Interflora v Marks and Spencer- take care when using keywords! – Technology Law Update

Posted June 10th, 2013 in advertising, intellectual property, internet, news, trade marks by sally

“The High Court has recently ruled in Interflora’s favour in its long-running dispute with Marks and Spencer (Interflora, inc and Interflora British Unit v Marks and Spencer plc and Flowers Direct Online Limited [2013] EWHC 1291 (Ch)).”

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Technology Law Update, 10th June 2013


Incomplete information and the right to know: Climategate’s long tail – UK Human Rights Blog

“These are the latest in a series of freedom of information requests for disclosure of material from the UEA’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). These requests arose following the ‘climategate’ affair where hacked university emails suggested that individuals within CRU might have attempted to abuse the process of peer review to prevent publication of opposing research papers and evidence. Hence the sensitivity of the data to both requester and CRU, and the passions engendered on these appeals.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th June 2013


Copyright law changes outlined by the Government –

Posted June 10th, 2013 in bills, consultations, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

“Media outlets will have a new right to make limited use of quotes published by rival news organisations under changes to copyright law proposed by the Government.”

Full story, 10th June 2013


Prest v Prest: supreme court prepares to rule on landmark divorce wrangle – The Guardian

“Does a one-man company metamorphose into one man simply because the person with a wish to abstract its assets is his wife?”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2013


Lee Webster guilty of pills-in-beer ‘prank’ killing – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2013 in homicide, news, poisoning by sally

“A man has been found guilty of killing his friend by putting 27 anti-depressant tablets into his drink.”

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BBC News, 10th June 2013


Legal aid cuts will deny vulnerable women justice – The Guardian

“Campaigners warn that proposals to slash the legal aid budget will price trafficked women and victims of domestic violence out of the justice system.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2013


Two murderers launch Supreme Court challenge for right to vote in prison – The Independent

Posted June 10th, 2013 in elections, human rights, news, prisons, Supreme Court by sally

“Two convicted murderers have taken their fight for the right to vote while in prison to the UK’s highest court.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2013


Wolverhampton heroin death toddler’s parents plead guilty – BBC News

“The parents of a toddler, who died from a heroin overdose, have admitted causing his death.”

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BBC News, 10th June 2013


EVENT: Queen Mary – QMJIP Seminar: Professor Susy Frankel ‘Interpreting the TRIPs Agreement – Plain Packaging, Public Health and Patents

Posted June 10th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“The on-going dispute over plain packaging of tobacco products puts the spotlight not only on the particular trade mark related issues, but also on how the TRIPs Agreement and other key multilateral IP agreements (Berne and Paris) should be interpreted. The approach to interpretation is not only a single dispute issue, but ha systemic implications for IP disputes and, more broadly IP rule-making. Rules of international treaty interpretation are not new, but their impacts in IP are relatively new.”

Date: 21st June 2013, 12.00am-2.00pm

Location: Senior Common Room (3rd Floor), Queen Mary, University of London, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Charge: Free

More information can be found here.

EVENT: LSE – Law, Liberty and State: Hayek, Oakeshott and Schmitt on the Rule of Law

Posted June 10th, 2013 in Forthcoming events by sally

“The conference will discuss the theme of Law, Liberty, and State in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Political theorists, international relations scholars, philosophers and lawyers from various fields of public law will present papers on this theme, reflecting on the contribution of the following thinkers: F.A. Hayek, Michael Oakeshott, and Carl Schmitt.

Speakers: Nehal Bhuta (EUI); David Boucher (Cardiff); David Dyzenhaus (Toronto); Duncan Kelly (Cambridge); Paul Kelly (LSE); Erika Kiss (Princeton); Chandran Kukathas (LSE); Martin Loughlin (LSE); Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton); Thomas Poole (LSE); Adrian Vermeule (Harvard); Lars Vinx (Bilkent)

There is limited space available for this conference. Those wishing to attend are advised to register their expression of interest via email to:”

Date: 20th – 21st June 2013

Location: Moot Court Room, 7th Floor

Charge: Free


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Legal Assistant

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Keating Chambers is a leading commercial set specialising in high-profile construction, engineering, IT, telecommunications and energy related disputes which typically involve issues relating to the law of contract, tort and restitution. Chambers also undertakes a broader range of work including professional negligence, EU procurement and competition law, environmental and other regulatory work, bonds, guarantees and party wall matters.

As a result of its ongoing expansion and increasing workload, in 2006 Chambers took the decision to employ a Legal Assistant on a one-year contract, and 2013-2014 will be the eighth year for which this role has been offered.

