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Lord Justice Tomlinson

Foreign arbitral awards

22 September 2014By Masood Ahmed

‘Certification’ of arbitration agreements under the Arbitration Act 1996.

Coal pit

Pre-action disclosure

15 September 2014By Simon Allen

The test to be applied in an application for pre-action disclosure.

Michael Gove

Citizenship education versus ‘British values’

9 September 2014By Andy Thornton

Demands on schools to promote British values could damage the ability of young people to understand a multi-cultural democracy.

Lesley King

Legal update: probate

8 September 2014By Lesley King

Secret and half-secret trusts

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New York


18 September 2014

The Commercial Court dismissed the claimants’ application for an injunction pursuant to section 37 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 to restrain the first defendant from pursuing or taking any step in proceedings commenced against the second and third claimants in the supreme court of New York.

Odeon cinema


18 September 2014

The Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) ruled on an appeal by Bookit Ltd against a decision of the Revenue and Customs Commissioners which had decided that credit and debit card handling fees were not exempt from a European directive and should be standard rated.

Barclays bank


11 September 2014

The claimant had arranged a loan with the defendant bank. He subsequently sought to transfer the loan from himself to a company that he controlled. The claimant and the company brought proceedings against the bank for, among other things, misrepresentation.



11 September 2014

The first claimant owned two UK patents for an invention entitled ‘flying shark’ and the second claimant was the exclusive licensee of the first claimant in respect of both patents. The defendant devised and imported toys for sale in the UK, in particular, flying fish known as ‘mega fliers’.

European Court of Human Rights

Human rights

1 September 2014

Applicant prisoners lodge applications against UK, complaining they are prevented from voting in European Parliament elections

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Family outline


27 August 2014

In this adoption application, the parent and step-parent of a child applied to the court to adopt a mother’s two children (by different fathers).  The trial judge refused application so the father appealed.

Downing Street


21 August 2014

In a case management conference regarding two libel actions concerning the events that happened when the claimant was leaving Downing Street with his bicycle, the Queen’s Bench Division approved the parties’ proposals that the action should be tried by a judge sitting without a jury.

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