Commercial nonsense and the reasonable man: Arnold v Britton & Ors [2015] UKSC 36 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, covenants, leases, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this case, the Supreme Court considered to what extent lessees could escape what appeared to be a very bad bargain indeed. The crux of the case was: to what extent can commercial common sense defeat a contractual provision which defies it?”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 24th July 2015

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Tenants who lack mental capacity to make decisions – Tanfield Chambers

‘In Wychavon District Council v EM (HB) [2011] UKUT 144 (AAC), the claimant, who was profoundly physically and mentally disabled, appealed from a decision that she was not entitled to housing benefit in respect of the sums payable under a tenancy agreement which, in the space for the tenant’s signature, stated that she was “profoundly disabled and cannot communicate at all.”’

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Tanfield Chambers, 18th June 2015

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Granting an option to purchase a shareholding to a party as relief for unfair prejudice was within the court’s discretion – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, company law, insolvency, news, shareholders, valuation by sally

‘Granting an option to purchase a shareholding to a party for a significant sum as relief for unfair prejudice was within the court’s discretion under the Companies Act 2006 s.996 despite valuation evidence showing the company was balance sheet insolvent.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 14th July 2015

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The perils of commoditised advice: Procter v Raleys Solicitors – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, compensation, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 28 April 2015 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Procter v Raleys Solicitors. The case is an important reminder to solicitors engaged in bulk litigation of the risks posed by “commoditising” their services.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 15th June 2015

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Stricter control mechanisms for secondary victim claims: Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation v Ronayne – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, hospitals, negligence, news, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Today’s Court of Appeal judgment in Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne [2015] EWCA Civ 588 is an early front runner for the most important tort law case of 2015. It is very good news for hard-pressed NHS Trusts defending claims by relatives shocked by the effect on loved-ones of acts of clinical negligence. Such claims will rarely succeed in the light of today’s decision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th July 2015

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Resolving the rules of insolvency – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, consent, costs, cross-claims, insolvency, liquidators, news, winding up by sally

‘Restructuring & Insolvency analysis: In what ways has Re Kingstons Investments Ltd shed light on longstanding ambiguities in the Insolvency Rules 1986? Jamie Riley, commercial litigator at 11 Stone Buildings, explores the case and explains why the final decision will be so important for insolvency lawyers.’

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11 Stone Buildings, June 2015

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Modernising the law on informed consent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, birth, consent, doctors, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The recent Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, 11 March 2015 has seen the courts move away from the previously paternalistic laws on informed consent and take a step towards recognising the more modern relationship between doctor and patient.’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd June 2015

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Insurers win the latest round in credit hire match – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, insurance, news, rent by sally

‘The insurers have won the most recent bout in what has been an ongoing slugfest between them and credit hire organisations (CHOs) for more than 20 years. The Court of Appeal has given guidance about calculating the basic hire rate (BHR) which favours the Insurers.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd June 2015

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Daughter wins £164,000 after decade-long legal battle over will with charities – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, charities, news, wills by sally

‘After a decade-long legal fight with three animal welfare charities over her mother’s decision to cut her out of any inheritance, a poverty-stricken daughter has finally been awarded £164,000 by senior judges.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2015

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Neighbours from hell: Damages for residual diminution in value – New Square Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, damages, harassment, news, nuisance, trespass, valuation by sally

‘The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Raymond v Young [2015] EWCA Civ 456 concerned the principles to be applied when considering what damages to award to property owners who were the victims of shocking harassment, trespass and nuisance conducted by their neighbours over a period of several years.’

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New Square Chambers, 26th May 2015

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Re H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 583: Appealing decisions out of time and procedural rules for litigants in person – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in appeals, family courts, litigants in person, news, time limits by sally

‘The recent case of Re H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 583 highlighted some of the difficulties that can be encountered by parties acting in person in family proceedings, and the stark consequences that can flow from a simple failure to follow procedural rules. The decision gives some guidance on the circumstances to be considered when deciding an application for relief from sanctions, namely an application for permission to appeal out of time.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 22nd June 2015

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Richards: Mitchell led to decisions that were “manifestly unjust and disproportionate” – Litigation Futures

Posted July 27th, 2015 in appeals, arbitration, news, stay of proceedings, striking out by sally

‘The Court of Appeal ruling in Mitchell led to decisions that were “manifestly unjust and disproportionate”, the deputy head of civil justice has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th July 2015

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Slaughterhouse right of appeal JR against FSA unfit meat decisions, fails – Henderson Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in appeals, EC law, food hygiene, judicial review, news by sally

‘In R (on the application of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers and another) v Food Standards Agency [2015] EWHC 1896 (Admin), Simon J sitting in the Admin Court (judgment 2.7.15) has found that neither the governing EU Regulations, nor the EU Charter nor the European Convention (A1P1) required the Food Standards Authority to afford any right of appeal to the owners of an expensive bull carcase found, at the slaughterhouse, to be unfit for human consumption and thus disposed of as worthless animal by-product.’

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Henderson Chambers, 2nd July 2015

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Court of Appeal overturns prison absconder policy ruling – BBC News

‘A High Court decision that it was unlawful for the government to ban inmates with a history of absconding from being transferred to open prisons has been overturned.

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BBC News, 23rd July 2015

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Sylvie Beghal, wife of terrorist, loses human rights court battle – BBC News

‘The wife of a convicted terrorist, who was prosecuted after refusing to submit to a police interrogation, has lost her human rights case in the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Assessing the State’s obligations under ECHR, art 3 – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in appeals, human rights, news, police by sally

‘How does the decision in DSD and another further our understanding of the police’s duty to investigate? Steven Walmsley, a solicitor at Broudie Jackson Canter, explores the police’s duty in light of the Court of Appeal’s decision.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd July 2015

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Supreme Court: no-win-no-fee costs regime compatible with Article 6 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The pre-April 2013 Conditional Fee Agreement system, under which claimants could recover uplifts on their costs and their insurance premiums from defendants, has survived – just. It received a sustained challenge from defendants to the effect that such a system was in breach of their Article 6 rights to a fair trial.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2015

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Feest v South West Strategic Health Authority (Bay Island Voyages, third party) – WLR Daily

Feest v South West Strategic Health Authority (Bay Island Voyages, third party):[2015] EWCA Civ 708; [2015] WLR (D) 306

‘The time bar prescribed by article 16 of the Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, scheduled to the Merchant Shipping Act 1979, for the bringing of claims against a carrier did not apply to claims against a carrier for contribution in respect of the liability of others to the passenger.’

WLR Daily, 15th July 2015

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Body in carpet murder: Court appeal to be heard in 2016 – BBC News

‘An appeal against the conviction of two men for the “body in a carpet” killing of a teenage girl more than two decades ago will be heard next year.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Legal aid safety net does not work, rules UK high court – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2015 in appeals, disabled persons, human rights, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The safety net to ensure that vulnerable claimants are provided with legal aid and access to justice does not work, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2015

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