High Court refuses to let law firm take place of deceased claimant – Legal Futures

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by a law firm to substitute itself for a deceased claimant, on the grounds that it would be a form of champerty.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Court blocks firm being substituted into claim of dead client – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘The High Court has refused an application from a London firm to be substituted for their deceased client in a £1.5m litigation claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2021

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Late night coding: who owns the results? – Mills & Reeve

‘In a recent dispute over employees and copyright ownership – Penhallurick v MD5 Limited – ownership of copyright in software created out of hours and on a home computer was in question. Did the employee have the right to take it with him when he left or was it owned by his employer?’

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Mills & Reeve, 3rd March 2021

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New Judgment: Peninsula Securities Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd (Northern Ireland) [2020] UKSC 36 – UKSC Blog

‘The appeal related to a restrictive covenant given by the developer of a shopping centre in a lease that it granted to a retailer over part of the centre. In giving the covenant the developer and later Peninsula each undertook not to allow any substantial shop to be built on the rest of the centre in competition with the Dunnes. Peninsula then argued that the covenant engaged the doctrine of restraint of trade; that it was unreasonable; and that it was therefore unenforceable. The appeal to the Supreme Court concerned whether the covenant engages the doctrine.’

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UKSC Blog, 19th August 2020

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Promontoria (Oak) Limited v Emanuel [2020] EWHC 563 (Ch) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in assignment, debts, land registration, mortgages, news, repossession by sally

‘In a possession and money claim brought by the registered assignee of a legal charge, the Appeal Judge found that the Claimant was entitled to possession as the registered title holder of a legal charge, despite his allowing the Defendant’s appeal and holding that the Claimant had not proved that a valid assignment of the debt had occurred at trial.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 28th May 2020

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

High Court ruling “shows strength of Manolete model” – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court ruling refusing to set aside £4.3m judgment in default in a suppressed sales case shows the strength of the litigation funding model used by Manolete Partners, it has been argued.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2019

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Court rejects debtor’s challenge to the validity of assignment of debt (Nicoll v Promontoria (Ram 2) Ltd) – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 1st, 2019 in assignment, debts, insolvency, loans, news by sally

‘Restructuring & Insolvency analysis: James Bickford Smith, barrister at Littleton Chambers, examines the High Court’s decision in Nicoll v Promontoria (Ram 2) Ltd that the appellant debtor’s challenge to the validity of an assignment of his debt to the respondent should not have been entertained by the judge below because although the appellant had sought to put the effectiveness of the assignment in issue in his first witness statement, the point that he took was entirely different from that which he took before the judge.’

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Littleton Chambers, 3rd October 2019

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High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom v Prince Muffakham Jah and Others [2019] – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has determined a £35 million partition era dispute between India, Pakistan and successors in title to 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Claims of Pakistan dismissed; claims of India, Prince Muffakham Jah and Prince Mukarram Jah upheld.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 2nd October 2019

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Bleak Choses? Trusting in equity – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted October 10th, 2019 in assignment, equity, news, third parties, trusts, warranties by tracey

‘For many common lawyers – certainly me – trusts and equity seem exotic things. At one point, I supposed the closest I would get to equity in action was by reading Bleak House, which in length and majesty even rivals some of the equity textbooks. But in this (as many other things) I was proved wrong. One cannot properly understand the law of assignment – a bedrock of the commercial construction lawyer’s practice – without comprehending equitable assignment. And it is at the outer fringes of assignment where one may bump – or even lapse – into trusts.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 9th October 2019

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Court of Appeal upholds assignments of pre-LASPO CFAs – 4 New Square

Posted December 11th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, assignment, contracts, costs, fees, judgments, law firms, news by sally

‘Today [5 December] the Court of Appeal gave it’s eagerly awaited judgment in Budana v The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 1980. Overturning the decision of DJ Besford in the County Court at Kingston-Upon-Hull, the court ruled that a pre-LASPO CFA could validly be transferred from one firm of solicitors to another, even after 1 April 2013, in such a way as to preserve the right to recover success fees and ATE premiums, provided all three parties (client and both firms) expressly so agreed.’

