What happens when a couple appear to die together and evidence fails to prove the order of their death?

The judge in the Scarle estate dispute, in which an elderly married couple were found dead in their Essex home, has ruled that there was not enough medical evidence to determine who died first. As such the commorientes rule was invoked and the elder was deemed to have died first.   The couple, who had…

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s third-richest man involved in planning battle

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s third-richest man is involved in another planning row with neighbours over plans for a caretaker’s cottage to maintain his £6million New Forest holiday home. He had previously overcome a six-year battle against neighbours, officials and conservationists over his plans, which were rejected five times.   Work eventually started last year but…

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Mamadou Sakho sues WADA for £13m over drug test error

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho is suing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for £13m after accusing them of a drug test-error that ended his career at Liverpool. Sakho was provisionally banned for 30 days on April 28 2016 after being notified by European football’s governing body, UEFA, of an anti-doping offence relating to a test taken after March’s…

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Customers who do not pay on time reduce your profits and can put your business at risk.

Chasing these debts can be highly time consuming and frustrating, taking you away from the vital job of running your business. However, with the right legal support, it is often possible to recover business debts quickly and cost-effectively, unlocking vital funds for your business, while saving you a lot of time and stress. Our Debt…

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Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded the largest ever defamation pay out to a single person in Australia. Rush was awarded A$2.9m (£1.57m) after winning the case against Nationwide News, which publishes Australia’s Daily Telegraph after it published stories accusing him of behaving inappropriately towards his former co-star Eryn Jean Norvill in a…

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Mick Jagger Rolling Stones copyright dispute with Richard Ashcroft the Verve

Rolling Stones pass Verve royalties to Richard Ashcroft

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have ended one of the most acrimonious copyright disputes in British pop by granting Richard Ashcroft all future royalties from his 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony, performed by the Verve. Bitter Sweet Symphony reached No 2 in the UK and had a distinctive string motif. Those four seconds…

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Britney Spears' father sues social media blogger for defamation

Britney Spears’ father sues Free Britney blogger for defamation over conservatorship comments

Singer Britney Spears father, Jamie Spears is suing a blogger, Anthony Elia, creator of the Absolutely Britney blog and social media accounts, for claiming that he has been mistreating his daughter. Britney Spears was committed to a conservatorship in 2008 after her mental health breakdowns, which means that her father is legally responsibility for her…

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Handwritten Wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home

Following the recent discovery of handwritten Wills being found in Aretha Franklin’s home last month, her family has been arguing with each other over the validity and requests of Wills allegedly handwritten by Franklin before she passed away in 2018. . One of the Wills named her youngest son, Kecalf Franklin as the executor of her…

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Airbnb threatens Scots firm Hairbnb with legal action in trademark row

Airbnb threatens legal action against Scots firm Hairbnb in trademark row

Airbnb has threatened legal action against a Scots firm named Hairbnb, which offers holiday homes for dogs. It connects licensed dog sitters, boarders and walkers with people who need their pets looked after. Allan Ritchie set up the dog boarding business in 2018 and applied for a trademark from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Airbnb were given…

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An Australian shoe company has been ordered to pay $450,000 to Deckers, the maker of the UGG boot

Australian Leather, an Australian shoe company has been ordered to pay $450,000 to Deckers, the maker of the UGG boot. A jury for the US District Court found 12 pairs of sheepskin-lined boots sold by Australian Leather infringed US-based Decker’s ‘UGG’ trademarks. Deckers first filed an action against Australian Leather in 2016, asking the US court to limit the…

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Iceland (The Country) Wins Trademark Dispute Against Iceland (The Supermarket)

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has invalidated the UK-based supermarket chain Iceland Foods Ltd EU-wide trademark for the word “Iceland” in 2014. It may not register a trademark on the word “Iceland” within the European Union following the Icelandic authorities who sued to have invalidated on the basis of being far too broad…

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Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich loses trademark battle with Indian firm

William Grant & Sons the makers of Glenfiddich has lost a legal battle against an Indian firm, producing a Scotch whisky named Glenfield after it accused it of copying its brand. William Grant & Sons tried to block Glenfield’s attempts to trademark the whisky, saying it uses the same green and gold colours and stag…

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Divorce Reform


The Government have “At Last” announced their intention to review the current procedure on divorce to consider introducing the “No fault Divorce” which would make the whole divorce process quicker and less confrontational. This will undoubtedly reduce the acrimony connected with the divorce process. Under the current procedure anyone wanting to start divorce proceedings must…

