Commercial Client Articles

Buyer of insurance firm compensated for warranty breach

A company has been compensated for a breach of warranty after it bought an insurance firm. The case involved a firm that sold policies related to motor or household insurance. When it was sold in 2014, the seller provided warranties that the company...

Estate agent not signed up to redress scheme fined £3,000

An estate agent has been fined £3,000 for not being a member of all the required redress schemes for the services it covered. The case arose following a complaint from a tenant who lived in a block of flats managed by the agent. The local authority...

Court ruling enables company to remove estranged director

A High Court ruling has enabled a company to remove a director who had become estranged from the business following a dispute over alleged breach of duties. The company had two members and four directors. Three of the directors, including the majority...

Worker was discriminated against because of poor language skills

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a transport worker was discriminated against because of his ‘lack of command’ of the English language. Mr A Khawaja, from Pakistan, worked for Transport for London (TfL) but was overlooked for development...

Property owner must pay £81,000 for work completed on cancelled job

A tenant has successfully appealed a service charge he incurred after his landlord removed rubbish from the car park of the property. The tenancy agreement included the rent payable as well as the right of the landlord to add a variable service charge to...

Landlord was wrong to apply service charge for clearing rubbish

A tenant has successfully appealed a service charge he incurred after his landlord removed rubbish from the car park of the property. The tenancy agreement included the rent payable as well as the right of the landlord to add a variable service charge to...

Surveyors must pay £50,000 for their negligence over knotweed

A man who is almost blind was awarded £50,000 after his North London property became overrun with Japanese knotweed. Paul Ryb, who represented Great Britain and won the International Blind Tennis tournament, lost his central vision after suffering...

Pregnant worker unfairly dismissed after director's 'panic about HR issues'

An office worker was subjected to a ‘hostile, humiliating and offensive environment’ after she informed her employers that she was pregnant shortly after joining the company. Eilise Walker started working for Arco Environmental in November 2017,...

Landlords insist a specialist housing court is needed

Landlord groups have called on the government to establish a dedicated specialist housing court to speed up the process of legitimate evictions. The move comes after the Ministry of Justice published figures showing that it is now taking longer for private...

UKUT Land ruling on the requirement for membership of multiple redress schemes

Since 1 October 2014, a person who engages in either letting agency or property management work must be a member of a prescribed redress scheme for dealing with complaints “in connection with that work” Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013...
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