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Farrelly, Re Solicitor’s Act 1974, No 14 of 2001: CA 7 Nov 2001

Appeal against the decision of a Law Society Appeal Adjudicator, upholding a decision of first instance Adjudicator, that, among other matters, Mr Farrelly is not of suitable character to become a solicitor and that his student membership be revoked. He was said to have falsified his curriculum vitae. Judges: Lord Phillips MR Citations: [2001] EWCA … Continue reading Farrelly, Re Solicitor’s Act 1974, No 14 of 2001: CA 7 Nov 2001

Onwuka, Re Solicitors Act 1974 No 3 of 2002: CA 2 Jul 2002

The trainee appealed against the decision of the Law Society to cancel his student membership on the basis that he was not a fit and proper person to become a solicitor. He had been convicted of criminal damage, but had not notified the Law Society of that conviction. He was convicted of further offences and … Continue reading Onwuka, Re Solicitors Act 1974 No 3 of 2002: CA 2 Jul 2002

Scott v Metropolitan Police Commissioner; Regina v Scott: HL 20 Nov 1974

The defendant had been accused of conspiracy to produce pirate copies of films obtained by purchasing copies from cinema owners without the knowledge or consent of the copyright owners. Held: To establish a conspiracy to defraud, it was not necessary to prove a deceit by the defendant of the person who would end up being … Continue reading Scott v Metropolitan Police Commissioner; Regina v Scott: HL 20 Nov 1974

Belgische Radio En Televisie v Sv Sabam And Nv Fonior: ECJ 30 Jan 1974

Preliminary Questions – The Brussels Tribunal de premiere instance referred a questions in proceedings relating to the enforceability of contracts between an authors’ royalties collecting society and its members who had assigned their copyrights to the society. It was said that the contracts imposed unfair trading conditions contrary to Article 86. A preliminary point arose … Continue reading Belgische Radio En Televisie v Sv Sabam And Nv Fonior: ECJ 30 Jan 1974

Kurt A Becher v Hauptzollamt Emden: ECJ 15 Jan 1974

1. No new element has been adduced capable of casting doubt on the court’s decision in its judgments of 24 october 1973 in cases 5, 9 and 10/73, according to which examination of questions referred had not revealed any elements capable of affecting the validity of regulation no 974/71. 2. Article 2 of regulation no … Continue reading Kurt A Becher v Hauptzollamt Emden: ECJ 15 Jan 1974

B N O Walrave And L J N Koch v Association Union Cycliste Internationale, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielren Unie Et Federacion Espanola Ciclismo: ECJ 12 Dec 1974

ECJ The practice of sport is subject to community law only in so far as it constitutes an economic activity within the meaning of article 2 of the Treaty. The prohibition of discrimination based on nationality in the sphere of economic activities which have the character of gainful employment or remunerated service covers all work … Continue reading B N O Walrave And L J N Koch v Association Union Cycliste Internationale, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielren Unie Et Federacion Espanola Ciclismo: ECJ 12 Dec 1974

Jean Reyners v Belgian State: ECJ 21 Jun 1974

Europa The rule on equal treatment with nationals is one of the fundamental legal provisions of the community. As a reference to a set of legislative provisions effectively applied by the country of establishment to its own nationals, this rule is, by its essence, capable of being directly invoked by nationals of all the other … Continue reading Jean Reyners v Belgian State: ECJ 21 Jun 1974

Regina v Chester and North Wales Legal Aid Area Office Ex Parte Floods of Queensbury Ltd: QBD 7 Nov 1997

It was possible for a body to apply for legal aid but only if it was genuinely acting in a fiduciary capacity as trustee, not mere contractual representative. Citations: Times 07-Nov-1997, [1997] EWHC Admin 883 Links: Bailii Statutes: Legal Aid Act 1974 2(10), Legal Aid Act 1988 2(10) Cited by: Appeal from – Regina v … Continue reading Regina v Chester and North Wales Legal Aid Area Office Ex Parte Floods of Queensbury Ltd: QBD 7 Nov 1997

Alfred Crompton Amusement Machines Ltd v Customs and Excise Commissioners: HL 1974