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Kellogs loses trademark opposition

The UKIPO rejects Kellogg’s trade mark opposition

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has rejected a trademark opposition brought by the Kellogg Company against British brewery Fuller’s.   In June 2018, Kellogg’s filed an opposition to Fuller’s ‘Fruit Loop’ mark for a seasonal summer beer, which Kellogg’s claimed infringed its EU trademark for its breakfast cereal brand Froot Loops. Kellogg’s claimed that the…

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High Court employs ‘intention to target’ approach to determine application of EU/UK law in online trade mark infringement case

The High Court recently issued a judgment concerning determination of the law applicable to online trade mark infringements in the case of Easygroup Ltd v Easy Fly Express Ltd & Chowdhury. The Claimant, easyGroup is the proprietor of the word mark EASYJET and the word easyFlights. The two Defendants’, Mr Chowdhury and his company Easy…

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Marc Jacobs Wants Nirvana’s Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

Lawyers for fashion designer Marc Jacobs have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit made against him by the estate of the band Nirvana, which accuses him of copyright infringement. The designer’s collection features a cartoon “smiley face” similar to the one used by Nirvana as their logo, along with the word “Heaven” printed in the distinctive typeface used…

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Aberdeen FC loses trademark battle over ‘Dons Dram’ whisky

Aberdeen FC have lost a court battle with a Spanish sherry-maker, Sandeman over the right to call their brand of Scotch whisky the ‘Dons Dram’ – because Sandeman owns the copyright. Aberdeen FC, nicknamed The Dons, launched the blended whisky and applied to register the name Dons Dram as a trademark to protect its brand, however, Sandeman objected.…

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High Court granted permission to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act despite it being issued some 25 years after the deadline

In Bhusate v Patel & Ors  the High Court granted permission to the claimant bring a claim under the Inheritance Act despite it being issued some 25 years after the deadline for doing so, after the Claimant demonstrated ‘compelling reasons’ why it was right and proper that the court should exercise its discretion in her favour. The Inheritance…

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Janelle Monáe accused by fashion designer of wearing ‘copied’ outfit

Nange Magro, a London-based fashion designer has said her costume designs have been plagiarised for Janelle Monáe’s recent Grammy awards performance. Magro posted images on Instagram comparing designs she made in 2015 with those worn by Monáe on stage at the Grammys. She said “ I am flattered to be an inspiration for this amazing artist,…

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Ex-wife and children of late tech tycoon win £2m share of his fortune

The first wife and two young sons of a late IT tycoon have won a £2million share of his fortune to help them buy a ‘massive, amazing house’ he promised them. Louisa Simonetta, was given the sum after a lengthy legal battle in the High Court with her ex-husband’s second wife Ruby Geetha Lovell-Tomon, over…

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Cadbury’s loses legal fight over use of the colour purple

In December 2018 the Court of Appeal dismissed an Appeal filed by Cadbury’s relating to one of their colour purple trade mark registrations. Cadbury and Nestlé were previously involved in a trade mark dispute after the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) rejected Nestlé’s opposition to Cadbury’s trade mark application to register the colour purple for…

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The Law Society has recently provided some further guidance in cases where a Will is disputed.

The Law Society has recently provided some further guidance in cases where a Will is disputed. If you’re leaving a will or a relative of yours has left a will, it could be open to being contested or challenged. The situations in which someone can challenge a will aren’t always straightforward. In England there are…

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The Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal by a woman who lost a libel case over posts she made about her ex-husband on Facebook

The Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal by a woman who lost a libel case over posts she made about her ex-husband on Facebook.

The Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal by a woman who lost a libel case over posts she made about her ex-husband on Facebook. Nicola Stocker said her husband Ronald Stocker had tried to strangle her, during an online exchange with his new partner Deborah Bligh in December 2012. Mr Stocker won a…

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Supermac’s wins landmark battle against McDonald’s

On Tuesday, Supermac’s, a fast-food chain in Ireland won a landmark legal battle against McDonald’s over the use of trademarks. Supermac’s Managing Director, Pat McDonagh earned his nickname Supermac in the 1960s due to his performances in Gaelic football. Supermac’s persuaded the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to cancel McDonald’s use of the “Big Mac” trademark. The…

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Supreme Court Dismisses Application

The Supreme Court, which is the UK’s highest court, has dismissed an emergency application from lawyers for Noel Conway, a retired lecturer who is paralysed from the neck down by progressive motor neurone disease, to hear a right-to-die case challenging the legal ban on assisted dying. The three Supreme Court justices acknowledged that the issue was…

