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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

G, Regina (on the Application of) v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: Admn 20 May 2008

The applicants were detained at Rampton. The form of detention denied the access to space in which they would be able to smoke cigarettes to comply with the law. Held: The claim failed. The legislative objectives were sufficiently serious to support as rational the imposition of the rules. Having a mental illness is not a … Continue reading G, Regina (on the Application of) v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: Admn 20 May 2008

Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc: SC 2 Mar 2016

The claimant had been assaulted and racially abused as he left a kiosk at the respondent’s petrol station by a member of staff. A manager had tried to dissuade the assailant, and the claim for damages against the supermarket had failed at first instance and at the court of appeal. Held: The appeal was allowed.Lord … Continue reading Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc: SC 2 Mar 2016

Cox v Ministry of Justice: SC 2 Mar 2016

The claimant was working in a prison supervising working prisoners. One of them dropped a bag of rice on her causing injury. At the County Curt, the prisoner was found negligence in the prisoner, but not the appellant for vicarious liability. The claimant’s appeal succeeded at the Court of Appeal. Held: The Minister’s appeal failed. … Continue reading Cox v Ministry of Justice: SC 2 Mar 2016

Jemma Trust Company Ltd v Liptrott, Forrester, Kippax Beaumont Lewis: CA 24 Oct 2003

Solicitors sought to challenge an order disallowing a costs item for the administration of an estate which included a percentage of the estate. Held: Despite advances in time recording, ‘we see no reason to say that it is no longer appropriate for solicitors to make a separate charge based on value, provided always that one … Continue reading Jemma Trust Company Ltd v Liptrott, Forrester, Kippax Beaumont Lewis: CA 24 Oct 2003

Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd and Another: SC 12 Jun 2019

Need to Show Damage Increased by 2013 Act The claimant alleged defamation by three publishers. The articles were held to have defamatory meaning, but the papers argued that the defamations did not reach the threshold of seriousness in section 1(1) of the 2013 Act. Held: The appeal succeeded. Section 1 of the 2013 Act not … Continue reading Lachaux v Independent Print Ltd and Another: SC 12 Jun 2019

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

AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman and Others: SC 22 Mar 2017

The parties disputed the effect of a clause aggregating claims for the purposes of limiting an insurer’s liability under professional negligence insurance. Held: the claims of each group of investors arise from acts or omissions in a series of related transactions. The transactions fitted together in that they shared the common underlying objective of the … Continue reading AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman and Others: SC 22 Mar 2017

In Re A Debtor (No 88 of 1991): ChD 2 Dec 1992

A solicitor may issue a statutory demand for the payment of his untaxed bill before the one month has expired following its delivery. Sir Donald Nicholls V-C said: ‘The possibility that the amount of the bills might be reduced on a taxation which has still not been initiated is not a sufficient reason in this … Continue reading In Re A Debtor (No 88 of 1991): ChD 2 Dec 1992

Lediaev v Vallen: CA 5 Mar 2009

Judges: Sir Andrew Morritt Ch, Smith, Aikens LJJ Citations: [2009] EWCA Civ 156 Links: Bailii Statutes: Solicitors Act 1974 22 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: Approved – City Alliance Ltd v Oxford Forecasting Services Ltd CA 16-Nov-2000 The parties disputed the construction of a clause in the contract between them. Held: Chadwick LJ said: ‘It … Continue reading Lediaev v Vallen: CA 5 Mar 2009

F L Schuler AG v Wickman Machine Tools Sales Limited: HL 4 Apr 1973

The parties entered an agreement to distribute and sell goods in the UK. They disagreed as to the meaning of a term governing the termination of the distributorship. Held: The court can not take into account the post-contractual conduct or statements of the parties in order to determine the meaning and effect of the contract. … Continue reading F L Schuler AG v Wickman Machine Tools Sales Limited: HL 4 Apr 1973

Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Brind: HL 7 Feb 1991

The Home Secretary had issued directives to the BBC and IBA prohibiting the broadcasting of speech by representatives of proscribed terrorist organisations. The applicant journalists challenged the legality of the directives on the ground that they were incompatible with the ECHR, and also on the ground that they were disproportionate in going beyond the established … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Brind: HL 7 Feb 1991

Law Society v Salsbury: CA 25 Nov 2008

The Society appealed against an order quashing the striking-off of the solicitor. Held: Bolton was still the leading case though the solicitor must be given an opportunity for a fair trial. Though it was not necessary to show a very strong case before overturning a decision of a professional tribunal, the court must give it … Continue reading Law Society v Salsbury: CA 25 Nov 2008

Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News and Media Ltd and Another: QBD 29 Jul 2008

The defendant newspaper published articles making allegations as to the use of offshore tax avoidance arrangements. The claimant sought damages also in malicious falsehood. The defendants sought to rely on an offer of amends served only a few minutes before the defence. Judges: Eady J Citations: [2008] EWHC B14 (QB), [2009] EMLR 5 Links: Bailii … Continue reading Tesco Stores Ltd v Guardian News and Media Ltd and Another: QBD 29 Jul 2008

Akers and Others v Samba Financial Group: SC 1 Feb 2017

Saad Investments was a Cayman Islands company in liquidation. The liquidator brought an action here, but the defendant sought a stay saying that another forum was clearly more appropriate. Shares in Saudi banks were said to be held in trust for the company, but Saudi law would not recognise such trusts. The shares had been … Continue reading Akers and Others v Samba Financial Group: SC 1 Feb 2017

Conister Trust Ltd v John Hardman and Co: CA 21 Jul 2008

The court was asked whether an agreement by the defendant solicitors under a personal injury litigation funding scheme, to discharge a client’s ‘remaining liability’ under a loan agreement applies on its true construction where the loan agreement is unenforceable by virtue of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. Held: In the context of the panel solicitor’s … Continue reading Conister Trust Ltd v John Hardman and Co: CA 21 Jul 2008

