Don’t Let a Row With Your Neighbours Fester! See a Lawyer Today!

Don’t Let a Row With Your Neighbours Fester! See a Lawyer Today! Land disputes between neighbours have a way of getting out of hand but lawyers are trained to defuse emotions and reach cost-effective resolutions. In one case in which compromise sadly proved elusive, an apparently minor falling out over a right of way had to be resolved at great expense by a High Court judge. There was no dispute that property developers who owned a former poultry farm had a right of way over a couple’s adjoining land. The precise location of the boundary between the two properties was, however, disputed and the developers had accused the couple of…

The Trade Union Act 2016

The Trade Union Act 2016 The Trade Union Act 2016, which makes a number of changes to the way in which industrial action is organised, came into force on 1 March 2017. The Act amends the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, including Section 226 on the requirement to hold a ballot before any trade union action. Under the new regime, a majority vote in favour of industrial action will only be regarded as having the support of a ballot if at least 50 per cent of those entitled to vote did so. Different rules will apply, however, before industrial action in ‘important public services’ can go ahead.…

How to Value Company Shares – Court of Appeal Guidance

How to Value Company Shares – Court of Appeal Guidance Valuing shares is notoriously difficult and is generally a matter of taking a reasonable view of what a hypothetical buyer might pay. That was the approach taken by the Court of Appeal in putting a price on a minority shareholding in a holiday park. Following a falling out between the four equal shareholders in the company that owned the park, one of them (the minority shareholder) launched a petition under Section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 on the basis that he had been excluded from management of the company and unfairly prejudiced in the conduct of its affairs. The…

Cava Maker Must Pay Euros 1.3 Million for Champagne Copyright Infringement

Cava Maker Must Pay Euros 1.3 Million for Champagne Copyright Infringement Penalties for infringement of trade marks and other intellectual property rights can be severe. In one case, a Spanish company that sold millions of bottles of cava into the UK market in breach of a champagne producer’s rights was stripped of the entire Euros 1.3 million profit it made from its wrongdoing. The cava bore a name, label and general get up that were confusingly similar to those of a premium champagne brand. A judge found it probable that consumers had bought the cava in the belief that it was one of the champagne producer’s products. After the cava…