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British microchip-maker Imagination Technologies calls off legal action against Apple

British microchip-maker Imagination Technologies have called off a threatened ­legal action against Apple over a dispute regarding its graphics technology. In 2017 it emerged that Apple planned to design its own iPhone graphics processors instead of using ­Imagination’s designs. Imagination’s shares crashed and eventually it was sold off to Canyon Bridge for £550m. Imagination had started…

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Ministry of Justice announces Manchester County Court will be piloting extended hours

Ministry of Justice announces that from early Spring 2019 Manchester County Court will be piloting extended hours to deal with some types of family cases in the late afternoon/early evenings. Although the details of the pilot in Manchester are not yet fully clear it is believed that what is proposed is an additional court running…

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The World’s First baby to be conceived via IVF

Louise Brown, the World’s First Baby conceived via IVF was born on the 25th July 1978, at Oldham General Hospital. On 10th November 1977, Louise’s Mother, Lesley Brown underwent a procedure, later to become known as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), developed by Patrick Steptoe, Robert Edwards and Jean Purdy. Patrick Steptoe was a client of…

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Scotland is set to become the first country in the world with a minimum price for alcohol sales

Scotland is set to become the first country in the world with a minimum price for alcohol sales after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other drinks manufacturers, who argued that the policy was “disproportionate” and illegal under European law.   It brings to a close a five-year legal…

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Domestic Abusers still able to Cross-Examine Victims in Court

Victims of domestic violence continue to be cross-examined by their abusers in family courts despite the government the then justice secretary, Liz Truss, pledging in February 2017 to ban the “humiliating and appalling” practice, a report by Women’s Aid and Queen Mary University of London has found. Survivors reported they were repeatedly not believed, blamed…

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James Campbell, the only son of his late mother Sarah who was told by his late mother ‘it’s all yours’ is defeding a High Court claim for over half of his inheritance of £725,000 by his mother’s last boyfriend, Andrew Banfield.

James Campbell, the only son of his late mother Sarah who was told by his late mother ‘it’s all yours’ is defeding a High Court claim for over half of his inheritance of £725,000 by his mother’s last boyfriend, Andrew Banfield. James Campbell also claims that this mother’s will, drawn up 14 years before her…

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Shares in online grocer Ocado have increased after it struck a deal with US retailer Kroger.

Shares in online grocer Ocado have increased by 47% to 814p after it struck a deal with US retailer Kroger. Ocado’s technology will be used in the US exclusively by Kroger, which is one of the world’s biggest grocery chains with annual sales of $122bn (£90bn). Under the terms of the deal, Kroger will also…

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£450,000 costs “not disproportionate” to achieve injunctive relief plus £35,000 damages

The High Court in the case of Marcura Equities FZE & Anor v Nisomar Ventures Ltd & Anor has ruled that it was not disproportionate for a party to spend up to £450,000 to recover £35,000 because it achieved other, non-monetary relief too. Nicholas Vineall QC, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, said it…

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The National Audit Office have warned that law chiefs will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget

The National Audit Office have warned that law chiefs will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget. It says HM Courts & Tribunals Services faces a ‘daunting challenge’ in meeting target for technological and cultural change. The Ministry of Justice wants to vastly reduce the number of physical court hearings, cut…

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District Judge Read has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault

District Judge Read has publicly criticised the lack of funding for a woman alleging rape and sexual assault against her ex-husband, suggesting it may have resulted in a miscarriage of justice. The family court at Middlesbrough heard details of the allegations from the woman in a case to decide what contact her 10-year-old daughter should…

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No “special treatment” for LiP as judge weighs interests of represented party and the public

A litigant in person (LiP) is not to be given “special treatment” as the rules in that part of the law that his case concerns, are neither hard to find nor “particularly difficult to understand”, the High Court has ruled. His Honour Judge Paul Matthews, sitting in Bristol said the interests of the represented party…

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Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum that enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions

Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum that enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions. Lennon spent years in the courts service issuing divorce petitions. He…

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Consumer champion and the journalist behind ‘MoneySavingExpert’ Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook for defamation

Consumer champion and the journalist behind ‘MoneySavingExpert‘ Martin Lewis, is suing Facebook for defamation after it failed to tackle “dodgy” adverts that used his face and website to sell dubious financial products. Lewis claims that Facebook has failed to remove or prevent the adverts from appearing on its site. He also claims that the false adverts are not only…

