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The name on everyone’s lips: Shamima Begum

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware of the Shamima Begum controversy – we’ll unpick it shortly, but before we dive in, let’s have a brief…

Brexit Made Simple – a Behind the News Article from Cato Solicitors

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Brexit made simple I know, I know, you’re sick to the back teeth of Brexit, just like the rest of us. However, I’m willing to bet that there’s a good…

Co-Director Dispute and No Agreement

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Quite regularly, a company will end up in a situation where directors no longer see eye to eye and reach a level of “deadlock”. And unfortunately, with lots of companies…

When shareholders cannot agree – Texas Shootout or Russian Roulette?

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As promised, this week we’re focusing on what happens when there’s an irresolvable deadlock between a company’s shareholders who have an agreement with one of these provisions. When shareholders simply…

Lord Hain – A Speech Too Far. A Cato Solicitors Behind the News Special

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If you cast your mind back a couple of weeks, you’ll remember Lord Hain exercising his “parliamentary privilege” to name a businessman who’d been granted an injunction, preventing the Telegraph…

Shareholder agreements – the often unknown effects

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As my father once told me as I was growing up, “strong fences make good neighbours.” Even if you lived in the house next door to your brother or sister,…

Disagreements and personal differences

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A good company board is one of the keys to a well-run business, and if it’s doing its job, it should identify key issues that need to be resolved for…

Let’s talk about the boardroom – Derivative Claims

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Don’t worry, I’m not going to start talking about Lord Sugar and his latest gaggle of wannabes (although maybe that’s a subject for another Blog!). Instead, I want to spend…

Why wasn’t Anjem Choudary charged with Treason?

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You may recall that back in 2016, Mr. Anjem Choudary was jailed after drumming up support for ISIL. He was charged and convicted under Section 12 of the Terrorism Act…

Death Penalty for Kotey and Elsheikh?

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Kotey and Elsheikh were part of the ISIS Army and were stripped of their British citizenship after alleged involvement in the execution of civilians. Currently, they’re being held by Syrian…

Sir Cliff – privacy invaded?

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It's unlikely that you missed the High Court judgment on Sir Cliff Richard’s case vs the BBC? It was definitely an intriguing one. But even more intriguing was the BBC’s…

Ben Stokes Verdict

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No doubt you were aware of the Ben Stokes trial last week, with the England cricketer eventually being found “not guilty” of affray. The question is: was the jury right…

Wildly Astray Intuition

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I’m sure like me you were incredibly heartened by the Thai Cave rescue. It was a horrendous situation, but the bravery of the divers must be commended. However, I have…

GDPR Webinar – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Data Protection

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The Best Bit of Advice About Litigation that no-one will ever tell you

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By October 1939, on Germany’s western border, the Allies could have mustered 96 French divisions, 19 British, 22 Belgian and 10 Dutch, together with about 5,000 tanks and 1,000 aircraft.…

Former Solicitor Phil Shiner tries to offload assets before declaring himself bankrupt

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Disgraced former solicitor Phil Shiner tried to offload assets worth nearly half a million pounds to family members before declaring himself bankrupt, it emerged today. “The Insolvency Service said in…

Behind the News: Computer Hack Suspect Lauri Love wins his fight against extradition to the US.

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You may recall that following the Gary McKinnon extradition case, the Home Secretary at the time, Theresa May, said she would legislate to introduce a “forum bar” to allow Defendants…
Text message evidence

What is so important about Disclosure in Criminal Proceedings

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Liam Allan was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault, but his trial collapsed on day 3, the 15 December 2017, after police were ordered to hand over…

How the Supreme Court defined indirect discrimination in the case of “Essop.”

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John Cato of Cato Solicitors explains how the Supreme Court defined indirect discrimination in the case of “Essop.” Everyone has a pretty good understanding of direct discrimination. Say an employer…

A cosy relationship or a contract?

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The Problem I have been working on a large building site for the past 6 months as a contractor.  The site has been split into 5 phases, and I have…

The UK’s Judges are just as guilty of overreach as those the European Court of Justice.

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Author: John Cato, Solicitor-Advocate I have just read some complete nonsense in one of our national newspapers that simply cannot remain unchallenged – even more so because it was written by Jeremy…

Late Completion and Delay Damages

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The Problem We entered into a contract to build 3 detached bungalows on the outskirts of Rugby.  The form of contract was not a usual standard form, but one that…

You’ve been sick for too long so you’re fired!

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One of the potentially fair reasons for dismissal under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) is “capability and qualification”. If an employee is off work and ill they are incapable…

Issue of the Final Certificate under the JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2011

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The Problem Back in 2014, the building company I work for entered into a JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2011 to construct a large extension to a health and fitness centre…

What can your company do if you have signed up to a contract which automatically renews itself?

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What if your company has signed a contract with “Tie-you-in Limited” which contains an “auto-renewing” term - such as, say, you must give a minimum of three months notice before…

The Pressures within “Big Firm & Co.”

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In a recent article by Karen Jackson that featured in the Law Society News, she talked about the typical large law firm and the unrealistic billing targets they set for…

When the law accepts “part payment” as “full and final payment”

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What happens in business if a debtor electronically transfers a part payment to your account sending an email, which you don’t properly register, telling you, it is in “full and…

No payment from a regular source of work

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The Problem I am a carpentry sub-contractor, with most of my work coming from one source, a main contractor.  When I take on work for this contractor, it is usually…

Making a case to extend time

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Problem I work as a contracts manager for a main contractor.  Back in January 2016, we started work on the refurbishment of an office block in Birmingham.  It was nothing…

The unfortunate cost of a homemade Will

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John Cato describes the cross border legal mess caused by a homemade Will and emphasizes the importance of having both English and Portuguese synchronised Wills. The Background Our biggest ever…

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