First Libor, then Forex… the future of banking litigation – 11 Stone Buildings

Posted July 25th, 2015 in banking, contracts, estoppel, interest, news by sally

‘For the immediate future, it is not difficult to identify likely, and plentiful, areas for banking litigation, especially with the ever growing presence of litigation funding making its mark. We identify a few below.’

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11 Stone Buildings, June 2015


‘In The Alternative’: Proprietary Estoppel in Cohabitation Cases – The Impact of the Decision in Blackburn v. Southwell – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 7th, 2015 in appeals, cohabitation, constructive trusts, estoppel, news by sally

‘Last summer the case of Southwell v Blackburn came before the Court of Appeal. The subject of the appeal was the correct application of the equitable remedy of proprietary estoppel within the context of a cohabiting couple. Judgment was handed down on 16th October 2014 (reported under [2014] EWCA Civ 1347) and was subsequently described in the national press as a ‘landmark ruling’ in relation to the rights and entitlements of unmarried couples when their relationships come to an end. This article examines whether the decision has in fact moved the law on in such seismic terms.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 1st April 2015


ATE insurer not estopped from avoiding policy, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 19th, 2015 in costs, estoppel, fraud, insolvency, insurance, misrepresentation, news by sally

‘After-the-event (ATE) insurer Temple Legal Protection was not estopped from avoiding payment on a policy after a fraudulent misrepresentation, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th February 2015


Chai v Peng Undermining the purpose of “forum conveniens?” – Family Law Week

Posted December 15th, 2014 in abuse of process, appeals, divorce, estoppel, jurisdiction, news, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘Tim Scott QC, Peter Duckworth and James Pullen, all of 29 Bedford Row who represented Dr Kay Peng Khoo in Chai v Peng, analyse the proceedings to date.’

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Family Law Week, 11th December 2014


Nayif v High Commission of Brunei Darrusalam – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, estoppel, law reports by sally

Nayif v High Commission of Brunei Darrusalam [2014] EWCA Civ 1521; [2014] WLR (D) 508

‘Issue estoppel would not apply in circumstances where there had been no actual adjudication of the relevant issue and no action by a party which would justify treating him as having consented to not having the matter formally determined.’

WLR Daily, 27th November 2014


Second bite of the cherry? Bringing a second action against different employers for development of mesothelioma: abuse of process, cause of action estoppel and discretion under s33 Limitation Act 1980 considered – Zenith PI Blog

‘Would an action against employers who were unidentifiable at the time of an initial claim against 8 other employers in 2003 succeed where it was argued that such proceedings were an abuse of process of the court, that there was cause of action estoppel and where the claim was statute barred and required an application under s 33 Limitation Act 1980?’

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Zenith PI Blog, 21st October 2014


A mortgage without a valid mortgage deed – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted September 24th, 2014 in estoppel, litigants in person, mortgages, news, repossession, trusts by sally

‘There have been a number of attempts by those facing repossession and worse at the hands of mortgage lenders to dispute the validity of the claims against them on the basis of a failure to comply with the necessary legal formalities. Mortgage lenders typically send a mortgage offer letter that they invite their borrower to sign. Often the mortgage lender does not formally sign the offer letter. At the time of an advance there is usually a mortgage deed which is often signed by the borrower not the lender.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th September 2014


Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd and others – WLR Daily

Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd and others [2014] EWHC 2692 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 365

‘The test of whether there was a breach of the duty under section 175 of the Companies Act 2006 was objective, and did not depend on whether the director was aware that what he was doing was a breach of his duty. It was no defence to a claim for breach of this duty that the director had acted in good faith. Nor was it a defence that the director had acted reasonably, but wrongly, had thought that he had been entitled to do what he had done.’

WLR Daily, 1st August 2014


Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd (t/a Gullivers Travel Associates) – WLR Daily

Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd (t/a Gullivers Travel Associates): [2014] EWCA Civ 855; [2014] WLR (D) 282

‘Where a claim of race discrimination had been dismissed on limitation grounds those allegations could not be repeated in a second claim together with additional allegations which could have been included in the first claim but had not been, in order to avoid the limitation defence by founding a claim based on conduct extending over a period of time. The second claim was an abuse of process.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2014


Briggs and others v Gleeds (Head Office) and others – WLR Daily

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in documents, estoppel, execution, law reports, pensions by sally

Briggs and others v Gleeds (Head Office) and others [2014] EWHC 1178 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 174

‘A representation of law could found an estoppel by representation. Estoppel could not be invoked where a document did not even appear to comply with the requirements of section 1(3) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 on its face or where a document needed to be executed by partners and was stated to be signed, sealed and delivered by each partner but none of those signatures were witnessed. Accordingly members of a pension scheme were not estopped from denying that defective deeds were validly executed.’

