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News: March 2017

Key considerations If you employ workers from overseas it is essential that you have checked they have the right to work in the UK, or obtained the necessary visa or sponsor licence. Failure to do so could lead to fines of £20,000 PER WORKER. Illegal working is now a criminal offence and can lead to […]

Libellous tweets can cause serious harm to reputation. Tweets The so called ‘trolls’ of the internet have been a hot topic of debate in the internet age and none more so than self-proclaimed ‘rent-a-gob,’ Daily Mail columnist, Katie Hopkins. But this month, Hopkins arguably had her comeuppance when she was ordered in the High Court […]

The Planning & Environment Group consists of 30 planning and environmental lawyers and planning consultants working closely together in one team, taking a holistic 360 degree approach and providing a one-stop shop to advising on development proposals. The Group covers the whole country and all Freeths’ offices, with team members in the Nottingham, London, Sheffield, […]

Have you bought or leased trucks at inflated prices? In Summer 2016, the European Commission found that 5 of the major truck manufacturers had colluded to fix prices at an artificially high level during a 14 year period from 1997 to 2011. That decision opens the door for those who purchased or leased trucks during […]

Top 60 law firm Freeths is pleased to announce the expansion of the Construction team in their Leeds office, with the appointment of Claire White. Claire joins as a senior lawyer and brings with her a wealth of experience in advising clients in the retail, energy, education, local government, transport and waste sectors. Claire commented: […]

The Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance (JFSA) has announced that the Group Litigation Order (GLO) against Post Office Ltd has now been approved by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, which means that the case will continue through the court as a group action. Post Office Ltd is defending the claim. […]

At first blush one may view the Hunting Act as a resounding success. After all, the statistics are, on one view, quite impressive. Since it came into force in 2005, and with a success rate in the region of 70%, there have been in the region of 500 convictions (although it is worth noting that […]

Ilott v The Blue Cross & Others [2017] UKSC 17 and Martin v Williams [2017] EWHC 491 (ch) Much has been written about the Supreme Court decision in Ilott since judgment was handed down on 15 March 2017. Given the plethora of articles that have been written elsewhere relating to that judgment the author will […]

Public Health England has this week prompted GP’s to look out for suspected cases of Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) infection in patients who have previously undergone cardiac surgery and now appear with unexplained symptoms. The Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) bacteria has been found to have contaminated Sorin heater cooler units which are part of the […]

The High Court have now issued the Group Litigation Order, with a deadline of 26 July 2017 for Post Office workers to register a claim and join the Group Action. The details of the Order are below, please contact us if you or anyone you know has been affected and could be entitled to join […]

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