This position does not require any prior specialist knowledge of construction law or experience of the construction industry. However, the role will be very demanding. As well as assisting members of Chambers with research for ongoing or contemplated proceedings, the successful candidate will assist in preparing presentations, lectures and articles relating to Chambers’ principal practice areas and be responsible for document management/bundling work. The successful candidate will also assist our Director of Research and Professional Development, Professor Anthony Lavers, who supervises the role.

Applicants should be motivated, able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines, and able to manage several projects at any one time. Previous appointees have all completed the BPTC or equivalent and this is regarded as highly desirable for the role. The ability to understand and analyse complex legal issues and to communicate clearly is essential. So too is a high level of competence with both online research tools (including Westlaw, Justis, Lawtel, Lloyds, BAILII and Lexis-Nexis) and paper sources (such as Halsbury’s Laws/Statutes).

In return, Keating Chambers will offer the successful applicant a salary of c.25k p.a., and an interest-free loan to cover travelling expenses to and from work (if required). In addition, the role will provide unrivalled exposure to areas of Chambers’ work and to leading practitioners involved in high profile work.

Applicants should send an up-to-date CV and covering letter headed “RE: LEGAL ASSISTANT POSITION” by Friday 5 July 2013 to Ms Elaine Browne at Keating Chambers, 15 Essex St, London, WC2R 3AA. Each application should name two academic referees who will be contacted prior to any offer being made. Applicants should provide a statement (maximum 500 words) of their experience and competence in conducting complex legal research tasks and familiarity with source material, both paper-based and online, and a summary of any relevant previous employment. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in Chambers on the evenings of 17 and 18 July 2013 and employment will commence end of August/start of September by arrangement.

For further details concerning recruitment at Keating Chambers please see our website

Keating Chambers is fully committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services. The selection procedure is operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age. If you are disabled and require any adjustments at any stage, please inform us and we will try to accommodate your needs.

King George VI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted June 10th, 2013 in by sally

Cumberland Lodge, the independent education and conference centre in Windsor Great Park, seeks to appoint a King George VI Postdoctoral Fellow from 1st October 2013.

This two-year fellowship is open to candidates from any academic discipline who have recently completed, or are very close to completing, a doctorate. The fellowship provides an exciting and unique opportunity for a young scholar to gain experience in planning and running academic and cross-sector conferences and other events. The fellow will also play a full part in the residential life of Cumberland Lodge, which has the feel of both a college and a country house conference centre.

The appointment is for 30 hours a week plus some residential weekend duties. This opens the possibility for teaching or research for the equivalent of one day a week. Recent fellows have held teaching posts at King’s College London and Royal Holloway, for example.

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity which was founded in 1947. The Lodge, which is a fine 17th century country house, is owned by the Crown and was made available to the charity by King George VI.

The Lodge seeks to promote thinking and discussion for the ‘betterment of society’ through its own programme of events, by working in partnership with others, and by providing high class residential educational facilities for a wide range of academic, public and professional bodies. Regular users of Cumberland Lodge include the Government, the National Health Service, and the Inns of Court. The charity places particular importance on higher education, and since its foundations thousands of students from universities in Britain and elsewhere have come to Cumberland Lodge for conferences, retreats, reading parties and other activities.

Further information about the Lodge can be found on the website

The King George VI Fellow is part of a small in-house team which runs the Lodge’s own range of events called the Cumberland Lodge Programme. The fellow will be required to take the lead in organising several events in the programme, and potential conferences in 2014 include those in the areas of health, policing, the public understanding of science, and inequality and ethnicity. Expertise in any of these fields is not required. What is essential, however, is an enquiring mind and a willingness to engage with a wide range of disciplines.

The fellow will be expected to chair some plenary sessions at conferences, write some conference briefing papers, and prepare some conference reports for publication on the web and/or in print. The fellow may also make contributions to the planning discussions and organisation of other Cumberland Lodge events. The fellow will be involved in selecting conferences proposed by post-doctoral and doctoral researchers, as part of a scheme aimed at fostering academic careers.

The fellow will also have co-responsibility for a conference for doctoral students, aimed at helping them deal with issues related to doctoral studies and their futures after graduation. The Lodge is planning to expand its work with students, and the fellow will have a role in this development.

Residential Duties

The fellow is required to live in a flat on-site and to play a role in the residential life of the Lodge. This includes being part of a duty rota when s/he will be on call approximately two weekends each month. The fellow will also provide back-up to the night supervisor at least one night each week, by being on call in the event of an emergency.