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Digital C100 application form will be piloted in family courts

HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and the President of the Family Division have announced that the digital C100 application form will be piloted in family courts in Reading, Milton Keynes, Watford and Guildford. The new digital C100 offers an opportunity to improve the way in which HMCTS supports users and presents information to judges…

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Sue internet giants over ‘online crime’, urges Chief Constable

Victims of crime who believe that they were facilitated by online platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube, should sue the social media in the civil courts, according to Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police. Sawyer, was quoted in the Sunday Times newspaper. He claimed that the internet has become “a safe space for organised crime”,…

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A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court

A businessman has won the first ever “right to be forgotten” lawsuit against Google in London’s High Court – but a second man’s attempt to have embarrassing search results about him deleted has failed. The two men were referred to as NT1 and NT2 during the trial. Both had sued Google under data protection laws…

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Online retailer, Shop Direct plans to close its distribution centres in Greater Manchester

Online retailer Shop Direct, which owns and will close its distribution centres in Shaw, Little Hulton and Raven in Greater Manchester. It does, however, plan to build a new warehouse in the East Midlands employing 500 people, but said redundancies were likely putting nearly 2,000 jobs at risk. The new site will be…

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Former Arsenal shareholder Lady Bracewell-Smith sues Linklaters

A former shareholder at Arsenal Football Club, Lady Bracewell-Smith has issued a claim in the Commercial Court for professional negligence against her former solicitors Linklaters. She alleges that her solicitors gave negligent advice on loan notes she received as payment for her shares causing her to face a substantial tax bill. She claims that the…

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The Federation of Small Businesses is warning its members could struggle because of a planned rise in business rates and the National Living Wage.

In April, the amount companies in England pay in business rates will change for the second year in a row. It follows a major revaluation by the government, which was introduced in 2017. It saw some bills going up, and others going down. Many retailers have closed down stores and a number of High Street…

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Children affected by a family break-up will be helped to stay in contact with their grandparents

Children affected by a family break-up will be helped to stay in contact with their grandparents under reforms being contemplated by ministers in Scotland. They are considering a legal presumption that children stay in touch after a divorce or separation. At present, grandparents have no legal entitlement to their grandchildren. Currently, grandparents in Scotland can…

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Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, Conviviality, has announced plans to file for administration within two weeks.

The owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, Conviviality, has announced plans to file for administration within two weeks. Conviviality also supplies wine and spirits to all 900 D Weatherspoon pubs and also the Slug & Lettuce chain and All Bar One pubs. It has issued profit warnings in recent weeks and revealed a £30m…

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Lawsuits against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica filed

Facebook investors are suing the social media giant following news that data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly used data from 50m Facebook users to target American voters in the 2016 election. The news has sent its shares plummeting by almost £50bn. US court filings show that shareholders now want to sue the business over “significant…

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London loses out as Unilever moves it’s headquarters

Consumer goods giant Unilever, maker of Marmite, Pot Noodle and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, has chosen Rotterdam over London for its headquarters. It would also be reorganising its business into three divisions: beauty and personal care, home care, and foods and refreshment. The first two divisions will have their headquarters in London, while the…

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Chelsea Football Club’s new £1bn stadium dispute

Chelsea Football Club can start work on a new £1bn stadium at Stamford Bridge after settling a dispute with a neighbour who objected to the construction. The Crosthwaite family took out an injunction in May 2017, saying the expansion to 60,000 seats would block light into their home. In January, Hammersmith and Fulham Council passed…

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Noel Edmonds is suing Lloyds Banking Group for £73m

TV presenter Noel Edmonds is suing the Lloyds Banking Group for £73m for what he claims was the destruction of his business empire together with public humiliation and damage to his reputation caused by the fraudulent activities of the bank’s HBOS Reading arm. He alleges that he “suffered immense economic loss as well as ‘distress…

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Marks and Spencer is planning to close 14 stores and cut hundreds of jobs.