An application was made to inspect documents held by the Customs and Excise Commissioners. The plaintiff sought to inspect the documents to discover whether calculations of taxes were correct. The Commissioners swore an affidavit identifying documents supplied to them by others containing confidential information about the affairs of persons other than the plaintiff who were … Continue reading Alfred Crompton Amusement Machines Ltd v Customs and Excise Commissioners: HL 1974

Davies v Taylor (No 2): HL 2 Jan 1974

The plaintiff argued that no costs had been incurred by the successful defendant, as he was insured, and the insurance company was bound to pay his costs. Held: ‘In this case the solicitors, no doubt first instructed by the insurance company, were the solicitors on the record as the solicitors for the respondent. They acted … Continue reading Davies v Taylor (No 2): HL 2 Jan 1974

Regina v Legal Aid Board, Ex Parte W and Others (Minors): CA 19 Sep 2000

When considering the granting of legal aid for a solicitor to be appointed to represent a child’s guardian ad litem in proceedings under section 34, the Board had failed to acknowledge the requirement under the Rules placed upon a guardian to be represented. There was no choice about the appointment. The power to reject an … Continue reading Regina v Legal Aid Board, Ex Parte W and Others (Minors): CA 19 Sep 2000

Morgan and Others v Legal Aid Board: ChD 24 Apr 2000

The Legal Aid Board is entitled to a charge over property which is ‘recovered or preserved’ in proceedings in which the party is legally aided. Nevertheless, the charge could not be applied to property merely because it had been included within assets dealt with by a consent order. The property over which a charge is … Continue reading Morgan and Others v Legal Aid Board: ChD 24 Apr 2000

In the Matter of an Application for Costs Against Legal Aid Board; Lancashire Fires Ltd v S A Lyons and Co Ltd and Others (No 2): CA 23 Jul 1999

An application for payment of a successful party’s costs out of the Legal Aid Fund should normally be made at the end of a trial, but it might well be made later when it proved impossible to recover costs against other parties to the action. In this case the delay did prevent it being just … Continue reading In the Matter of an Application for Costs Against Legal Aid Board; Lancashire Fires Ltd v S A Lyons and Co Ltd and Others (No 2): CA 23 Jul 1999

Aspect Contracts (Asbetos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: SC 17 Jun 2015

Aspect had claimed the return of funds paid by it to the appellant Higgins under an adjudication award in a construction contract disute. The claimant had been asked to prpare asbestos surveys and reports on maisonettes which Higgins was to acquire and redevlop. Higgins now appealed againt a decision overturning a high court judgment in … Continue reading Aspect Contracts (Asbetos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc: SC 17 Jun 2015

Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: HL 21 Jun 2004

Same Sex Partner Entitled to tenancy Succession The protected tenant had died. His same-sex partner sought a statutory inheritance of the tenancy. Held: His appeal succeeded. The Fitzpatrick case referred to the position before the 1998 Act: ‘Discriminatory law undermines the rule of law because it is the antithesis of fairness. It brings the law … Continue reading Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: HL 21 Jun 2004

Davies v Taylor: HL 1974

The plaintiff’s husband was killed in a road accident caused by the defendant’s negligence. They were childless. She had deserted him five weeks before his death and thereafter, he learned about her adultery with a fellow employee. He tried to effect reconciliation with her but she refused. Shortly before his death, he had instructed his … Continue reading Davies v Taylor: HL 1974

Chargot Limited (T/A Contract Services) and Others, Regina v: HL 10 Dec 2008

The victim died on a farm when his dumper truck overturned burying him in its load. Held: The prosecutor needed to establish a prima facie case that the results required by the Act had not been achieved. He need only establish that a risk of injury arose out of the state of affairs at the … Continue reading Chargot Limited (T/A Contract Services) and Others, Regina v: HL 10 Dec 2008

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Advanced Technology Structures Ltd v Cray Technology Ltd: CA 22 Feb 1993

There should be no legal aid for a company’s nominee to bring what were, in effect, company proceedings. Parliament had deliberately excluded such assistance, and it should not be circumvented by the company assigning its rights in action to a nominee. Citations: Ind Summary 22-Feb-1993 Statutes: Legal Aid Act 1974 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Legal … Continue reading Advanced Technology Structures Ltd v Cray Technology Ltd: CA 22 Feb 1993

