Contact Law blog

July 2012

Ex-footballer “racially victimised” by Gillingham FC

Footballer Mark McCammon won his employment tribunal in Ashford, Kent yesterday 18 months after having his contract terminated by Gillingham FC.

The tribunal ruled his dismissal was unfair and that he was racially victimised, according to the BBC.

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‘Titled’ company director made £1.5 million from benefits scam

The Mail reports that this week at Southwark Crown Court, a self-styled ‘baronet’ was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, and guilty of the further charge of dishonestly obtaining disability benefits.

Barry Brooks, a 49-year-old company director from Bromley in London, who insisted everyone called him ‘Sir’ Barry, claimed benefits after saying he had been in a car crash in March 1993.

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A clean break – terminating leases

Given the on-going recession, tenants are increasingly looking to exercise break clauses in their leases to get out of occupying expensive premises.  Understandably, landlords are making it increasingly difficult for tenants to exercise these rights knowing too well that it could take many months to get a new tenant for their premises, probably at much lower rents.

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The lighter side of personal injury cases

This morning’s blog post about a woman awarded almost £112,000 after slipping on some mushy grapes in a grocery store and fracturing her wrists got the Contact Law office talking about slightly silly personal injury cases, large claims and big payouts.

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Shopkeeper pays £111,859 compensation after customer slips on ‘mushy grapes’

This week, Onkar Singh Gill, a grocer from Middlesex engaged in a seven-year-long legal battle, has been ordered by the Appeal Court in London to pay a large amount of compensation to a female customer who slipped on some fruit outside his shop.

According to the Daily Mail, in November 2005 the customer, 57-year-old Samira Hassan, was looking at fruit on tables outside the shop in Greenford, when she slipped on some grapes lying on the pavement, despite wearing ‘sensible shoes’.

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Husband trashed marital home in divorce

A 56-year-old bankrupt builder has been given a two-year supervision order, after he trashed the marital home he shared with his 39-year-old wife in Werrington, Staffordshire.

The Daily Mail reports Kevin Fiore went on the rampage last September at the couple’s £130,000 home after Mrs Katrina Fiore walked out of the marriage, saying she wanted a divorce. The couple had known each other for 14 years, but only married four years ago.

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Arms trafficker jailed for selling £13 million worth of missiles

Mick Ranger, the arms dealer who legally sold Michael Ryan the rifle he used in the Hungerford massacre, was jailed last week for the illegal arms trafficking of surface-to-air missiles to Azerbaijan, according to The London Evening Standard.

Ranger used a Hong Kong-based firm set up in his girlfriend’s name to ship handheld homing missiles, called Manpads, to Azerbaijan from North Korea.

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Former employees must be careful to avoid falling foul of employers’ client-poaching restrictions

Outgoing employees are increasingly subject to employment terms restricting contact with their former clients. While companies accept employee turnover as par for the course, they generally take a dim view of leavers poaching their business.

Restrictions usually take the form of non-solicitation clauses and non-dealing clauses. Whether an employee is moving to a competitor or setting up on their own, these clauses provide a useful means for former employers to protect their interests.

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UK student facing extradition to US over piracy

The founder of a website which pointed people in the direction of free movies and television shows who is due to be extradited to the US later this year is the subject of large public support.

A poll by YouGov shows that only 9% of the public agree Mr O’Dwyer should be tried in the US, according to The Guardian.

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Latest statistics on ‘unduly lenient’ sentences revealed

The Attorney General’s office has released its annual statistics on complaints, which it receives about the length of some prison sentences and community punishments. The Telegraph reports that, in 2011, the Attorney General was sent around 400 such complaints.

If a victim or their family, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), or even an unconnected member of the public believes an offender’s sentence is too light for the crime in question, they may ask the Attorney General to examine the matter.

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