Commercial litigation & dispute resolution news

Landlord and tenant: reducing exposure to repairing obligations

A recent Supreme Court decision is likely to be met with relief by buy-to-let owners of leasehold properties. The court had been asked to consider whether an intermediate landlord was in breach of the statutory covenant to keep the structure and exterior of...

New illegal working offence now in force

Employers should be aware that the new illegal working offence is now in force. The new offence will enable the earnings of illegal workers to be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The existing criminal offence of knowingly employing an illegal...

Confiscation orders obtained in SFO's first Bribery Act 2010 prosecution

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has obtained confiscation orders totalling £1,367,437 against three defendants convicted in the SFO’s first successful prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010. All three were given three months each to pay the...

ICO imposed fines totalling £2million for nuisance calls in 2015/16

In 2015/16, a clampdown on nuisance callers led to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposing penalties of almost £2 million for unsolicited marketing call offences, with the largest fine being £350,000 for automated calls without...

Construction company fined for corporate manslaughter

A construction company has been fined £550,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of corporate manslaughter and a breach of Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) following the deaths of two passersby. The company was fined £250,000...

CMA publishes open letter on restricting online resale prices

Suppliers and retailers will be interested in the publication of an open letter written by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on restricting online resale prices. This follows the CMA’s decisions in May 2016 to impose substantial fines on...

Large fines imposed on companies for health and safety breaches

Several recent Crown Court cases illustrate the potential consequences for businesses of breaching health and safety legislation: An employee at a fish processing company suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him while he was...

First company found liable for modern slavery

The High Court has found a UK company civilly liable for victims of trafficking for the first time. The case illustrates the need for businesses to take action to ensure that modern slavery is eradicated form their supply chains. In this case, a gangmaster...

Former company employee prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining client data

The recent prosecution by the Information Commissioner’s Office of an employee who transferred information about company clients before moving to a new job sends a clear message about the consequences of unlawfully obtaining client data. The former...

High Court orders destruction of confidential information

The High Court has made an order for the inspection and imaging of electronic devices and computers belonging to ex-employees and their new employer, and destruction of any confidential information belonging to the old employer found on them. The injunction...
  • Page 2 of 5