High Court upholds lawyer’s entitlement to costs on DBA termination – Litigation Futures

Posted July 13th, 2020 in costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘A damages-based agreement (DBA) was not unenforceable because it obliged the client to pay incurred costs and expenses when she exercised her contractual right of termination, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th July 2020

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Tougher sentences for attacks on emergency workers considered – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2020 in assault, consultations, emergency services, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘Plans to double the maximum jail term for criminals who assault emergency workers to two years are being considered by the government.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2020

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Inquest into Stephen Port’s victims set to begin in new year – The Guardian

‘Families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port have been assured that everything possible will be done to ensure the long-awaited inquests into their deaths go ahead in the new year despite the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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Fewer than half of employment tribunal claimants use lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2020 in employment, employment tribunals, legal representation, news, statistics by sally

‘Fewer than half of employment tribunal claimants use a lawyer, with most of those unrepresented at hearings saying it was because they could not afford one, according to government research.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2020

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Shropshire maternity scandal: Hundreds more cases under review – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2020 in birth, hospitals, inquiries, news, pregnancy, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘Hundreds more cases are to be reviewed by an independent inquiry into maternity care at an NHS trust, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2020

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Immigration solicitors permanently banned from unregulated firms – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors handling immigration work can only do so from organisations overseen by a legal regulator or the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), the Solicitors Regulation Authority has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2020

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Man found guilty of killing pregnant ex-girlfriend and baby in London – The Guardian

‘A man has been found guilty of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage, killing her and their baby.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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Royal Mail fined for late letters and overcharging – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2020 in consumer protection, fines, news, postal service by sally

‘Royal Mail has been fined £1.5m by the regulator for being late with first class deliveries and overcharging customers for second class stamps.’

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BBC News, 10th July 2020

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G4S fined £44m by Serious Fraud Office over electronic tagging – The Guardian

‘Security firm G4S has been fined £44m by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of an agreement that will see it avoid prosecution for overcharging the Ministry of Justice for the electronic tagging of offenders, some of whom had died.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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Court of Appeal on: tilted balance, settlement boundaries and standard method – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 10th, 2020 in appeals, boundaries, chambers articles, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Oxton Farm had unsuccessfully sought judicial review of the decision of Harrogate Borough Council (the Council) to grant outline planning permission for 21 new homes and a village shop in Bickerton, North Yorkshire in September 2018 and appealed the judgment of the High Court to the Court of Appeal.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 8th July 2020

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Redundancy: Principles and Calculations Revisited – 33 Bedford Row

Posted July 10th, 2020 in chambers articles, company law, coronavirus, employment, news, redundancy by sally

‘This article has been prepared by two barristers at 33 Bedford Row outlining the basic principles in relation to redundancy as well as calculation of any redundancy payment.’

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33 Bedford Row, 30th June 2020

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Pilot Scheme launched for domestic abuse cases in family courts – Becket Chambers

‘The Domestic Abuse bill which is making its way through the legislative process and which was delayed as a result of the calling of the general election (and the prorogation of Parliament) has reached the report stage in the commons this week. It is expected to be amended to incorporate the reforms to the legislation recommended by an expert panel and which will implement those recommendations and commence a pilot scheme to trial them.’

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Becket Chambers, 1st July 2020

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Supreme Court hands down judgment in Villiers v Villiers – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘Charles and Emma Villiers married in 1994. They moved to Scotland the following year and lived there throughout their married life. The couple separated in 2012, when the wife and the parties’ daughter left the former matrimonial home and moved to England, where the wife continues to reside. Mrs Villiers issued a divorce petition in July 2013 on the basis of her habitual residence for 12 months preceding the presentation of the petition.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 1st July 2020

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted July 10th, 2020 in Uncategorized by tracey

The Companies (Shareholders’ Rights to Voting Confirmations) Regulations 2020

The Taxation of Chargeable Gains (Gilt-edged Securities) Order 2020

The International Tax Enforcement (Disclosable Arrangements) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Merchant Shipping (Safety of Navigation) Regulations 2020

