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Nottingham county council

PI: non-delegable duty of care

1 February 2016By Malcolm Johnson

The Court of Appeal dealt with the issue of vicarious liability after the foster child claimant suffered abuse.

Lambeth Council building, Brixton

Local government: consultation minefield

25 January 2016By Nicholas Dobson

Lambeth Council came unstuck for effectively moving the goalposts in relation to its published consultation arrangements.

British Airways

Civil procedure: expert evidence

18 January 2016By Masood Ahmed

A failure to control expert evidence will result in the court making adverse costs orders.

Cooke hhj

Wills and probate: relief from forfeiture

11 January 2016By Lesley King

When can the court relieve intended beneficiaries with criminal records from forfeiting estates?

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Human rights

26 January 2016

The Divisional Court refused the claimant’s application for a declaration that the effect of the ‘householder’s defence’ in section 76(5A) of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 was incompatible with article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.



8 January 2016

The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the defendant newspaper proprietor’s appeals against orders awarding substantial sums to eight claimants for misuse of private information derived from intercepting voicemail messages left on the claimants’ telephones.

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Space house Kingsway LSB headquarters

Solicitors set for new guidance on complaints

5 February 2016By

Only a quarter of people approaching the Legal Ombudsman discovered the service through their lawyer.


Managers fined over legal aid disbursement misconduct

5 February 2016By

Three admit ‘fundamental and unacceptable error’.

All Regulation and compliance

Monidipa Fouzder

Housing consultation rethink is needed

5 February 2016By

Stamp duty timetable highlights more than just conveyancing concerns.

Michael Cross

Nicely Nicely Gove sees off noble sneers

3 February 2016By

Lord chancellor gives a little away on the forthcoming draft British bill of rights. 

Jonathan Goldsmith

Tax and professional secrecy

2 February 2016By

Lawyers are safe from having to disclose details of tax schemes. For now.

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UK houses

Society proposes ‘single test’ to allay stamp duty fears

4 February 2016By

Higher SDLT rate on the purchase of additional residential properties comes into force on 1 April.

Lord justice david richards

Appeal clears way for solicitor’s minicab business

4 February 2016By

A solicitor has won a second shot at evicting tenants in order to run a cab company and legal practice from the same site. 

All Property


CFA ‘terminated’ before assignment, court rules

4 February 2016By

Case likely to have significant impact on the personal injury sector, where thousands of claims have been sold on.

Jason Smart

Insurer pulls out of PII market citing dangers of cybercrime

2 February 2016By

Elite Insurance also worried for its core market in the personal injury sector.

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