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4 New Square, 5th December 2017

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Budana v The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 1980 – Hailsham Chambers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in assignment, costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘In a much anticipated decision, the Court of Appeal has held that a pre-LASPO CFA can be transferred from one firm of solicitors to another – even post – LASPO – without losing the right to recover success fees from the defendant. The decision depended highly on policy considerations. It will be welcomed by solicitors who in a wide variety of circumstances have been party to such transfers.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 7th December 2017

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Pre-LASPO CFA was validly transferred to new firm, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2017 in agreements, appeals, assignment, contracts, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The transfer of a conditional fee agreement (CFA) from one law firm to another around the time of the Jackson reforms was valid and the success fee can still be recovered from the defendant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2017

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Costs judge gives another CFA assignment the thumbs-up – Litigation Futures

Posted August 24th, 2016 in assignment, contracts, costs, fees, news, part 36 offers, solicitors by sally

‘The assignment of conditional fee agreements (CFAs) is under the spotlight yet again after a costs judge ruled that one had been validly made.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd August 2016

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CFA assignment case leapfrogged to Court of Appeal – Litigation Futures

Posted July 1st, 2016 in appeals, assignment, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘The question of when a conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be assigned from one law firm to another is set for the Court of Appeal, Litigation Futures can report.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th June 2016

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High Court: commercial tenant cannot assign lease to its guarantor – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in assignment, guarantees, insolvency, landlord & tenant, leases, news by tracey

‘Anti-avoidance provisions in the 1995 Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act prevent a tenant from assigning a lease to its guarantor, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st March 2016

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Innovative start-ups and the importance of getting the paperwork right – Technology Law Update

Posted January 15th, 2016 in assignment, contracts, law firms, negligence, news, patents by sally

‘A dispute over an unsuccessful start-up turns messy, but clears up a point of confusion over patent assignments.’

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Technology Law Update, 14th January 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Assignment and Ignored Instructions – Littleton Chambers

Posted July 25th, 2015 in assignment, news, transfer of undertakings, unfair dismissal by sally

‘It has long been accepted that the issue of whether an employee is “assigned” to an undertaking or part of an undertaking (and thus is subject to a relevant transfer for the purposes of the TUPE Regulations 2006) is a difficult and multifactorial question the outcome of which can often be difficult to predict.’

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Littleton Chambers, 18th July 2015

Source: www.littletonchambers.com

BESTrustees plc v Corbett – WLR Daily

Posted June 9th, 2015 in assignment, debts, law reports, pensions, trusts by tracey

BESTrustees plc v Corbett: [2014] EWHC 3038 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 242

‘The trustee or manager of a qualifying occupational pension scheme was entitled to assign a debt arising pursuant to section 75 of the Pensions Act 1995.’

WLR DAily, 16th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Judge allows hotel companies to reassign leases without losing benefit of associated guarantees – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 21st, 2015 in assignment, guarantees, hotels, landlord & tenant, leases, news, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has approved arrangements allowing companies within the Hilton group to reassign leases between themselves without the landlord losing the benefit of a guarantee granted by the parent company.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th January 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

Fibria Celulose S/A v Pan Ocean Co Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 4th, 2014 in agency, assignment, contracts, foreign jurisdictions, insolvency, law reports by tracey

Fibria Celulose S/A v Pan Ocean Co Ltd and another: Kim v Fibria Celulose S/A: [2014] EWHC 2124 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 288

‘The relief available under article 21(1) of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency, as scheduled to the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/1030), upon recognition by the English court of a foreign insolvency proceeding was limited to such relief as it would be open to the court to grant in domestic insolvency proceedings.’

WLR Daily, 30th June 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk