Clancy Docwra Ltd v E.ON Energy Solutions Ltd [2018] EWHC 3124 (TCC) – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 20th, 2019 in building law, construction industry, contracts, documents, news, rectification, tenders by sally

‘In this case tender documentation appended to the Sub-Contract documentation had the effect of limiting the scope of obligations under the Sub-Contract.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th January 2019


Lord Briggs at the Denning Society Annual Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn – Supreme Court

Posted November 16th, 2018 in equity, estoppel, fiduciary duty, forfeiture, lectures, rectification, solicitors by tracey

‘Lord Briggs at the Denning Society Annual Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn.’

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Supreme Court, 8th November 2018


Organ preservation, cryonics and charity law: Hipkiss – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 20th, 2018 in charities, human tissue, news, rectification, tribunals by tracey

‘In November 2016, the BBC carried the story Terminally-ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body, following the lifting the territorial reporting restrictions which existed until one month after the death of the teenager concerned, a girl referred to as “JS”: see JS (Disposal of Body), Re [2016] EWCH (Fam). We noted the case here and looked at some of the more general practicalities of regulating cryogenic preservation – the storage of the brains and/or bodies of legally-dead humans at low temperatures. In the aftermath of the ruling in JS, the Charity Commission for England and Wales decided in 2017 to remove the Human Organ Preservation Research Trust (HOPRT) from the Register; and in Hipkiss v Charity Commission for England & Wales [2018] FTT (Charity) CA/2017/0014, Mr Graham Hipkiss, its sole remaining trustee, succeeded in an appeal to the First Tier Charity Tribunal against the order of the Commission.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th September 2018


Condition precedents and the rule against redundancy in contract interpretation – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 15th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, interpretation, news, rectification by tracey

‘In Interserve Construction Ltd v Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, the court was asked to interpret the termination provisions of a contract to determine whether there was a condition precedent clause.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 15th November 2017


In what circumstances can a court alter or rectify the land register where there has been a “mistake”? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in appeals, land registration, mistake, mortgages, news, rectification by sally

‘It is well known that the governing principle of the Land Registration Act 2002 is to enable anyone to be aware of any interest affecting a piece of land by simply inspecting the land register (subject to some limited exceptions, e.g. where a person is in occupation and their interest is likely to be obvious from a reasonable inspection). If an interest affecting the land is not noted within the register then it ought not bind a subsequent registered proprietor.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 4th August 2017


High Court’s confidentiality comments could have unintended consequences in pension rectification cases –

Posted June 9th, 2016 in confidentiality, news, rectification, trusts by sally

‘Comments by a High Court judge during a recent application for rectification of a pension trust deed could have “unintended consequences” for future applications, an expert has said.’

Full story, 9th June 2016


In re G (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) – WLR Daily

In re G (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam)

‘The applicant, X, who was at all material times in a same-sex relationship with Y, was the biological mother of twins, born as a result of IVF treatment provided by a licensed fertility clinic to Y, the gestational mother and the twins’ legal parent. Y was at all material times in a civil partnership with, though separated from, another woman who was not a party to the proceedings. Y, as the gestational mother, should have signed Form WP, and X, as her partner, should have signed Form PP. In fact, and as a result of what was accepted to have been errors by the clinic, Y completed and signed a Form PP and X completed and signed a Form WP. A similar mistake was made in relation to the Form IC signed by both Y and X. X, supported by Y, sought a declaration pursuant to section 55A of the Family Law Act 1986 that she was, in accordance with section 43 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, the legal parent of the twins and in the circumstances it was common ground that X was entitled to the relief she sought. The issues were: (1) whether that was a conclusion that the court could come to simply by a process of construction or whether the proper form of order was a decree of rectification and (2) arising out of the fact that Y was at all material times in a civil partnership with another woman, the potential impact of section 42(1) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which provided: “If at the time of the placing in her of the embryo or the sperm and eggs or of her artificial insemination, W was a party to a civil partnership or a marriage with another woman, then subject to section 45(2) to (4), the other party to the civil partnership or marriage is to be treated as a parent of the child unless it is shown that she did not consent to the placing in W of the embryo or the sperm and eggs or to her artificial insemination … ”’

WLR Daily, 6th April 2016


Firm sees off £100k CoA claim after admitting negligence – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in appeals, damages, law firms, negligence, news, rectification by sally

‘A law firm that admitted negligence has fought off a £100,000 claim after the court decided no harm was caused by its mistake.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st March 2016


English courts taking ‘increasingly pragmatic’ approach to correcting pension scheme deeds, says expert –

Posted February 11th, 2016 in courts, documents, employment, news, pensions, rectification by sally

‘A run of recent decisions shows the “increasingly pragmatic approach” that the courts in England are adopting when faced with applications to fix mistakes in pension scheme deeds, an expert has said.’

