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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

Lesley King

Secret and half-secret trusts

8 September 2014By Lesley King

Principles to be applied when construing wills.

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Barclays bank

Practice

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.

Rolls-building

Patent

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

Family

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

Practice

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.

Boris Johnson

Judicial review

7 August 2014

The claimant sought judicial review of the decision by Transport for London not to allow the Christian organisation’s advertisement to appear on its buses, on the basis that the decision had been made for the improper purpose of advancing the second defendant mayor’s electoral campaign.

Tribunal

Employment

7 August 2014

The case returned to the employment tribunal (the tribunal) for a decision as to whether the selection by the employer solicitors’ firm of the compulsory age of 65 for retirement had been proportionate to achieve its aims of retention and workforce planning.

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Jonathan Goldsmith

Breach of privilege

24 July 2014Updated: 24 July 2014By

The Sarkozy case raises important questions about the issue of technology and lawyer-client confidentiality.

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