Court of Appeal: shipping fuel supply agreement was not ‘sale of goods’ –

Posted October 27th, 2015 in agreements, appeals, consumer credit, news, sale of goods, ships by sally

‘A contract for the supply of marine fuel on credit was not governed by the 1979 Sale of Goods Act (SOGA), because full legal ownership of the fuel did not pass to the owners of the vessel before it was consumed, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

Full story, 26th October 2015


Facebook data transfers threatened by Safe Harbour ruling – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in agreements, data protection, EC law, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A pact that helped the tech giants and others send personal data from the EU to the US has been ruled invalid.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015


Civil Justice Council urges changes to boost use of damages-based agreements – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in agreements, Civil Justice Council, damages, news, regulations, reports by sally

‘A Civil Justice Council (CJC) report has made 45 recommendations aimed at boosting the uptake of Damages-Based Agreements (DBAs), which were a key part of the Jackson reforms but whose use has been limited.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd September 2015


Flanagan v Liontrust Investment Partners LLP and others – WLR Daily

Flanagan v Liontrust Investment Partners LLP and others [2015] EWHC 2171 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 338

‘The doctrine of repudiatory breach was excluded from multi-party agreements falling within the scope of section 5 of Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000.’

WLR Daily, 24th July 2015


NRAM plc v McAdam and another – WLR Daily

NRAM plc v McAdam and another [2015] EWCA Civ 751; [2015] WLR (D) 334

‘In a specific loan agreement, which was the template for agreements between a bank and numerous customers, the protections under section 77A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 had not been incorporated, and no estoppel arose from the existence of the statutory wording in the agreement. Nor was it possible to treat the borrowers “as if” they had been under the protection provided by the 1974 Act. However, there had been a representation (and contractual warranty) arising from the statement that the loan agreement was a regulated agreement, when it was not, which would have entitled the borrowers to sue for misrepresentation or breach of contractual warranty.’

WLR Daily, 23rd July 2015


Mother paraded as “intimidated martyr” to cheat gay couple of surrogacy arrangement – Family Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 12th, 2015 in agreements, homosexuality, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘H & S (Surrogacy Arrangement) EWFC 36, 30 April 2015. M, a fifteen month old girl, was born as the result of artificial or assisted conception and of a highly contested agreement between S (the mother, a Romanian national) and H (the father, of Hungarian extraction) and B (the second applicant and H’s partner who had moved to the UK in 2004).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th May 2015


High court orders surrogate mother to hand baby to gay couple – The Guardian

Posted May 7th, 2015 in agreements, homosexuality, news, surrogacy by sally

‘Lawyers are calling for rules surrounding surrogacy to be tightened up after a woman who had a child with a gay couple then refused them access was ordered to hand over the baby.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2015


How broad is your settlement? – New Law Journal

Posted April 30th, 2015 in agreements, drafting, news by sally

‘Don’t settle for less, says Adam Short.’

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New Law Journal, 24th April 2015


Avoiding the Accidental Settlement – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 24th, 2015 in agreements, contracts, news by sally

‘The question of whether two Parties have entered in to a binding settlement compromising a case is often just as (if not more) acrimonious matter as the substantive case. In particular as the devil is often in the detail of any settlement, the intention is often that even where settlement is agreed in principle, one party does not wish to be bound to the settlement until all the terms are agreed and embodied in a signed document. If this is the intention then it is important that the same is made well known to the other negotiating party, in order to avoid the pitfall of finding oneself having inadvertently entering in to a binding settlement, prior to concluding those subsequent negotiations.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 13th January 2015


Uninsured Drivers Agreement: serious breach of European Law – Park Square Barristers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in agreements, crime, damages, EC law, news, uninsured drivers by sally

‘Judy Dawson looks at the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in Delaney v Secretary of State for Transport and the insurance indemnity issues that arise.’

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Park Square Barristers, 11th March 2015


Gagging clauses are lawful and enforceable – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Periodically the topic of gagging clauses resurfaces in the press. In 2013 the revelation of large numbers of NHS employees entering into such agreements produced a mass of publicity. Interest in the topic duly stimulated, it led to recommendations by the Public Accounts Committee in the House of Commons that revised guidance from the Cabinet Office should require public sector organisations to secure approval from the Cabinet Office for special severance payments and associated compromise agreements where they relate to cases of whistleblowing.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th January 2015


Regina (Redrow Homes Ltd) v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted November 7th, 2014 in agreements, judicial review, law reports, roads by tracey

Regina (Redrow Homes Ltd) v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council: [2014] EWCA Civ 1433; [2014] WLR (D) 465

‘A highway authority could lawfully enter into an agreement with a developer or other party under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980 for that other party to pay a sum for the expenses of highways maintenance after the date on which the highway became maintainable at public expense.’