Regina v Inner London Crown Court ex parte Bentham: QBD 1989

The defendant sought legal aid to defend an action to abate a statutory nuisance under the 1936 Act. Held: Such an action was criminal in nature. The action had been brought under section 99, but the imposition of a penalty under s94 was a criminal sentence. ‘On analysis, the position seem to be that proceedings … Continue reading Regina v Inner London Crown Court ex parte Bentham: QBD 1989

Lockley v National Blood Transfusion Service: CA 1992

There was an interlocutory dispute over the granting of an extension of time for service of the defence. The legally aided plaintiff challenged the costs orders made by the district registrar and the judge. Each ordered that the costs be the defendants’, ‘not to be enforced without leave of the court save by way of … Continue reading Lockley v National Blood Transfusion Service: CA 1992

Hanlon v The Law Society: HL 1981

The House considered the impact of the statutory charge under the 1974 Act in matrimonial proceedings. Held: The costs in respect of which the statutory charge bit were the costs of the whole divorce proceedings and not just the financial relief aspect. For property to have been ‘recovered or transferred’ for this purpose, its ownership … Continue reading Hanlon v The Law Society: HL 1981

Regina v Snaresbrook Crown Court, ex parte Director of Public Prosecutions: 1988

The defendant was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by making a false allegation of assault against the police. It was said that he must have made a false statement in his application for legal aid for the purpose of bringing his civil action for assault. The 1974 Act made it an … Continue reading Regina v Snaresbrook Crown Court, ex parte Director of Public Prosecutions: 1988

Waterford Wedgewood plc and an v David Nagli Ltd (in liquidation) et al: ChD 4 Jan 1999

When considering the resources of a legally aided person against whom a costs order is to be made, the fact that a spouse’s assets are included when calculating eligibility for legal aid does not mean that they should be included for this purpose also. Citations: Times 04-Jan-1999 Statutes: Legal Aid Act 1974 17 Jurisdiction: England … Continue reading Waterford Wedgewood plc and an v David Nagli Ltd (in liquidation) et al: ChD 4 Jan 1999

Andre Agassi v S Robinson (H M Inspector of Taxes) (No 2): CA 2 Dec 2005

The taxpayer had been represented in proceedings throughout by tax law experts, Tenon Media, who were not legally admitted, but had a right to conduct litigation under the 1990 Act. The Inspector objected to paying costs as if the representatives were admitted. Held: Someone acting through the licensed access schemes was not a litigant in … Continue reading Andre Agassi v S Robinson (H M Inspector of Taxes) (No 2): CA 2 Dec 2005

International Transport Workers’ Federation and Another v Viking Line Abp and Another: CA 3 Nov 2005

An order had been made restraining the defendant trades unions from taking industrial action. The unions said the UK court had no jurisdiction. Held: ‘It is at first sight surprising that the English Commercial Court should be the forum in which a dispute between a Finnish company and a Finnish Trade Union and an international … Continue reading International Transport Workers’ Federation and Another v Viking Line Abp and Another: CA 3 Nov 2005

Akici v LR Butlin Ltd: CA 2 Nov 2005

The tenant appealed against forfeiture of his lease for breach of a qualified covenant against assignment. It was said that the tenant had attempted to hide from the landlord the assignment of the premises to his company or its shared occupation. The judge had found a sharing of occupation. Held: The tenant’s appeal succeeded. The … Continue reading Akici v LR Butlin Ltd: CA 2 Nov 2005

Rose v Dodd: CA 27 Jul 2005

The Law Society had intervened in the claimant’s employer’s solicitors practice. The claimant appealed refusal of an award of a redundancy payment. Held: The intervention did not necessarily bring to an end the employer’s business, and therefore there was no necessary redundancy situation implied only because of the intervention. The contracts of employment were not … Continue reading Rose v Dodd: CA 27 Jul 2005

Simms and others v The Law Society: CA 12 Jul 2005

The appellant challenged intervention proceedings brought against his solicitors practice by the respondent. Following disciplinary proceedings, the Society had obtained summary judgment rejecting the application, and awarding costs. The solicitor said that whilst an appeal was outstanding in the disciplinary proceedings, it was wrong to grant summary judgment. Held: A successful appeal need not mean … Continue reading Simms and others v The Law Society: CA 12 Jul 2005

