Trending news articles on the Gazette this week…

1. Renowned north-west family firm shuts citing ‘financial difficulties’

Heaney Watson, with offices in Manchester and Liverpool, issues statement following winding-up petition.

2. Judge slams defendant firm Kennedys over costs budgeting ‘games’

High Court rejects defendant’s estimate of claimant costs as judge says it was useless.

3. KitKat’s four fingers crumble before Court of Appeal

In latest twist to long-running battle, judges uphold High Court ruling denying trade mark protection to shape of chocolate bar.

4. Claimant delight as court rejects repayment of £400 fixed costs

Lord Justice Briggs makes key ruling in favour of claimants in a case addressing entitlement to Stage 1 fixed costs.

5. SFO steps up fraud probe over Quindell

Listed Australian firm Slater and Gordon has received a disclosure notice from UK fraud investigators relating to thousands of files.