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

The Client Earth/Drax Case – No. 5 Chambers

‘This case is a High Court challenge by statutory judicial review to the Secretary of State’s decision to grant a development consent order for the construction and operation of two gas-fired generating units at an existing coal-fired power station site in Yorkshire. The decision was contrary to the recommendation of her examining Panel. The challenge was unsuccessful largely because the Panel itself had made an error which the Secretary of State declined to follow. The Panel had misinterpreted national policy on the assessment of “need” for the development and the Secretary of State had been entitled to conclude that that need outweighed the substantial adverse environmental impacts of the proposed development.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 30th June 2020

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted July 10th, 2020 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

A v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 858 (09 July 2020)

Liverpool Open And Green Spaces Community Interest Company, R (On the Application Of) v Liverpool City Council [2020] EWCA Civ 861 (09 July 2020)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Garland & Anor v The Secretary of State for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs [2020] EWHC 1814 (Admin) (10 July 2020)

Government of Ecuador v Larco [2020] EWHC 1797 (Admin) (10 July 2020)

L, R (On the Application Of) v The Director of Public Prosecutions [2020] EWHC 1815 (Admin) (09 July 2020)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd v Lufthansa Technik AG [2020] EWHC 1789 (Ch) (10 July 2020)

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc, Re [2020] EWHC 1792 (Ch) (09 July 2020)

Basra & Ors v Badhan [2020] EWHC 1825 (Ch) (09 July 2020)

Starling v The Climbing Gym Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 1833 (Ch) (09 July 2020)

Kilimanjaro AM Ltd v Mann Made Corporate Services (UK) Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 1804 (Ch) (09 July 2020)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co, Ltd & Anor v F Whale Corporation TMT Co, Ltd [2020] EWHC 1792 (Comm) (09 July 2020)

Valla PTC Ltd v Faiman [2020] EWHC 1819 (Comm) (09 July 2020)

High Court (Patents Court)

Lenovo (Singapore) PTE Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents [2020] EWHC 1706 (Pat) (09 July 2020)

Facebook Ireland Ltd v Voxer IP LLC [2020] EWHC 1806 (Pat) (07 July 2020)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Millett v Corbyn [2020] EWHC 1848 (QB) (10 July 2020)

P14 Medical Ltd v Mahon [2020] EWHC 1823 (QB) (09 July 2020)

Ameyaw v McGoldrick & Ors [2020] EWHC 1924 (QB) (09 July 2020)

Source: www.bailii.org

Court of Appeal Re-examines Test for Causation Under Section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 – Old Square Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal has delivered judgment in the case of Robinson v Department for Work and Pensions [2020] EWCA Civ 859, a decision which confirms that it is insufficient for a Claimant to argue, on a claim under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010, that “but for” their disability they would not have been put in a situation that led to unfavourable treatment. Rather, the focus needs to be on the reasons for the treatment itself. In so finding, the Court has approved of the obiter comments of Underhill LJ in Dunn v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] IRLR 298.’

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Old Square Chambers, 7th July 2020

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Croydon London Borough Council v Kalonga (2020) EWHC 1353 (QB) – Tanfield Chambers

‘A landlord under a fixed-term flexible tenancy did not have any right to determine the tenancy prior to the expiry of the fixed term because the tenancy agreement did not contain a forfeiture clause. The tenancy did not fall within the ambit of s82(1)(b) Housing Act 1985 and the landlord could only seek possession under s107D at the end of the fixed term.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 30th June 2020

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Negligence claim over divorce assets ruled to be time-barred – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 10th, 2020 in appeals, damages, divorce, law firms, negligence, news, time limits by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a law firm’s case that a £125,000 professional negligence claim against a firm for its handling of a divorce was issued too late. In Holt v Holley & Steer Solicitors (a firm), judges held that any alleged cause of action happened in the lead-up to divorce proceedings being finalised, and this was the starting point for the six-year limitation period.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th July 2020

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Mediating in the Time of Corona – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted July 10th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, dispute resolution, news by sally

‘The colossal impact of Covid 19 and the steps taken to address it are leading to a ‘plethora of defaults’ warns Mario Draghi. This emerging increase in disputes arises from circumstances like contractual failures in supply chains, disputed insurance claims, insolvency issues from business failures, employment losses and property disputes e.g. between landlords and tenants.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 1st July 2020

Source: insights.doughtystreet.co.uk