WLR Daily, 15th April 2014


Prime Sight Ltd v Lavarello – WLR Daily

Posted January 10th, 2014 in contracts, estoppel, law reports, trustees in bankruptcy, winding up by tracey

Prime Sight Ltd v Lavarello [2013] UKPC 22; [2013] WLR (D) 514

‘When a deed contained a valid contract of sale the parties were entitled on ordinary contractual principles to rely on the terms of the deed by which the purchase price was treated between the parties as having been paid, even though no payment had in fact been made. In those circumstances the seller’s trustee in bankruptcy was estopped by the terms of the deed from asserting that the purchase price had not been paid.’

WLR Daily, 9th July 2013


Preserving your right to claim elsewhere: new rule 52 – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 19th, 2013 in courts, employment tribunals, estoppel, news, regulations, tribunals by sally

“Charles Crow considers how Claimants can move their cases between the Tribunal and the Court without getting caught by the doctrine of estoppel.”

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th September 2013


High Court backs litigation funder’s decision to terminate agreement – Litigation Futures

Posted September 16th, 2013 in costs, estoppel, news, solicitors, third parties by tracey

“The High Court has ruled that a third-party litigation funder was entitled to terminate its funding in a case where the prospects of success had fallen below 60%.”

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Litigation Futures, 16th September 2013


Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Zodiac Seats UK Ltd (formerly Contour Aerospace Ltd) – WLR Daily

Posted July 5th, 2013 in airlines, damages, EC law, estoppel, law reports, patents, Supreme Court by tracey

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Zodiac Seats UK Ltd (formerly Contour Aerospace Ltd):[2013] UKSC 46;   [2013] WLR (D)  265

“Where judgment was given in an English court that a patent, whether English or European, was valid and infringed, and the patent was subsequently retrospectively revoked or amended, whether in England or at the European Patent Office, the defendant was entitled to rely on the fact of the revocation or amendment on an inquiry as to damages in respect of the unamended patent.”

WLR Daily, 3rd July 2013


Christou and another v Haringey London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Christou and another v Haringey London Borough Council: [2013] EWCA Civ 178;   [2013] WLR (D)  97

“The doctrine of res judicata did not apply to disciplinary procedures operated by an employer, nor did the related doctrine of abuse of process apply as such, but an employment tribunal considering a claim for unfair dismissal following a second disciplinary process would have to decide whether it had been fair to institute that second process.”

WLR Daily, 12th March 2013


Financial Services Authority v Asset L I Inc (trading as Asset Land Investment Inc) and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 13th, 2013 in estoppel, financial regulation, hearsay evidence, law reports, news by sally

Financial Services Authority v Asset L I Inc (trading as Asset Land Investment Inc) and others [2013] EWHC 178 (Ch); [2013] WLR (D) 54

“Arrangements amounting to collective investment schemes within the meaning of section 235 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, or more generally, were not inchoate or imperfect contracts that were displaced if their parties entered into a form of understanding or contract.”

WLR Daily, 8th February 2013


Estoppel and unconscionability – NearlyLegal

Posted November 12th, 2012 in estoppel, local government, news, rights of way, roads by sally

“In Joyce v Epsom & Ewell BC [2012] EWCA Civ 1398, the Court of Appeal were faced with a not dissimilar case to the classic Crabb v Arun DC [1976] 1 Ch 179, at least in so far as it was a claim to an easement against a local authority by way of proprietary estoppel.”

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NearlyLegal, 9th November 2012


Edgerton v Edgerton and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 28th, 2012 in appeals, estoppel, financial provision, law reports by tracey

Edgerton v Edgerton and another: [2012] EWCA Civ 181;  [2012] WLR (D)  47

“Where the High Court had made a final decision which was binding on the parties and conclusively determined the ownership of assets, the parties were estopped from arguing in proceedings in another division of the High Court that the ownership of the disputed assets was different. If one party wished to argue that the earlier decision should not bind the parties because it had been obtained by fraud or collusion, the proper course was to apply to set aside the first judgment.”

WLR Daily, 24th February 2012


Ing Bank NV v Ros Roca SA – WLR Daily

Posted April 5th, 2011 in appeals, banking, estoppel, fees, law reports by sally

Ing Bank NV v Ros Roca SA [2011] EWCA Civ 353; [2011] WLR (D) 122

“A shared assumption on the facts surrounding a disputed fee agreement between a company and a bank acting as financial adviser, which was not reflected in the agreement, that the fees would not be calculated with reference to a particular ratio mentioned in the agreement, was enough to found an estoppel by convention so as to prevent the bank claiming a fee based on the disputed ratio.”

WLR Daily, 31st March 2011


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Carer who ‘bullied’ elderly auctioneer loses battle for £2.3million share of his fortune – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 21st, 2011 in estoppel, misrepresentation, news, undue influence by sally

“A ‘dictatorial’ carer who bullied an elderly auctioneer who sold the Duchess of Windsor’s jewellery lost a court battle for a £2.3million share of his fortune after she was condemned as a brazen liar by a judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2011