a binding agreement with Superdrug in an exchange of emails with one of its employees. In the course of the...

Property company loses service charge dispute with tenants

A property company has lost its appeal against a tribunal ruling that it had failed to correctly calculate the level of service charges payable by leaseholders. The case involved a mixed commercial and residential development owned by Avon Ground Rents Ltd....

Tighter rules against money laundering come into effect

Companies that come under anti-money laundering legislation must now report certain irregularities to Companies House. The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) came into effect on 10 January. It obliges businesses to tell Companies House if...

Protester fails to stop Legoland development in green belt

A local campaigner has failed to stop Legoland Windsor Park getting planning permission for a new holiday village in a green belt area. The development site was bordered on three sides by the Windsor Forest and Great Park site of special scientific interest...

Director ordered to compensate creditors for cut price deal

A director has been ordered to compensate creditors after purchasing a property from his insolvent company in a cut-price deal. The case provided a landmark ruling on the extent to which a director’s duties remain in place after their business is...

Royal Mail employee unfairly dismissed after manager's false report

A Royal Mail employee has won her case of unfair dismissal in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Ms Kamaljeet Jhuti joined the Marketreach unit of Royal Mail in October 2013 on a trial basis as a media specialist. She quickly raised...

Footballers in tax avoidance scheme lose negligence claim

Wealthy professional footballers who took part in a failed tax avoidance scheme have lost their claims of breach of contract and professional negligence against two banks. The case centred on schemes advertised as vehicles through which taxpayers could...

Landlord entitled to evict disabled tenant over anti-social behaviour

A housing association was entitled to evict a disabled tenant even though it had failed to comply with its public sector equality duty (PSED) under the Equality Act 2010. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving Aldwyck Housing Group...

Agent awarded 435k in dispute over introduction fee

An agent who introduced a company to a buyer for one its properties has been awarded £435,000 for his services. The issue arose after the agent tried to buy the property himself from the company. The deal fell through and he was left £1.2m out...

Protesters fail to stop listed buildings being converted to homes

Protesters from a local community group have failed to prevent the development of several listed buildings in a conservation area. The proposed development was for 93 houses and associated facilities at the site of a former school, containing several Grade...
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