WLR Daily, 31st October 2014


Wickland (Holdings) Ltd v Telchadder – WLR Daily

Posted November 7th, 2014 in agreements, law reports, nuisance, repossession by tracey

Wickland (Holdings) Ltd v Telchadder; [2014] UKSC 57; [2014] WLR (D) 469

‘Where the owners of a mobile home park had given an occupier written notice that they would seek a court order terminating his agreement to live at the park unless he stopped his anti-social behaviour, which under the Mobile Homes Act 1983 was required prior to any eviction, they could not rely on that same notice when he next committed a further act of anti-social behaviour three years later.’

WLR Daily, 5th November 2014


Brian Philip Telchadder (Appellant) v Wickland Holdings Limited (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Brian Philip Telchadder (Appellant) v Wickland Holdings Limited (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 57 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 5th November 2014


Sperm deal children ‘irredeemably marred’ by four-parent feud – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge warns of trauma ‘unleashed’ by fallout from ‘known-donor fertilisation’ arrangement between former friends.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2014


Hallam Estates v Baker : Extensions of time – time to get along? – Henderson Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2014 in agreements, appeals, civil procedure rules, delay, news, sanctions, time limits by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson took this appeal as an opportunity to stress the importance of parties acting reasonably in agreeing to extensions of time where court hearings are not disrupted. Whilst one might have expected courts to be less approving of parties granting each other extensions of time following the 1 April 2013 reforms, the contrary appears to be the case: Jackson LJ made it quite clear that “…it was no part of my recommendations that parties should refrain from agreeing reasonable extensions of time, which neither imperil hearing dates nor otherwise disrupt the proceedings” (at [30]).

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Henderson Chambers, 27th May 2014


J P Morgan Chase Bank, National Association v Northern Rock (Asset Management) plc – WLR Daily

Posted February 24th, 2014 in agreements, consumer credit, interpretation, law reports by sally

J P Morgan Chase Bank, National Association v Northern Rock (Asset Management) plc [2014] EWHC 291 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 83

‘As a matter of construction of section 77A of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, where a creditor had provided the debtor with a statement which failed to set out the information required by the Consumer Credit (Information Requirements and Duration of Licences and Charges) Regulations 2007, the period of non-compliance commenced on a date to be calculated as if no statement had been served at all, and the period of non-compliance began on the day following the last day on which a compliant statement could have been given.’

WLR Daily, 19th February 2014


Entire Agreement Clauses & Requirements for Variations/Waivers in Writing: Energy Venture Partners Ltd v Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd – Henderson Chambers

Posted February 14th, 2014 in agreements, contracts, news by sally

‘One encounters the following situation fairly routinely in practice. On Monday the parties sign a carefully drafted and negotiated contract intended to govern all aspects of their relationship. Detailed mechanisms purport to cater for all eventualities. By Friday, the parties have slipped into a mode of performance which, in material respects, differs radically from the provisions of the contract.’

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Henderson Chambers, 10th February 2014


Court’s permission needed to extend time for service of witness statements – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in agreements, civil procedure rules, courts, news, service, time limits, witnesses by sally

‘In almost every litigated case the parties usually find themselves needing to vary the dates of some directions. This can be done by way of written agreement between the parties and is allowed by CPR 2.11.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 22nd January 2014


In re London Scottish Finance Ltd; Jack and another v Craig and others – WLR Daily

Posted December 19th, 2013 in agreements, consumer credit, law reports by tracey

In re  London Scottish Finance Ltd; Jack and another v Craig and others [2013] EWHC 4047 (Ch);   [2013] WLR (D)  498

‘For the purposes of section 106(d) of the Consumer Act 1974 the words “realisation of the security” should be interpreted conventionally so as to achieve the policy objective stated in section 113(1) that the security provided in relation to a regulated agreement could not be enforced so as to benefit the creditor to any greater extent than would be the case if the security were not provided. In the case of a secured loan to which section 106(d) applied, its provisions did not catch all sums paid by the debtor in discharge of the loan.’

WLR Daily, 17th December 2013