Bristol Airport Plc and Another v Powdrill and Others: CA 21 Dec 1989

An airline company went into administration. The airport seized two airplanes. The administrators claimed they were property within the administration, could not be seized without a court order, and the court should exercise its discretion not to allow seizure. Held: The definition of property in the 1982 Act was wide enough to include leased property. … Continue reading Bristol Airport Plc and Another v Powdrill and Others: CA 21 Dec 1989

AMP (UK) Plc and Another v Barker and Others: ChD 8 Dec 2000

The claimants were interested under a pension scheme. Alterations had been made, which the said had been in error, and they sought rectification to remove a link between early leaver benefits and incapacity benefits. The defendant trustees agreed that there had been a mistake, but chose not to correct it. The potential cost to the … Continue reading AMP (UK) Plc and Another v Barker and Others: ChD 8 Dec 2000

Attorney-General v Leveller Magazine Ltd: HL 1 Feb 1979

The appellants were magazines and journalists who published, after committal proceedings, the name of a witness, a member of the security services, who had been referred to as Colonel B during the hearing. An order had been made for his name not to be disclosed during the hearing, but the court had had no power … Continue reading Attorney-General v Leveller Magazine Ltd: HL 1 Feb 1979

Ofulue and Another v Bossert: CA 29 Jan 2008

The claimants appealed an order finding that the defendant had acquired their land by adverse possession. They said that the defendant had asserted in defence to possession proceedings that they were tenants, and that this contradicted an intent to deny the claimants’ title. Held: The appeal failed. A finding by the ECHR that a particular … Continue reading Ofulue and Another v Bossert: CA 29 Jan 2008

Secretary of State for Justice v Slee: EAT 19 Jul 2007

EAT Unfair Dismissal – Constructive dismissalMaternity Rights and Parental Leave – Sex discriminationThe Claimant was employed as a Magistrates’ Clerk and she brought successful claims to the Employment Tribunal that:(a) Ms Slee (‘the Claimant’) had been constructively unfairly dismissed by The Department for Constitutional Affairs (‘the Respondent’);(b) The Respondent had failed to offer to the … Continue reading Secretary of State for Justice v Slee: EAT 19 Jul 2007

Solicitor, Re A No 2 of 2007 Dr Sabine Pittrof: CA 15 May 2007

The claimant sought review of the refusal of the Law Society to grant her exemptins from examination in certain areas of practice in English law. She a lawyer registered in Germany with substantial commercial expertise. The Law Society said that for Litigation and property law, the experience required was experience in England. Judges: Sir Anthony … Continue reading Solicitor, Re A No 2 of 2007 Dr Sabine Pittrof: CA 15 May 2007

Regina v Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau, ex parte Singh and Chowdury: Admn 1995

The court considered the disciplinary duties of the Law Society: ‘The object of the provision is disciplinary. It is to assist in maintaining the standards to be achieved by solicitors and to provide sanctions in terms of costs and payment if the proper standards are not reached. It is the quality of the service . … Continue reading Regina v Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau, ex parte Singh and Chowdury: Admn 1995

Bradley and Others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Admn 21 Feb 2007

The claimant had lost his company pension and complained that the respondent had refused to follow the recommendation of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration that compensation should be paid. Held: The court should not rely on evidence given by the Ombudsman to a parliamentary select committee committee: ‘to allow the evidence of a witness to … Continue reading Bradley and Others, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Admn 21 Feb 2007

Lisa Smith, Regina (on the Application of) v South Norfolk Council: Admn 10 Nov 2006

The claimant gypsies had bought and moved onto land in Norfolk and stayed there in breach of planning enforcement notices. The inspector upheld the notices, but advised the Council of the difficulties in finding sites and had stayed enforcement for a year. The claimants now said that it was unlawful of the council to use … Continue reading Lisa Smith, Regina (on the Application of) v South Norfolk Council: Admn 10 Nov 2006

Jideofo v The Law Society; Evans v The Solicitors Regulation Authority: 31 Jul 2007

(Master of the Rolls) Each applicant challenged decisions not to allow them to become student members of the Law Society. Held: The test for character and suitability was a necessarily high one; was one which was not concerned with punishment, but was rather a regulatory one concerned with the risk posed by an individual to … Continue reading Jideofo v The Law Society; Evans v The Solicitors Regulation Authority: 31 Jul 2007

L, Regina (on the Application of) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: Admn 19 Mar 2006

The court considered the duties on the respondent in providing an enhanced criminal record certificate. In one case, the claimant had brought up her son who was made subject to child protection procedures for neglect. Her job involved supervising children at lunch time at a school. In the second case, a school head teacher had … Continue reading L, Regina (on the Application of) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: Admn 19 Mar 2006

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen v Brady: EAT 31 Mar 2006

The reason adduced by the union for the dismissal of the climant was found by the Tribunal on the facts not to be the true reason for dismissal, the true reason being the union executive committee’s political antipathy to Mr Brady. Held: It was highly arguable that a finding that disciplinary proceedings had been commenced … Continue reading Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen v Brady: EAT 31 Mar 2006

Baxendale-Walker v The Law Society: Admn 30 Mar 2006

The solicitor appealed being struck off. He had given a character reference in circumstances where he did not have justification for the assessment. Held: ‘The appellant knew that Barclays Bank trusted him to provide a truthful reference. Instead, it received a fiction, on which it acted, which had no basis in fact. ‘ and ‘Neither … Continue reading Baxendale-Walker v The Law Society: Admn 30 Mar 2006

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