Rather too certain to be uncertain – Nearly Legal

Posted December 9th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, council tax, landlord & tenant, news, tribunals, valuation by sally

‘This was Leeds’ second appeal of a Valuation Tribunal decision on council tax liability. We covered the first High Court appeal here. Full disclosure, I acted for the intervener in this second appeal, the Residential Landlords Association, with Justin Bates (or as it turns out, Bate) as counsel.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th December 2016

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Late Amendments to Pleadings – Proceed with Caution – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in amendments, building law, contracts, duty of care, news, pleadings by sally

‘The Claimant had purchased a new build property which had been constructed by the First Defendant company. Slightly over a year later the Claimant tripped over a paved step in her garden which rendered her tetraplegic. The other Defendants to the claim were the directors of the First Defendant and the contractor who had been engaged to lay the paving in the garden.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 30th November 2016

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Not just any contract… – New Law Journal

Posted November 29th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, drafting, news, rent, Supreme Court by sally

‘Andrew Burns QC & Ishaani Shrivastava examine the implication & construction of contract terms following Marks & Spencer.’

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New Law Journal, 25th November 2016

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High Court clarifies the position as regards claiming damages based on an extrapolated sample – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 21st, 2016 in contracting out, contracts, damages, news, roads, statistics by sally

‘A recent High Court decision will provide helpful guidance to parties that elect to use statistical sampling and extrapolation as a means to demonstrate entitlement to substantial damages.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st November 2016

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Dealing with a breach of contract. What are the options for the innocent party when the contract is broken? Can they walk away from the deal, when and how? – Falcon Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2016 in contracts, news, rescission, speeches by sally

‘I have been asked to talk this afternoon about breach of contract, specifically what strategies can be adopted in the event that one party fails to complete under the terms of the contract. What are the options for escaping the contract or, alternatively, for forcing the other party to complete?

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Falcon Chambers, September 2016

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Beware the dangers of uncertainty with letters of intent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in arbitration, construction industry, contracts, news by sally

‘Alexander Nissen QC’s recent decision in Spartafield Ltd v Penten Group Ltd brings a degree of finality to the long-running dispute between these two parties. It comes after multiple adjudications and previous proceedings in the TCC. Back in March, my colleague Ebony Alleyne discussed what was then the most recent judgment, dealing with the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd November 2016

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McGill v Sports and Entertainment Media Group and others – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2016 in agency, appeals, contracts, damages, law reports, sport by sally

McGill v Sports and Entertainment Media Group and others [2016] EWCA Civ 1063

‘The claimant, a licensed football agent, brought proceedings against a football player seeking damages for breach of contract, claiming that he had negotiated a transfer deal for the player under an oral contract, but that another agent, having induced the player to breach his contract with the claimant, had made the deal with the new club itself and received the fee of £300,000, thereby depriving the claimant of his fee for the work which he had done. The claim was settled in 2009 with payment of £50,000 to the claimant in full and final settlement. In 2012 the claimant brought an action against the first to fourth defendants, being the agent which had allegedly induced the breach of contract and three individuals associated with it, and the fifth to ninth defendants, being the club to which the player had transferred and four individuals associated with it. The claim was for, inter alia, the torts of inducing a breach of contract, breach of confidence and unlawful means conspiracy. The judge found that all the ingredients of the causes of action for inducement of breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy were made out apart from causation and loss, and dismissed all the claims.’

WLR Daily, 12th October 2016

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Appeal court finds Sammy Lee gave false evidence over Bolton transfer deal – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2016 in agency, appeals, contracts, evidence, news, sport by sally

‘A high court judgment in which the current England assistant manager, Sammy Lee, was found to have knowingly given false evidence has been upheld by the court of appeal. Lee, when manager of Bolton Wanderers for a short period in 2007 having taken over from Sam Allardyce, was found to have lied about his club’s involvement in signing the midfield player Gavin McCann, who had been poached by the agents SEM.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2016

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Champion poker player loses appeal against London casino over his £7.7 million winnings – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 4th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, gambling, news by tracey

‘A top poker player has lost his £7.7 million battle against a London casino at the Court of Appeal as a judge said his “edge-sorting” skills amounted to cheating despite the fact he was not dishonest.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2016