Sheikh v The Law Society: ChD 1 Jul 2005

The claimant challenged the intervention by the Law Society in her solicitors practice. Held: Though there were some breaches of the solicitors’ accounts rules there was insufficient basis for the Society to have behaved in the way it had and the intervention was withdrawn. The judge expressed unhappiness that the consequences of the intervention were … Continue reading Sheikh v The Law Society: ChD 1 Jul 2005

Sritharan v Law Society: CA 27 Apr 2005

The Law Society had intervened in the applicant’s legal practice as a solicitor, and his practising certificate had been automatically suspended. He applied to the court to remove the suspension. Held: The powers exercised were statutory. The court did not have a power to lift the suspension without at the same time directing the Law … Continue reading Sritharan v Law Society: CA 27 Apr 2005

Manuel and Others v Attorney-General; Noltcho and Others v Attorney-General: ChD 7 May 1982

The plaintiffs were Indian Chiefs from Canada. They complained that the 1982 Act which granted independence to Canada, had been passed without their consent, which they said was required. They feared the loss of rights embedded by historical treaties. The Attorney General sought the strike out of the claims. Held: The application for a strike … Continue reading Manuel and Others v Attorney-General; Noltcho and Others v Attorney-General: ChD 7 May 1982

Greene v Associated Newspapers Ltd: CA 5 Nov 2004

The claimant appealed against refusal of an order restraining publication by the respondent of an article about her. She said that it was based upon an email falsely attributed to her. Held: ‘in an action for defamation a court will not impose a prior restraint on publication unless it is clear that no defence will … Continue reading Greene v Associated Newspapers Ltd: CA 5 Nov 2004

Attorney General v Vernazza: HL 1960

Vernazza was a vexatious litigant. The Attorney-General obtained an order pursuant to an Act which gave the court power to prohibit such a litigant instituting proceedings without leave. Vernazza appealed. Between the making of the original order and the hearing of the appeal the Act was amended to allow orders to be made prohibiting the … Continue reading Attorney General v Vernazza: HL 1960

Director of Public Prosecutions v Stonehouse: HL 1977

The defendant had been charged with attempting to obtain property by deception by fabricating his death by drowning in the sea off Miami in Florida. The final act alleged to constitute the offence occurred outside the jurisdiction of the English courts. Held: The charge was justiciable in England. The defendant appealed conviction on counts of … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Stonehouse: HL 1977

Regina v Local Commissioner for Administration for the North and East Area of England ex parte Bradford Metropolitan City Council: CA 1979

The court considered the meaning of ‘maladministration’ in the section. Held: Lord Denning MR said: ‘It will cover ‘bias, neglect, inattention, delay, incompetence, ineptitude, perversity, turpitude, arbitrariness and so on.’ It ‘would be a long and interesting list’ clearly open-ended, covering the manner in which a decision is reached or discretion is exercised; but excluding … Continue reading Regina v Local Commissioner for Administration for the North and East Area of England ex parte Bradford Metropolitan City Council: CA 1979

MacDonald v Advocate General for Scotland (Scotland); Pearce v Governing Body of Mayfield School: HL 19 Jun 2003

Three appeals raised issues about the way in which sex discrimination laws were to be applied for cases involving sexual orientation. Held: The court should start by asking what gave rise to the act complained of. In this case it was the sexual orientation of the first claimant. Discrimination for sexual orientation does not come … Continue reading MacDonald v Advocate General for Scotland (Scotland); Pearce v Governing Body of Mayfield School: HL 19 Jun 2003

Peer International Corporation Southern Music Publishing Company Inc Peermusic (UK) Limited v Termidor Music Publishers Limited Termidor Musikverlag Gmbh and Co Kg -And-Editoria Musical De Cuba: CA 30 Jul 2003

