New laws on payslip information come into force this week – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2019 in agency, documents, employment, equality, holiday pay, holidays, news, remuneration by sally

‘New laws on payslips come into force from this week, requiring employers to set out variable rates of pay and hours worked so that workers can more easily check that they are receiving the minimum wage.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2019


Court backs recoverability of agency fees in PI claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 1st, 2019 in agency, costs, fees, medical records, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The court has ruled in favour of claimants in a battle over medical agency fees that affects thousands of low-value personal injury cases.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2019


Supreme Court upholds estate agent contract formed over telephone –

Posted February 20th, 2019 in agency, contracts, estate agents, fees, news, remuneration, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK Supreme Court has upheld a contract concluded between a property developer and an estate agent over the telephone, including a disputed element of commission for the agent.’

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New Judgment: Wells v Devani [2019] UKSC 4 – UKSC Blog

Posted February 14th, 2019 in agency, contracts, estate agents, interpretation, news, sale of land, Supreme Court by sally

‘This appeal considered whether, where a commission agent and his principal have not expressly, in their oral discussions, identified and agreed the precise event upon which commission is payable, but have expressly agreed in those oral discussions that a commission would be payable at an agreed percentage, their bargain is incomplete. It also considered whether the court can (whether by taking into account the relevant surrounding factual matrix or what the parties said, or the parties’ conduct), imply a term identifying the commission entitling event which gives business efficacy to the parties’ presumed common intention.’

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UKSC Blog, 13th February 2019


Court of Appeal considers fraud vicarious liability test –

Posted November 20th, 2018 in agency, fraud, misrepresentation, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a finding of the High Court of fraudulent misrepresentation against a postal equipment supplier, on the grounds that it was not ‘vicariously liable’ for the dishonesty of its agent.’

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Harmony at the price of principle: the impact of Mercato Sports (UK) Limited & McKay v Everton FC [2018] EWHC 1567 (Ch) (“Mercato”) – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted September 7th, 2018 in agency, arbitration, contract of employment, news, sport, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘In July the High Court in Mercato considered the circumstances in which parties, not including the FA, who are subject to the FA Rules, will be bound to arbitrate disputes between them under FA Rule K. The judgment follows, and attempts to reconcile, two decisions of the same Court in 2017 on the same topic: Davies v Nottingham Forest FC [2017] EWHC 2095 (“Davies”) and Bony v Kacou & Ors [2017] EWHC 2146 (Ch) (“Bony”).’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers , 6th September 2018


Left Holding The Baby – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in agency, identity fraud, news, solicitors, warranties by sally

‘Given the frequency with which sophisticated fraudsters arrange for the sale of properties which they do not own, it is perhaps surprising that the question of who, amongst the professionals involved, bears the risk when it happens has not been considered sooner and more definitively. In 2010 the question came before the Court in Excel Securities PLC v Masood [2010] Lloyds Rep PN 165, but only on a summary judgment application. HHJ Hegarty QC (sitting as a High Court Judge) held that the question of whether a solicitor purporting to act for the owner of a property warranted the identity of his client could not be answered in the abstract, and was not a suitable matter for summary judgment. A warranty of authority is an implied obligation arising as a matter of contract in particular circumstances, so it is not possible to determine the scope of any such warranty without a detailed consideration of the facts. Generally, however, a solicitor’s warranty extends to the fact that he has the authority of the person who has instructed him, but not as to the identity of that person.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 31st July 2018


UK ruling offers lesson for banks on credit referencing –

Posted July 27th, 2018 in agency, banking, economic loss, gambling, misrepresentation, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Banks can learn a lesson from a new ruling issued by the UK Supreme Court on practices to adopt when providing credit references, according to a banking and finance litigation expert.’

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The FA v Cellino – Behind the headlines – Blackstone Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in agency, fines, news, regulations, sport by sally

‘Almost a year since the case was heard before an FA Regulatory Commission, the final decision in the case of The FA v Massimo Cellino has been published.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 6th November 2017


Fining property manager £5k “completely disproportionate”: tribunal judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2017 in agency, compensation, fines, landlord & tenant, news, proportionality by tracey

‘A council’s imposition of a £5,000 fine on a property management business for failing to be a member of a redress scheme for three weeks was “unreasonable in the circumstances and completely disproportionate”, a tribunal judge has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th October 2017


Private sector updates – Nearly Legal

Posted November 25th, 2016 in agency, fees, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘Section 8 notice prescribed form. The Govt has made The Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2016. The Schedule contains a new ‘form 3’ – the prescribed form of Section 8 Notice Seeking Possession. This must be used for s.8 notices served on or after 1 December 2016.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd November 2016


Employment law brief – New Law Journal

‘Ian Smith examines the recent cases that have been driving employment law.’

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New Law Journal, 18th November 2016


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


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


Supreme Court: money owed by insolvent agent to its principal not held on constructive trust –

‘Money which an agent personally owed to its principal at the point the former became insolvent is not held on “constructive trust” for the principal, instead forming part of the assets of the insolvent business to be divided up between all creditors in a proportionate way, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

Full story, 29th July 2016


‘Speak out’ plea as rogue lettings agent is jailed – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2016 in agency, fraud, landlord & tenant, news, sentencing by sally

Nearly all scam and fraud victims “suffer in silence”, councils say, but the jailing of a lettings agent shows billions of pounds could be saved.

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BBC News, 8th July 2016


Tis aw a muddle – costs edition – Nearly Legal

Posted May 6th, 2016 in agency, costs, injunctions, joinder, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘Morales v Enver (2016) QBD (Irwin J) 28/04/2016. Mr M had brought injunction for re-entry proceedings against a landlord and agents.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th May 2016


Alan Ramsay Sales & Marketing Ltd v Typhoo Tea Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 15th, 2016 in agency, agreements, contracts, evidence, law reports, privilege by sally

Alan Ramsay Sales & Marketing Ltd v Typhoo Tea Ltd [2016] EWHC 486 (Comm)

‘The claimant was a commercial agent who acted for the defendant. The agency agreement between the parties provided for 12 months’ notice of termination. The claimant’s case was that, by e-mails dated 18 and 26 March 2013, the defendant gave notice of termination with effect from 11 February 2013, to terminate on 11 May 2013 and was thereby in repudiatory breach of contract, which repudiation the claimant accepted as bringing the agency agreement to an end. The claimant brought a claim for, inter alia, damages for termination with insufficient notice and sought to admit the defendant’s e-mails as evidence of the defendant’s repudiation. The defendant contended that the two e-mails, both marked “Without Prejudice”, were part of a series of without prejudice negotiations to settle a dispute as to termination of the agency and that, as such, they could not be relied on by the claimant as repudiatory and were inadmissible in evidence.’

WLR Daily, 8th March 2016


Commercial agency: where the principal cannot have his cake and eat it too – Technology Law Update

Posted November 19th, 2015 in agency, commercial agents, compensation, contracts, indemnities, news by tracey

‘On termination of a commercial agency agreement the agent is normally entitled to either an indemnity or compensation. This is a lump sum payment to reward the agent for the goodwill it has developed for the principal. They can agree by contract which option they prefer. But in the absence of agreement, the agent is entitled to compensation.’

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Technology Law Update, 16th November 2015


Supreme Court seeks review of ‘illegality defence’ –

Posted April 24th, 2015 in agency, fraud, illegality, news, Supreme Court, taxation by sally

‘Some of the UK’s most senior judges have said it is necessary to review how the so-called ‘illegality defence’ should be applied.’

Full story, 24th April 2015