The six stores to close in April are Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach in Swansea, Putney and Redditch. Staff have been offered jobs in nearby stores. The closure of another eight shops has been proposed, which will affect 468 staff. The eight stores are: Andover, Basildon, Bridlington, Denton outlet store, Falmouth, Fareham, Keighley and Stockport. It…

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Increase in number of landlords behind on mortgage

According to UK Finance, the number of landlords who are seriously behind with their mortgage payments has increased by 20%. There were 1,200 buy-to-let mortgages in “significant arrears” in the last quarter of 2017, a fifth higher than in the same quarter in 2016.Significant arrears means they owe more than 10% of the outstanding balance.…

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New rules for recording domestic violence published…

New rules for recording domestic violence published in the journal Criminology & Criminal Justice argues that multiple incidents as serious as grievous bodily harm would be lumped together under the umbrella of one offence under the Domestic Abuse Bill. The Home Office said that “We will introduce a landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to protect and…

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Lloyds Bank to support its small business customers

Lloyds Bank has said it will provide £50m to support its small business customers who are struggling following the failure of outsourcing company Carillion and after the government refused to insure its debts. Meanwhile, Nationwide building society has said it will take in-house jobs which were performed by Carillion. Lloyds said its fund was for…

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Phone-hacking allegations against both The Sun and the now defunct News Of The World are due to be heard at the High Court.

Phone-hacking allegations against both The Sun and the now defunct News Of The World are due to be heard at the High Court. The latest round of the long-running litigation involves four individuals – including comedian Vic Reeves, and Coronation Street actor Jimmi Harkishin. The others are TV presenter Kate Thornton and talent manager Chris…

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Ant McPartlin has confirmed he is divorcing Lisa Armstrong after 11 years of marriage.

The presenter, who co-hosts several shows with Declan Donnelly including I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here and Britain’s Got Talent, released a statement, asking for privacy “for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families”. The couple met in 1994 when they were performing as singers on the Smash Hits tour in Newcastle. Lisa…

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Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes

Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes came into effect on 8 January 2018. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years. Additionally, the range of documents accepted as evidence of abuse has been widened to include statements from domestic violence support organisations and…

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Shares in photo firm Eastman Kodak soared nearly 120% after it revealed plans to mint its own crypto-currency, the KodakCoin.

The US firm said it was teaming up with London-based Wenn Media Group to carry out the initial coin offering (ICO). It is part of a blockchain-based initiative to help photographers control their image rights. Kodak is the latest in a series of companies to see its value jump after revealing plans for blockchain-related activity.…

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Government consultation paper plans to protect consumers from unresolved debts

A government consultation paper plans to protect consumers from unresolved debts stemming from unfair county court judgments (CCJs) in a move to tackle concerns about ‘rogue companies’ such as parking enforcement businesses. Concerns were raised that some companies are deliberately sending claims to incorrect addresses. This can severely impact credit ratings and the issue may…

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Talk over sale of Newcastle Utd as owner Ashley meets investment firm

Newcastle United Football Club owner Mike Ashley and British businesswoman Amanda Staveley have met for the first time in London to discuss the sale of the Premier League club. Investment firm PCP Capital Partners run by Staveley made a fresh offer of around £300m. Newcastle are yet to comment, but they have not denied the…

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family court

Financial Remedies Court pilot set for February 2018

On 1 December 2017 the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, released a circular stating that he is proposing to pilot the Financial Remedies Court (FRC) concept in London, the West Midlands and South-East Wales. The pilot with start in February 2018. He envisages that further pilots will follow quite shortly. Initially the…

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Late Payment of Commercial Debts

What type of firms can I apply the late payment legislation to? The legal status of the business you are seeking to claim interest from is irrelevant. It can be a sole proprietor, partnership or limited liability company. However you cannot apply the late payment legislation to personal debt. What if a customer has more…

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Litigation case drags on for 17 years as two sides refuse to cooperate

High Court judge Mr Justice Fraser has warned of ‘draconian’ costs penalties should two parties in litigation continue to refuse to cooperate. He said both sides in Bates & Ors v Post Office Ltd had rebuffed efforts to manage the case in a cost-effective and efficient way. The case involves sub-post masters pursuing action against…

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Transgender woman denied access to children takes fight to Court of Appeal

A transgender woman, referred to as J, who left a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to embark on a new life as a woman has taken her case to be allowed access to her five children to the Court of Appeal. She was challenging a ruling that the children risked greater psychological harm by being ostracised…

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Divorce payout failure for ex footballer Ginola

Ex Newcastle and Spurs footballer David Ginola represented himself at London’s Central Family Court yesterday as his ex-wife and former model ex-model Coraline sued him over her divorce payout. Ginola is accused of failing to pay up what he agreed to. Ginola told the judge he needed to renegotiate the deal due to unforeseen circumstances.…

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High Court battle for Monarch Airlines slots