Peer sought declarations that they were the owners, or licensees, of the UK copyright in musical works composed by Cuban nationals, relying on assignments in writing by the composers and in some instances by their heirs. The defendants claimed under other titles. In Cuba laws had been passed to to recover copyrights assigned abroad. Held: … Continue reading Peer International Corporation Southern Music Publishing Company Inc Peermusic (UK) Limited v Termidor Music Publishers Limited Termidor Musikverlag Gmbh and Co Kg -And-Editoria Musical De Cuba: CA 30 Jul 2003

Halvanon Insurance Co Ltd v Central Reinsurance Corporation: CA 1988

The fact that a contract was made by an unauthorised insurer contrary to the 1974 Act, which was silent as to the effect of a breach of this statute, did not render the contracts made by the unauthorised insurer void. Rendering transactions void affects both the guilty and the innocent parties. Kerr LJ said: ‘Where … Continue reading Halvanon Insurance Co Ltd v Central Reinsurance Corporation: CA 1988

Jennings v Buchanan: PC 14 Jul 2004

(New Zealand) (Attorney General of New Zealand intervening) The defendant MP had made a statement in Parliament which attracted parliamentary privilege. In a subsequent newspaper interview, he said ‘he did not resile from his claim’. He defended the action for defamation claiming the privilege. Held: The original statement had privilege but the repetition outside parliament … Continue reading Jennings v Buchanan: PC 14 Jul 2004

First National Tricity Finance Ltd v OT Computers Ltd; In re OT Computers Ltd (in administration): CA 25 May 2004

The company had gone into liquidation. They had sold consumer policies as extended warranties on behalf of the claimant. The company had insured its own joint liability under the contracts, and the claimant sought information from the company’s administrators to assist it identifying who might else be liable. Held: The claimant could rely upon the … Continue reading First National Tricity Finance Ltd v OT Computers Ltd; In re OT Computers Ltd (in administration): CA 25 May 2004

Bland v Chief Supplementary Benefit Officer: SSCS 1 Dec 1982

Application for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal against a ruling of the Social Security Commissioner. The tibunal was asked if the Court of Appeal any jurisdiction to give leave to appeal from the refusal of a Social Security Commissioner to give leave to appeal to her from a decision of the supplementary … Continue reading Bland v Chief Supplementary Benefit Officer: SSCS 1 Dec 1982

Meade v Pugh and Another: QBD 5 Mar 2004

The claimant was a social work student. He attended a work experience placement, and challenged the report given by the defendants on that placement, saying it was discriminatory and defamatory. He appealed a strike out of his claim. Held: The occasion was one of qualified privilege. The claimant had to establish malice to defeat that … Continue reading Meade v Pugh and Another: QBD 5 Mar 2004

Director of Public Prosecutions v O’Connor and Chapman and Others: 1991

The court looked at the elements needed to be established to support a defence to a charge of driving with excess alcohol on the basis that the defendant’s drinks had been spiked: ‘On the authorities, it is now clearly established that the matters which the defendant has to establish on the balance of probabilities in … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v O’Connor and Chapman and Others: 1991

Argonaut Property Development Ltd v Collyer-Bristow (A Firm): SCCO 16 Oct 2001

CourtService The Claimant company, registered in the Isle of Man and acting throughout by their London agent Miss T, instructed the Defendant Solicitors in connection with proceedings brought against the Claimants by former tenants of property they owned in Clerkenwell. In total five bills were rendered by the Defendant to the Claimant, totalling andpound;7,425.61, including … Continue reading Argonaut Property Development Ltd v Collyer-Bristow (A Firm): SCCO 16 Oct 2001

Gray v Avadis: QBD 30 Jul 2003

The claimant had made complaints against the defendant solicitor to the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors. In answer the defendant made assertions about the claimant’s mental health, and she now sought to bring action iin defamation on those statements. The defendant said the statements were protected by absolute privilege. Held: Given the status and … Continue reading Gray v Avadis: QBD 30 Jul 2003

Roland Brandwood and others v Bakewell Management Ltd: CA 30 Jan 2003

House owners had used vehicular access across a common to get to their houses for many years. The commons owner required them to purchase the right, and they replied that they had acquired the right by lost modern grant and/or by prescription. Held: The use of a right of way over a common by vehicles … Continue reading Roland Brandwood and others v Bakewell Management Ltd: CA 30 Jan 2003

