Ministry of Justice will implement a blueprint for fixed recoverable costs

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that it will implement a blueprint for fixed recoverable costs (FRC) across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000 in a bid to reduce the cost of litigation and create more certainty about what losing parties must pay. It does not specify a date…

Johnny Depp handed small victory in US Court as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp handed small victory in US Court as part of his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard

Johnny Depp was recently handed a small victory in a US Court as part of his $50m defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Heard had petitioned to have the suit dismissed after the High Court in London ruled in favour of The Sun, in a libel trial with Depp over The Sun’s description of Depp…

Former BrewDog staff accuse craft beer firm of bullying at the workplace

Former BrewDog staff accuse craft beer firm of bullying at the workplace

Craft beer firm, BrewDog, has apologised to former employees who accused the company and its co-founder James Watt of fostering a “culture of fear” where workers were bullied and “treated like objects”. In an open letter former workers alleged that BrewDog’s growth resulted in cutting corners on health and safety, failing to live by its…

Competition and Markets Authority launches action against British Airways and Ryanair

Competition and Markets Authority launches action against British Airways and Ryanair

The Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) have stated that Ryanair and British Airways could have breached consumer law by refusing to refund customers at the height of the pandemic. Instead, they offered an option to rebook or vouchers. It said that it had opened enforcement cases into both airlines and had written to them detailing…

Lidl loses trademark battle over lookalike gin. Intellectual Property Solicitors in Manchester

Lidl loses trademark battle over Hendrick’s gin lookalike

Lidl has been forced to temporarily stop selling a version of one of its own brand gins after being sued by the makers of Hendrick’s gin who claim a trademark has been infringed. Hendrick’s gin bottles bear a diamond-shaped label in a trademark. Lidl is defending the case and claims there are “clear and obvious…

Joe Calzaghe boxing champion in legal dispute with his sister. Civil Litigation solicitors in Manchester, Oldham and Todmorden

Ex-boxing champion Joe Calzaghe reaches agreement in legal dispute with sister

Ex-boxing champion Joe Calzaghe has reached an agreement in legal dispute with sister Sonia Prosser who had sued him and their other sister Melissa Calzaghe, in a dispute relating to administration of their late father Enzo’s estate. Judge Jarman sitting at Cardiff County Court had been due to oversee an online hearing but lawyers representing all sides…

Astra Zeneca legal case over vaccine. Litigation solicitors in Manchester, Oldham and Todmorden

EU prepares legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

The European Union’s executive branch has commenced legal action against AstraZeneca for breaching the terms of its contract with the EU. It holds AstraZeneca responsible for partly delaying their vaccine rollout. AstraZeneca’s contract with the EU, signed last August, foresaw an initial 300 million doses for distribution among member countries, with an option for a…

Nike is suing New York studio MSCHF and musician Lil Nas for trademark infringement over its Satan Shoes

Nike is suing New York studio MSCHF and musician Lil Nas for trademark infringement over its Satan Shoes

Nike is suing New York studio MSCHF for trademark infringement over its Satan Shoes, collaboration with musician Lil Nas X that customised 666 pairs of trainers with human blood and pentagrams. Nike said the altered shoes, which still display its signature swoosh logo, are causing people to believe “Nike is endorsing Satanism” and causing “calls to boycott” their…

Former footballer turned agent, Barry Silkman wins £800,000 legal battle over ex-wife's estate

Former footballer turned agent, Barry Silkman wins £800,000 legal battle over ex-wife’s estate

Barry Silkman, a former Manchester city footballer turned agent, has won an £800,000 court action over his ex-wife’s estate. Mr Silkman sued Gaven Love over the Will of Ally Fuller. Mr Silkman split from Ms Fuller in 2003 and she became engaged to Mr Love in 2007. Ms Fuller died of cancer in 2016 and…

Family of Argentinian Footballer, Emiliano Sala, to launch legal action over footballer's death

Family of Argentinian Footballer, Emiliano Sala, to launch legal action over footballer’s death

The family of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala are taking legal action against the footballer’s former club Cardiff City after his death in a plane crash on 21 January 2021. The family has commenced civil proceedings in the High Court, in order to “protect their legal rights” against 13 defendants including Cardiff City, the club Sala…