Monarch Airlines has lost its High Court battle against Airport Co-ordination Limited’s (“ACL”) decision not to allocate certain take-off and landing slots to Monarch for next summer. Monarch wanted to exchange with other carriers to raise cash for creditors. The slots cover Manchester, Gatwick, Birmingham, Luton and Leeds-Bradford airports. The airline ceased trading last month…

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Growth for eight quarters in a row for Morrisons

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain, has reported a 2.5% rise in sales for the third quarter. Sales at the supermarket have now grown for eight quarters in a row. Morrisons has been the best performing of the established “Big Four” supermarkets recently, although all chains are attempting to fight off the strong competition coming…

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Flexible operating hours pilot scheme for UK courts

Detailed plans for the flexible operating hours scheme have been published, as the Government continues with plans to change how courts work. The pilot scheme, which will be held in 11 courtrooms in England and Wales, is intended to create a system where people work different, but not extended, hours. HM Courts and Tribunals Service…

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English same-sex marriages not recognised in France

France is not recognising same-sex marriages converted from civil partnerships because France does not recognise their English marriages. One couple entered a civil partnership in 2008. They converted it to a marriage under the Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 which came into force in December 2014. On conversion the…

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Lufthansa to sign deal to buy parts of Air Berlin

Lufthansa is set to sign a deal to buy parts of Air Berlin. Air Berlin, which is Germany’s second-largest carrier filed for bankruptcy in August after its main shareholder, Etihad, said it would not give further financial support. It reported a record loss of €782m (£713m) for last year. Flights continued after a transitional loan…

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New multi-purpose high technology court complex to open in London

A multi-purpose high technology court complex will replace all of the City of London’s courts apart from the Old Bailey under plans announced by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. The aim is to preserve London’s position as an international dispute resolution centre. The court will specialise in fraud, economic and cyber-crime and will also take on…

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Rogue debt collection agencies on the rise

The problem of businesses falling victim to rogue debt collection agencies seems to be a continuing problem over the past twenty years with scores of companies being “taken for a ride”. The media recently ran stories highlighting the problem of UK’s rogue Debt Collection firms that purport to be professional yet charge their clients for…

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The Intellectual Property Act 2017

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 came into force last week. It could help intellectual property owners assert rights more freely. The act curtails a legal remedy available to a party threatened with IP infringement. From now on parties cannot be held liable for making an ‘unjustified threat’ merely by asserting their ownership. The act…

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Lord Chief Justice “further court closures are almost certain”

The Lord Chief Justice has told MPs that further court closures are almost certain as the justice system moves towards a digitised future. Lord Thomas said the closures are politically controversial but may be necessary to best deploy resources. The Government has almost finished its programme of 86 closures of courts and tribunals throughout England…

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DFS reports a sharp drop in annual profits

Sofa and living room furniture specialist DFS has reported a sharp drop in annual profits. DFS said uncertainty in the economy had led to a “significant deterioration in the consumer market”, and continued weakness of the pound against the dollar had also held back profits. Profits dropped 22.3% to £50m although revenues inched up to £762m. DFS…

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Dr Kershaw’s Will Week 2017

Our Trusts, Wills and Probate department are once again taking part in Dr Kershaw’s Will Week whereby you can benefit from having your Will professionally written at a significantly reduced fee. The money you save on your Will is donated to Dr Kershaw’s on your behalf. Dr Kershaw’s is a wonderful, local hospice. Each year they ask…

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Are Court video links fit for purpose?

According to a survey being conducted by former magistrate Penelope Gibbs, director of charity Transform Justice, nearly three-quarters of respondents say video-link hearings in England and Wales have had a negative impact on participation for defendants who do not speak English well or at all, and for unrepresented defendants. Sir James Munby, president of the…

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Popstar Fergie announces split from husband

Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel and Black Eyed Peas’ singer Fergie have announced that they are splitting up after 13 years together, and eight years of marriage. The couple have a four-year-old son, Axl. The couple’s split announcement comes as Fergie is relaunching her solo music career. Family solicitors All matters relating to the breakdown of…

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Boeing and Airbus locked in 13 year dispute

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has won a victory in a 13 year-long dispute with European rival Airbus. The World Trade Organization has reversed, on appeal, a ruling that Boeing received some state aid to help build its newest aircraft, the 777X. However, Airbus said, “the ‘game’ is far from over” as other complaints over alleged…

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“boomerang divorce” and “yo-yo couples” on the rise