White v Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and others: Admn 17 Dec 2001

The claimant solicitor sought a judicial review, on the grounds of procedural unfairness, of the decisions of the respondent in upholding complaints against him. The procedure involved several stages, an investigatory stage, an adjudication, an appeal, and a further appeal to the Tribunal. The solicitor complained that the adjudicator had failed to follow up certain … Continue reading White v Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and others: Admn 17 Dec 2001

Reyes v The Queen: PC 11 Mar 2002

(Belize) The Criminal Code of Belize provided that any murder by shooting was to be treated as Class A Murder, and be subject to the mandatory death penalty. The applicant having been convicted, appealed saying this was inhuman or degrading treatment, and infringed his human rights under the constitution. Held: The crime of murder embraced … Continue reading Reyes v The Queen: PC 11 Mar 2002

Reynolds v Strutt and Parker LLP: ChD 15 Jul 2011

The defendant had organised a team bonding day, including a cycling event. The claimant employee was severely injured falling from his cycle. He said that the defendant had been engligent in not providing cycling helmets. The circuit hosting company had said that helmets were available, and recommended. The claimant said there had been no mention … Continue reading Reynolds v Strutt and Parker LLP: ChD 15 Jul 2011

Co-Operative Insurance Society Ltd v Argyll Stores: HL 21 May 1997

The tenants of a unit on a large shopping centre found the business losing money, and closed it in contravention of a ‘keep open’ clause in the lease. They now appealed from a mandatory injunction requiring them to keep the store open. Held: Specific performance is an exceptional remedy, as opposed to the common law … Continue reading Co-Operative Insurance Society Ltd v Argyll Stores: HL 21 May 1997

Regina v Law Society ex parte Birkett: Admn 30 Jul 1999

Some twenty years after the events, the claimant still sought compensation following the alleged negligence of his former solicitor. He now sought it from the Law Society’s compensation fund. The Law Society said the nature of his claim was outside the provisions for the compensation fund, since it was not a matter arising from dishonesty … Continue reading Regina v Law Society ex parte Birkett: Admn 30 Jul 1999

Ruckdeschel and Others v Hauptzollamt Hamburg-St Annen: ECJ 19 Oct 1977

Europa The wording of the second subparagraph of article 40(3) of the Treaty does not refer in clear terms to the relationship between different industrial or trade sectors in the sphere of processed agricultural products . This does not alter the fact that the prohibition of discrimination laid down in the aforesaid provision is merely … Continue reading Ruckdeschel and Others v Hauptzollamt Hamburg-St Annen: ECJ 19 Oct 1977

United Bank of Kuwait Plc v Sahib and Others: CA 2 Feb 1996

The bank appealed against a decision that the simple deposit of deeds with a bank did not take effect as an equitable charge. Held: Depositing deeds with a bank is not sufficient to create a charge over them. The old law as to the creation of an equitable mortgage by deposit of deeds had been … Continue reading United Bank of Kuwait Plc v Sahib and Others: CA 2 Feb 1996

O Palomo Sa v Turner and Co; Turner and Co v O Palomo Sa: CA 28 Jul 1999

A solicitor’s bill could only be taxed within one year of its delivery, but the common law right to challenge a bill on the grounds that the amount charged was unreasonable could continue after that time limit. The common law right to object to paying more than was reasonable was not displaced by the Act, … Continue reading O Palomo Sa v Turner and Co; Turner and Co v O Palomo Sa: CA 28 Jul 1999

Core Issues Trust v Transport for London: Admn 22 Mar 2013

The claimant sought judicial review of the decision made by TfL not to allow an advertisement on behalf of the Trust to appear on the outside of its buses. It was to read: ‘NOT GAY! EX-GAY, POST-GAY AND PROUD. GET OVER IT!’. The decision was said to be based on the resondent’s policies. The respondent … Continue reading Core Issues Trust v Transport for London: Admn 22 Mar 2013

Derby and Co Ltd And Others v Weldon And Others (No 9): ChD 25 Jul 1990

The court considered the application of rules relating to the discovery of documents to material held on computer: ‘the database of a computer, so far as it contained information capable of being retrieved and converted into readable form, and whether stored in the computer itself or in back-up files, was a document’ and ‘. . … Continue reading Derby and Co Ltd And Others v Weldon And Others (No 9): ChD 25 Jul 1990

