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Safety Obligations Owed to Visiting Contractors

The safety laws place strict obligations on companies to provide safe workplaces for their employees. However, some companies mistakenly believe that the obligations to provide a safe workplace do not extend to contractors, such as electricians, plumbers or window cleaners, who may be working for a short time in their factory or offices.  This was... read more

Beneficiary signs Will on behalf of the Testator

Barratt v Bem [2011]  Under Section 15 of the Wills Act 1837 a beneficiary is unable to witness the Will of a testator; otherwise the gift to the beneficiary would be void.  Can the same be said if a beneficiary signs a Will on behalf of the testator?  In the case of Barratt v Bem,... read more

Local Authority – Care Packages

R (on the application of McDonald) v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2011]  In the above case there was a question of whether the Local Authority had acted lawfully in seeking to amend the claimant’s care package.  The claimant, an elderly lady had previously suffered a stroke in 1999 which left her with limited... read more