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Kilker Projects Ltd v Purton (trading as Richwood Interiors) – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2016 in construction industry, contracts, news, repayment, service by sally

Kilker Projects Ltd v Purton (trading as Richwood Interiors) [2016] EWHC 2616 (TCC)

‘The parties entered into an oral construction contract, to which the Scheme for Construction Contracts (England and Wales) Regulations 1998 (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2011 applied. Following completion of the works, a dispute arose as to the sums due in respect of the final account. In a first adjudication, the adjudicator, having held that no valid “payment notice” or “pay less notice” had been served by the employer, ordered it to pay the “notified sum”, as defined by section 111 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, in respect of the contractor’s final account application. The employer subsequently paid the judgment sum. In a second adjudication, the adjudicator determined the true value of the final account for the works and directed the contractor to repay the employer a sum found to have been overpaid. On the employer’s application to enforce that decision, the contractor contended that adjudicator had not had jurisdiction to determine the dispute because it had been decided in the earlier adjudication.’

WLR Daily, 22nd September 2016

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Broadband advert rule changes come into effect – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2016 in advertising, consumer protection, contracts, internet, news by sally

‘New rules forcing broadband firms to be clearer in adverts on the costs of their contracts have come into effect.’

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BBC News, 31st October 2016

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Supreme Court upholds clause excluding professional indemnity cover for commercial arrangements – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 27th, 2016 in appeals, contracts, insurance, law firms, legal services, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘Loans provided to the clients of a firm of solicitors by a third party funder were not ‘legal services’, and so were not covered by the terms of the firm’s professional indemnity (PI) policy, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

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Speech by Mr Justice Leggatt – ‘Contractual duties of good faith’ – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted October 25th, 2016 in barristers, contracts, judges, speeches by michael

‘In Cantonese “Yam seng” means “drink to success”. It is a phrase used when drinking a toast – or, as a Singapore dictionary describes it: “An exclamation made before an alcoholic drink is consumed”. It was also the name of the claimant company in one of the first cases that I heard when I went on the bench…’

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Lecture to the Commercial Bar Association, 18 October 2016

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High Court confirms distinction in law between interim and final payments – Out-Law.com

Posted October 24th, 2016 in construction industry, contracts, dispute resolution, news by michael

‘A second “valuation” adjudication confirming the value of the final payment due under a construction contract is permissible, the High Court has ruled.’

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Out-Law.com, 21st October 2016

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Legal Aid Agency to clarify ’embarrassment clause’ after legal threat – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2016 in contracts, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Legal Aid Agency has agreed to clarify the remit of the so-called ‘embarrassment clause’ it sought to include in one of its contracts, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2016

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High Court challenge over award of helpline contract to G4S fails – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2016 in contracting out, contracts, equality, law centres, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The Law Centres Network (LCN) has lost its bid to prevent G4S being awarded a government contract to run the Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) helpline.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2016

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G4S equality helpline contract raises serious concern, high court told – The Guardian

‘Awarding global security firm G4S the contract to run a national discrimination helpline raises “serious and legitimate grounds for concern” and risks undermining the service’s credibility, the high court has been told. A judicial review challenge supported by human rights groups and the Law Centres Network has called on the government to delay transferring operation of the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) to G4S.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2016

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Junior doctors take contract fight to high court – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2016 in contracts, doctors, industrial action, ministers' powers and duties, news, ultra vires by tracey

‘Junior doctors in England are going to the High Court to try and stop the government imposing a new contract.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2016

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Amazon Dash button launch may run into problems with EU law, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 5th, 2016 in consumer protection, contracts, EC law, electronic commerce, news, sale of goods by sally

‘Amazon launched its Dash button service in Europe this week, providing users with Wi-Fi connected ‘buttons’ to order products such as toilet paper and washing powder.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2016

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Are you aware of the impact of the Insurance Act? – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2016 in contracts, disclosure, fraud, insurance, legislation, news by sally

‘You may not have picked up on it, but the recent change to The Insurance Act 2015 is the most significant update to commercial insurance law in the last 100 years, overhauling principles originally laid down by the Marine Insurance Act 1906. The consequences are far-reaching and mean that it is not just your regulator that is interested in ensuring you have adequate risk management in place. Whilst insurers tell us the intention of the new Act is to create a more balanced relationship between insurer and customer, it seems to be a potential landmine for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2016

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