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  • Coventry & others v Lawrence & others - the decision is in!

    John Appleyard

    By a majority of five to two the Supreme Court held that the Access to Justice Act regime is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The question for their Lordships was not whether the AJA regime had flaws – it was readily accepted that it did – but whether it achieved the aim […]

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  • good news for public cooperation

    Anja Beriro

    The decision of the Supreme Court published today in the Edenred case will be music to public bodies’ ears. For a lot of practitioners it is a slightly surprising decision but the fact that it has been made by the highest court in England gives it significant weight. It relates to a Memorandum of Understanding […]

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  • changes to trustees’ liability for costs

    Emma Taylor

    When a trustee engages in legal proceedings the ordinary rule was that he risked personal liability for adverse costs. Following BPE Solicitors & Another v Gabriel, that rule is no longer good law. In that case, following a protracted case history, costs were awarded against the appellant who was later adjudged bankrupt. The right to […]

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  • spiralling service charges

    Sarah Parkinson

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by 25 chalet tenants against the strict interpretation of the service charge provisions in their 99 year leases. The leases provide for the tenants to pay a fixed £90 service charge in the first year of the term, to be compounded annually by 10%. Although this means that, […]

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  • clarification of the illegality defence?

    Gordon Monaghan

    The Supreme Court saw an opportunity to clarify the law surrounding ex turpi causa in its recent decision of Jetivia SA & Another v Bilta (UK) Ltd (In Liquidation) & Ors. This area of law has been in a state of confusion since the controversial House of Lords decision in Stone & Rolls Ltd v […]

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  • strength of a parties' case not relevant to case management decisions

    Melanie Chisnall

    The Supreme Court has held in HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud v Apex Global Management Ltd & Another that in case management directions or decisions, the strength of a parties’ case would not be relevant to that decision or imposition of any sanctions. The court stated that the decision of the […]

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  • Supreme Court finds illegality does not stop discrimination claim

    Rachel Billen

    Mary Hounga entered the UK dishonestly on a visitor’s visa, with no right to work in this country. She was subjected to violence by her employer and subsequently brought a claim of race discrimination. At the Court of Appeal, it was found that the illegality of the contract of employment formed a material part of […]

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  • Supreme Court‘s decision handed down– Aintree University Hospitals...

    Ben Troke

    Today the Supreme Court decided that the Court of Appeal had been right to decide that it was lawful to allow a critically ill man to die, rather than order a hospital to provide treatment that the doctors thought was not in his best interests. But though the outcome was right, as Mr James was […]

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  • Supreme Court judgment could fix local authorities and others with...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    This tragic case led to a decision that could have very wide implications for those who have responsibilities for the vulnerable. This includes all schoolchildren. The claim against Essex County Council arose not because its employees were negligent, but because a lifeguard and swimming teacher allegedly were. They did not have insurance to meet the claim, […]

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  • Teaching assistants’ success in equal pay claims

    Emma Fox

    Female workers in schools can compare themselves to local authority grounds men, refuse workers and leisure attendants when bringing an equal pay claim, following a landmark decision by the Supreme Court. The case turned on whether the workers could be held to be ‘in the same employment’, despite being employed on different terms and conditions […]

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  • Supreme Court shows its bottle in Schutz case

    A person infringes a patent for a particular product if he ‘makes’ the product without the consent of the patentee. In Schutz v Werit the relevant ‘making’ involved replacing an old or damaged component vitally important to the function of the patent but not the subject of the patent itself. At first instance Floyd J […]

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  • Residential service charges and the duty to consult

    The Supreme Court has granted a landlord dispensation from the service charge consultation requirements (the ‘Requirements’) contained in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Under this Act, unless dispensation is granted, a residential landlord who fails to comply with the Requirements cannot recover more than £250 from each tenant. In this case, although the cost […]

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  • Air pollution judgment could cause EU/UK shake-up

    Dmitrije Sirovica

    A Supreme Court case this week, dubbed one of the most important so far this century, could potentially decide who controls British environmental legislation. The case pits the European Commission against the national courts as to whether the Commission has sole responsibility when there is a breach of legislation originating from Brussels or whether the […]

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  • Pension case for part-time judges clears final hurdle – Supreme Co...

    The Supreme Court, in O’Brien v Ministry of Justice, has today ruled that part-time judges are entitled to the same pension, pro rata, as full-time judges. Until now, full-time judges receive a judicial pension while part-time judges do not. The pension, as the Ministry of Justice acknowledged, is a significant part of a judge’s remuneration. […]

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  • Theresa May to challenge Court of Appeal on CRBs

    Dai Durbridge

    This week the Court of Appeal said what many of us thought – disclosing every conviction on a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check without any consideration of relevance is unlawful. Regardless, the Home Secretary seems intent on appealing the decision to the Supreme Court. In my view, she faces an uphill task. Three senior judges reached this decision […]

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  • P2P Filesharing – appeal court orders O2 to disclose more names

    Giles Parsons

    Golden Eye was licensed on terms to bring copyright infringement proceedings against people alleged to have shared pornographic works. The High Court  did not find this agreement illegal but refused to order O2 to disclose alleged filesharers’ identities as that would ‘endorse’ the agreement, and be ‘tantamount to… sanctioning the sale of the Intended Defendants’ privacy and data protection rights’. The […]

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  • Will Local Authority outsourcing always result in a non-delegable ...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    The answer is, of course “no” but we know that claimant lawyers acting for sometimes tragically injured clients see local authorities as being fair game. A case in point concerns a child who suffered brain damage in a swimming accident. The Supreme Court will be considering whether the Council who engaged the contractor to give […]

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  • Preliminary victory for Mr O’Brien – what next for Part Time Judic...

    On 4 July a Supreme Court hearing took place to consider whether Mr O’Brien’s relationship with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is not substantially different to that of a typical ‘employer’ / ‘worker’ relationship. This week, the Court gave a preliminary ruling that Mr O’Brien is a ‘worker’. This signifies a major step towards achieving […]

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  • Public resources and the “postcode lottery”

    Ben Troke

    In the most significant community care case for a generation, a profoundly disabled young man (KM) has failed in his claim that Cambridgeshire County Council’s decision about the level of care was irrational, but the Supreme Court clarified that a local authority cannot take its own (limited) resources into account when assessing a person’s level […]

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  • Mandatory Retirement Policies Judged Acceptable – In Some Cases

    The Supreme Court’s judgment in Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes concerns the scope for justifying a mandatory retirement age for partners. Unless justified, mandatory retirement would be direct discrimination because of age. Although Mr Seldon’s appeal was dismissed, this doesn’t give employers the green light to enforce retirement; employers still have to ensure that […]

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