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Nicholas Dobson

No ‘magic bullet’ in consultation

27 April 2015By Nicholas Dobson

If a public authority embarks on a consultation it must do so properly.

Laura Devine

Immigration: political football

20 April 2015By Laura Devine

What are the main political parties’ pledges on immigration if they are elected in May?

Ibrahim-HasanCUT

Freedom of information: round-up

13 April 2015By Ibrahim Hasan

How recent laws and updated regulations are impacting on what local authorities must disclose.

Lord Justice Bean

Libel and slander

30 March 2015By Jonathan Barnes

The Defamation Act 2013 in some respects reformed the English law on defamation. Here are example cases in which it has been applied since last January. 

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Supreme Court

Family

8 April 2015

The Supreme Court held that none of the exceptions to the general approach applicable to awards of costs in children’s cases as set out in Re T (Children) [2012] applied in the present case.

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Kent CC

Costs

10 March 2015

The court had booked two interpreters, but they were not provided and a hearing was adjourned. The local authority sought recovery of its costs of that hearing against Capita, which is contracted to provide interpreters.

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Primark store

Practice

6 March 2015

Following concerns about the safety of the claimant’s factory in Bangladesh, Primark withdrew its outstanding contracts with the claimant. The claimant brought a claim for damages for alleged defamatory statements published by Primark. Primark applied for the claim to be struck out as an abuse of process.

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Councils ‘need to be clear’ on ABS plans

27 April 2015By

Councils ‘need to be clear’ what they want to use alternative business structures for, as the move involves ‘quite a lot of work’.

SRA sign inside The Cube

Conveyancer hit by phone scam

23 April 2015By Gazette reporter

Solicitors Regulation Authority calls for extra vigilance after north-east firm loses 'significant amount'.

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Jonathan Goldsmith

The right to a lawyer

27 April 2015By

A new website - a cross between Uber and Find A Solicitor - is helping suspects in Belgium gain prompt access to a lawyer.

Jonathan Goldsmith

Long live the cab rank

27 April 2015By

Both sides in a case deserve the best representation.

It’s all about in-house

27 April 2015By Christopher Digby-Bell

In a client-led legal services market, in-house lawyers are more than holding their own – it’s time we saw a bit of swagger.

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House for sale

Conveyancing portal Veyo reports registration surge

24 March 2015Updated: 24 March 2015By Gazette newsdesk

Almost half of conveyancing practices have signed up to the online system.

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Master David Cook

Costs judge warns on budgeting delays

27 April 2015By

‘Ask the court to waive costs budgeting if it causes injustice,’ Master David Cook tells personal injury lawyers. 

Jonathan Wheeler

PI chief calls for compulsory public liability insurance

24 April 2015By

Jonathan Wheeler says public-facing businesses should have protection in place for customers.

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