don’t rely on a court to fix a “defective” restrictive covenant

It is often said that a court, when considering contractual issues, will overlook drafting errors in order to give effect to what the parties intended and therefore make sense of what would otherwise be contradictory or plainly “wrong”. Indeed there are many High Court judgments which clearly apply that approach. However, it is a dangerous…

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cases proving costly to the public purse

On 22 July news emerged via BBC Newsnight that Haringey Council accounts show that a payment of £679,452 was made to Sharon Shoesmith. 1) Haringey council accounts are out showing £679,452 settlement w Sharon Shoesmith, first revealed in Oct on #newsnight with @jakemorristw — Allegra Stratton (@BBCAllegra) July 22, 2014 The breakdown reveals salary and…

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crackdown on bankers? is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

On 30 July and amid much fanfare the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority announced what is to be “the strictest industry regulation in the world” with a wide range of civil and criminal sanctions available to be applied against defaulting bank employees. Headlines included a new criminal charge of “reckless mismanagement” which could lead…

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is obesity a disability?

Under the Equality Act 2010 disability is a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on one’s ability to carry out normal daily activities. According to government guidance “Substantial” is more than minor or trivial – e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task…

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