Commercial Client Articles

Driver loses appeal over worker status with MyTaxi app

A driver has lost his appeal against a tribunal ruling that he should not be classified as a worker employed by MyTaxi app. The case involved Christopher Johnson v Transopco UK Ltd. From 2014 Johnson worked full time in business on his own account as a...

Dementia suffering employee 'had dignity violated' at ASDA

An ASDA employee has won her claim of unfair dismissal, and disability and age discrimination, after one of her colleagues suggested she should retire. Joan Hutchinson worked for the Queensferry store of the supermarket chain for 20 years before she retired...

Contractor awarded £39k as adjudicator decision upheld

A building firm has been awarded £39,000 after an adjudicator’s decision in a contract dispute was upheld by the Technology & Construction Court. The case involved BraveJoin Co Ltd and Prosperity Moseley Street Ltd. Prosperity had engaged...

Whistle-blower unfairly dismissed over social distancing concerns

A worker at a pet food shop has won her claim of unfair dismissal after she raised concerns over her employer’s Covid protocol. Leah Best worked for Embark on Raw, a pet food retailer owned by husband-and-wife team David and Andrea Fletcher. In March...

Landlord wins injunction dispute with tenant over possession order

A landlord has successfully challenged an injunction granted to a tenant who claimed he had been unlawfully evicted. The court also granted the landlord a possession order for the property under dispute. The tenant, Mr Rasool, had applied for a without...

Court outlines what constitutes a business partnership in law

The High Court has outlined what constitutes a business partnership in law following a dispute between a couple who ran a business together. The case involved Ms Burnett and Mr Barker. Barker had set up a business as a sole trader offering fire safety...

Stylist created goodwill and so didn't breach legal duties

The High Court has ruled that a hair stylist had personally created the goodwill in her business and so had not breached her director's duties when she carried out her work through another company. The court heart that the director had been a highly...

Court outlines limits on right to manage company's responsibilities

The Supreme Court has outlined the limits that should be placed on a right to manage company (RTM) of a block of flats that formed part of a large estate containing several other blocks. The case involved FirstPort Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM...

The Building Safety Bill

The Government has published the Building Safety Bill which is said to make the biggest improvements to building safety in many decades.  The Bill proposes to introduce new obligations on those owning or managing multi-residential buildings.  The...

Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill introduced into Parliament

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill was introduced in Parliament on 9 November 2021, along with a new Code of practice for commercial property relationships following the COVID-19 pandemic. Subject to parliamentary approval, the government hopes to...
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