According to new research from the Co-op, a quarter of divorcees in the UK have considered reconciliation with their ex and 12 per cent actually got back together. Of these, 73 per cent cited managing to forgive an infidelity as the main reason, while 40 per cent simply admitted still loving their ex. This has been called a…

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017

We’re proud to announce that we will be taking part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 29th September. The annual Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. The concept is simple: we (Wrigley Claydon), along with other organisations, community groups, friends and families all over the UK, will host…

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Jeans for Genes Day 2017

We’re thrilled to be taking part in Jeans for Genes Day 2017. On Friday 22nd September Wrigley Claydon staff will shun their usual formal attire in place of everyone’s favourite clothing, a pair of jeans. By pledging a donation for the privilege of dressing-down for a day, our staff will be raising much needed funds for…

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“triple talaq” declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court

An Islamic practice permitting men to instantly divorce their wives has been declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court after decades of campaigning by women’s groups and victims. The “triple talaq” has allowed Muslim men to dissolve marriages by pronouncing the word “divorce” three times. The Supreme Court in Delhi took up the issue last year…

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Employment Tribunal Fees

This week marks almost three months since the abolition of employment tribunal fees. For those who missed it, the ruling followed Unison’s arduous and multi-year appeal against the government’s decision to impose tribunal fees on employees issuing tribunal proceedings. Unison, having had their case rejected at every level, finally succeeded in the Supreme Court. The…

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Carphone Warehouse shares fall

The owner of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons has warned that more expensive mobile phone handsets and lower EU roaming charges will hurt its profits. In an unscheduled statement, the company stated that the scrapping of EU roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad and customers not upgrading their phones as frequently because handsets have…

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Airbnb reveal plans to crack Asia market

Airbnb have revealed plans to crack the Asian market. Nathan Blecharczyk, a co-founder and the firm’s chief strategy officer, says it’s firmly focused on expanding in Asia-Pacific. The region has roughly 60% of the world’s millennials i.e. young adults between the ages of 19 and 35 who are the fastest growing generation of consumers. However,…

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Neighbour boundary dispute leaves one with fractured nose and eye socket

Peter Smythe, a 74 year old pensioner, appeared in court accused of leaving his neighbour Nigel Clark with a fractured nose and eye socket after hitting him with a leaf blower outside their homes during a dispute over a boundary ditch. Clark told the court he and his wife, Hervor, were hoping to buy Peter…

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce they are legally separating

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt and his wife, actress Anna Faris have announced that they are “legally separating” after eight years of marriage. The Hollywood stars met in 2007 on the set of Take Me Home Tonight and have one son, Jack 4, together. They’ve vowed to keep the divorce as amicable as possible,…

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Divorce no. three for Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea FC, announced that he has separated from his third wife, Dasha Zhukova. The couple, who have two children, insisted the split was amicable but they could be embroiled in the world’s costliest divorce if forced to untangle the tycoon’s £7 billion fortune. Abramovich owns Chelsea football…

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Security measures stepped up at UK courts

From 7 August 2017 new court proceedings came into force meaning anyone entering court, including solicitors and barristers, are now being asked to sip the drinks they are carrying to prove they are not filled with harmful substances or alcohol. The rules will apply to all ‘customers’ who enter the building with an unsealed ‘drink…

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Sales boost for high street retailer Next

Sales at High Street retailer Next have had a big boost after an 11.4% increase from their Directory catalogue and internet business. However, full-price sales at Next Retail fell 7.4%, and it said it remained “cautious” about its outlook, given the current consumer environment. Next shares topped the FTSE 100 in early trading, rising more…

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Divorce settlement in a matter of days for Phoenix and Affleck

Summer Phoenix, sister of actors Joaquin Phoenix and River Phoenix, has divorced Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck, brother of Ben Affleck. The couple reached an agreement just days after Phoenix officially filed for divorce on 31st July 2017. The couple split in March 2016, after 10 years of marriage. They are the parents of two boys,…

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commercial solicitors

Profit slum for Sports Direct – our commercial solicitors look into why…

Profits at Sports Direct have plummeted nearly 60%, which the firm said was largely due to the weaker pound. Pre-tax profit fell to £113.7m from £275.2m in 2016 because of “currency movements and increased depreciation charges”. Chief executive and the owner of Newcastle Football Club, Mike Ashley, said it had now taken steps to “minimise…

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Lloyds to repay arrears fees and PPI claims to the tune of £1bn

