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Posts from the ‘Compensation’ Category

Using Twitter – the potential cost of a tweet…


Mark Jackson

Be careful what you tweet!

That may seem a rather obvious and common sense statement, but it should always be borne in mind when posting a comment on Twitter in light of the first known decision of its kind in the UK.  Cricketer and former New Zealand captain, Chris Cairns, won a libel claim in March 2012 against former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi for defamatory tweets.

In January 2010, Mr Modi tweeted that Mr Cairns had been removed from the IPL auction list (a list of players eligible to play in the league) ‘due to his past record of match fixing’. The tweet was picked up by a cricket website, and Mr Modi repeated his claims to the site.

The judge found that Mr Modi ‘singularly failed to provide any reliable evidence that Mr Cairns was involved in match fixing’. Read more

Redundancies & compromise agreements…


Mark Jackson

As a result of the current economic climate, the last few years have seen a sharp rise in redundancies.  Only last week Ulster Bank Limited announced that they will be making a further 350 redundancies in Northern Ireland – see here for the story.

The rise in redundancies has in turn seen an increase in the number of people who need advice on a compromise agreement.  Employers are increasingly using compromise agreements, especially in a redundancy situation, to avoid any potential future litigation as a result of bringing the employment to an end by offering some sort of financial settlement in return for the employee agreeing not to sue.  It can be daunting when handed a legal document by an employer that looks complicated and full of legal jargon.  Plus, if you’re being asked to enter into a compromise agreement, you’ll need to get advice from an independent solicitor to explain what the document means if it is to become legally binding.  So what is a compromise agreement? Read more