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Fertile ground – New Law Journal

Posted November 16th, 2015 in assisted reproduction, consent, mistake, news, rectification by sally

‘Kirstie Gibson considers the court’s approach to the acquisition of parenthood.’

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New Law Journal, 13th November 2015


Contract Formation and the Fog of Rectification – Speech by Sir Terence Etherton

Posted April 30th, 2015 in contracts, news, rectification, speeches by sally

Contract Formation and the Fog of Rectification (PDF)

Speech by Sir Terence Etherton

Judiciary of England and Wales, 24th April 2015


Swift 1st Ltd v Chief Land Registrar – WLR Daily

Swift 1st Ltd v Chief Land Registrar [2015] EWCA Civ 330; [2015] WLR (D) 167

‘The proprietor of a registered charge which turned out to have been a forged disposition was entitled to payment by way of indemnity under Schedule 8 to the Land Registration Act 2002 in circumstances where the registered proprietor and rightful owner of the property was in actual occupation at the date of the disposition.’

WLR Daily, 1st April 2015


Effect of rectification of the register under the Land Registration Act 2002 – New Square Chambers

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in appeals, land registration, news, rectification, restrictive covenants by sally

‘Gold Harp Properties Ltd v Macleod & Others [2014] EWCA Civ 1084 is a very important Court of Appeal decision explaining the effect of rectification of the register following a mistake. The effect on the priority of interests created after the mistake but before the rectification is different from what many in the profession thought it was.’

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New Square Chambers, 28th November 2014


Rectification of Wills Following Marley v Rawlings – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in appeals, documents, news, rectification, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘David Mtichell, member of No5 Chambers Commercial & Chancery Group, recently gave a talk titled ‘Rectification of Wills Following Marley v Rawlings’ at the No5 Estates Seminar held on 25th September.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 15th October 2014


The costs of rectification – Law Society’s Gazette

‘This case continues to generate interesting discussion in the Supreme Court – this time on the issue of costs.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th October 2014


Marley v Rawlings (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in appeals, costs, fees, law reports, mistake, rectification, solicitors, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

Marley v Rawlings (No 2); [2014] UKSC 51; [2014] WLR (D) 402

‘Where a mistake made by a solicitor in the execution of a will required its validity to be determined in litigation, funded in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on a traditional basis and in the Supreme Court under contingency fee agreements, the proper order for costs in the High Court and the Court of Appeal was that the solicitor’s insurers should pay the costs of both the successful claimant and the unsuccessful defendants, thereby short-circuiting the approach that, on a reasonable, but unsuccessful, challenge to the validity of a will, the costs should be borne by the estate.’

WLR Daily, 18th September 2014


Insurer to bear costs of mirror wills mix-up – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 19th, 2014 in appeals, costs, insurance, mistake, news, rectification, solicitors, Supreme Court, wills by tracey

‘The Supreme Court today ordered a solicitor’s insurer to pay the bulk of both parties’ costs over a wills dispute arising when a married couple each signed the wrong draft of a will.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th September 2014


MacLeod and others v Gold Harp Properties Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2014 in appeals, land registration, law reports, rectification by michael

MacLeod and others v Gold Harp Properties Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1084;  [2014] WLR (D) 345

‘Paragraph 8 of Schedule 4 to the Land Registration Act 2002 permitted the rectification of the land register where there were two competing derivative interests, the first of which had been mistakenly omitted or removed from the register, the second of which had been created during the period of mistaken deregistration and before the rectification of the register by the restoration of the first interest, so that the priority of the interests was changed in order that the first interest upon restoration was given the priority it would have had but for the mistake.’

WLR Daily, 29th July 2014


Church Comrs for England v Hampshire County Council – WLR Daily

Church Comrs for England v Hampshire County Council [2014] EWCA Civ 634; [2014] WLR (D) 207

‘Regulation 5(4) of the Commons (Registration of Town or Village Greens) (Interim Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2007 provided a means for curing deficiencies in an application to register land as a town or village green under section 15 of the Commons Act 2006 and once that application was so cured it was treated as duly made on the date on which the original defective application was lodged. Whether an applicant had been afforded a “reasonable opportunity” by the registration authority to put a defective application in order, for the purposes of regulation 5(4), was a question of law for the court and was not reviewable only on Wednesbury grounds.’

WLR Daily, 14th May 2014


Global Witness and the journalism exemption: ICO to have the first go? – Panopticon

Posted May 2nd, 2014 in data protection, news, rectification, stay of proceedings by tracey

‘Panopticon has previously reported on the novel and important data protection case Steinmetz and Others v Global Witness [2014] EWHC 1186 (Ch). The High Court (Henderson J) has now given a judgment on a procedural point which will set the shape for this litigation.’

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Panopticon, 30th April 2014