Lloyds Banking Group has set aside another £1bn to cover the cost of insurance mis-selling and the treatment of mortgage customers. Another £700m will cover payment protection insurance (PPI) claims and £283m will be used to repay about 590,000 mortgage holders. The repayment to mortgage customers comes after they were charged from 2009 to 2016…

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Jones awarded $9.4m from Jackson estate in financial dispute case

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury ruled that Michael Jackson’s estate owes producer Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from Billie Jean, Thriller and more of the star’s biggest hits. The award was short of the $30 million the producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately…

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Stunt/Eccleston divorce settlement set to be biggest in history

James Stunt, the billionaire husband of Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter Petra was ordered out of his marital home by a High Court Judge. The Central Family Court heard Petra moved out of the couple’s £75million West London mansion in February and rented a three-bedroom home during a bitter £5billion divorce battle. It is expected that the…

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employment solicitors

Employment woes as seasonal worker numbers decline

Summer fruit and salad growers in the UK are having difficulty recruiting pickers saying they don’t know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops. About 80,000 seasonal workers a year pick and process British fruit and veg, most of them are from the EU, mainly Romania and Bulgaria. British Summer Fruits,…

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Streamlining of new online divorce procedures

Sir James Munby, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has called for the streamlining of new online divorce procedures and that the obtaining of a divorce should be completely separated from a couple’s disputes over money. The proposal is aimed at reducing administrative pressure within the family courts by unlinking “the largely…

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Bankruptcy for former tennis ace Becker

Former three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by the Bankruptcy and Companies Court. The bankruptcy application was made by Arbuthnot Latham, firm of private bankers. Becker’s lawyers asked for a final chance to pay with the funds from re-mortgaging a property in Majorca, however, the court registrar said there was not enough…

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Corporate manslaughter cases set to rise warn commercial litigation solicitors

Organisations increasingly face investigation for corporate manslaughter and the number of convictions is expected to dramatically increase in the coming years. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) 2007 made it easier to secure convictions against organisations for their liability for workplace deaths. An organisation can be convicted of someone’s manslaughter if its mismanagement…

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Marriage split for Elle Macpherson

Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson has announced she’s split with her billionaire hotel heir husband Jeffrey Soffer after four years of marriage. She has two teenage sons from her relationship with hedge fund manager Arpad Busson and was also previously married to fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon. Family Solicitors Oldham At Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your…

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Profit drop for Sir Philip Green’s retail empire

Profits at Sir Philip Green’s retail empire, which includes Topshop, dropped by 79% last year. The failure of BHS and tough competition in the clothing market contributed to the poor performance. A report filed with Companies House by Taveta Investments showed pre-tax profits to £36.8m, down from £172.2m the previous year. Taveta is the holding…

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debt recovery claims

New Pre-Action Protocol “PAP” for debt recovery claims

A new Pre-Action Protocol “PAP” for debt recovery claims will come into force on 1st October 2017. The protocol applies to any business, including sole traders claiming payment of a debt from an individual, including a sole trader. The PAP does not apply to business debts, unless the debtor is a sole trader. An individual…

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divorce settlement solicitors

Record divorce settlement possible for Russian oligarch

Natalia Potanina, the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin has filed a lawsuit demanding $15billion from her former husband. She is seeking half of Vladimir Potanin’s wealth. If the claim is successful, the settlement will easily beat the current record, which is estimated to be $4billion paid by Alec Wildenstein to his ex-wife wife Jocelyn.…

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Commercial advice solicitors

Halfords blame ‘weak pound’ for annual profits loss

Annual profits at Halfords have been hit by the weak pound despite a strong rise in sales. It reported pre-tax profits fell 10.5% to £71.4m for the year to March. Revenue was up 7.2% to nearly £1.1bn, boosted by the acquisition of upmarket bike business Tredz/Wheelies. Like-for- like revenues rose 2.7%. Halfords said higher import…

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Barry White’s son in disputed Will & Estate claim

Darryl White, the son of late singer Barry White, is suing his father’s estate and widow Glodean White to get a bigger share of the estate. Mr White Jnr alleges that he was never shown his father’s will and is now “almost broke and homeless” after payments made to him from the estate dried up.…

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Nestlé lose “shape mark” attempt to prevent copycat KitKats

Nestlé has lost the latest round of its seven year battle with rivals Cadbury to trademark the shape of the KitKat bar in the UK. The Court of Appeal ruled that the four-finger design had “no inherent distinctiveness”. Nestlé’s appeal followed a High Court ruling in January 2016 that blocked the trademark attempt. The European…

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