The fellow will also give welcome talks to academic and professional groups about the history and purpose of Cumberland Lodge and accompany guests on tours of the Lodge.

Though Cumberland Lodge is a Christian foundation, we welcome applicants of any belief, providing they are willing to escort guests of the Lodge to, and attend, a Church of England service in the Royal Chapel in the Great Park on Sundays as one of their residential duties.

Person specification

We are looking for someone with proven academic or professional credentials who has the ability to work outside his/her area of specialism and across disciplines. The fellow must be a versatile team player, willing to take initiatives, have ability and confidence to speak in public and network with leading professionals, and able to be involved in the practicalities of running events. Good IT skills are also a requirement, including the ability to use social media.

It is essential that the fellow has a good public and professional manner, and is able to take responsibility not only for conference management but also for the general running of the Lodge (including being willing to have training in First Aid, collecting speakers from the train station, operating the fire alarms, etc.).
A valid car driving licence is also essential.


The pensionable stipend is £20,000 p.a. A fully furnished flat in the Lodge is provided free of charge, and at least one meal a day is available at the Lodge without charge.

Please apply by sending a CV with the names and contact details of two referees, and covering letter explaining why you are interested in this post, to the Principal, The Revd Dr Edmund Newell, c/o Ms Jennifer Streek, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2HP or

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2013. Interviews will take place on Thursday 11th July, for which standard class travel expenses within the UK will be paid.

Do I Want Your Opinion: the use of opinion evidence in law witness statements – Zenith Chambers

Posted June 10th, 2013 in admissibility, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

“Gordon Exall discusses the use of opinion evidence in witness statements. Looking, in particular, at two recent decisions which discuss opinion evidence.”

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Zenith Chambers, 6th June 2013


Avoiding Jackson’s sharp teeth: a practical view from the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted June 10th, 2013 in civil procedure rules, news, time limits by sally

“In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith considers recent decisions in which courts have taken a strict approach to compliance with the CPR following Jackson implementation, and offers some practical suggestions on how best to limit the risks of falling foul of the developing approach.”

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Littleton Chambers, 5th June 2013


Scuppering unscrupulous spouses – New Law Journal

Posted June 10th, 2013 in divorce, equity, family courts, financial provision, news, setting aside by sally

“What are the implications of a court setting aside a disposal made by a divorcing spouse to a third party? Anna Heenan & Ed Heaton report.”

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New Law Journal, 7th June 2013


Joint Pain – Right or Wrong? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted June 10th, 2013 in joint enterprise, murder, news, violent disorder, young offenders by sally

“In a flurry of press reports, the trials of 20 young people charged in connection with a savage murder came to an end with unequivocally strong views on the parts of the families of both the convicted and the victim. This article looks briefly at the doctrine of joint enterprise in English criminal law, used to convict some, but it seems – surprisingly – not all of the defendants charged.
Soyfen Belamouadden was just 15 years old when on March 25, 2010 he was murdered in a vicious knife assault by a number of youths in the booking office in Victoria Station, London. Thirteen defendants were originally charged, with murder, with seven others charged with other offences. After a series of trials, 13 were convicted of various offences ranging from manslaughter to lesser offences such as violent disorder and three of the defendants were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that they serve a minimum of 18 years.”

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 8th June 2013


Claims management companies that break the rules will be named online – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 10th, 2013 in claims management, consumer protection, news, personal injuries by sally

“Consumers will be able to check if claims management companies (CMCs) are subject to investigation with the launch of a new online tool.”

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Ministry of Justice, 7th June 2013


Six would-be terrorists who targeted EDL march jailed for total of 114 years – The Guardian

Posted June 10th, 2013 in conspiracy, explosives, guilty pleas, news, terrorism by sally

“Six men who planned an attack on an English Defence League rally which could have sparked ethnic violence on Britain’s streets, have been jailed for a total of more than a 100 years.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2013


ZZ (France) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

ZZ (France) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Case C-300/11); [2013] WLR (D) 218

“Where a national authority had failed to inform an EU citizen precisely and in full of the public security grounds, and the related evidence, upon which it had made a decision under article 27 of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC refusing the citizen entry, the national court was required, pursuant to articles 30(2) and 31 of the Directive and article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, to ensure that that failure was limited to that which was strictly necessary. The court had to ensure, in any event, that the citizen was informed of the essence of the grounds in a manner which took due account of the necessary confidentiality of the evidence.”

WLR Daily, 4th June 2013