Woman awarded £832,000 in sexual harassment case

A woman has been awarded £832,000 in a sexual harassment and sex discrimination case involving an NHS trust.

Helen Marks was the Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Derbyshire NHS Trust and earned just under £100,000 a year.

The Employment Tribunal heard evidence that while she was working there she was approached by the Chair of the Trust, Mr Alan Baines, to have a sexual relationship with him. She said that when she declined his advances, he called her a whore and proceeded to bully and sexually harass her.

More than 100,000 businesses ‘owed money by insolvent debtors’

More than 100,000 businesses were owed money by insolvent companies or customers in 2015, according to figures released by the insolvency specialists, R3.

Medium-sized businesses were among those most at risk. One in seven of them were owed money by an insolvent individual or company.

The president of R3, Richards Sykes, said: “Growing businesses encounter two classic problems: going for growth by taking on new customers without properly checking their creditworthiness; and a lack of controls to monitor their exposure.

Court orders ‘disgraceful’ husband to pay divorce settlement

A court has ordered a husband who lied about his finances to pay in full the divorce settlement awarded to his former wife.

The court heard that, during the initial divorce proceedings, the husband was ordered to pay the wife £80,000 by 5 February 2014. However, he then claimed that the wife had agreed to accept a lower sum of £40,000, which he paid to her in December 2013. The wife denied this.

Director fails to get tax relief due to timing of resignation

A director has failed to get Entrepreneurs’ Relief on the sale of his shares because of the timing of his resignation and the date of his company’s shareholder meeting.

The director was one of the founding shareholders of his company. In 2008, he decided to leave the business and in February 2009, it was agreed that the company would purchase most of his shares.

Charities take dispute over woman’s will to the Supreme Court

The dispute over whether a woman’s estate should pass to her daughter or to a number of charities is to be settled in the Supreme Court.

The case involved a woman who fell out with her daughter because she eloped with a boyfriend when she was 17. The daughter later married the boyfriend and now has five children.

However, she and her mother were estranged for 26 years and never reconciled.

The mother made a will leaving all her estate, valued at £486,000, to various charities.

Landlord loses control of his properties over repair failures

A landlord has lost control of his properties due to his failure to carry out repairs properly.

The case involved a large building comprising of a number of flats and one commercial unit. The tenants considered that the property was in serious disrepair, causing safety issues. When the landlord failed to bring the building up to the required standard, they applied for a management order under the Landlord and Tenant Act.

The First-Tier Tribunal found in their favour. It criticised the landlord and found that it had failed to comply with its responsibilities.

Minister says 2,000 divorce settlements may be voided

The government has confirmed that more than 2,000 divorce cases may have been voided due to an error on the self-assessment form on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) website.

The error involves Form E, which records the financial details of divorcing couples. The software running the form didn’t take all liabilities into account and so may have produced misleading results in some circumstances.

Football club wins contract dispute over work on its pitches

A football club has won a dispute with a contractor brought in to improve the standard of its pitches.

The court heard that Yeovil Town played in League 1 but hoped to be promoted to the Championship, the league above. It hired a contractor to bring its pitches up to Championship standard.

The work was carried out but it was done in wet conditions and the treatment was not successful.

Engineer awarded £137,000 in unfair dismissal case

An engineer who said he was bullied and harassed after exposing unfair practices by his company has been awarded £137,000 compensation.

The engineer worked for a large construction company that was awarded an £18m contract with the Welsh government. The contract was awarded on the basis that the company’s profits would be 3.3% of the total cost of the job.

However, it had withheld information about the true cost of hiring in subcontractors, which meant it would be making an extra £768,000.

Company liable for injuries to employee who slipped on icy path

The Supreme Court has ruled that a company was liable for injuries sustained by an employee who slipped and fell on an icy path.

The company was at fault because it had not provided her with protective clothing.

The case involved a care worker who had to visit the homes of elderly clients as part of her work. She slipped while visiting one of her clients during a cold spell and sustained substantial injuries.