Kaplan v United Kingdom: ECHR 14 Dec 1978

(Admissibility) The Secretary of State had, after preliminary procedures, served notices on an insurance company disallowing it from writing any new business, because its managing director the applicant, had been found not to be a fit and proper person to be a controller of the company. He had misstated the value of the company’s assets. … Continue reading Kaplan v United Kingdom: ECHR 14 Dec 1978

Foster v Warblington Urban District Council: CA 1906

A nuisance was caused by the discharge of sewage by the defendant council into oyster beds. The plaintiff was an oyster merchant who had for many years been in occupation of the oyster beds which had been artificially constructed on the foreshore, which belonged to the lord of the manor. The plaintiff excluded everybody from … Continue reading Foster v Warblington Urban District Council: CA 1906

Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti: SC 27 Nov 2019

The employee was a whistleblower, but her manager in response bullied her and dismissed her on the grounds of alleged poor performance. J suffered stress and was away from work and unable to defend herself. The decision maker, acting honestly dismissed her. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal holding that that a tribunal required … Continue reading Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti: SC 27 Nov 2019

Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corporation: CA 10 Nov 1947

Administrative Discretion to be Used Reasonably The applicant challenged the manner of decision making as to the conditions which had been attached to its licence to open the cinema on Sundays. It had not been allowed to admit children under 15 years of age. The statute provided no appeal procedure, and the applicant sought a … Continue reading Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corporation: CA 10 Nov 1947

Holder v Law Society: CA 24 Jan 2003

The Society had intervened in the applicant’s legal practice. He complained that the intervention was disproportionate, and by removing his right to enjoyment of his possession, infringed his human rights. The Society appealed the finding that an infringement had occurred. Held: The jurisdiction granted by the Act was a draconian jurisdiction. That was necessary for … Continue reading Holder v Law Society: CA 24 Jan 2003

Hurstanger Ltd v Wilson: 2006

(Coventry County Court) Michael Douglas discussed the 1983 Regulations, saying: ‘The 1983 Regulations prescribe, among other things, the minimum contents of a regulated agreement, the information which must be brought to the attention of the borrower and the manner in which it is to be brought to his or her attention.By Regulation 2 documents embodying … Continue reading Hurstanger Ltd v Wilson: 2006

Re J (A Child), Re (Child returned abroad: Convention Rights); (Custody Rights: Jurisdiction): HL 16 Jun 2005

The parents had married under shariah law. They left the US to return to the father’s home country Saudi Arabia. They parted, and the mother brought their son to England against the father’s wishes and in breach of an agreement. The father sought his summary return to Saudi Arabia, a non-Convention country. Held: The appeal … Continue reading Re J (A Child), Re (Child returned abroad: Convention Rights); (Custody Rights: Jurisdiction): HL 16 Jun 2005

Alfred Crompton Amusement Machines Ltd v Customs and Excise Commissioners: CA 1972

Legal advice given by employed lawyers to their employers, rather than lawyers in independent practice may be privileged before a tax tribunal.Lord Denning MR justified the result primarily on the ground that, although the communications of a corporation with an in-house legal adviser were internal to the corporation, nevertheless the adviser was performing the same … Continue reading Alfred Crompton Amusement Machines Ltd v Customs and Excise Commissioners: CA 1972

L’Office Cherifien Des Phosphates and Another v Yamashita-Shinnihon Steamship Co Ltd: HL 19 Jan 1994

The subject matter of statutes is so varied that generalised maxims are not a reliable guide. An arbitrator can dismiss a claim for inordinate and inexcusable delay, even where this had arisen before the Act which created the power.Lord Mustill said: ‘Precisely how the single question of fairness will be answered in respect of a … Continue reading L’Office Cherifien Des Phosphates and Another v Yamashita-Shinnihon Steamship Co Ltd: HL 19 Jan 1994

