As Clear As Mud! The Importance Of Clarity In Communication

A recent case dealt with by the Technology and Construction Court reinforces the importance of parties to construction contracts being very clear on what they have (or have not) agreed. The case of Mi-Space (UK) Ltd (Mi-Space) v Bridgwater Civil Engineering Ltd (BCE) concerned a subcontract between the parties for the carrying out of groundworks…

Record Breaking Support For Local Good Causes

Record breaking support for local charities

Thursfields were proud sponsors of Kinver Country Fayre 2015. This year, the event raised a record breaking £18,000 to assist a wide range of good causes within the local community. Thursfields’ solicitors Zoe Perry and Sarah Mason attended an awards ceremony with local MP Gavin Williamson and helped hand out cheques to recipients, including Stourbridge…

New Pub Code Regulations to Reform Leases for Tied Tenants

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On 29th October, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a first consultation on the draft Pubs Code Regulations 2016.  The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 requires the Secretary of State to create this statutory code of practice to govern the relationship between pub owning companies and their tied tenants, and also to…

A Healthcare Good News Story

Following a tireless campaign by cancer patients, doctors and campaigners, the breast cancer drug Kadcyla has been re-listed on the UK’s Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) List and will remain available to terminal patients suffering with HER2-positive tumours for whom the medicine Herceptin no longer works. The pharmaceutical firm Roche’s Kadcyla drug is proven to prolong…

Professional Negligence Claims in the Equine Industry

Professional negligence claims in the equine industry are often particularly emotional – claims will only arise if the health or physical fitness of your beloved new horse has faltered. How do you know if you have been let down by your vet or if you have just been very unlucky? When instructing a vet to…

Does punching a colleague justify dismissal?

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“Of course” I hear you cry. Surely that could never be an unfair dismissal? In fact it was. A Tribunal held that an employee’s dismissal for punching a colleague was unfair. Why? Because the other employee involved in the incident was not also dismissed. On appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) has recently overturned that…

Care – a big decision

One of the most difficult decisions a family can make is placing a loved one in a care home, the second most difficult decision is deciding the best place for them. Clients are often concerned whether they are making the best choice for their loved ones and with recent bad press surrounding care homes, it…

Cohabitation couples on the increase – again!

Statistics released from the Office for National Statistics on 05 November 2015 show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be the fastest growing family type in the UK in 2015, reaching 3.2 million. Whilst the most common family type in 2015 remains the married or civil partner couple family with or without dependant children…

Time off for Working Grandparents

Earlier this year, we saw the introduction of shared parental leave and pay for parents. As many employers still seek to get to grips with shared parental leave, the government hints at another change on the horizon. The Chancellor has announced plans to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents to give families…

Moratorium fails to bite in Strada Administration

The provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 impose a statutory moratorium which restricts creditors from bringing claims against companies in administration, without the permission of either the administrators or the court. In the landmark case of Re Atlantic Computer Systems Plc [1992] Ch 505 the courts carried out a “balancing exercise” between the landlord’s interests…

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