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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. 

Ellen Debruin

Revisiting divorce settlements

23 March 2015By Amanda Melton

The case of Stephen and Ellen Debruin reopens the argument about whether judges’ wide discretion ends with fair results.

Royal Courts of Justice

Civil litigation: indemnity costs

16 March 2015By Masood Ahmed

This case serves as a fitting reminder of the need for litigating parties to proceed with caution.

Nicholas Dobson

The Wednesbury principle

9 March 2015By Nicholas Dobson

Council land decision ‘flawed’.

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Kent CC


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


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.


Right to vote

19 February 2015

Prisoners complained that they were prevented from voting in elections, relying on article 3 of the first protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights, in allowing the application, held that there had been a violation of article 3, given that the impugned legislation remained unamended after the court’s decision in Greens v United Kingdom [2010].

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High Court

Mishcon defeats breach of duty claims

4 February 2015By

High Court exonerates City firm over money transferred on instructions of client.

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Bar ponders new limits on ‘cab rank’ rule

27 March 2015By

Regulator considers excluding solicitors deemed to be a ‘credit risk’.

LSB offices, One Kemble Street

Diversity data impact ‘not at level hoped for’ – LSB chair

26 March 2015By

Legal Services Board also suggests regulators must look again at burden of diversity data collection on law firms and legal services providers.

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Joshua Rozenberg

The brightest and the bench

30 March 2015By Joshua Rozenberg

Has the senior judiciary reached a tipping point in terms of attracting candidates of the highest calibre?

Immigration removal centre road sign

BOOK REVIEW: Inside Immigration Detention

30 March 2015By Amie Higgins

A sensitive and authentic insight into the lives of those confined to immigration detention centres in the UK.

Keeping clients in the loop

30 March 2015By John Greenwood

Law firms that threaten legal action against clients who have posted adverse comments should first put their own houses in order.

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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.

Law Society entrance

Society hits out at new EU rules for mortgages

2 February 2015By

The Treasury has been tasked with implementing the EU mortgage credit directive by March 2016.

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Russell Atkinson

CMC reveals two-thirds of claims enquiries are shelved

24 March 2015By

Accounts also show National Accident Helpline’s profit before tax fell from £14.7m in 2013 to £12.1m last year.

Jack Straw

Lawyers query exclusion from insurance fraud taskforce

23 March 2015By

Whiplash claims in the spotlight as former justice secretary Jack Straw suggests referral fee ban is failing.

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