Zurich Insurance Plc UK Branch v International Energy Group Ltd: SC 20 May 2015

A claim had been made for mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos, but the claim arose in Guernsey. Acknowledging the acute difficultis particular to the evidence in such cases, the House of Lords, in Fairchild. had introduced the Special Rule at common law as to such evidence. In the UK, the 2006 Act had amended the … Continue reading Zurich Insurance Plc UK Branch v International Energy Group Ltd: SC 20 May 2015

Cowan v Scargill and Others: ChD 13 Apr 1984

Trustee’s duties in relation to investments Within the National Coal Board Pension scheme, the trustees appointed by the NCB were concerned at the activities of the trustees of the miners, and sought directions from the court. The defendants refused to allow any funds to be invested abroad. Held: The same principles applied to pension funds … Continue reading Cowan v Scargill and Others: ChD 13 Apr 1984

Lehtimaki and Others v Cooper: SC 29 Jul 2020

Charitable Company- Directors’ Status and Duties A married couple set up a charitable foundation to assist children in developing countries. When the marriage failed an attempt was made to establish a second foundation with funds from the first, as part of W leaving the Trust. Court approval was obtained, but the court ordered the remaining … Continue reading Lehtimaki and Others v Cooper: SC 29 Jul 2020

In Re A Solicitor (Ofosuhene): CA 21 Feb 1997

Mr Ofusehene was a solicitor whose conduct had been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, but the Tribunal then declined jurisdiction on the basis that the conduct complained of arose prior to his admission as a solicitor. Held: Where the Law Society had not become aware of an appellant’s convictions before becoming a solicitor, it … Continue reading In Re A Solicitor (Ofosuhene): CA 21 Feb 1997

Dibb and Clegg (A Firm) v Recover Ltd and Others: SCCO 12 Oct 2001

CourtService This was an appeal against the decision of a Costs Judge given on 31 August 2000 on a preliminary issue raised in the course of a detailed assessment of the Claimant Solicitors’ bills delivered to the Defendants. The background to the matter is that the Claimant firm had been endeavouring to recover outstanding legal … Continue reading Dibb and Clegg (A Firm) v Recover Ltd and Others: SCCO 12 Oct 2001

Mohammed v Alaga and Co (A Firm): CA 30 Jun 1999

A party appealed against a finding that an agreement as to fee sharing with a solicitors’ firm, being in breach of the Solicitors Practice Rules, was unenforceable and void. Held: The appeal failed as to illegality, but succeeded on a quantum meruit. Bingham LJ summarised the arguments of the plaintiff: ‘(1) In the absence of … Continue reading Mohammed v Alaga and Co (A Firm): CA 30 Jun 1999

Bakewell Management Limited v Brandwood and others: HL 1 Apr 2004

Houses were built next to a common. Over many years the owners had driven over the common. The landowners appealed a decision that they could not acquire a right of way by prescription over the common because such use had been unlawful as a criminal offence under section 193 of the Law of Property Act … Continue reading Bakewell Management Limited v Brandwood and others: HL 1 Apr 2004

Wilson v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Wilson v First County Trust Ltd (No 2): HL 10 Jul 2003

The respondent appealed against a finding that the provision which made a loan agreement completely invalid for lack of compliance with the 1974 Act was itself invalid under the Human Rights Act since it deprived the respondent lender of its property rights. It was also argued that it was not possible to make a declaration … Continue reading Wilson v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Wilson v First County Trust Ltd (No 2): HL 10 Jul 2003

Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club and Another v Corporation of London and Another: Admn 26 Apr 2005

Swimmers sought to be able to swim unsupervised in an open pond. The authority which owned the pond on Hampstead Heath wished to refuse permission fearing liability for any injury. Held: It has always been a principle of the interpretation of statutes that the courts should seek to construe them so as to produce a … Continue reading Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club and Another v Corporation of London and Another: Admn 26 Apr 2005

Vastint Leeds Bv v Persons Unknown: ChD 24 Sep 2018

The claimant company sought a final injunction to prevent others occupying its land in Leeds. It was a quia timet injunction anticipating future acts of occupation by caravans, fly-tipping and use of the land for illegal raves. Held: The injunction was granted.Marcus Smith J extracted the following propositions: (1) A distinction is drawn between final … Continue reading Vastint Leeds Bv v Persons Unknown: ChD 24 Sep 2018