Legal updates

Glamorgan council

Local government: cuts to library provision

16 January 2017By Nicholas Dobson

When local authorities plan to reduce, restructure or rationalise library services, litigation often results.

Mr Justice Mostyn

Family: sharing foreign pensions on divorce

9 January 2017By Andrew Newbury

How will a significant change from established practice affect the court’s power to rule on foreign pensions?

Sonyoffice

Patent infringement claims in China

23 December 2016

A Canadian company's action against Sony could have wider significance for patent litigation claims.

Commission

Pay-for-delay rulings under appeal

5 December 2016By Miranda Cole

Appeals have potentially significant ramifications for the upcoming Competition Appeal Tribunal hearings in the GSK paroxetine case.

Mr justice eder

Arbitration: service of notice

28 November 2016By Masood Ahmed

The issue of whether the correct party has been served in arbitration becomes complicated in an agent-principal scenario.

Amber rudd

Crass methodologies for hard Brexit

21 November 2016By Laura Devine

It is deeply worrying that the UK appears to be renewing, perhaps with greater vigour, its commitment to reduce net migration through crass methodologies.

West berkshire council

Local government and land disposals

14 November 2016By Nicholas Dobson

West Berkshire Council found itself under section 123 fire from Faraday Development Ltd.

Royalsociety

Wills and probate: correct terminology

7 November 2016By Lesley King

The Royal Society v Robinson [2015] EWHC 3442 (Ch).

High Court

Family: financial needs on divorce

31 October 2016By Andrew Newbury

The Family Justice Council’s latest guidance is essential reading.

Mr justice lewison

Commercial property: partitioning

24 October 2016By Suzanne Gill

The merits of reviewing a licence to alter office premises have been brought into focus by a recent case.

Darren Clayton

Dress code dilemmas

17 October 2016By Darren Clayton

Employers need to consider potential discrimination issues when implementing a dress code.

Edwards

Offensive weapons, sentencing and costs

10 October 2016By Anthony Edwards

Changes to the law on weapons, sentencing and disqualification.

Tameside hospital nhs

Civil procedure – party conduct and costs sanctions

3 October 2016By Masood Ahmed

What happens when the expectation that parties conduct themselves in a sensible and accountable manner is undermined?

Scourt

RTA victims injured abroad

26 September 2016By Malcolm Johnson

Claiming damages from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau following an accident abroad.

Para

A tale of two decisions: Olympic and Paralympic

19 September 2016By Dan Hyde

Why were some Russian Olympians allowed to compete in Rio but all of its Paralympians excluded?

Essexcouncil

When public authorities clash

19 September 2016By Nicholas Dobson

High Court judge wondered why no attempt at compromise had been made.

Daviddavis

Data protection and Brexit

5 September 2016By Ibrahim Hasan

UK data controllers are already grappling with the biggest change to EU protection in 20 years.

Poundsstacked16

Clarity on costs

9 August 2016By James Scozzi

Clear guidelines on where the ‘goalposts’ are when it comes to requesting interim payments.

Shepherdsbush

Local government: duty to give reasons

1 August 2016By Nicholas Dobson

Had the case been made when Hammersmith and Fulham LBC proposed a regeneration of Shepherd’s Bush Market?

Rcjrailings

Criminal injuries compensation

25 July 2016By Malcolm Johnson

The courts have tackled the issue of compensation for criminal injuries inflicted before birth.

Employment tribunal

Tribunal fees and access to justice

18 July 2016By Karen Baxter

The latest in the emplyment tribunal fees episode.

Timothy taylor

Landlord and tenant disputes

11 July 2016By Suzanne Gill

A recent case from high society piqued interest.

Serious Fraud Office

Lawyers and section 2 interviews

4 July 2016By Elly Proudlock

New guidance on the presence of lawyers at section 2 interviews is confrontational and likely to be counterproductive.

Masood-Ahmed

Conflicts of interest

27 June 2016By Masood Ahmed

Arbitrator bias and the International Bar Association guidelines.

Edwards

Drugs, dogs, curfews and costs

20 June 2016By Anthony Edwards

Changes to the law around psychoactive substances, dangerous dogs and legal aid travel costs.

Ricoh

Demystifying state aid decisions

13 June 2016By Nicholas Dobson

How a case involving Coventry City Football Club clarifies key principles underpinning effective decisions.

Hillsborough families

Hillsborough: the key lessons for our justice system

8 June 2016By Patrick Roche

What can lawyers learn from the tortuous 27-year struggle for justice?

Rcjabove

Commercial property: end of leases

6 June 2016By Suzanne Gill

In the hurly-burly of negotiation the wider perspective can be overlooked

Laura Devine

Brexit: the bigger picture on immigration

23 May 2016By Laura Devine

There’s more to freedom of movement than the headlines would suggest.

Mr Justice Coulson

Trial advocacy fee and fixed costs

23 May 2016By Masood Ahmed

A novel issue surrounding the trial advocacy fee came before Coulson J in the High Court.

Heather mills court

Family: needs and standard of living

16 May 2016By Andrew Newbury

The issue for many judges is the period over which the standard of living enjoyed during a marriage is to be maintained.

Baxter cut

Childcare vouchers and maternity leave

9 May 2016By Karen Baxter

Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on childcare vouchers is at odds with the approach taken by most employers.

Cabinetoffice

Companies and conflicts of interest

2 May 2016By Nicholas Dobson

On the face of it, the nature of conflicts of interest should be straightforward. But solicitors should be wary.

Merck

IP: brand coexistence agreements

25 April 2016By Jim McDonnell

How should a brand coexistence agreement, made long before the internet gained any kind of popularity, apply to global online use?

Pcrathband

Negligence claim over Raoul Moat shooting

18 April 2016By Malcolm Johnson

The claimants said that Northumbria Police owed PC David Rathband a duty of care to warn him of the threats made by killer Raoul Moat.

Willmott dixon stand

Part 36: concessions and intentions

11 April 2016By Masood Ahmed

The method for determining whether an offer legitimately qualifies under Part 36 was recently considered in a High Court case.

Talktalk

New rules for data protection

4 April 2016By Ibrahim Hasan

Data breach management and the new EU data protection regulation.

Robert fidler

Local government: planning enforcement

21 March 2016By Nicholas Dobson

The Robert Fidler case is still rumbling like a potentially active volcano.

Wimpey

Commercial property: overage clauses

14 March 2016By Suzanne Gill

What should commercial property lawyers look out for, to make sure their drafting does not end up before a judge?

David Green

Mixed fortunes for the SFO

7 March 2016By Christopher David

The SFO faces daunting political and resourcing challenges, but it is moving in the right direction.

Dagenham pay protest

Mind the gender pay gap

7 March 2016By Karen Baxter

The government is taking steps to address pay inequalities that still exist in UK workplaces.

Meston

Family law: offsetting pensions

29 February 2016By Andrew Newbury

A considered overview of offsetting pensions in financial remedy orders helps fill a gap where there is precious little guidance.

Edwards

New offences and sentencing

22 February 2016By Anthony Edwards

Two further significant provisions of the Serious Crime Act 2015 have been brought into force.

Judge vos

Without prejudice privilege

15 February 2016By Masood Ahmed

The application of the privilege came into question in a recent Court of Appeal case.

Data

New EU data protection regulation

8 February 2016By Ibrahim Hasan

The regulation will replace all data protection legislation in EU member states. What do practitioners need to do next to be ready?

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.

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